Bike helmets are bulky and need to be carried around, which is why we see bike helmets fold or collapse when not in use. However, Inflabi takes a different approach, simply deflates and rolls up.
Inflabi, currently being developed by a German startup of the same name, uses a TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) air chamber covered with a seam-welded wear-resistant fabric.
These chambers are inflated and deflated through valves at the back. A compact pump will still be included, although any third-party manual bicycle tire pump will work for the former.
It takes about 20 seconds to inflate the helmet from empty.
Aside from being less bulky when deflated, the Inflabi does have a few other advantages over traditional helmets.
For one thing, since it’s 70 percent air when inflated, it’s much lighter—the current prototype weighs 140 grams (4.9 ounces), but the exact weight of the final production model has yet to be determined. Because it is more flexible, it is also able to better and comfortably conform to the contours of each rider’s head.Since it does not contain foam that can be damaged by impact, should Reusable after crash.
Of course, safety is the most important consideration. To that end, the designers claim that Inflabi has four times the shock absorption of traditional foam helmets. We’ve been told that it will receive full European EU1078 safety certification later this year.
Preorders for a small number of Inflabi helmets are planned to begin in August, with shipments to begin in November. Its price is expected to be around 150 euros ($163), but that could change due to supply chain issues.