The hotly debated safety technology, which raised eyebrows in the bicycle industry in 2019, now promises to make ski and snowboard helmets even more secure.
It took adventure sports companies more than 10 years to widespread use of MIPS technology, one of its most notable advances in product safety in the 21st century.
However, it took a little over a year for a competing technology to get its name out there. WaveCel debuted in a line of bicycle helmets in 2019 with bombastic claims that its patented creases, which crumple and slide on impact, were up to 48 times more effective against concussions than EPS foam alone.
Following the success of MIPS, these claims immediately drew attention to the potential uses of WaveCel. This week, Anon was the first to integrate WaveCel technology in ski and snowboard helmets. The wonder ($ 320) and Logan ($ 220) Integrate WaveCel technology into a warm winter helmet lined with Polartec Power Grid fleece.
“WaveCel is the first helmet technology to be funded by the US National Institute of Health,” said Mark Wakeling, Anon global business unit director.
“When it comes to snow sports, safety is our top priority. The use of WaveCel’s collapsible cellular structure material in Merak and Logan’s helmets is a testament to Anon’s commitment to continuously improving helmet safety. “
Anon WaveCel ski helmets: Merak, Logan
Like their bike colleagues, the WaveCel-equipped winter helmets from Anon don’t look much different – and shouldn’t feel like their non-WaveCel helmets either. When We tested the Bontrager WaveCel bike helmetsWe noticed a slightly more arched profile, but nothing significant.
Anon said adding WaveCel to Merak and Logan makes the helmets 53g heavier.
The Logan is priced at $ 220, has 10 ventilation ducts, and weighs 15 ounces. The burlier Merak helmet costs $ 330, has 19 ventilation channels, a hybrid shell construction for added durability, and weighs 1 pound 0.9 ounces. Both are equipped with Polartec Power Grid fleece, a BOA closure and a helmet buckle.
Anon notes that these helmets have been specifically designed and tested for ski and snowboard related accidents and should not be used for any other sport.
How WaveCel works
WaveCel works in three steps. First, the cell layers flex on impact and absorb some energy. Due to the shape of the material, the WaveCel layer can also be compressed. This helps to further absorb shock.
Finally, the layer can slide along the outer shell within an EPS foam edge. In this way, WaveCel fulfills a function similar to a sliding layer in order to reduce rotational forces. See it in action below.
WaveCel and Trek / Bontrager didn’t get all the good press after launching WaveCel. Shortly after the brand first announced the new technology, MIPS questioned its high security standards.
MIPS said it couldn’t replicate Trek / Bontrager’s results when it tested the helmets on its own protocols.
“We at MIPS have conducted more than 22,000 tests and we know that not all helmets are equally safe, including those that claim to be concerned with rotational motion,” said Johan Thiel, CEO of MIPS, in a statement.
“While we hope from a consumer perspective that Bontrager’s claims are correct, we can’t wait to see how they match up with the tests conducted in our laboratory.”
And it wasn’t until this month that a New Yorker filed a class action lawsuit arguing that Trek’s claims were “false, misleading and misleading.” Trek countered the charge, saying the lawsuit was “without merit” and that they stand behind it and will “vigorously defend” their Bontrager WaveCel helmets.
Anon also addressed the controversy:
“Anon is aware of a recent class action lawsuit against Trek. We are continuing to roll out WaveCel as it is a sound technology developed over the course of four years by Dr. Steve Madey, an orthopedic surgeon, and Michel Bottlang, a biomechanic. Anon stands behind the statements it makes regarding its WaveCel helmets and is looking forward to enabling the next evolution in snow safety. “
We look forward to testing Anon’s WaveCel helmets for fit, comfort and function (but hopefully not too many falls). In the meantime, you can get your hands on them Logan or Merak at REI.
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