Suburban Assault

Torch Helmets – Bike Helmets With Built In Lights

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Here’s a really good idea for bicycle visibility and safety. Industrial designer Nathan Wills came up with the concept of incorporating a lighting system within the helmet. Similar to the Lazer Helmets that are on the market, but with more lighting and an urban style. It looks like something you would see off the set of Bladerunner.

From their Kickstarter page:

Torch is a new brand that focuses on lit apparel for the urban rider and skater who’s not afraid to have fun after dark. The T1 helmet, our first product, is unique as it draws attention to the rider at night by elevating the light signature above city traffic.

In addition to our primary goal of safety, we focused on creating a helmet with a clean, iconic style geared towards urban riders. To achieve this we started with a classic silhouette and kept the details simple.

The helmet will be produced using an in-mold technique with a thin polycarbonate shell and an expanded polystyrene body. This method creates a very light, yet strong helmet. Torch will also include an adjustable system for a more accurate fit, making the helmet safer and more comfortable.

The helmet features front and rear lenses which the LEDs project onto. This projection method is important as it disperses the light across the lens. This creates increased visibility and brighter light from wider viewing angles. The lenses also protect the LEDs from water, dust, and debris.

The helmet will be available in three exterior colors (red, black, or white) plus a special Midnight Edition (black with smoked lenses). Torch will be fully CPSC certified and retail for around $100 (batteries not included). We are offering a discount to our Kickstarter backers because without your support we cannot make Torch a reality. All funds raised on Kickstarter will go towards tooling, initial production, packaging, and domestic shipping to our backers.

I’d love to see more products like this on the road, because bike safety is one of my top priorities. Also, because I love bike clothing that doesn’t look like typical bike clothing, I love seeing safety gear that doesn’t look like safety gear. I’m a fan of the Torch Midnight Edition with smoked lenses, but it looks like their sold out. There are plenty of other options if you want to support this project.

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Written by dickdavid

May 4, 2012 at 5:46 am

One Response

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  1. We have recently made more Midnight Edition helmets available due to the overwhelming popularity.

    Thank you for including us on your site,

    Nathan Wills – Torch

    Nathan Wills

    May 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm


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