New Designs in Bicycle Helmets
Summary: Here are some new helmet designs we are aware of. Some of them are promising, but some will never get to market. You may find some we have not seen yet as Kickstarter or Indiegogo projects.
Kranium cardboard linerThe helmet below was once in the Abus line, the only helmet on the market with a cardboard layer in the liner. This helmet had a unique liner that combines one layer of conventional EPS expanded polystyrene and one layer of cardboard honeycomb. We have a page up on the Kranium technology with more photos of this helmet. Retail in the UK was £80.
The cardboard layer of the liner can be made from recycled materials and would be considered sustainable, but the EPS layer is no more recyclable than other EPS helmets. Abus says the helmet was very difficult to assemble. We hope to see Kranium bring a cardboad design to market.
The helmet becomes loose, signaling the wearer to replace the liner. Airium says the helmet will reduce both linear and rotational acceleration forces better than standard liners. We don't know when a bicycle version will be marketed.
The Eco will fold flat and be very inexpensive to produce. They are intended to be readily available for shared bike system users. A media reports says it is not yet certified to CPSC as of August 2016, and the testing shown on the company's video does not even approximate the CPSC lab test protocol. EcoHelmet plans to launch early in 2017. Daily Mail article with videos explaining, and an Indiegogo site.
Hövding (Chieftain) AirbagThe Hövding airbag is not really a new design, since it has been on the European market for years. But using an airbag instead of a helmet is a new concept. We have a page up on it with details.
A note for inventors:We are glad to hear from inventors with new ideas for improving bicycle helmets. But we do not have the engineering, patent or management skills to make a meaningful contribution to move a product along to the consumer. We have a page up explaining that.
This page was revised or reformatted on: February 24, 2019.