We’ve seen folding bicycle helmets that can compact into a smaller bundle before. The Fuga, however, does them all one better by collapsing into a flatter pile about the shape of a dog bowl. Well, a dog bowl with a small visor sticking out.
Made by Closca, the helmet is separated into three stacked segments, with the two higher sections collapsing down to the bottom when it’s folded, leaving you with a bundle that should fit into cramped bags a whole lot better than previous folding helmets we’ve seen. In fact, it’s small enough that it might fit into larger coat pockets (well, absurdly large ones), making for a genuinely convenient accessory.
The Closca Fuga’s patented folding system doesn’t just collapse into a convenient shape, it’s a significantly smaller one, too, reducing the helmet’s total volume by a whopping 50 percent. Measuring 23mm thick, it’s made from a fiberglass-reinforced polystyrene, giving it adequate impact absorption, while remaining considerably thin. Hidden air vents in the intersection between the segments help keep cyclists’ heads cool, with an elastic fitting that allows it to conform to different individuals. According to Closca, the helmet has passed certification in the US, Europe, and Canada, so it’s about as safe as any helmet in the market, unique folding design notwithstanding.
Pricing for the Closca Fuga starts at €72.