As technology advances, so does the motorcycle helmet. Ultimately the rider is looking for a helmet that is lightweight yet still provides the maximum protection. And each year it looks as though reaching that goal gets closer.
Layering of the impact liner is one of the many ways in which the strength of a motorcycle helmet can be increased. Now we are seeing a progressive layering system that takes three different materials known for their usefulness in an impact and combining them precisely to afford maximum protection.
Using EPS and EPP on the inner and outer layer, a new material is being sandwiched in between. This expanded polyolefin is soft and flexible unlike the typical foam used. The result is a lighter helmet with better ventilation. Rotational energy is reduced and with the segmented construction the wearer is treated to a better fit.
Another new helmet being released is said to be using ultrasound technology in its innovative new lining materials. This has left us wondering if they have employed a series of ultrasound technicians to study the interior of the lining material in order to make it stronger. If that is the case, then going to ultrasound school will open up a whole new range of career opportunities.
Other new helmets have gone a bit crazy in their extra features. One includes built in speakers and a boomless microphone. There are plans on making it truly customized with 7 different colors to choose from, as well as 5 visor designs, 2 liners and 2 peaks.
For all the bells and whistles that a motorcycle helmet may offer, at the end of the day safety is of the upmost importance. When shopping for one of these, or any, helmets make sure that you are paying close attention to the proven safety rating.
What You Really Should Be Looking for In a Motorcycle Helmet
Hopefully these new lining materials and methods of testing will prove to be effective, but until that happens it is important that you always shop for a helmet that is made of top quality materials and fits you properly. When on, a helmet should not be able to slide around the head, and you should not be able to insert your fingers between the inner lining and your temple.
For the best results, you should be fitted when picking out a new helmet, and ask the distributor for their knowledge advice on what will be best for you.
We are excited about these new technologies, and do sincerely hope that they are making improvements in our motorcycle helmet construction. But as always, the best protection of all for your head, is to practice safe driving techniques at all times.