Uvex Jakkyl Hde Convertible Full-Face Helmet - Review

Sep 27, 2016 at 2:08
by Richard Cunningham  

Uvex Jakkyl Hde helmet 2016
Uvex Jakkyl Hde helmet 2016


Uvex worked for over a year with multi-time four-cross world champion and enduro pro Michal Prokop to develop a convertible full-face helmet that was truly DH worthy and, at the same time, well ventilated and lightweight enough to meet trail bike standards. The result is the Jakkyl Hde - a well-constructed helmet that combines the classic half-shell's multi-port plastic shell and in-molded foam liner with a downhill-style molded fiberglass chin bar. The two pieces are joined with a metal clasp at the upper attachment points and with plastic twist-locks at the lower attachment points.



Details:
• Purpose: freeride, trail enduro
• Construction: Molded plastic liner, EPS shell, detachable fiberglass chin bar, 14 vents
• Adjustable push-button chin-strap fastener
• 360-degree Boa tension band
• Goggle clip on rear of helmet
• Tilt-up visor to stow goggles when not in use
• Passes European EN, and both US ASTM downhill and CPSC standards
• Colors: Black, red, and blue
• Sizes: X-small/medium and medium/X-large (52-57, 56-61)
• Weight: X/S, M - 630g (claimed), M, XL - 680g (measured)
• MSRP: $229 USD
• Contact: Uvex Sports

Uvex Jakkyl Hde helmet 2016
No question that Uvex want's the chin bar to stay put.


Two shell sizes (X-small/medium and medium/X-large) are offered with a band-style Boa closure that is said to fit almost any head shape securely. In addition to the Boa adjustment, the webbing straps have locking-lever type adjustment buckles, and the closure is a push-button arrangement with an indexing tongue that allows the chin strap to be easily tensioned on-the-fly. The Jakkyl Hde passes EN European helmet standards, and is also certified for CPSC, and ASTM downhill standards in North America. Weight for the X-small/medium size is said to be 630 grams, while the medium/X-large helmet in this review weighed in at 680 grams. MSRP for the Jakkyl Hde is $229 USD.

Uvex Jakkyl Hde helmet 2016
The half-turn latch snaps flat when not in use.
Uvex Jakkyl Hde helmet 2016
A metal hook secures the chin bar up front.


Ride Impressions

Operating the latching mechanism is simple enough. To remove the chin bar, flip up the hinged tabs of the plastic fasteners on either side of the bar and twist them 90 degrees. Pull the T-shaped locks free of the helmet and then push the chin bar forward to slide the metal hooks that anchor the front of the bar from their slots, and it will detach. Detaching and reassembling the chin bar can be done with gloved hands with ease. That said, replicating those simple tasks while the helmet was on my head required some practice.

Full-Face: Riding the Jakkyl Hde in the full-face configuration was, for the most part, a great deal more comfortable than wearing any conventional DH helmet I have sampled in the past. It is much lighter, for starters, and the deeply tunneled EPS foam liner makes good use of the helmet's 14 vents by making sure that a good deal of cooling air is passing by your head, even at singletrack or climbing speeds.

I never thought I would say this, but the Jakkyl Hde in the full-face mode is cool enough that I wouldn't bother converting it to a half shell unless I was climbing in weather that was too foolishly hot for sensible people to be riding in anyway.

Uvex says that the helmet should never be worn as a full face without the cheek pads in place. The pads perform two functions: primarily, the snug fitting pads serve to stabilize the helmet, so it won't be bouncing around while you and the bike are. The second function is to add some side impact protection near the jaw line, which is a good thing.

I rode the Jakkyl Hde full-face wearing goggles and glasses and can happily report that the shape of the opening plays well with both - and there was enough clearance around the sides so (unlike some full-faces do) the helmet was not trying to indent the ear pieces of my glasses into my skull. The built-in goggle retainer on the rear of the Jakkyl Hde apparently works, because I had no issues with the strap.
Uvex Jakkyl Hde helmet 2016

One issue that I did have, however, was that the upper edge of the Jakkyl Hde was always in my line of sight. The Boa mechanism has three adjustment holes in the EPS liner to set the angle of the helmet in relation to your head. I had it set at the highest angle and was wishing for one more position. Peripheral vision, however, was spot on.

