I know I don’t need to beat a dead horse, but 2020 sucked. I am going to take a little different track with this review however, as coming across and trying out Thousand helmets directly came from the pandemic itself.
One of the things that I, like many people, were forced to figure out in 2020 was how to workout appropriately. While running outside was, and is, still appropriate (assuming it’s not crammed on roads and trails together), I needed some new ways to keep myself and family motivated during the uncertain times. I invested in a Peloton digital membership, dusted off the old free weight dumbbells, upgraded the motor and belt on my treadmill, and got back into biking as well. I wasn’t looking for cycling increases like I was when training for the Portland Triathlon a half-decade ago, but rolling out the two-wheeled cruisers was a great way to get outside and be active with the family.
What I quickly realized was that my head-safety gear was woefully lacking. My helmet was literally 20+ years old and, even until recently, every time I wore it the padding on the inside would flake off like black dandruff in my hair. Super gross. With each ride, it was becoming more and more evident that I was going to need a new option – and now thanks to Thousand, I think I’m good for quite some time.
The first thing anyone notices about Thousand helmets are their unique brimmed front. To me, that have that vintage moto-inspired look – straight out of the 60’s and 70’s with the feeling that it was pulled out of your cool uncle’s attic and passed down to you.
I find most helmets out there fall somewhere between childish and futuristic. While the latter may be good if you are doing some racing, for the most part I just want my headwear to look cool enough and not seem like I just fell out of some distant galaxy. The vents on the helmets help that by providing a more subdued airflow system instead of those huge vents that most typical helmets work feature.
But really, besides looking dope as hell, there is more to the Thousand helmets than just their exterior.
While you wouldn’t necessarily see it at first glance, the details are absolutely where Thousand shines. The features take that classic lok and bring it forward with new modern details.
- Magnetic Buckle
- It sounds simple enough (and is now a no-brainer), but this feature makes things super easy. No need to use two hands to get that fit (and maybe pinch your fingers in the process) – just a single hand will do when the magnet assists in locking you up tight.
- Secret Poplock
- While I don’t necessarily live in a big metro area where I am riding my bike everywhere, there have been times I have utilized this in downtown Salem for an afternoon. On each side of the helmet is a removeable poplock – which is essentially a hole where a bike lock can easily fit inside and secure with your bike outside. That way, you are hands free when walking or grabbing an outdoor bite at a local eatery that absolutely needs the business. And if, somehow, your helmet is stolen when in it’s lock mode – Thousand will send you a new one!
- Vegan Straps
- Simply put, Thousand stays conscientious of the environment (and animals as well) by utilizing straps that are vegan. That makes them functional, as well as eco-friendly – a win-win if I ever saw.
The fit in my hold helmet was, quite frankly, a pain. I don’t know what it is, but I have always struggled with straps on helmets. I am pretty sure my old helmet was NEVER adjusted in the decades that I had it, regardless of if my hair was shaved short as a college student, or super long as a pandemic rider. It was always just…”OK enough”. And I’m pretty sure “OK” is not really the safest way to be riding.
Thousand helmets have a dial on the back that assists in keeping them tight to your noggin regardless of what phase of hairstyle life you are in. It also makes it easier to hand down to a sibling or child in the future.
We tried out a few helmets, the Heritage in the beautiful Steve McQueen-esque Speedway Creme and the Chapter MIPS in Club Navy. The Heritage is Thousand’s more “entry-level” helmet that features all of the above mentioned specs and weights right around a pound depending on the size.
The Chapter MIPS expands even more on the design by adding MIPS – Multi-directional Impact Protection System – to the helmet. This system “is found inside the helmet, generally between the comfort padding and the EPS (a high-quality foam used to reduce energy). For certain impacts, the MIPS BPS can reduce harmful forces transmitted to the brain.” Additionally, it comes with a magnetic, super bright 50 Lumen LED light that will quickly and easily attach (and detach) from your helmet. You will need to remember to charge it obviously, but depending on how much night riding you do, this shouldn’t be a huge issue. All sizes in the Chapter weigh under .9 pounds. It features an extra vent (8 vs. 7) and comes with a magnetic light as well.
Overall, we couldn’t be more excited to put these to even more use this upcoming year. It’s a perfect complement for the PNW runner/biker.
More about Thousand:
Before starting Thousand, I never wore a helmet, even though I was a longtime cyclist. They were too bulky, too inconvenient, and too futuristic-looking. But when I lost a friend to a fatal bike accident, I knew I had to change. Instead of settling for the “sci-fi” looking helmets on the market, I got to work designing one.
We named our company “Thousand” as a promise – a commitment and a goal of helping to save 1000 lives by making helmets people actually want to wear. Our name serves as a daily reminder of why we do what we do.
Safety is why we started Thousand. We launched on Kickstarter in 2015, and I’m still grateful for each and every order that we ship, because it means another rider that’s choosing to be safe by wearing a Thousand helmet. Every time a member of our community writes to us, letting us know their helmet kept them safe in an accident, we’re inspired to do even more and keep more riders safe on the road.
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