Product review: Beardo beanie
Parts & accessories
01 March 2012 12:34
Beardo beanie, £24.99
Time used: Two months
What’s good? This is a real breakthrough – the world’s first beanie hat with integrated, adjustable and removable prosthetic beard.
I tested this practical addition to any amateur motorcycle mechanic’s armoury of tools during a recent spell of Arctic weather, while working on my old Bonneville in a feeezing garage.
OK, regular woollen hats stop you losing heat through your head, but they don’t prevent frozen-face syndrome like a Beardo can.
It’s also a godsend if you want that ‘weirdy beardy’ look so popular with certain sections of the biking community, without the time-consuming hassle of cultivating and maintaining real facial fuzz.
I reckon it would be the business for passengers in sidecars during cold weather, too.
What’s not? Although it is hand-knitted in ‘100% acrylic yarn for comfort’, I did find the ‘beardy’ part of the Beardo a little itchy after a while, despite the softness of the yarn. Maybe that was down to several days of stubble.
And at £24.99 it’s not exactly cheap, but that’s ignoring the most attractive attribute of the Beardo – it makes people laugh. And that’s priceless.