As an urban cyclist in metropolitan Denver, I don’t like to compromise my style.
My bike, as well as my attire give me a sense of identity; informs the world that I’m not a casual cyclist, but someone who lives and breathes cycling and embraces an eco-friendly lifestyle.
Brooks saddle? Check. Surly commuter? Check. Helmet? Umm… not so much. Until recently, I had been using a bowl-style helmet that looked more appropriate for a skateboarder than a cyclist. It was also heavy, cumbersome, and flattened my hair into helmet head submission. I needed a new helmet, but where would I find a suitable replacement?
Thousand’s Heritage Helmet is thoughtfully designed with the commuter cyclist in mind. The minimalist design is sleek and I don’t feel like I resemble Toad from Super Mario Brothers. From the neutral matte colors and contrasting vintage moto-inspired trim, to the vegetan leather straps, this helmet is the ultimate in subtle urban style.
Other thoughtful features: a magnetic lock for quick release that won’t pinch fingers; strategically placed vents; two sets of interior padding for a more custom fit; drawstring helmet bag; and an innovative hidden round pop lock that allows for a U lock and reassures me that my helmet will still be there when I return. The latter feature is cleverly designed, as it reduces the fear of helmet theft and eliminates the awkwardness that comes with carrying around a bulky helmet indoors. And, if the helmet happens to be stolen while locked to your bike, Thousand will replace your helmet for free.
The only improvement that I would suggest comes down to the straps. While aesthetically pleasing, I would offer the straps in two colors (black or tan) for those obsessed with matching bike saddles and accessories. There also needs to be a loop to secure access strap so it doesn’t angle in an awkward way. I also accidentally pinched my throat (ouch!) when I was adjusting the straps for the first time.
If Thousand found a way to engineer a second adjustment option (such as a BOA system on the back) without sacrificing the minimalist style, the Heritage would be great. I am not completely comfortable with the straps being the only way to adjust it to a more snug fit.
Overall, the Heritage helmet is a good helmet for style with thoughtful design – it looks great on my head! For me, the colors, design, and secret poplock outweigh the strap issue.
The Heritage Collection helmet retails for $80 and is available in three colors: Carbon Black, Moonlight White, and Thousand Navy. Grab your favorite from Amazon with Prime shipping on some sizes and colors.