If you live in an area where motorcycle helmets are not required, but you still think a little head protection would be a good thing, this could be an option. We mentioned flexible instant body armor before, it’s a soft and pliable plastic material that instantly hardens on impact. The molecules can slide around slowly but if you try to deform the material quickly it becomes hard. The special quality of the material is that it doesn’t deform like current armor, it is hard only on impact, returns to a pliable state then hardens again on the next hit. Nice.
Ribcap has licensed the material, made by d3o, for use in knit caps, the kind worn by skiers and snowboarders but a lot of bikers wear these beanie type caps, too. Ribcap inserts the armor into pockets within the cap creating a flexible helmet. Wouldn’t it be neat if you could stuff a motorcycle helmet in your jacket pocket? This material has been used by the U.S. Ski Team for their ski outfits but I can think of lots of uses for motorcyclists.
Jackets could use this material all over and it wouldn’t be as stiff as current armor and it might work well in a lot of areas where a little flexibility would be appreciated. Those leather aviator helmets that look cool would be a natural, too. Pants, gloves, I can’t imagine why this hasn’t been put into every possible motorcycle garment already. These caps will not take the place of a good hard shell helmet but they are a lot better than nothing at all and the more of this material you wear, the better your chances in an unscheduled get off.
Ribcap is a Swiss company with distributors popping up all over the world. They are available throughout Europe, in Canada and they are coming to the USA soon. Looks like a pretty neat idea.
Related: Flexible Instant Body Armor