Cycling helmet safety has not evolved much over the past 30 years. Until now helmet manufacturers have focused their design on conforming to the existing safety standards, which is based on a linear drop impact test.
This has changed with Bontrager WaveCel!
Trek’s teamed up with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steve Madey, and biomechanical engineer Dr. Michael Bottlang. Drs Madey and Bottlang who have collaborated for the past 25 years and pioneered advances in fracture care, thoracic and pelvic trauma, and head injury prevention. They're funded by grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to help prevent traumatic brain injuries amongst cyclists.
This elite team of specialists developed a testing protocol that more accurately represents the stresses caused in a real cycling accident. The result is WaveCel a collapsible cellular material that lines the inside of Bontrager helmets. This revolutionary material is proven to be up to 48x more effective than standard EPS foam at preventing concussions from common cycling accidents.
Unlike a standard foam helmet, which is designed to protect against direct impacts, WaveCel accounts for how most cycling accidents actually happen—ungracefully, with twists, turns, and angled impacts. WaveCel absorbs energy in multiple ways. On impact, the layers of the WaveCel material move independently and flex until the cell walls crumple and then glide, actively absorbing direct and rotational energy and redirecting it away from your head.
This three-step change in material structure—flex, crumple, glide—is remarkably effective at dispersing the energy from an impact. Nearly 99 out of 100 times, WaveCel prevents concussions from common cycling accidents.
You can have a lot of bikes in your life but you only get one brain!