KIRSH Helmets Are “Slimmer & Safer”
By Mark Hinchliffe | MotorbikeWriter
American start-up KIRSH Helmets has started producing helmets that have a slimmer shell without compromising safety.
Instead of thick EPS foam, inventor Jason Kirshon uses a thinner layer of silicone and silicone fluid.
He says the fluid displacement liner is designed to move impact energy from all directions and will be the safest in the world.
The advantage of their technology is that the helmets are slimmer, which means less aerodynamic drag for reduced wind noise, “helmet lift” and neck ache, as well as a more fashionable look.
They also claim the smaller profile will reduce the helmet radius which should be critical in reducing rotational torque in a crash and reduce the likelihood of neck injuries.
Harley rider Jason announced his invention in 2017 and they are now in production in the USA and taking advanced orders for their half helmet, a style which constitutes about 40% of the American market.
First deliveries to customers are expected later this year.
While the company has only produced a half helmet with American DOT certification, they plan to also produce open-face, full-face and modular helmets.
Co-founder of the New York company, Donald Devito, says they have seven patents pending and are seeking European patents so they can develop the other helmet styles as half helmets are not permitted under European rules.
“We’ve received a lot of interest in the USA and from all over the globe and have been the official helmet of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the last three years,” he says.
“We’re doing a pretty good job for a young company.”
They are also looking at eventually adding smart helmet technology such as head-up display, cameras, intercom and more.
The helmet technology will also be used for other sporting helmets such as cycling and football.
Mark Hinchliffe is a freelance writer for various national magazines and websites, plus founder of MotorbikeWriter.com. I started MotorbikeWriter to bring the world all the daily motorcycle news, views, reviews and lifestyle happenings.