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A Bike Helmet That Folds Flat

Old 12-13-13, 02:24 PM
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A Bike Helmet That Folds Flat

"He’s not the first to try to create a foldable helmet. But Wolff says others on the market have been heavier, and they don’t actually flatten out, so they tend to take up almost as much room in a bag as an ordinary helmet. Wolff’s Morpher helmet, on the other hand, weighs around 8 ounces and folds up so it’s only a couple of inches thick."

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Old 12-13-13, 03:01 PM
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Interesting idea, especially if they can sell through vending machines at bike share locations. I wouldn't have a use for one, but it seems like a good idea for some applications.

On a separate note: It seems to me that the last paragraph exaggerates the risks of riding a bike. I often find that with articles like this.
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Old 12-13-13, 03:28 PM
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No thanks.
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Old 12-13-13, 08:03 PM
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He's got +150% of the the support at Indiegogo, so clearly someone​ likes it.
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Originally Posted by gregjones View Post
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I'm with you on this.. I want a RIGID helmet that will maintain a circular shape of my head in a collision. I don't want a helmet that will collapse with my head inside it!
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Old 12-13-13, 09:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Sirrus Rider View Post
I want a RIGID helmet that will maintain a circular shape of my head in a collision. I don't want a helmet that will collapse with my head inside it!
It's currently undergoing official government safety tests. The author says that “It certainly will be as safe as an ordinary helmet, but it may even have an advantage.” Guess we'll find out whether that holds true. I've got to imagine the biggest problem will be the price tag, though.

It's also worth noting that the helmet folds outwards, not inwards, towards your head. It's not hard to make a structure that's rigid in one direction but not the other, as has been done here.
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"Wolff’s in China now, working with the world’s largest helmet manufacturer on the final aspects of the construction. The next steps, after finishing a round of funding on Indiegogo, will be starting to manufacture the product and conducting official government safety tests..."

Whoa there, buddy. Get your CPSC and EN1078 certifications in hand before you start large scale manufacture!

I wish this venture all the best, but...

"Wolff says he has no doubt it will pass."

...the indentical promise was made by several other folding helmet designers/marketeers before their helmets did not, for various reasons, achieve CPSC certification.

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It doesn't look to me like it does anything to reduce rotational stresses. In fact it has tabs to keep the inner lining from rotating. This might pass CPSC, but that rating is old and outdated. I don't think it is the type of protection indicated by the latest research on brain trauma.
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Early bike helmets were out padded leather and could be packed flat. Within the family we have rigid folding helmets consisting of three segments that rotate out of each other to provide full head coverage. They pack into something like an orange slice. We commonly use them in combination with folding bikes - not as comfortable as regular helmets can be, but good enough.
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It would be nice for travel.
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