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Das sind unsere Test-Kandidaten
Das sind unsere Test-Kandidaten - Nutcase Eclipse Black, Specialized Centro LED, Livall BH60, Torch T2, Closca Fuga und Lumos (v.l.n.r.)
Der Torch verfügt über ausreichende Luftzufuhr und großflächige Lichtpaneele
Der Torch verfügt über ausreichende Luftzufuhr und großflächige Lichtpaneele
Vorne leuchtet ein weißer Lichtschirm
Vorne leuchtet ein weißer Lichtschirm
Auf der Rückseite verfügt der Torch über ein rot leuchtendes Lichtpaneel
Auf der Rückseite verfügt der Torch über ein rot leuchtendes Lichtpaneel
Der coolste unserer Kandidaten: Nutcase Eclipse Black
Der coolste unserer Kandidaten: Nutcase Eclipse Black
Der Nutcase Eclipse Black verfügt über eine raffinierte Lüftung. Hebel links: Offen ...
Der Nutcase Eclipse Black verfügt über eine raffinierte Lüftung. Hebel links: Offen ...
... Hebel rechts: Geschlossen
... Hebel rechts: Geschlossen
Der Helm mit Mountainbike-Genen: Specialized Centro LED
Der Helm mit Mountainbike-Genen: Specialized Centro LED
Top: An der Rückseite leuchtet ein rotes Rücklicht
Top: An der Rückseite leuchtet ein rotes Rücklicht
Der Helm von Lumos verfügt vorne und hinten über helle Signallichter
Der Helm von Lumos verfügt vorne und hinten über helle Signallichter
Per Bluetooth wird geblinkt: Links blinken und ...
Per Bluetooth wird geblinkt: Links blinken und ...
... rechts blinken
... rechts blinken
LEDs erhöhen die Sichtbarkeit deutlich
LEDs erhöhen die Sichtbarkeit deutlich
Richtig schmuck präsentiert sich der Livall BH 60, ein extrem smarter Helm mit hohem Mehrwert
Richtig schmuck präsentiert sich der Livall BH 60, ein extrem smarter Helm mit hohem Mehrwert
Mittels roter LEDs auf der Rückseite wird die Sicherheit erhöht und es können sogar Richtungswechsel angezeigt werden
Mittels roter LEDs auf der Rückseite wird die Sicherheit erhöht und es können sogar Richtungswechsel angezeigt werden
On/Off-Button an der Front des BH60
On/Off-Button an der Front des BH60
Kleine Lautsprecher oberhalb der Ohren machen es möglich Musik und den Straßenverkehr zu hören
Kleine Lautsprecher oberhalb der Ohren machen es möglich Musik und den Straßenverkehr zu hören
Mit dieser Fernbedienung lassen sich die Modi des Livall BH60 einfach steuern
Mit dieser Fernbedienung lassen sich die Modi des Livall BH60 einfach steuern
Der Closca Fuga wirkt beinah wie eine Design-Studie
Der Closca Fuga wirkt beinah wie eine Design-Studie
Smart: Der ausgeklappte Closca Fuga für den Kopf, und der ...
Smart: Der ausgeklappte Closca Fuga für den Kopf, und der ...
... zusammengeklappte Helm für die Tasche
... zusammengeklappte Helm für die Tasche
Der faltbare Helm ist wertig verarbeitet
Der faltbare Helm ist wertig verarbeitet

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As part of our Urban special weve been looking at helmets with additional functionality that should be ideal for commuting and cruising. Along with an esoteric collapsible design and helmets with stylish looks, weve tried to select those that provide the best bang for your buck. Who hasnt found themselves here: the roads are dimly lit and a car is approaching from behind youre not 100% sure that youve been seen. Additional lights on your helmet can only help improve your visibility, which is why weve selected the models for testing here.

Our test models
# Our test models - Nutcase Eclipse Black, Specialized Centro LED, Livall BH60, Torch T2, Closca Fuga und Lumos (f.l.t.r.)

