Closca Folding Bike Helmet – Review


Closca-Folding-HelmetBicycle helmets split opinion among cyclists.

The safety aspect is undeniable, but many of us still opt to go without. But why?

Largely it comes down to comfort, vanity and practicality. Helmets can be uncomfortable, make you sweat more, are bulky to carry around and, as pathetic as it sounds, don’t half mess up your hair. Daft, but turning up to work looking like you’ve just got out of bed isn’t a great look.

I know, I know, it’s not big and clever not to wear a helmet, nor would I ever, ever discourage anyone from wearing one and I also know I won’t care about my hair when I’m lying in a hospital bed… but still.

One company looking to bridge the gap in the market is Closca, based in Valencia, Spain, with their attempt at a stylish folding helmet design, launched last year following a Kickstarter campaign that received over 400 investors. The helmet is now available to buy online for €62 (about £50).

There are essentially two key elements that this helmet boasts that differentiates itself from others on the market: style and collapsibility.

Style

The cycling-market is screaming out for more stylish helmets to be introduced, and this Closca helmet is certainly a step in the right direction.

The helmet is basically comprised of two parts: the helmet itself and a cover – which is essentially a cap. The cover is easy to attach and remove from the helmet, with Velcro around the edges of the helmet keeping the cover in place. This also means that you can swap and change between covers – of which Closca have various designs available for €22-a-piece.

I love the idea of this helmet, however I did find it to be a little bulky overall, something that the cover accentuates somewhat. Obviously, with a product like this, there are limitations on how much you can ‘slim line’ the design without compromising on the safety elements, though.

Collapsibility

The helmet’s collapsibility function is the other big selling point from Closca. The video below shows how easy the helmet is to prepare, with the size of the helmet easily compressed with your hands using the clever sliding function on the interior.

 Closca Folding Bicycle Helmet

Collapsing the helmet is ideal for when you’re off your bike as it should easily slide into your bag, while Closca also kindly provide a fetching drawstring bag with every purchase.

Safety

From a safety perspective, the helmet design is constructed using three separate parts of EPP foam which are joined together with a cross strap system. Meaning if you do crash, these parts will work together to enhance shock absorption.

Overall

The idea of the Closca Folding Helmet is fantastic, combining style and practicality. However, for me, the bulkiness of the helmet while wearing it is a little too much and is also a little spicy at €62, and the styling isn’t particularly flattering – meaning this won’t be the product that convinces me to switch to the safe side of the cycling community.

Closca Bike Helmet

 

READ: New, improved version of the Closca helmet here.

Closca Folding Helmet

€62
Closca Folding Helmet
5

Fit

40/10

    Function

    80/10

      Style

      50/10

        Value

        40/10

          Quality

          40/10

            Pros

            • - Folding functionality works well
            • - Compact for carrying around

            Cons

            • - Unflattering, bulky design
            • - Cap style doesn't look right

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            2 thoughts on “Closca Folding Bike Helmet – Review

            • Matthew Barnett

              1 star.

              Terrible helmet and terrible purchasing experience.

              The helmet is designed very badly. It does not stay in the open position properly without you having to pull the chin strap on so tightly beyond normal. The material of the cap is bad too, it seems very cheap and nothing like the photos online. I did not use the item once, because it was too uncomfortable.

              Worst about the whole experience was the Closca service. I have had to file a case with Paypal because they have not refunded me.

              For the tiny bit of folding effect you get from this helmet, the questionable safety of it does not justify the product. Added on top the terrible service by Closca, I can only strongly recommend that you do not purchase this helmet. Returns have to be made to Spain, and that costs you £17 for a tracked delivery return! Hardly worth the effort!

            • Araújo

              Very satisfied. Very nice, perfect fit after adjustment, perfect service and supplying speed. I am Portuguese and the supplier is Spanish. The ones who knows our rivality can understand that I really love this helmet