EB13: Rockwell’s Unique Plastic Bead Pod Bicycle Helmets

Rockwell bicycle helmets with plastic bead pods to absorb impact

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…

Rockwell bicycle helmets with plastic bead pods to absorb impact

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.

Rockwell bicycle helmets with plastic bead pods to absorb impact

Target weight is 450 to 500 grams, meaning their best suited for more upright, commuter style riding.

Rockwell bicycle helmets with plastic bead pods to absorb impact

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.

Comments

Cheese - 09/16/13 - 12:30am

*they’re best suited

Xris - 09/16/13 - 1:37am

Looks like an inside out raspberry for your head. I want one just for the hell of it.

Mindless - 09/16/13 - 3:45am

450 to 500 grams? For kids? They are joking, right?

Laurens - 09/16/13 - 6:33am

Those urban helmets of Rockwell caught my attention as well.
The liner can also be put on a radiator in winter for some comfy warmth on the daily commute.
And no, it’s not a kids helmet. It’s a helmet for casual riders in an urban environment and rides that last no longer than 30min, really.

ah - 09/16/13 - 7:36am

This looks really interesting, any more detail? Do the little bubbles themselves breath or are we just looking at the gaps between them for air flow? Do the bubbles feel squishy to the touch? Are they filled with a D30 type material maybe? Is this what makes it heavy?

Ben - 09/16/13 - 8:09am

I’m guessing the inventors are not cyclists. Their product is heavy and breathes like a plastic bag. Not sure sweaty rubber on skin/hair is going to be very comfortable. This seems like a step in the wrong direction.

ndp - 09/16/13 - 10:43am

“Not only does it conform to your head, but it’ll deform around impacts and obstacles”

Really? So if your heads hits a protruding object (big pointy rock, trailer hitch, etc.) the helmet deforms around it? So what happens to your rigid head bone?

I saw several kayakers in the 1990′s suffer serious head injuries from rock hits to somewhat malleable “Protec” helmets. After seeing this many of us switched to rigid composite helmets with squishy liners.

Ryan - 09/16/13 - 10:54am

If they switch from making helmets to chairs, I’ll order two.

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