Vozz proposes a revolution in helmet design with the RS 1.0 (Credit: Vozz Helmets)
Motorcycle helmets have been around for almost a century, yet their design has never really deviated from the pull on-pull off type with a chinstrap to secure in place. Australian company Vozz Helmets is changing that with a revolutionary design that renders straps obsolete – and has a few more tricks up its sleeve as well.
The Voztec System is a concept that has been around since 2005, but it apparently took several years to reach final production stage. During this time a lot of development and testing had to be carried out before Vozz could secure patents and trademarks in several key countries around the world – including Australia, USA, Europe, Japan and China. A deal with an (unspecified) “international composite helmet manufacturer who is ISO900 certified” took care of the trickiest part of logistics and the Vozz RS 1.0 is officially on the market.
The most innovative feature of the RS 1.0 is the head’s access point. The helmet splits vertically in two parts that pivot around a hinge at the top and toward the back of the shell. This opening offers ample space for the head to slide into the helmet and then it only takes is a little pressure to reattach the two parts via two locking mechanisms. According to Vozz this can be done easily while wearing gloves and even glasses.
This concept allowed the redesign of the helmet’s underside, resulting in an extended and rounded chin cup that surrounds the head from below, thus eliminating the need for a chinstrap to hold it in place. Once the two parts of the helmet have locked, it is supposed to fit perfectly without the need of any kind of restraint and cannot be accidentally removed.