Our recommendation for city-riding – smart helmets with extra functionality

We demand a lot from our helmets. They need to fit, provide adequate protection and look good too. It’s important that your noggin doesn’t overheat and the helmet has to look good too. If you’re on your way to the office at the crack of dawn, it’s nice to have extra functionality on top of that. When we selected the products for this test we wanted something with integrated lights to help increase your visibility in traffic. We also looked at models that are able to connect with your smartphone and can even play music during your ride.

These are the helmets we tested:

Torch T2

The Torch has great ventilation and a large light panel
# The Torch has great ventilation and a large light panel

“Stylish during the day with increased visibility at night – what’s not to like? The Torch T2 fulfils both requirements. The matte finish and futuristic looks come together in a stylish package. The integrated, visible LED panels significantly increase your visibility at dusk or night. Somehow, the Torch T2 just made us feel safer on the road.

This helmet is only available in one size (54-61 cm), but thanks to the adjustment mechanism it’s adaptable to a wide range of head shapes.”

Torch T2 Features

White lights at the front and red at the back – that’s the main selling point of the futuristic looking Torch T2. Small pushbuttons activate the two light panels independently and let you set different light modes. These are constant, flashing and emergency patterns.

These are the most important features of the Torch T2:

  • LED panels front and back
  • Good fit
  • Nice matte-black finish
  • Good ventilation
  • Futuristic design
White lights at the front
# White lights at the front
Red lighting at the back of the Torch
# Red lighting at the back of the Torch

Nutcase Eclipse Black

The coolest looking amongst our test models: Nutcase Eclipse Black
# The coolest looking amongst our test models: Nutcase Eclipse Black

“This is pretty cool. The fabric visor makes it look like I’m still wearing my baseball cap underneath. Thanks to the adjustable ventilation system, I can ride in a range of temperatures without overheating or being too cold on my e-Bike. A well thought out helmet with lots of style.”

Nutcase Eclipse Black Features

If you’re not commuting, do you like cruising around the city? That’s exactly what the Nutcase Eclipse is for. Visually it’s quite similar to a skateboarding helmet. In practice, with its extra features it offers everything you could need from a stylish e-Bike helmet.

Nutcase Eclipse Black Features:

  • Fabric visor emulated after baseball cap
  • CoolControl™ adjustable vents
  • Fidlock® magnetic closure
  • 3M™ reflective straps
The Nutcase Eclipse Black has a clever ventilation system. Lever on the left: open…
# The Nutcase Eclipse Black has a clever ventilation system. Lever on the left: open…
… lever on the right: closed
# … lever on the right: closed

Specialized Centro LED

A helmet with mountain bike DNA: Specialized Centro LED
# A helmet with mountain bike DNA: Specialized Centro LED

“Fit, ventilation, finishing – the quality is high which is what we’ve become accustomed to with Specialized products. It’s nice to see a “normal” helmet with the advantage of extra illumination at the rear. An even nicer detail is that it can be locked along with your e-Bike using a D lock.”

Specialized Centro LED Features

Here we have a helmet that looks like a modern mountain bike helmet, but with a few useful features added. Specialized have incorporated a small LED light that improves your visibility and hence safety on the road. In addition, the helmet is designed so that it can be locked directly to your E-bike using a D lock.

Here’s what we like:

  • Great ventilation
  • Reflective details on the straps
  • Integrated rear light
  • Rear ventilation slots are D lock compatible
Red light at the back
# Red light at the back

Lumos

The Lumos helmet has bright lights front and back
# The Lumos helmet has bright lights front and back

“Harry Potter can just wave his wand and say “Lumos maximus”. Unfortunately, you can’t say a spell here and you’ll have to press the button on the back of the helmet to turn the lights on. The easily controlled signal lights are pretty cool. The Bluetooth switch is easily mounted on your handlebars and lets you indicate which direction you’re going in. The helmet is a little heavy though.”