Uvex Jakkyl Hde helmet 2016
The helmet is secured by conventional webbing and an internal headband, with a Boa tension device.
Uvex Jakkyl Hde helmet 2016
A push-button buckle and a ratcheting plunger allow on-the-fly chin-strap adjustments

I found the Boa closure and the half-shell style chin straps to be a bother when using the Jakkyl Hde as a full-face. The webbing can easily twist around while donning the helmet, and the Boa dial and band apparatus does not always cooperate. When it is all in place, the band offers up a snug fit that secures the helmet without constricting the skull, and the webbing feels cooler and less restricting than the padded D-ring chin-strap of a downhill lid. When it didn't go as planned, the no-hassle fit and feel of a proper DH helmet was sorely missed. The key to success was to loosen the Boa most of the way out, take my time to slip the band over my head, and to keep my ears between the webbing as I slid the helmet on. It became easier with time.

Riding with the full-face option is more comfortable less claustrophobic, and far cooler than any downhill helmet I have experienced. I could hear better, so I was more aware of my surroundings and less of my breathing, which is accentuated by the hush of most full-face DH lids.

Half-Shell: Riding the Jakkyl Hde in the half-shell option feels less confining, primarily because the view is better and less so because removing the chin bar affords more direct ventilation. I regularly ride with a Kali Maya or a Troy Lee A1 helmet, and both feel lighter on the head. The Jakkyl Hde has about the same visibility as the A1, with similar restriction in the field of view under the brim, while the Maya is superior to both in that respect. The Jakkyl Hde, however, is better ventilated than both. Also, the Jakyll Hde manages moisture better, I had little or no issues with sweat in my eyes.

Uvex provides a pair of plastic panels that snap into the spaces left by the absent chin bar, They are simple to install and enhance the look of the helmet, but I doubt that most riders who actually use the helmet as it was intended - converting it to a full-face before major descents - will bother to bring them along. They could easily be lost or misplaced, and serve no purpose beyond aesthetics, or to prevent mud from packing into the interlock ports.

Judged upon its merits as a half-shell, the Jakkyl Hde would not be my first choice. There are lighter weight and better looking options available that I would reach for. However, it has all the right stuff to perform well on the climbs and also as an everyday trail lid. Considering it in the role of a convertible helmet, I can excuse its extra weight and slightly oversize profile - especially so, knowing that it is certified for downhill in the full-face mode.
Uvex Jakkyl Hde helmet 2016
The half-shell has the plastic storm trooper look, popularized by the likes of POC and Urge.

Uvex Jakkyl Hde helmet 2016
Snap-on panels clean up its looks when not using the chin bar.


Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotesUvex checks all of the boxes that a convertible full-face helmet needs to protect a rider who is willing to muscle up extended climbs in search of high-speed and technical descents. The Jakkyl Hde's removable chin-bar is far easier to stash in a hydration pack than a full-face helmet, much lighter weight, and the ventilation in both the full-face and half-shell modes is top-of-class. I'll go on record saying that I would never choose the multi-color styling of the helmet reviewed here, but Uvex does offer more subdued blue and black colorways. That said, I'd recommend it to anyone interested in a convertible lid, and would go further, saying that the Jakkyl Hde is comfortable enough that some riders will opt to wear it solely as a full-face for all riding modes. I do question, however, why Uvex chose not to include some form of rotational impact protection in an otherwise cutting-edge helmet design? Customers will have to make that call, but as is, the Jakkyl Hde is well worth considering. - RC





131 Comments

  • + 131
 Finally, something to match my 1993 Sun Ice ski jacket!
  • + 9
 Good luck fitting the mouth piece in your matching Enduro fancy pack!
  • + 19
 @shakeyakey: Dude don`t you know that every 90`s jacket came with a kangaroo pouch? Just change the name to enduro stash pocket, and bam, you're caught up to modern day.
  • + 5
 FYI it comes in 2 other colors. Black/Dark Silver mat and Blue/black mat
www.uvex-sports.com/cycling/cycling-helmets/uvex-jakkyl-hde-black-dark-silver-mat
  • + 9
 Whats next, the pump shoes will now be called "air shock enduro shoe?"
  • + 2
 @angel13:

