How Charles Owen uses technology to make safer helmets
The implementation of technology begins with the materials that make up each helmet. Most of Charles Owen’s helmet shells are made out of fibreglass with a few of the more basic models created from injection moulded plastic. The purpose of the shell is to spread the force upon impact as well as to maintain the integrity of the helmet when dragged along a rough surface, making it the key component in protecting the head against skull fracture. The shell also provides protection from the concentrated impact of a stud, a protection that some safety standards do not require but that Charles Owen feels is important.
Understanding the biomechanics, anthropology and ergonomics of heads is vital to the process of developing new technologies. Helmets are traditionally checked by measuring the peak acceleration of a helmeted steel headform falling into a steel surface. For Charles Owen, this is only the start of analysing how a helmet will perform in the real world.
How Charles Owen uses MIPS technology to top up helmet safety
• MIPS is a Brain Protection System
• Rotational motion can cause brain injuries
• The low friction layer allows a sliding movement of 10–15mm, in all – directions, reducing rotational motion to the brain during impact.
• MIPS adds protection.
Offset ventilation holes for superior airflow while preventing horse studs penetrating through the helmet
Lightweight but highly protective
Charles Owen helmets are constructed to remain in place while riding and in the event of a fall. Each helmet grips the occipital bone, which is located at the base of the skull, so that it cannot shift and alter the area of protection offered.
Outer shell provides the initial protection in a fall by spreading the impact over a greater area, thereby dispersing energy.
Expanded Polystyrene liner creates a ‘microscopic bubble wrap’ that absorbs energy during impact.
The patented GRpx® technology harness that offers superior fit and security with self-adjusting cups that grip the base of the skull.
The innovative Free Fit system increases airflow with cross-ventilation to dramatically improve cooling.
A channel at the front of the helmet pulls air into the helmet and allows it to escape through the ventilation slots at the top and back.
The Coolmax® mesh over the air channel cradles the forehead, wicking the beads of sweat as they form to create a personal air-conditioning system for the rider.