This Mountain Bike Helmet Will Protect Your Head, and Face
This Article Originally Appeared On Wired
This helmet will actually protect your brain. Pretty cool right?
Bell’s new Super 2R helmet has a removable chin bar. It starts off looking like a standard MTB helmet. It provides a bit more coverage than the average half-shell trail bucket (especially in the back) but it still has decent ventilation and an adjustable visor. The idea is that you wear it with your face fully exposed while you pedal up the steep stuff, keeping the chin bar in your pack. Then, at the top, you snap on the face-saver and buckle it in place. There are two lever buckles at the temples, and another on the back of the helmet, so securing the extra polycarbonate loop takes only a few seconds. Now you’re ready to get gnarly without the fear of leaving your face fully exposed. We’ve seen some other helmets with removable chinguards-bolt-ons, mostly-but Bell’s quick-clamp design is really smart.
The list price is $200. But for an extra $20, you get more than just the detachable jaw protection. Like a few other helmets in Bell’s top end, the Super 2R comes in a version built with MIPS technology. That stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. It’s a feature that allows the helmet to slide slightly on angled impacts, reducing the likelihood of brain injury. MIPS AB is a Swedish company that’s currently partnering with all the big names in extreme sports (Giro, POC, Smith, Bell) to crank out helmets specifically designed to reduce brain and upper spinal cord injuries in serious spills. MIPS helmets have that little yellow sticker on the back, they’re pretty easy to spot. If, however, you’re involved in an incident, unfortunately resulting in brain injury, and want to take legal action against a negligent party, you might want to seek out a head injury lawyer for help with this.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly referred to as concussion, in adults. The FDA reviewed and authorized for marketing the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator in fewer than 6 months as part of its Breakthrough Devices Program.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 there were approximately 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S. Of these cases, TBI contributed to the deaths of nearly 50,000 people. TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the brain’s normal functioning. Its severity may range from mild to severe, with 75 percent of TBIs that occur each year being assessed as mTBIs or concussions. A majority of patients with concussion symptoms have a negative CT scan. Potential effects of TBI can include impaired thinking or memory, movement, sensation or emotional functioning.
So here you’ve got a helmet built to better protect your chin, jaw, and pearly whites-and, if you upgrade to the $220 MIPS version, your brain-the next time you take a launcher over the handlebars of your 29er. Those fractured ribs, collarbone, and wrist? You’re on your own there.