Every afternoon, I choose up my two youngsters, ages 4 and seven, on our ebike. The second their ft hit the bottom at our home, their palms instantly go to the chin straps holding their helmets on their heads. Before I can dive and rescue them—crash! Smash! They’ve whipped their helmets off. The fragile, protecting headgear hits the bottom with a crack.
I do my greatest to cease them, nevertheless it’s arduous to blame them. Helmets can considerably reduce your risk of injury, however they’re additionally annoying. I’d by no means think about using a motorcycle with out one (effectively, almost never), however virtually every helmet I’ve tried is big and clunky, each to put on and to carry. They have to match exactly. They’re costly, and, most vital, they’re single-use objects.
Most bike helmets are comprised of a stiff, expanded polystyrene foam. To shield your noggin, the froth absorbs the pressure of the crash influence by shattering. Not solely do you could have to substitute them after a crash, a 4-year-old smashing his helmet repeatedly into the wall can compromise their security. And if you happen to’re dealing with a protracted stroll house and wish to lease a handy escooter or ebike as an alternative of taking a Lyft? Forget about it. Head, meet pavement.
But what if you happen to had a handy, comfy helmet that didn’t make you are feeling like a dork whereas carrying it? The Newton-Rider N1 helmet has elicited compliments from virtually everybody who has seen me carrying it. It’s compact and classy and about half the thickness of a traditional helmet. It sits on prime of your head like a beanie, as an alternative of being dialed tightly round your scalp. We’ve seen different options to this downside earlier than, however at $300, airbag helmets just like the Hövding aren’t significantly accessible. They’ve additionally been round for a number of years now and have but to see widespread adoption. The N1, nevertheless, costs $99.
The Newton-Rider N1 folds to match conveniently in your bag and is designed to shield your head towards a number of impacts, not only one. That reduces waste and saves you cash.
The helmet’s safety comes from a collection of panels, related to one another with stretchy, sturdy material. Each panel consists of three layers of safety: a tough polycarbonate shell, a shock-absorbing elastic polyurethane foam, and an inside core made up of what Newton-Rider phrases “supermolecules,” created from a proprietary non-Newtonian thermoplastic elastomer.