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Podcast #047 – Kali Protectives explains why your bicycle helmet is too hard

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If you think bicycle helmets are designed to be as safe as possible, think again.

The problem isn’t the brands…none of the good ones are cutting corners or making false claims.

The problem is the testing…it’s unrealistic.

So helmets have to be harder than necessary to pass those tests and get certified to sell. Which is bad news for your brain.

In this episode, Kali Protectives founder Brad Waldron explains how things can be better, and shares how they design around these limitations as best they can to produce softer, safer helmets that can still pass CPSC and EN testing.

This is Part 1 of a 3-part series on bicycle helmet designs and features, stay tuned for interviews with Lazer and Giro on everything from fit to retention mechanisms to design to aerodynamics and more!


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George French
George French
2 years ago

Brad is an awesome dude. Very rare to have a company run by a talented engineer and so driven by the engineering and with such a clear focus on what they want to do.
Unfortunately for me, their helmets seem to be best suited to people with more round heads rather than the quite oval bonce I have. Maybe in the future with softer foams we can have helmets that really conform to the shape of people’s heads rather than needing to be so rigid and float a little above.

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