For the last several years, Nutcase Helmets has run its Unframed contest, which invites designers to submit artwork for the chance to win $500, see their design produced and be invited to create artwork live at various bicycle industry events. Those art pieces are then auctioned off to support the non-profit World Bicycle Relief.
The 2016 submissions are now online. Check out 203 designs from all over the world and vote for your favorites before Monday, December 14, when the finalists will be announced.
We visited the Portland-based Nutcase Helmets a month ago, and only recently recovered from our color-induced hangover after seeing all the new styles (these folks obviously used all their Crayola crayons as kids), we happily stumbled upon their new Moto line of skull protection for the throttle-twisting crowd at Interbike. Half our staff ride motorcycles regularly, and these $150 gems add a bit of pizzazz.
Not only do they look cool, the injection-molded ABS Shell has an expanded polystyrene (EPS) protective inner foam for high impact protection. A quick-release chin strap buckle keeps it safely snug, and two intake vents keep things cool. The pivoting anti-scratch/UV protective shield comes in two sizes (Shorty and Tall) and three colors (Amber, Clear and Smoke) for $35. Additional removable ear pads can also be purchased for $15.
The Nutcase Moto line is Department of Transportation (DOT) and Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) certified. Eight designs are available in four sizes: Small (55-56cm), Medium (57-58cm), Large (59-60cm) and XL (61cm).
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