Friday

Losing Face - Please Don't Forget the "Function" in Your Form

I don't often rant, but please, indulge me for just a moment. This helmet makes me angry. It is designed, they say, to increase helmet use among women riders due to it's stylish and unique design, proving that "safety and style can coexist". Hogwash. This thing is only marginally safer than wearing a paper plate on your head. If you take a peek at the chart below, you'll see that the jawline is, by far, the highest impact area when it comes to motorcycle accidents, followed by the left and right temples...the EXACT area where the cute little "part" in this helmet design exists.


I think it's totally irresponsible to send women out on their scooters or motorcycles, thinking that they are wearing adequate safety gear when they are not. If you like your face, or your girlfriend's face, and you'd like to keep it the way it is, wear a full-faced helmet, please.

10 comments:

  1. Hear, hear! Thanks for reminding designers that there is a reason for which their products exist, other than to be admired as beautiful sculpture.

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  2. Not just face, but if you like your BRAIN, use adequate protection.

    A full-faced helmet like the drawings above have their own problems, though. A slight tap on the chin part can snap all the cervical vertebrae at the top of your neck - where it's nearly impossible to treat an injury, and the weight of the helmet causes all sorts of stress on your neck and back, not counting the added stress of wind resistance at higher speeds.

    A full-head helmet with a face screen is much better.

    But then again, helmets aren't designed to protect your head much beyond 35 MPH.

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  3. no chin-strap either. Its hard to tell if there is a mount point for one but that the model isn't wearing one is telling. That thing will just flip off in a crash

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  4. I'm sure they're just not showing the chin strap. It wouldn't just flip off in a crash, it would blow off at low-speed.

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  5. The strap is visible in every other photograph and drawing of the helmet. Click through. Still not a safe helmet.

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  6. This is a stupid design and I resent the marketers' assumptions about women riders. They're probably the same ones who design women's riding boots w only a teeny bit of non-slip surface in the middle. I don't like full face helmets and I justify wearing a half helmet by depending on the increased field of vision and sound to keep me safe.

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  7. A simple and recent news story to illustrate safety points: 4 yr old Eli Dobbs was hit by a vehicle that had been knocked into neutral by a toddler..."It just ran over me," he said. "It just ran over my helmet and me. It was scary." Eli Dobbs has some scratches and bruises but had no serious injuries from the crash. Eli Dobbs' parents said only the strap of the helmet remained around Eli Dobbs' head after the crash (the helmet shattered into 6 pieces).

    http://www.kcci.com/r/29453988/detail.html

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  8. I'm a motorcycle rider. I'm also a woman. It's important to note that this isn't as basic as a designer forgetting the function of a piece... it's also an artifact of an ideology that says that women's value resides in their appearing attractive at all times, and their energy should be spent on maintaining their attractive appearance, even to the detriment of their own safety.

    I wear a full face helmet because I like my face and my brain to stay intact if I ever go down on my bike. Yeah, my hair gets helmet-head, but at least I still HAVE a head to look funny when I get to my destination.

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  9. I concur completely! I am a female rider. These girls who get on bikes wearing flip-flops and shorts, let alone a helmet infuriate me! Nothing makes you more attractive than having all of your brains and skin attached to your body in the appropriate places!

    As for wanting to stay cute while I ride, that's why my helmet is pink! I embrace being a girl. A SAFE girl!

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