Australian helmet manufacturer Vozz Helmets has revolutionised the helmet market, and has already gained a strong following since its initial product launch earlier this year.
The helmet is what is called a “rear-access design” - it opens from the back, goes on over the head, closes around the head and locks in place. An adjustable chin cup completes the system to ensure the helmet is secure on the wearer’s head.
The innovative design of the helmet eliminates the chin strap.
The patented Voztec system allows the helmet to have a very narrow opening at the bottom of the helmet that allows for a far more aerodynamic shape, a rounded chin bar that fits more closely giving more protection under the jaw line, and less points that can get snagged in a crash.
It is far more secure and isn’t affected by the wind, eliminating buffeting, lifting and movement when riding.
Once in place, 98% of the impact absorbing EPS lining is in contact with the head.
Vozz brought an initial shipment of helmets into the country earlier in the year, and based on customer feedback and further testing the company has made some refinements to the design.
A small change around the release locks has helped to reduce wind noise, and the liner is now made from a more luxurious fabric that doesn’t tend to catch on hair, especially men’s facial hair.
National Business Development Manager, Nathan James, says stocks of the updated model will arrive in the country in time for a full product launch in October, and will be be available through a network of dealers and online through the Vozz website.
Nathan has worked with Shoei, AGV and Dainese in Europe and is strongly focussed on rider safety, something that fits very well with the corporate culture at Vozz.
He says the unique nature of the helmet requires that it be fitted and adjusted correctly, and that every dealer will go through extensive product training prior to the launch.
Rather than stock the helmet through large accessories dealerships, he is expecting to appoint around 10 - 15 specialised dealers on the east coast of Australia by September, and to have the whole country covered by December.
That will ensure every customer receives the best possible service and user experience with the Vozz helmet.
As well as the added safety that comes from having the head cradled so securely, removing the helmet from a crashed rider can be done without risking further injuries.
Simply opening the helmet gives easy access to the rider for first responders.
If the helmet needs to be removed it can be done simply by removing two plastic lugs in the top of the helmet and undoing two screws, separating the front and back parts, but allowing the back to stay in place to support the head while a neck brace is put in place.
Nathan says the company also has plans to train paramedics in how to quickly and effectively remove the helmet.
The front of the Vozz helmet has a tri-composite construction, and the rear is made from high impact ABS. It weighs approximately 1680g which is comparable to top level conventional helmets.
It is certified to AS/NZS 1698, DOT and ECE22.05 helmet standards.
Stay tuned - we will have a full review of the new model when it arrives in the country.