Hovding 3 – The helmet you wear around your neck

Hovding before and after deployed

8 times safer?

Bicycling is the leading cause of sports-related traumatic brain injury.


Hövding claims the Hövding 3 is 8 times safer than traditional bike helmets. They base this claim on a Stanford University study done by bioengineer David Camarillo, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering; Thrasher Research Fund; David and Lucile Packard Foundation; and Child Health Research Institute Transdisciplinary Initiatives Program.


The results of the study are included in the ​Sept. 27 edition of Annals of Biomedical Engineering.


The study concluded, "Peak accelerations obtained from these experiments with airbag helmets achieve up to an 8-fold reduction in the risk of concussion compared to standard EPS helmets."


The Hövding has a better chance of protecting you from a concussion than a traditional foam bike helmet partly because it has a lot more cushioning. It also limits neck movement when deployed.


Wear in around your neck

When deployed, the Hövding 3 looks extremely silly and huge. You wouldn't want to be seen wearing a Hövding in its deployed state.


Fortunately, you don't even have to wear in on your head. In its initial state the Hövding does not even look like a helmet. You wear it around your neck and it almost looks like you're wearing a scarf. Some call the Hövding the invisible helmet.


Sensors inside the collar read the cyclist's movement pattern 200 times per second and in the event of an accident deploys in a tenth of a second. It is powered by battery that last for about 15 hours of continuously cycling and can be fully charged in 2 hours.


If connected to a smartphone during and accident, selected contacts are automatically notified.


The Hövding is one-size-fits-all and can be adjusted via a BOA dial like the one seen in some shoes.


Some covers are available for purchase to add style to the Hövding.

Pros

  • Looks cool 
  • 8 times safer than foam helmets
  • Automatically notifies selected contacts in case of accidents
  • Keeps your head cool

Cons

  • Might not instill confidence
  • Durability unknown
  • Battery needs to be charged

Conclusion:

If you don't like wearing helmets but you must, the Hövding might just be for you.


However, even though it is 8 times safe than foam helmets, we really don't know how reliable it is. The sensors or battery might fail and the deploying mechanism might get stuck. Unlike a traditional helmet, which just works all the time. No need to be charging it at all.


But if you have the money, why not? It's cooler than wearing a helmet and safer when it works. It could also protect your neck it seems.


The Hövding 3 retails for €299.

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