From commuter casual to enduro, Interbike had something new for everyone
Smart wearables are on fashion runways everywhere, and this year, Interbike followed suit with a host of smart helmets: models with lights built in, those with fully digitalised, heart-rate monitoring capabilities, and everything in between. But it wasn’t just smart helmets that made an impact at the show: bright colours, funky paint schemes, and extra pieces like winter caps, sunglasses, and full face masks were all over the showroom. We checked out a few of the boldest. (For a more classic look, check out our always-in-style Bicycling vintage t-shirt.)
Bolle The One Mountain Bike
The One is a bold claim for a helmet to make, and Bolle has made it twice: once for the road and now, for the mountain bike. For a helmet that transfers from summer to winter almost flawlessly, Bolle’s new mountain bike helmet is a cozy treat, with a built-in winter cap that’s as easy to remove as the high-viz visor. The helmet also features an LED in the back, so you never have to worry about forgetting your rear light again.
Poc Corpora Aid
Looking for a commuter helmet that helps you mimic a car on the road? Poc’s answer is the Corpora Aid, a helmet featuring integrated lights that actually blink and brighten as you slow down, and dim slightly as you accelerate away from a stop sign. Turn signals are also on the design list, rumour has it, but the Corpora with smart lights will be out next fall. Note: It may make you look (and possibly feel) like a robot. Or a Roomba.
Abus Hyban 3
Abus is new to the US helmet market, and the company came to Interbike with a few new helmet models designed to attract every type of rider at every price point. The most intriguing was a mid-range option, featuring a built-in LED rear light so you can’t help but ride safe. The matte color schemes in black or burgundy are urban style at its best, and the simple, clean look of the helmet is just plain cool.
Giro Foray with Sub Pop
Simply put, the Sub Pop and Giro punk paint scheme is wicked cool. Using its classic road Foray helmet design with MIPS, Giro upped its design game in a collaboration with the badass record label, and came up with a cap, socks, and helmet that celebrate everything that was wonderful about the punk scene in the 90s: Nirvana, zine culture, and cassette tapes. Pretty fricking sweet, and a great way to take a classic helmet and give it a movie-worthy makeover.
A crash-proof helmet? Thanks to new smart materials, Kali has created a self-healing helmet for BMX kids and urban adventurers that looks baller—matte black everything—and can sustain up to 10 crashes before a replacement is needed. The material disperses energy on impact and, yes, can essentially ‘heal itself.’ It should be available around January 2017.