Posted on: 20/03/2019 at 9:00am
Today Trek unveiled new helmet technology that promises to deliver one of the biggest steps forward in rider protection for many years.
This pioneering new material is proven to be up to 48 times more effective than standard EPS foam at preventing concussions from common cycling accidents.
The technology has been developed in partnership between Trek R&D, a leading orthopaedic surgeon and bio mechanical engineer.
How it works:
Unlike a standard foam helmet, which is designed to protect against direct impacts, WaveCel accounts for how most cycling accidents actually happen—ungracefully, with twists, turns, and angled impacts.
WaveCel absorbs energy in multiple ways. On impact, the layers of the WaveCel material move independently and flex until the cell walls crumple and then glide, actively absorbing direct and rotational energy and redirecting it away from your head.
This three-step change in material structure—flex, crumple, glide—is remarkably effective at dispersing the energy from an impact. Nearly 99 out of 100 times, WaveCel prevents concussions from common cycling accidents.*
*Results based on AIS 2 Injury (BriC) at 6.2 m/s test at 45° comparing a standard EPS Helmet and the same helmet modified with WaveCel insert as described in detail in Comparison of Bicycle Helmet Technologies in Realistic Oblique Impacts.
WaveCel technology will be offered in a number of helmets including, XXX WaveCel Road, Blaze WaveCel MTB, Specter WaveCel Road and Charge WaveCel Commuter.
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