EB13: Rockwell’s Unique Plastic Bead Pod Bicycle Helmets
The Rockwell helmet uses pods of plastic beads from the medical industry to absorb impact by deforming their shape rather than crushing. It’s been in development for a year and will pass EN safety standards.
Not only does it conform to your head, but it’ll deform around impacts and obstacles. It’ll also hold up to small drops better than EPS shells, which makes it a great option for kids. While they won’t officially say it’s good for multiple crash impacts, the materials don’t permanently deform or lose their ability to absorb impact. Do with that what you will…
They’ve done studies with University of Cologne and found that it’s temperature constant, only rising a couple degrees above ambient temperature and remaining breathable. The benefit of that comes more when you stick the soft shell part into the fridge for a couple hours before a ride to get a long term cooling effect.
Target weight is 450 to 500 grams, meaning their best suited for more upright, commuter style riding.
It’s a modular system, so you can mix and match colors, including soft covers. The small lever in the back (shown on the left) adjusts the rear retention system.
Retail is €139. They’re also working on a mountain helmet for snow sports. Check ‘em out at Rockwell-Headgear.com.