No Stiff Helmet For My Head Please

I don’t blame the woman in this pic for looking so stiff coz I wouldn’t know how to react to this kitsch helmet. Made from textile instead of rigid materials, the “TopUp Head Protection” for cyclists and walkers is an exploration of the honeycomb pattern and device a protective gear for the head. The brief was to design a gear that was is light and compact and that could deal with minor bumps and falls. The honeycomb was an obvious choice for its impact resistance and shock absorption qualities. TopUp is being currently developed by DoYouVélo?, so maybe you will catch one of us YD-ers prancing about in it soon.

Designers: Caroline Journaux & Adrien Guerin for DoYouVélo?

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Guys don’t feel left out….This is how you will look in the TopUp…

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35 Comments

  • hi Phil> I understand your reaction.

    Small precision:
    This protection of head, is not a helmet.
    it protects only from the small falls of the daily: the idea is always better to have a small protection which nothing when you rent an urban bicycle.

    The structure is thus relatively flexible in order to be able this to deform the such body of a car. No the danger to be to cut out in section 😉

    But the real problem are: what is it? if is not a helmet… its hard to find a good communication for the market and the user!

  • Carl says:

    very cool. looks better than most ones currently on the market.

  • Phil says:

    i don´t know about this design, in case of falling you end up with your scalpel all cutted up by the honeycomb….

  • Interesting. The red one looks like a cross between a crepe-paper table centerpiece and the “muscle armor” Eiko Ishioka designed for “Bram Stoker's Dracula.” (http://www.brianbero.com/dracula.html)” target=”_blank”> http://www.brianbero.com/dracula.html)” target=”_blank”>(http://www.brianbero.com/dracula.html)

    Not sure whether that's positive or not, but it's certainly interesting. 🙂

  • hi Phil> I understand your reaction.

    Small precision:
    This protection of head, is not a helmet.
    it protects only from the small falls of the daily: the idea is always better to have a small protection which nothing when you rent an urban bicycle.

    The structure is thus relatively flexible in order to be able this to deform the such body of a car. No the danger to be to cut out in section 😉

    But the real problem are: what is it? if is not a helmet… its hard to find a good communication for the market and the user!

    • Phil says:

      the honeycomb design is fantastic, as it gives superior rigidity in one direction, and is used in aviation for several years…i can imagine that many products can be created using this filosofy…i love the texture of the felt in the last picture…

    • I have a real hard time believing this would provide any level of protection to the head more than a knit cap would. Any pressure will cause the cells to deform side to side and not absorb or even spread out any significant load. If this items job is to represent a helmet as a fashion item then OK but to provide any level of real protection I am very doubtful. Probe me wrong (it happens)so take one, put it on a Styrofoam head, drop a apple on it post the results on u tube please.

      • Henrique Staino says:

        Even a test like that would prove nothing. When falling off a bike, if you hit your head on the ground, the vector won’t be perpendicular to the ground, as you will be on the move. Thus, this offers no real protection. I wouldn’t buy this, no wear it. And I would advise everyone I knew not to wear it.

        • agreed to a point but regular bike helmets use a weight drop test as part of their certification. My proposal would show at least that they considered protection at all.

  • M.S.W. says:

    Instead of using fabric for the material use high density flexible foam sheet. That would increase the crash worthiness abit.

  • Interesting. The red one looks like a cross between a crepe-paper table centerpiece and the “muscle armor” Eiko Ishioka designed for “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” (http://www.brianbero.com/dracula.html)

    Not sure whether that’s positive or not, but it’s certainly interesting. 🙂

  • Bobo says:

    No wonder the models look bemused, it must be the first time they have been asked to wear recycled christmas decoration designs as headgear. A few discreet flashing LEDs and some tinsel would really finish the trimming beautifully!

  • yewenyi says:

    Please do make these into a product. I want to buy one! 🙂

    Here is a blog post I have on helmets. When they introduced helmets in Victoria, there was no decrease at all in the rate of head injuries to bike riders. Sobering information. This was found by one of the peak bicycles bodies in Australia, the Bicycle Federation of Australia.

    http://yewenyi.net/wpblog/?p=505

  • Biggg says:

    Sorry, it doesn’t provide any protection and looks kind of stupid, i’ll stick to a real helmet when driving a bike.

  • Michelle says:

    The type of bike the girl is riding, does anyone know?

  • The bike in my picture is the “Vélib” (the urban bike of Paris).
    Product by J.C. Decaud and design by Patrick Jouin (http://www.patrickjouin.com/site/index.php?page=projets click on patrickjouinID)

  • mostafa says:

    verey gooooooooooooood kheyli khob bod age to iran ham bod?><

  • Eduardo says:

    It actually looks a lot like something an old drunken portuguese guy with moustache could wear after the Santo António’s party in Lisbon.

    This could well be the oficial head ornament for the Santos party week!

    http://img687.imageshack.us/img687/4137/balaow.gif

  • Paper Crafts says:

    As far as a good idea goes this is awesome but i cant see this being as safe as a normal helmet.

    Maybe there is another type of material out there that could offer the comfort by add more protection.

    xo Becca ox

  • Tyson White says:

    dumbest shit on earth! lol

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