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Old 11-20-13, 08:36 AM   #26
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I hesitated to share my experience with Hovding...YMMV.
Thanks for sharing your real world experience!! So is the Hovding reusable? I finally saw a price tag on NPR's Marketplace blog... $535, yowza!
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Old 11-20-13, 11:58 AM   #27
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Some got a few from a friend in Europe , and put one on US Ebay ,and the auction Lust took the price there.

waiting for someone in Europe to report cost there. AF7?

but having a $1500 deductable for that E room trip avoided, for $535, might be a good deal..
buy a dozen.

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Old 11-20-13, 01:23 PM   #28
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Thanks for sharing your real world experience!! So is the Hovding reusable? I finally saw a price tag on NPR's Marketplace blog... $535, yowza!
Yes, it's rather pricey. If I didn't have a professional interest in wearable technology, I probably wouldn't have gotten one. No, just like the car airbag it isn't reusable. As you can see the collar was ripped open when the helmet deployed; the compressed air can was also emptied. You can send it back to Hovding for a discount applicable to a new purchase. The company wants it back so that they can recycle certain components and retrieved the crash data for product improvement (similar to the airplane black box).
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Old 11-20-13, 03:00 PM   #29
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fwd-bwd - That is a harrowing accident I am very happy for you that the Hovding worked so well.

I had no idea that these were actually in use. I am not familiar with the certification process for bike helmets, but I assume that the Hovding was subjected to it. While there are some situations that I can imagine where a conventional helmet might serve better, I can just as easily imagine those where the Hovding would provide better protection, assuming proper deployment.

And what about all those people who you see riding around with a helmet tilted way back on their heads? Some body get 'em a Hovding.
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Old 11-21-13, 01:57 PM   #30
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@DoubleDiamonDog: Thanks. Hovding is certified in EU and thus can be legally sold there. I'm not sure if it'd (ever) pass the CPSC standard in the US though.
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Old 11-28-13, 07:11 PM   #31
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The crash involving the Moulton TSR/Hovding Invisible Helmet generated some interest on one of the Moulton boards, and someone there actually had the audacity to read the Hovding manual, and look what they found: "Hovding is designed for bicycles of a standard design and should not be used when riding special cycles such as tandems, unicycles, BMX bikes, recumbents, foldable cycles etc." WT?

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Old 11-29-13, 10:30 AM   #32
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The only reason I wouldn't use an "invisible helmet" would be the price tag associated with it, other than that it looks like my wildest dreams come true.
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Re: "should not be used when riding special cycles such as tandems, unicycles, BMX bikes, recumbents, foldable cycles etc." The rider posture on a recumbent is very different from the convention, and the BMX bikes may be used for stunt riding. I can see why they are ill-suited for Hovding's motion sensors. On the other hand, folders and tandems are also on the disclaimer probably for legal reasons. It's hard to understand how Hovding would work differently with these bikes.
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I'm a bit confused on how you had the helmet to trigger. You said you slam your head into the door, so did it trigger after your head hit it or did you hit your head to trigger the sensor or ....?
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novelty? to match the quirkiness of the folding bike?



or maybe a carton tradition style Japanese workers helmet?



Also look at old ww2 korean helmet and mod some foam into it?
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Old 12-02-13, 09:56 PM   #36
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I'm a bit confused on how you had the helmet to trigger. You said you slam your head into the door, so did it trigger after your head hit it or did you hit your head to trigger the sensor or ....?
The build-in sensors (accelerometer and gyroscope, so I've been told) constantly monitor your speed and orientation. Large, sudden changes in the sensor readings trigger the deployment automatically. On the other hand, I can walk around and even bend down to tie my shoes without triggering it. The manual does warn the user not to jump down from an elevated platform, such as a loading dock. To learn more, check out the official site.
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So why does CPSC CFR Part 1203 specify that all helmets being tested for approval be subjected to multiple drop tests, against different anvil shapes, and have to pass ALL of them?
They use a fresh sample of the helmet for each test. One single example does not go through all the tests.
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I almost bought one, but I couldn't find them for sale in the U.S. I really like the concept, and if I can find (a new) one, I'll buy it.
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