Views on (Fend) / folding bicycle helmets

snazpizaz

Active Member
Hi

Wondering what people think of folding bike helmets ?

I've looked at a number and i'm settling on the Fend:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgekhEELo90

https://fend.io/

Seems like an elegant design and folds by about 50%
I like the vent proportions. I've heard supply can be a bit patchy as it's a start up - but seems improved in it's 2nd year.

I also like the Cairbull Find, but i can't find (hoho) anything on it at all:
http://www.cairbullsport.com/helmets/69-en.html

I've considered and rejected:
Morpher, which folds flat but this vid has put me off:

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQqTRdGTQFs&t=237s


Overade Plixi, because i wondered about the capactiy of the axles/ joints to survive a hit:
https://www.overade.com/shop/en/

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ag6vl9zX7_M


Others i rejected:
Brooks / Carerra
Closca / Fuga
Ftiier
Anything else still in development.

Advice and comments welcome...
cheers
sp
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Any joint will be a weak point in the product. Usually overcome by making the entire piece, not just the joint area, heavier.
 
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snazpizaz

Active Member
thanks
Yes the Morpher apparently passes all the EU and US tests yet i don't see evidence of that standard in the video.
Which i why i created this thread - because i want some views on these folding helmets.

sp
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Why are you wanting a folding one in the first place?

To make one that takes up less storage space than a non-folding one, means the design will be heavier. How much is the weight difference?
 

Poacher

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How much ?? :eek:
You can't put a price on safety!
How can you doubt the value of a product which has been thoroughly tested and recommended by those trusted independent safety organisations Vogue (“Poised to Be a Game Changer”), Wall Street Journal("Appealing to cyclists of every stripe”), CNN (“Convenience for commuters”) and New York magazine("Ingenious Design and Portability")?
 
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snazpizaz

Active Member
Not entirely sure i need to explain why i want a folding helmet !!!
Cost: I agree - safety shouldn't be compromise by cost but folding helmets aren't budget options so i'm not so worried there.

Issues i want to understand more about:
1. Comfort: What makes a comfortable helmet ?
2. Solid vs vented: pros and cons for each ?
3. Chin straps and secure fit ?
4. Plastics or materials ?
So - how do these relate to impressions of folding helmets.

cheers sp
 

classic33

Legendary Member
Why you should want a folding helmet was a genuine question. It will impact on the construction of the helmet. Hinges being a known weak point, resulting in over engineering, making the helmet heavier. It will place a limit on where the straps can be fitted, the vent placement.

If you do get one, where the plates join will act as vents. So you'll never get a solid folding helmet. All of the above will impact on the comfort, more noticeable on longer rides.
 
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snazpizaz

Active Member
Hi
Well only yourself and now classic33 have asked the why Q.... so .....

I like the convenience of saving space. I'm going to be cycling on short urban rides or max leisure rides of 4 hrs. I live in a city with fairly good cycle lane network. I find full size helmets are bulky and get in the way when not being used and out and about. I understand folding helmets are relatively new but there are some wild and curious arrivals which challenge conventional thinking for example, the mentioned eco-helmet, Hedkayse and Park and Diamond are all new ways of thinking about head safety:
https://www.hedkayse.com/
https://www.ecohelmet.com/
View: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/park-diamond-foldable-bike-helmet?gclid=CjwKCAiArJjvBRACEiwA-Wiqq4_v216WYtDVPWnrE2ZZvDaibYg39rqY3-sGqv-5MD5VQ6pgEUgMqBoCwnYQAvD_BwE#/


I'm taking a conservative approach tho, of targeting those that resemble trad helmets but i'm now wondering if i shouldn't try one of the more radical ones being designed. I guess i'm anxious they're not really tried and tested in actual on-road use enough to breed confidence.
sp:rolleyes:
 
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