Hate lugging around a bicycle helmet around town? Consider yourself officially out of excuses. Protecting your noggin couldn’t be more convenient with the “Fend,” a lightweight yet durable topper that collapses to one-third of its original size, making it easy to stow away in a bag or backpack. Besides contributing to the helmet’s lack of bulk, the grill-like design also keeps your head from overheating. Call it an urban commuter’s best friend, one that could possibly save your life.
There are plenty of reasons cycling remains a popular means of transport, even in the city. It’s free, it’s eco-friendly, and it’s good exercise. But weaving in and out of traffic means an increased risk of injury. Although the smart ones know to don a helmet, city dwellers lug around enough stuff as it is, which makes any extra load unwelcome.
Enter the Fend. Composed of ABS (that’s acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) hardshell plastic, a multi-impact polymer liner, and streamlined vents to keep everything comfortably cool, the helmet is designed to exceed U.S. and European safety standards.
You don’t have to worry about it collapsing on you when you wear it, either. The Fend uses a proprietary joint system that locks it in place when clicked open.
Available in black or white, the Fend is now soliciting preorders on Kickstarter, where you can call dibs on one of your own at a discounted price of $89, shipping included.
“Fend was designed with the urban commuter in mind and can be incorporated into any lifestyle,” write Christian Von Heifner and Sujene Kong, the helmet’s creators, on their campaign page. “Whether you’re riding to work, to class, or to meet up with friends, you can simply collapse the helmet and store it in your bag until it’s needed again.”