Lumos Features

A narrow LED band at the front is paired up with a large red LED triangle at the back of the helmet. The streamlined looks are backed up with a good fit and along with the usual white/red lighting you can also indicate lane changes or when you want to turn. The handlebar mounted switch lets you indicate left or right with a clearly visible arrow at the back of the helmet. We think this is excellent!

Some of the standout features are:

  • Integrated light
  • Bright and visible lights
  • Clear indicators

Blinkender Helm

Bluetooth remote lets you signal left…
# Bluetooth remote lets you signal left…
… and right
# … and right
LEDs significantly improve your visibility
# LEDs significantly improve your visibility

Livall BH60

The Livall BH60 presents itself proudly – a very smart helmet with lots of added value
# The Livall BH60 presents itself proudly – a very smart helmet with lots of added value

“If you like to stay at the forefront of technology trends you’ll find everything you need with the Lival BH60. Bluetooth headset, indicators, lights, smartphone app and more. This helmet is your base of operations. Another great feature, if several people in your e-Bike group are using the helmet, then they can connect to each other allowing you to communicate without having to scream into the wind.”

Livall BH60 Features

Give it a quick glance and you could be forgiven for thinking this is just a normal, sporty and well-ventilated helmet. The Livall BH60 very much fits current design trends. Look closer and you’ll realise that there are a lot more features at work here, providing communication and entertainment options for the dedicated e-Biker. Connect the lid with your smartphone and you can listen to music through the integrated speakers. Thanks to the included headset you can even make hands-free calls from your bike. You can control various functions using the included handlebar mounted remote.

Standout feature: The Livall BH60 has a crash sensor built in. This sensor can identify impacts and sends out an emergency message in the case of an accident.

Key Features of the Livall BH60:

  • Integrated LED indicators
  • Flashing lights
  • Handlebar mounted remote
  • App for additional functionality
  • Speakers
  • Integrated headset
  • SOS crash-sensor
Red LEDs at the back improve your visibility and can even indicate direction changes
# Red LEDs at the back improve your visibility and can even indicate direction changes
On/off button at the front of the BH60
# On/off button at the front of the BH60
Small speakers above the ears let you listen to music whilst staying aware of what’s going on around you.
# Small speakers above the ears let you listen to music whilst staying aware of what’s going on around you.
Livall have made an app for additional functionality
# Livall have made an app for additional functionality
This remote allows you to control additional functions on the BH60
# This remote allows you to control additional functions on the BH60

Closca Fuga

The Closca Fuga has design in its blood
# The Closca Fuga has design in its blood

“Milan, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, New York – this is a helmet designed for urban metropoles around the world. This helmet feels and looks well-designed and exudes quality. The masterstroke: the helmet’s volume can be reduced by about 50%. When you’re not using it just collapse it and it will easily fit in your briefcase or bag. Pretty clever design – 10/10!”

Closca Fuga Features

Who hasn’t been in this situation – a quick ride into town, maybe even a little shopping but what to do with your bulky, unwieldy helmet? That’s where a collapsible helmet comes in handy. It looks good, provides protection and when you’re not using it folds away. Along with the clever design, the Closca Fuga has a high-quality finish and looks rather like a dapper hat instead of an e-Bike helmet.

The Closca Fuga has the following key features:

  • Stylish
  • Collapsible
  • Lightweight
Smart design: the expanded Closca Fuga for your head…
# Smart design: the expanded Closca Fuga for your head…
… and the collapsed helmet for packing away
# … and the collapsed helmet for packing away
Quality finishing on this collapsible helmet
# Quality finishing on this collapsible helmet

Opinion @eMTB-News.de

Thanks to new technology and stylish designs, with or without isn’t a question anymore. Always take your helmet, there’s no question. There’s no excuses, if you’re out on you e-Bike than take your helmet.

The models we’ve presented here show quite clearly the technology that can be integrated into modern helmets. Headsets, indicators, adjustable ventilation, thoughtful designs – every taste and use-case is catered for.

What kind of helmet do you use when you’re on your way to work?

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Further Information

Text & Edit: Rico Haase | eMTB-News.de
Pictures: Rico Haase, Thomas Paatz

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