That matte silver is sick, so is the blue. It matches my blue camelbak fanny pack too!
  • + 11
 How you can post a helmet review and never show it on a head is beyond me.
  • + 1
 @angel13: Thanks, so much better. Needed some muted colors to rinse out my eyes. Sh*t.
  • + 2
 @UtahBikeMike: fanny pack... ha ha
  • + 2
 @racecase: where do I sign up up for some air shock enduro shoes?
  • + 2
 @bishopsmike: I totally forgot about those. Great for things like sunglasses, but oh so stupid looking.
  • - 1
 @PIggoth: reminds me of when I first moved to Germany. Asked university-town locals for translation of "clashing colors." They didn't grasp the concept. Why would there be a problem combining mustard, burgundy, & fuchsia?
Took 6 months to find an art-studio student who had pondered this outlandish idea & had a terminus technicus for me.
That student is obviously not a designer at Uvex...
  • + 1
 @Veloscente: A little late on this one, but there is actually a German term. Translated it would be something like "two colors hitting each other" but its basically the same thing. I guess the problem wasn't that Germans don't understand harmony, the don't understand English
  • + 65
 I envision Macho Man Randy Savage doing lines off of this thing and then railing berms for The Lord in a cocaine fueled quest for Presidential domination.
  • + 21
 It's like Bell and Jolly Rancher started working together
  • + 8
 @defineindecline

Your comment is completely inappropriate and yet absolutely 100% spot on!
Ohhh-yaaah!
  • - 7
flag Marcusthefarkus (Sep 28, 2016 at 1:24) (Below Threshold)
 He's dead.
  • + 5
 @Marcusthefarkus: So, no jokes about him allowed then?
  • + 1
 @tblore: well now I feel like eating skittles...
  • + 1
 Ohhhhhh yeaaaaah!!
  • + 5
 @mgolder: Yep, Just him. and Muhammad. Everyone else is good to go.
  • + 4
 @triptex: most definitely no jokes about Ali. Would hate to have to fight his ghost.
  • + 33
 It may be nothing but vanity. But a helmet review without showing how it looks on a rider is an incomplete review. Especially these convertibles. Most look great in DH/Enduro mode. But some look absolutely ridiculous in half shell/trail mode. And to the majority of riders that "does" matter. It's not the "only" thing to consider in a new helmet. But it's totally relevant to a purchase...
  • + 2
 I completely agree on the lack of photo but I think this and the super 2r both look terrible with the chin bar on and kind of decent in half shell. Would've been much easier to judge aesthetics if there was a photo of it on someone and especially someone riding with it.
  • + 5
 It seems PB is not willing to listen to us. Not the first time someone complains about the lack of some photos. The same with the animation of the rear suspension in bike reviews.
  • + 4
 Why do you care what your helmet looks like when it is on yourself? You can't even see it.
  • + 3
 @UtahBikeMike: You don't ride with a stem-cap mirror? What kind of fashion-less cretin are you? How do you check your hair and make-up during a ride?!?
  • + 26
 That color scheme makes me want to vomit
  • + 1
 aww cmon. its...ADHD-style. be considerate
  • + 2
 blue 5.10 Freeriders orange One-industries shorts green T-shirt red Fox gloves and Camelbak blue IXS kneepads That helmet should fit me nicely. Err... if we ever happen to meet on the trail I'll try to maintain appropriate distance. Yeah I've got ADHD.
  • + 4
 That guy from UVEX, how decided on color scheme, was probably developing skiing helmets, thus that "high-visibility" snow camouflage.

But seriously, UVEX produces great helmets, mine, for skiing, is a most comfortable thing, I have not a single doubt in its quality
  • + 3
 If I need LSD to fully appreciate a helmet's colors, then it doesn't belong in my kit.
  • + 16
 Damn that's ugly! Wearing the Jakkyl would make me want to hide.
  • + 0
 full face with removable chin bar is a bit... jekyll and hyde
  • + 11
 @Richard Cunningham How far down the back of the head does it extend? The Bell has about as much rear coverage as a traditional half lid, while the new Giro is more akin to a full face. Without a picture of it in use, it's hard to tell how it would sit.
  • + 6
 Almost as far as a full face, so the Boa is a little cramped for space, but it works. Check out this video of the helmet in action: youtu.be/yu4uEMNchwE
  • + 9
 @RichardCunningham: Good vid from Uvex showing that even their rider doesn't put the cheek pads in....

