To add to yesterday’s discussion of helmets, I’ll expand on the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute’s notion that a good bike helmet should be “smooth, hard, round, and slick.” The Institute says no one makes the ideal helmet, but one company that you never heard of — Hopus — makes some hard shell models that come close to what the Institute has in mind.
The reason you’ve never heard of Hopus is that it’s a Taiwanese company, and its helmets retail under different brand names. However, they do have a web site, and you can look up what’s available in biking helmets.
Here’s one example. It’s the Hopus A-8.
Hard shell, rounded, probably safe, definitely dorky.
So far, I’m happy with my modestly-priced lid. I’ll keep it around until I absolutely must go out and get something with more “wow” quotient. As long as my helmet meets CPSC standards, I’m content that it will do its job to the best of its ability.