Tired of battling with bulky cycling helmets? We tested the latest solution: The folding Morpher helmet
The inspiration for the helmet came after Jeff Woolf, Morpher’s inventor and CEO, noticed that the majority of bike-share users in London were not wearing helmets. After surveying users, Woolf found that a whopping 82% of the riders surveyed didn’t wear a helmet due to lack of portability. Lugging about an awkward, bulky helmet defeats the object of the convenience of bike or scooter sharing, especially as a lot of users hop on spontaneously. So Woolf sought to solve the problem and improve people’s safety.
The Morpher is true innovation in cycle-wear. The light-weight helmet folds flat, coming in at just 2.5” thick, so it can easily be slipped into a bag ready to be pulled out and popped on whenever you need it. Any initial fears that the helmet may feel flimsy compared to a solid helmet were immediately allayed: once the helmet is popped out, you simply engage the four yellow safety clips with a quick snap to brace the helmet and you are ready to go! It feels secure and solid, and from the outside you’d never guess it was a folding helmet. When you’re ready to pack it away again there are two buttons on each side that you just pull down to release the safety clips and the helmet folds straight down, secured by magnets so it stays nice and compact. This is great for transporting the helmet when out and about, and also storing the helmet neatly away at home.
The helmet comes in one size, so no messing around trying to measure your head and work out which size helmet to buy. There is a ratchet fit-system at the back that adjusts to head sizes from 52cm – 58cm, which is super easy and quick to adjust ensuring that the helmet fits your head precisely. This is a slight limitation as our resident cyclist has a 51cm head, however the smallest size in most solid helmets is 52cm as well. If you have a particularly small or large head this may not be the helmet for you, and certainly cannot be used by children. Once the fit system at the back and the straps are adjusted to fit your head, the helmet is super comfortable and very light without feeling insubstantial.
Of course we (fortunately) haven’t been able to give the helmet the ultimate test but we didn’t need to: the helmet is fully safety certified, passing CPSC certification in the US and CE EN:1078 certification.
Convenient for regular cyclists and commuters as well as spontaneous cycle and scooter share users this helmet should to be in every pannier, backpack and tote across the globe.