Lazer SuperSkin helmets could advance safety

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Lazer_SuperSkin_Helmets.jpgThe idea behind the Lazer SuperSkin helmets is based on human anatomy. In order to reduce rotational forces on the brain and neck in an impact, your skin slides across your skull. Traditional helmets act like the skull, absorbing impacts and preventing penetration. They’ve also sought to reduce rotational injury through clever use of shapes, but have traditionally lacked any further anti-rotational mechanism. By applying a sturdy lubricated skin to the exterior of its existing helmet range, Lazer hopes to advance helmet safety beyond impact only. Let’s let an elderly British doctor explain things.
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Lazer says that the SuperSkin should be as tough as a traditional
helmet shell, meaning it’ll stand up to stones thrown up by other
vehicles or the occasional pigeon impact as well as extremes of weather
and temperature. Common sense says that you probably shouldn’t slash it
with a knife. The weight penalty is expected to be less than 100 grams,
but, before fully accepting this as a genuine innovation, we’d like to
know if it could work with the heavy external ventilation on helmets
like the Arai Corsair V.

Lazer

  • Giggidy

    … “the occasional pigeon impact”??? … you guys have massive heads like Seinfeld’s Elaine?

    Glad to see some new ideas being put forward in terms of safety. Especially regarding the protection of the brain. Hmmm not certain about their testing by dropping from a height of a few meter’s but the idea’s strong.

    I’ve been lucky to avoid major head injuries in the crashes I’ve had over the years, but luck will not always be enough, anything to decrease risk is a benefit to us all.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Dropping from a few meters is a standard helmet safety metric, it’s how entities like the DOT or the EU evaluate helmet safety.

      While I do have a big head, I seem to hit more than my share of birds with it. I once hit an adult pheasant at speed, hurt like hell and I was cleaning blood off my helmet and leathers for months.

      • Giggidy

        Hah! Charlie Brown sized head or mardi-gras float sized?

        Pheasant sounds a little posh, laadeedaa Mr Wes, doubt that was much fun at all. Glad you’re ok, down here we’ve got emu’s that will try and charge you down whilst defending their young. They’re quick and heavy and been known to t-bone bikes.

        Don’t get me started on the drop bears.

        Thanks for clearing up whether the drop test is standard procedure.

  • DoctorNine

    Does this mean I can get a skin on mine that’s equipped with a real imported human hair mohawk, dyed the color of my bike? SRSLY?!? Sign me up.

  • http://weroam.wordpress.com Darek

    soooo .. they’ve got this great new SAFETY product but only offer it on an open face helmet??

  • Diego

    I’m with Derek on this one. I’m glad to know my skull and brain will be intact after my face is gone.

  • ISellMotorcycles

    This is funny. They demonstrate with a cheap open face lid. How come they never show the helmet up close? What does the skin look like? I don’t think anyone will buy it, except the avid scooter racer.