With more and more of us leaving our cars in the garage and donning two wheels to work, cycling safety is a hot topic these days. Particularly in urban areas where bus and taxi drivers can be less than accommodating. A helmet is obviously essentially but we’ve come across a very unusual alternative. Feast your eyes on the Hövding airbag for cyclists – dubbed the “world’s safest bicycle helmet.”
It may look unusual but Hövding is a certified lifesaver. The charged device sits in a collar around your neck and holds a hood-like, overhead airbag. Once activated, the device records the cyclists movements 200 times a second, releasing the airbag when a cyclist’s abnormal movement is detected within one-tenth of a second (0.1 second) in the event of an accident.
The helmet is made from an ultra-strong nylon fabric that won’t rip when scraped against the ground. It protects nearly all of the head, inflating to cover a much larger area than a traditional cycle helmet and importantly features an extremely soft and gentle shock absorption. The pressure remains constant for several seconds, making it able to withstand multiple head impacts during the same accident too.
So how much will it protect you? Well, in 2016 the University of Stamford conducted a number of tests on the Hövding and concluded that the unique design reduced the risk of concussion up to eight times when compared to a traditional helmet, and almost completely eliminated the risk of skull fracture. So if its pure safety you’re after, you’ll struggle to find better than the Hövding.
The biggest problem we can find with the Hövding airbag helmet is the cost. It will set you back a whopping £249. You’d also have to buy another if you deploy your bag. Although you can buy a replacement at a reduced rate. But Hövding say that some insurance companies will cover the cost of replacement just like it does helmets. Take a look at the Hövding Website for more details!
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