We’ve seen foldable helmets before. Not being first doesn’t mean you can’t be the most impressive, though. That’s exactly what the Overade Plixi does, as it’s able to fold into an impressively compact bundle.
Although it doesn’t quite shrink into a pile you can drop in a jacket pocket, it does fold up enough that you can tuck it in a corner of your bag, with none of the usual bulk a regular bicycle helmet will take up. It can fold into less than a third of the helmet’s volume (21 x 16 x 11 cm), making it considerably easier to find space for in your stash.
When equipped for riding, the Overade Plixi looks like a regular bicycle helmet, with 14 vents for keeping your head cool, fitting pads for comfortable wear, and adjustable straps to ensure it holds tight even while you ride down roads at high speeds. Folding the helmet is a simple, three-step process that should take users no more than a few seconds to complete. It complies with Europe’s EN1078 safety standard for non-motorcycle helmets (bikes, rollerblades, and skateboards), so it should offer the same level of protection as traditional bike headwear, all while taking up much less space during storage.
Construction is ABS for the outer shell and shock-absorbing polystyrene for the interior. Each helmet comes with a detachable visor and a protective fabric pouch where you can keep it when not in use.
Available in two sizes and two colors (black or white), the Overade Plixi retails for €75.