We asked Zoya Mathison to choose her favourite Thousand helmet and test it out. Here's what she made of it...
I’ve always been a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to wearing a helmet. I ALWAYS wear one. This is due, partly to my innate clumsiness (there isn’t a curb in the world I haven’t tripped over) and partly due to the fact that I really, really, really don’t want to be another tragedy in the local newspaper.
The thing with bicycle helmets is they are generally… ugly. If you were brought up in the 80’s and 90’s, helmets were triangular, multi vented monstrosities that sat on top of your head. These helmets were NOT cool. Especially when you are an awkward teenager trying to impress the opposite sex. Fast forward to 2018, a friend of mine was so disgusted by the bike helmets on offer, she chose to wear a horse riding helmet, reasoning that a horse is bigger than a bike and goes as fast so the riding helmet would be fine.
So, what is a person with a keen sense of style and safety going to do? Find and love the Thousand helmet range, thats what!
Straight from the shores of the U.S.A. these Californian beauties drew my eye. The retro/Stranger Things style really appealed to me. I liked the range of colours, the mint green Epoch and the Gold helmet twinkled like stars, but I decided on the Heritage Collection. What can I say, I like old style things. I went for the Medium size in the new Arctic Grey, it was a bit snug (I’ve got a big brain..) so I took out some of the padding on the sides of the helmet and lo, it fitted comfortably. Thousand helmets have obviously been well thought out as each helmet comes with extra padding, so you can mix and match to your hearts and heads content to get the right fit.Once the Thousand helmet was on my head it was time for a bike ride. I’m happy to report that my head did not get too sweaty, the small and unobtrusive vents allowed a good flow of air around my head. The vegan leather straps did not chafe or rub at all. To be honest - the magnetic fastening system takes a little while to get used to, coming from someone who has clipped everyone of my helmet straps together.
One of the best parts of the Thousand helmet was using the ‘pop lock’ to secure it to the bike. I simply popped out the tab, threaded my chain through it and sauntered into a coffee shop, half an hour later both bike and helmet were still there. Phew!
All in all I’d give the Thousand Helmet a 5 out of 5. It’s lightweight, easy to wear, looks good and most importantly I felt safe riding around the streets of Hastings wearing it. Well done Thousand!