Bike Helmets Disguised as Stylish Hats without Sacrificing Safety


Bandbox offers cover designs including fedoras, straw hats and cowboy hats

Emma Hutchings
  • 22 july 2014

Bandbox is a company that hopes to reduce the number of people who suffer head injuries by supplying stylish helmets that cyclists are actually happy to wear. Their aim is to increase safety and increase cycling, which benefits the environment as well as the rider, enabling them to commute to work or go for a casual afternoon ride in style. Not wearing a helmet isn’t a smart choice, as cyclists weren’t wearing helmets in over 90% of all bicycle fatalities.

Bandbox bike helmets are disguised as stylish hats and the varying hat covers were designed with the intention of giving cyclists styles that can be worn on a daily basis. The wide variety of designs include fedoras, beach hats, newsboy caps, straw hats and cowboy hats as interchangeable covers, allowing you to chose one you like that also matches the weather and locale.

The helmets are elegant and comfortable, while also meeting U.S. CPSC standards for safety under normal operating conditions. They are vented and lined with cool wickable fabric for those hot summer days and there is a choice of harness webbing colors to blend with the wearer’s hair or skin so it’s hard to tell they are bicycle helmets.

Bandbox was founded by Dr. Cheryl Allen-Munley, an expert in bicycle safety, who wanted to help solve the problem of dorky-looking helmets putting people off wearing them. She is a regular commuter, has written a dissertation on bike safety and spent ten years as Director of Transportation in Jersey City.

Bandbox bike helmets are smaller than average as they are made of elastomeric foam, which is more impact-resistant than styrofoam and allows the helmet to be made thinner. Designed to mimic the shape of the human head, the helmets are disguised by different hat covers, each sewn by hand. These attach to the helmet by tightening and tying a string.

Bandbox helmets are available at the online store for $60 in silver, tan, brown or black. There are over twenty covers ranging in price from $40-$84. You can learn more about Bandbox from the video below:


[h/t] Cool Hunting


What Material Research In Beirut Bodes For Our Waste Crisis

Design & Architecture
Technology Today

Umbrella Tells You Whether It's Needed Before You Go Out

Opus One was designed by former Samsung engineers and offers a weather forecast via the flashing LED on top

Sustainability Today

Biocomposite Skateboard Provides An Eco-Friendly Ride

The Uitto is an eco-friendly skate deck crafted from Norwegian wood fibers


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Retail 2017

See All
Work Today

Hyatt Honors Travelers With A 3D-Printed Statue Contest

The hospitality wanted to celebrate the people who go everywhere for work and make sure their tasks were not forgotten

Syndicated Today

High-Tech Replica Brings Prehistoric Art Within Reach

A £48m recreation of the Lascaux Caves in France will let visitors experience the unique place for the first time in decades

Entertainment Today

Tripod Lets You Make Snapchat Videos Hands-Free

The Camkix kit lets you record wirelessly from any angle

IoT Today

GE Develops An Alexa-Enabled Table Lamp

The first in a line of interconnected home products will integrate Amazon's voice-activated system for smarter home living

Advertising Today

Spotify Mines User Data To Create A Global Ad Campaign

The series of billboards relays the feelings that people express through listening to music


Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business

PSFK Op-Ed Today

Why Personalization Is The Key To Customer Satisfaction

Andrew Blackmon of The Black Tux shares how the company is using machine-learning models to streamline the fitting process

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Social Media Today

This Collar Wants To Be The Bridge Between Human-Dog Communication

Inupathy claims to be world's first dog emotion visualizer

Retail Today

Commerce Expert: Why Brick-And-Mortar Shopping Can’t Be Replaced

Erin Armendinger, SVP of bio, explains the physical need of customers to experience certain products before buying

Fitness & Sport Today

Bicycle Hotel In Norway Makes Commuting A Breeze

The energy efficient space was designed to help the city of Lillestrøm get closer to their environmental goals by encouraging people to ride their bike

Fashion Today

Basquiat-Inspired Fashion Line Supports Emerging Talent

The late artist's estate has collaborated with New York label alice+olivia on a new range of designs

Gaming & Play Today

Fidgeting Tools Designed To Help Creative Minds Focus

The DIDGETS Collection helps those who have anxiety or are restlessly moving to focus while they are working


Conference Built Around Report Launch

Children Today

Helpful Robot Teaches People Of All Ages How To Code

The Root has coding expertise designed to benefit a wide range of people

Home Today

Sharing Service Connects Directors With Film Locations

Finding affordable places to film can be difficult, so GETset was designed to help creators easily find good locations

Technology Today

Adobe Is Teaching Machines To Copy Your Artistic Style

A new research project called Stylit uses a camera to mimic a drawing and reproduce the strokes digitally

No search results found.