Good to see the review though...now onto the Super 3R, good Sir. Pretty please....
  • + 4
 Ha! He wasn't using the padded inserts in the video.
Still, descent coverage.^^
  • + 6
 @RichardCunningham:hi mr cunningham. maybe it would help to have a pic with somebody wearing to have an idea of the dimensions and space between chin and helmet. thanks!
  • + 2
 @RichardCunningham:

Look how insanely thin and flexy the chin bar is at 1:45 in the video!

How on earth did this get a downhill certification?
  • + 15
 cutting edge design with power rangers color theme!
  • + 5
 @RichardCunningham I question this MIPS/'rotational design'? As far as I've been able to read, it's not really supported by evidence and just a theory? Which for the most part just means the helmet costs 25% more without decreasing the risk of concussion from impacts.

From what I've been reading the actual mechanism for concussion is not that well understood (current thinking on the brain bouncing around the head is likely BS): Saw an interesting TED talk that said that the mechanism may be due to impact forces being transmitted along the longitudinal fissure (the structure that separates the left and right brain) into central nerve region that joins the two hemispheres.

Does MIPS really decrease the forces being transmitted into your brain? Seems to me the MIPS just gives better test results in the lab...
  • + 4
 My thoughts are similar. I believe that the technology is all over the map, but I also am in contact with a number of helmet designers, many of whom were skeptical about rotational trauma. All key players have done their own testing in secret and all are on board with a mechanism now. I can't name names, but the entire staff of one maker that was staunchly anti MIPS won't ride without it now. I'll look up that TED episode, thanks.
  • + 1
 Interesting stuff! Urge seemed to be skeptical in one article here and I see POC have dropped it for their newest helmet, would be interesting to see an independent study though.

Here's the talk. The guy is play a marketing game, but the theory is interesting: www.ted.com/talks/david_camarillo_why_helmets_don_t_prevent_concussions_and_what_might?language=en
  • + 3
 @Monkeyass:
"What about MIPS, you ask? Well, according to a POC spokesperson, we may see MIPS-equipped variants of both helmets in a year or so." A quote from bikeradars article. Let`see if it is true.

I suspect that the big issue is not the effectiveness if MIPS itself but the compromise between additional size and the its effectiveness. A downhill helmet is already fairly big without these technologies.
  • + 0
 Data data data... We live in a world obsessed with data and lacking common sense.

MIPS is an interesting idea, but I am sure it would have been a requirement for motorcyles helmets if it was proven to work. So far is just a $50 upcharge speculation. Easy to motivate companies to change their mind about it.

Shell design is more important.
Most US and new manufactures shells have very visible pressure points.
In a crash, the forces could be directed to one/two direct contact points, probably producing larger injuries.

Try Kask, Rudy Project, Met, Catlike, TLD and push the helmet down. The pressure is distributed to a larger area. Do the same with a Giro, some Bell, Kali, POC, etc. and you will notice the pressure is distributed to a very small area.

Yes, all heads are different, but some designs own the "magic" formula that works for everybody.
  • + 2
 @RedRedRe: I`d rather have any data than your common sense...

"I am sure it would have been a requirement for motorcyles helmets if it was proven to work." That`s not how regulations work.

