New WaveCel Helmet Protects Against Injuries 48x More Effective than Analogs

Bontrager has renewed its signature line of helmets with new modifications for four key models. Their main difference is a new filler to soften impacts. Now an innovative copolymer material is used in its capacity, from which a hollow cellular structure is formed - WaveCel.

WaveCel is the result of one and a half decades of research into how the head of a person wearing a helmet hits various obstacles. The main problem is that in real life there are almost no such “ideal” shocks that are initially modeled in laboratories. And the protection designed to withstand direct impacts fails even in front of weak loads with a sliding application vector. But there are also factors such as unexpected angles on obstacles or the need to protect your head if a person falls and rolls on the asphalt.

WaveCel polymer plates are glued together in a kind of honeycomb, with a triangular shape of the cells. The walls of each cell are movable, it itself can be displaced relative to its neighbors, and one row of cells is flexibly attached to another. But at the same time, the material itself is very durable - with any physical contact, the impact energy is extinguished due to the reversible deformation of the entire structure of the honeycomb, and the plates themselves do not crack.

With this approach, the WaveCel can resist impact from any direction, including prolonged sliding on rough surfaces. The material is very light - all helmet protection weighs only 53 grams, and is breathable for natural head ventilation. The WaveCel is mounted under a tough outer helmet protector and reduces the risk of concussion in accidents by 48 times compared to older Bontrager models.