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My Hövding story
- Stephanie Brodin

Hövding has over 200 000 users spread over a number of different countries and our airbag helmet has protected over 5000 people in bicycle accidents* so far. Stephanie is a Hövding rider who've shared her personal accident story with us.

*Bicycle accidents reported to Hövding.

“Everything went so fast and at the same time I realized that I was going to crash, I experienced a small explosion, my Hövding had been deployed.”

It was a dark and rainy December morning and I was on my way to work. I was happy and satisfied with my new Hövding and it was a delightful feeling to not wear anything on my head. In a downhill, there were wet leaves lying on the ground and I lost control and skidded. Everything went so fast and at the same time I realized that I was going to crash, I experienced a small explosion, my Hövding had been deployed. I did not understand that it had been deployed until I actually saw the airbag. With bruised knees, I was able to continue my ride and I was grateful that my Hövding had done what it was supposed to do.

 

Did you feel any discomfort when your Hövding deployed?
It felt like a mini explosion when my Hövding deployed and it actually took me a few seconds to understand what had happened. My Hövding was wrapped tightly around my head and I felt a slight pressure against my head.

 

Have you changed your cycling behavior after the accident?
After the accident, I have started to slow down when I ride downhill and now, I pay more attention to the road surface.

 

Why do you think some people are skeptical about wearing a bicycle helmet?
I think there are two reasons why people are skeptical about wearing a bicycle helmet. Firstly, I believe that people consider the appearance of bicycle helmets as rather unattractive. Secondly, it’s probably hard for people to imagine that they themselves will be involved in an accident.

 

Would you recommend Hövding?
Yes, absolutely. I think that a Hövding protects your head better than other bicycle helmets in case of an accident. A Hövding can, for instance, never fall of your head in the same way as a poorly strapped ordinary bicycle helmet. Moreover, I think that a Hövding is more adequate for us who don’t want to put on a helmet but still wants to be protected. I really believe in Hövding and I think that it can make people start wearing head protection while cycling, without wearing an actual helmet.