"Push the helmet down" from the top to test how well a helmet works. Are you serious?
  • + 2
 "Most US and new manufactures shells have very visible pressure points." Any pictures? Any proof? Maybe these pressure points are where you skull is the thickest? Or just your "common sense"?
  • + 6
 Shred the DH trails with chin bar in place then remove to lick the car windows on the way home. This helmet is special indeed
  • + 4
 I remember the late 90s to early 2000s, when companies were trying the the hybrid half helmet to full face for the first time... Fast forward to now, in a time where we have started to actually make good hybrid helmets And this thing comes along...
  • + 5
 I think I prefer the consistent fit of the Giro. But I love that more manufacturers are starting to make helmets like this. Keep 'em coming.
  • + 1
 They are.
  • + 3
 tried one of these last Saturday at the NEC bike show (England) on the test track and was impressed with the cooling.
The chin bar was stronger than the one on my 661 full face helmet (I was trying to flex it with my hands). Just not sure about the colours
  • + 3
 Am i the only person that thinks the finish to this is horrible? look at the edges around the plastic, they look rough and cheap. It doesn't look like a quality item for the asking price.
  • + 2
 @RichardCunningham: "Rotational protection" MIPS etc. is becoming a must according to some reviewers. However, from what I have read, there is no data to back up the claim of increased protection.
Is the technology used in motorsport?
  • + 2
 @Richard Cunningham Have you ridden with a MET Parachute for comparison?

I'm just curious because of this comment- "I never thought I would say this, but the Jakkyl Hde in the full-face mode is cool enough that I wouldn't bother converting it to a half shell unless I was climbing in weather that was too foolishly hot for sensible people to be riding in anyway."

When I bought the MET it and actually rode it I felt the same way.
  • + 1
 @Pinkbike
Where did you get the ASTM certification info from? They don't list it on their homepage, only EN 1078, TÜV GS & CE are listed there as "norms".
I'd assume that an ASTM F1952 certification would be something they'd promote much more aggressively.
  • + 1
 I used to have Uvex glasses back in the early 90. The glasses was so good. But is hard to believe that german designers from Uvex did such a horrible piece of helmet... everything is ugly the colours the design is not ugly because looks from the 70 or 80. This helmet is horrible in all the ways... shame
  • + 1
 Oh no bright colours, so it must be shit. Despite the fact they have other colours too. And not even getting into the awful gaudy stuff Troy Lee has been putting out into the world for a long time that for some reason people who find simple bright colours offensive all seem to love.
  • + 2
 Thread resurrection - did anyone (@RichardCunningham ) ever get to the bottom of the mysterious claim for ASTM certification?
  • + 3
 Wish the visor protrudes out further, which was one of my gripes with the Bell 2R
  • + 3
 Um...they do have two other colours. The black/dark silver looks OK; much more stealth to it.
  • + 0
 Yes... I've seen them and still not very keen!
if I was to purchase one (its quite likely I will) I'd go for the orange/yellow/blue!
  • + 4
 Can we have a photo of it on someone's head? In both modes.
  • + 2
 They just halved their potential sales of this thing by featuring the neon 90's nightmare version instead of the matte silver...
  • + 1
 Is the lightest ASTM DH full face helmet with 680grs?, for example the kali avatar weight near to 850grs and is only ASTM F2040 and ASTM F2032, bell 2r weight near to 770grs and it's not ASTM1952 certified
  • + 3
 The MET Parachute is ASTM 1952 and a medium is 700g. ASTM 1952 allows up to a 60mm deflection of the Chin bars, the METs is only 32mm in the test.
  • + 1
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: Good information, based in that the uvex is the lightest
  • + 1
 @harlxw: Well I got that off the website. Decided to actually weight my Large- I get 640g.
  • + 2
 I can't find the ASTM certification for the Jakkyl, it's not listed on their site. Was this actually correct information from pinkbike?
The only listed norms there are EN 1078, TÜV GS & CE.
  • + 2
 Has potential but all three colour options are terrible, not sure how they managed to screw up black/gray but they did.
  • + 2
 Damn sizest manufacturers not catering to the bull heads like me with my xxl noggin.
  • + 3
 Fisher Price x Playmobil x Enduro = Uvex Jakkyl
  • + 1
 I actually really like that colour scheme. Bright and simple. But then Im the person that would never buy an A1 as I hate glitter and garish patterns.
  • + 1
 The drone A1s are nicely subdued.
  • + 2
 Looks like Uvex wants to bring back the classic ski suit colors. This helmet is hilarious!
  • + 2
 Leto make helmet too? Interesting ????
  • + 1
 Its a shame that uvex products are so ugly because they are without a doubt the best helmets on the market.
  • - 1
 nope.
  • + 2
 Yep... definitely a swing and miss on the (Skittles) colors
  • + 1
 Why did they not make a light/action cam mount?
This should be standard by now.
But you know, should, could, would...
  • + 2
 Looks like some telitubbies threw up all over this thing...
  • + 2
 Yet another brand that forgot to pay its designers...
  • + 2
 Co-Production by Tupperware !!!
  • + 2
 That's the most special needs color scheme I've ever seen
  • + 0
 Another fake full-faced helmet with a retro colors. Some loaded middle aged dude will be rocking this on the trails I'm sure.
  • + 1
 That helmet?
Only with that bike

