This Soft-Shell Helmet Bounces Back With Every Hit

Helmets have a relatively simple but important job as far as gear goes: 1) don't fall off and 2) prevent major brain damage. Given its limited roster of tasks, it would be easy to assume that helmet innovation has probably hit a standstill by now. WRONG. Enter the Giro Combyn: a soft-shell helmet that utilises an impact-absorbing liner that Giro promises can take all sorts of hits over and over and over again.

The new type of lining, Vinyl Nitrate, is soft and flexible unlike traditional expandable helmet liners. So where most helmets are pretty much done after one hard blow, the Combyn snaps right back into shape, ready to go again. While there's no set number of impacts the helmet can take, the cool part is that the user can send the helmet in to Giro and have it analysed for its current durability -- totally free of charge.

The Combyn helmet will be available this coming August at $US120 each.

[Gear Junkie]



    after watching that video all i can say is damn that guy has an epic stache

    Whats it like at high speed impacts onto concrete? High speed being falling off a skateboard at 50kph, not in a race situation (70+kph), but just standard skating?

    And the chances of it being certified for use in Australia are next to zero unless it's designated for use where helmets are not a requirement, e.g. non-competitive skiing, snowboarding etc. Helmets which use squashy, reforming liners are typically sold with many warning labels "This is not a helmet" etc.

    I have a very comfortable Bern "helmet" which uses Brock foam (similar to this Giro idea) which isn't even allowed to be sold in Australia as it doesn't meet the required standards. By the looks of Giro's testing method, I don't think their helmet will either.

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