Hövding provides superior protection
To help consumers choose the right cycle helmet, the Swedish insurance company Folksam tests various cycle helmets on the European market every year. Hövding naturally took part in the extensive test, and was awarded top marks.
According to Folksam’s statistics from actual accidents, two thirds of head injuries in cyclists could have been avoided if they had worn a helmet. A cycle helmet is quite simply fantastic insurance, and Hövding offers the best cover. Hövding demonstrated superior protection against head injuries in Folksam’s tests in 2020.
Approved personal protective equipment
All cycle helmets must be certified in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment (the PPE Regulation). For a cycle helmet to be classified as personal protective equipment and receive marketing authorisation in the EU, it must pass these certification tests. However, the tests Folksam conducts go further than the statutory requirements.
Hövding demonstrated superior protection against head injuries in Folksam’s tests in 2020.
Folksam’s tests also cover rotational force
In current certification tests, a helmet is only dropped onto a flat surface, which only evaluates the energy absorption in a straight impact. This does not fully reflect how a cycle accident occurs as cyclists often fall at an oblique angle to the surface. In oblique impacts, the head and the brain are subject to dangerous rotational forces which can cause severe injuries. Consequently, Folksam also tests oblique impacts (just as we at Hövding do in our own development tests).
The tests that the helmets undergo
The safety level of 27 different cycle helmets was investigated in crash tests in which the helmets’ level of protection in cycle accidents with various impact angles was tested as follows:
- Oblique impact on the top of the helmet
- Oblique impact on the side of the helmet
- Oblique impact on the front of the helmet
- Two straight impacts to measure the helmet’s shock absorption
By far the most common head injury in a fall from a bike is concussion. Such an injury mainly occurs with oblique impacts against the ground, and Folksam therefore emphasises that the three oblique impact tests are more important than the two tests measuring shock absorption capacity.
« By far the best test results in terms of both shock absorption and oblique impacts’. »
Top marks to Hövding
Hövding passed all impact tests by a reassuring margin. According to the report, it achieved ‘by far the best test results in terms of both shock absorption and oblique impacts’. For the measured risk of concussion with oblique impacts on the front of the helmet, Hövding had the lowest values of all (max. 12% risk of concussion).
‘Good choice’ mark
The helmets that achieve the best total results in Folksam’s tests are awarded the ‘Good choice’ mark. Eight helmets were awarded this mark in the 2020 tests. They were all 15% better than the average helmet and had good results in all tests. What raised Hövding above the others was in part its low shock absorption value (the next best helmet in the test had a value three times as high). Folksam’s tests are recognition of Hövding’s phenomenal level of protection, in particular given that their tests are tough and go much further than the statutory requirements. If you want to read Folksam’s full test report, you can find it here.