m.pinkbike.com/photo/13965765
  • + 2
 Wat.
  • + 2
 Oops. I mean LEGO.
  • + 1
 If Voltron did enduro this would be his lid.
  • + 2
 No
  • + 2
 ... nah... ick...
  • + 1
 *sigh wey've gone back to the eighties.
  • + 1
 No rotational impact tech, no buy. Otherwise sweet helmet.
  • + 0
 Your head has its own
  • + 1
 holy-ugly-mother-f*ck what is that?
  • + 1
 That is on ugly color scheme
  • + 2
 What a piece of shit.
  • + 1
 Elegantly put. LOL!
  • + 2
 Needs more colors.
  • + 1
 Don't know about you but I read that as... Janky Aff.
  • + 1
 When ugly becomes cool again this thing might fly off shelves
  • + 1
 this shit is just awful
  • + 1
 NAH
  • + 0
 I'd consider that as a replacement for my met parachute
  • - 3
 Why? Your parachute is a way better helmet? How often would you really take the chinbar off?

This helmet makes no sense to me. The set up is to take the chin bar off pre-ride... hence the stupid piece to cover up the janky pieces left exposed when the chin bar is off.

So.... why not just have 2 helmets? The benefit to helmets like the super 2r/3r, leatte and switchblade is that you can take the bars off during your ride and store them easily. Messing with those twist plugs with your gloves on while riding and then having to clip on some janky plastic pieces...wtf?

Keep your parachute. It's a nice lightweight lid. Buy a proper half shell for the days you don't want the chin bar.
  • + 0
 @onemanarmy: I don't see how you can say this helmet is worse than my parachute?

If i have a crash that damages the Helmet it will need replaced, this would be a nice replacement depending on the cost. I don't like the double D strap on the parachute and this has the DH certification as well.
  • + 0
 @poah: Because the parachute is a better helmet?
  • - 1
 @onemanarmy: so you've had extensive use of this new helmet then?
  • + 1
 @poah: Nope. But do you need to have extensive experience with a 73 VW Super Beetle to know that a GT3 is a better vehicle?
  • + 0
 @onemanarmy: thats quite a moronic comparison - so basically you are talking through your arse for some reason.
  • + 1
 @poah: Not really. It makes perfect sense. If a person is familiar with automobiles and has experience with them it should be fairly easy to recognize clear quality differences between a VW and a Porsche.

Just like a person with experience in helmets should be able to spot quality, design and craftsmanship differences between one helmet and another.

Beyond that... this is a comments section. A section full of opinions. This is my personal opinion. Just because you don't agree doesn't mean I'm talking out of my "arse".

Buy what you want. But when that helmet falls apart on you don't be surprised.
  • - 1
 given that they are two completly different cars made for completely different activitys. you can't have an opinion given you've not actually used, touched or likely even seen one if these helmets. so yes you are talking out your arse. I'm guessing you're a trump voter.
  • + 0
 @poah:

OMG.... You'r.... never mind. WTF am I doing wasting my time. Maybe I'll go vote Trump now. I mean sense I'm supposed to.... since I have an opinion on an ugly ass helmet... that must determine my political views... You have fun with the SNP.
  • + 1
 My bell still rocks .
  • + 6
 But does it ring?
  • - 1
 does it come in wheel size 26?
  • - 1
 Yuck-yyyyl...
  • + 1
 ugg-duro to the max
  • + 1
 @makripper: it's Yuck-YL, you better Hide... Uvex is a very special company. I remember when my dad wanted to be a cool dad and bough me Uvex cycling glasses... they looked similar to these se.pinterest.com/pin/192951165256841968
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: would look great with your make mericuh gay again/fed-ex spandex that you got off ebay from vance marmstrong after he won the tour de potato in 1996. not even washed.
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