A settlement to the great helmet debate that appeases both sides and is surprisingly stylish? Yes, please!
The Hövding, a helmet that isn’t a helmet at all, is worn as a collar and only inflates upon impact. In crash testing, it performed nearly THREE TIMES BETTER than conventional helmets! Plus these just look fabulous on.
More on how it works:
The airbag is shaped like a hood that surrounds your head. It’s made in an ultra-strong nylon fabric that won’t rip when scraped against asphalt. The way the hood is designed and folded into the collar ensures that it will inflate quickly and safely. It takes about 0.1 seconds to inflate and the airbag will be fully inflated before head impact. Hövding protects nearly all of the head while leaving the field of vision open. The airbag provides soft and effective shock absorption and maintains constant pressure for several seconds, making it able to withstand several impacts to the head in the same accident. After that the airbag slowly starts to deflate.
Lovely! My only qualm: the price tag. At around $600, the limited accessibility to this product for the general Lady (and Lady-lover, and mini-Lady) public doesn’t sit well with me. Biking should be fabulous and safe for all!
But hopefully with time the price will come down. I look forward to testing one of these on a joy ride in the not-too-distant future!
Keep riding safely, Ladies!