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Vozz Helmets’ rear-loading RS 1.0 does away with the chinstrap

Vozz Helmets’ rear-loading RS ...
Vozz proposes a revolution in helmet design with the RS 1.0
Vozz proposes a revolution in helmet design with the RS 1.0
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Vozz proposes a revolution in helmet design with the RS 1.0
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Vozz proposes a revolution in helmet design with the RS 1.0
The Vozz RS 1.0 helmet is equipped with anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protection visor
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The Vozz RS 1.0 helmet is equipped with anti-fog, anti-scratch and UV protection visor
The Vozz RS 1.0 helmet from all viewing angles
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The Vozz RS 1.0 helmet from all viewing angles
The Vozz comfort liner is made from quick-drying antibacterial fabric, only the cheek pads are removable
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The Vozz comfort liner is made from quick-drying antibacterial fabric, only the cheek pads are removable
Putting on and taking off the Vozz RS 1.0 helmet is a seemingly easy task, even while wearing gloves and glasses
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Putting on and taking off the Vozz RS 1.0 helmet is a seemingly easy task, even while wearing gloves and glasses
The Vozz RS 1.0 will be initially available in seven colors
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The Vozz RS 1.0 will be initially available in seven colors
Vozz proposes a revolution in helmet design with the RS 1.0
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Vozz proposes a revolution in helmet design with the RS 1.0
The Vozz Safety Release System requires a flat head screwdriver to separate the two parts of the helmet, making its removal possible without moving the neck or applying any pressure to the head
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The Vozz Safety Release System requires a flat head screwdriver to separate the two parts of the helmet, making its removal possible without moving the neck or applying any pressure to the head
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Motorcycle helmets have been around for almost a century, yet their design has never really deviated from the pull on-pull off type with a chinstrap to secure in place. Australian company Vozz Helmets is changing that with a revolutionary design that renders straps obsolete – and has a few more tricks up its sleeve as well.

The Voztec System is a concept that has been around since 2005, but it apparently took several years to reach final production stage. During this time a lot of development and testing had to be carried out before Vozz could secure patents and trademarks in several key countries around the world – including Australia, USA, Europe, Japan and China. A deal with an (unspecified) "international composite helmet manufacturer who is ISO900 certified" took care of the trickiest part of logistics and the Vozz RS 1.0 is officially on the market.

The most innovative feature of the RS 1.0 is the head's access point. The helmet splits vertically in two parts that pivot around a hinge at the top and toward the back of the shell. This opening offers ample space for the head to slide into the helmet and then it only takes is a little pressure to reattach the two parts via two locking mechanisms. According to Vozz this can be done easily while wearing gloves and even glasses.

Putting on and taking off the Vozz RS 1.0 helmet is a seemingly easy task, even while wearing gloves and glasses
Putting on and taking off the Vozz RS 1.0 helmet is a seemingly easy task, even while wearing gloves and glasses

This concept allowed the redesign of the helmet's underside, resulting in an extended and rounded chin cup that surrounds the head from below, thus eliminating the need for a chinstrap to hold it in place. Once the two parts of the helmet have locked, it is supposed to fit perfectly without the need of any kind of restraint and cannot be accidentally removed.

In theory there are several inherent advantages to this design. By eliminating the need for an opening big enough for the head to slide in, the helmet can be tailored for a closer fit. The chin area is covered more efficiently so less air can enter from below, resulting in less aerodynamic lift to the head at high speeds, less noise and better heat insulation in the cold.

In terms of safety, this design offers fewer snag points that could cause the helmet to rotate around the chinstrap in the case of an accident. Vozz has also included a safety release system. By removing the two screws that hold the upper hinge in place, emergency personnel can detach the front part of the helmet in a matter of minutes without applying any pressure to the rider's head.

The Vozz Safety Release System requires a flat head screwdriver to separate the two parts of the helmet, making its removal possible without moving the neck or applying any pressure to the head
The Vozz Safety Release System requires a flat head screwdriver to separate the two parts of the helmet, making its removal possible without moving the neck or applying any pressure to the head

Vozz produces the RS 1.0 in three different shell sizes and also offers three EPS (expanded polystyrene) liners. Furthermore, another innovative feature is the extendable chin cup, via a simple slider mechanism that can be found behind the cheek pads. This ingenious idea addresses a typical problem of full-face helmets, where the same rigid shell has to fit heads with different chin sizes.

Vozz Helmets announced that as of December 15, the RS 1.0 can be found at the central company store in East Frenchs Forest near Sydney, Australia. Future plans include setting up a dealer network all over the world, but one doesn't necessarily have to wait too long as Vozz's web store will go online on December 23. Then the last piece of the puzzle will also be revealed, the helmet's price.

The video below provides a detailed visual explanation of Vozz's innovative helmet.

Source: Vozz Helmets

How to fit and adjust the Vozz Helmet

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24 comments
zevulon
this is actually very smart because the vast majority of helmet collisions occur at angle with the ground that brings the chin area of the helmet first in contact with the ground.
this is indeed why the old timey leather and skull helmets have been abandoned in favor of full head/chin-protecting helmets.
a helmet that opens at the back instead of the bottom can be designed to fit your chin and neck far better than one where you must slip slide your entire chin and neck through the opening.
however, to take advantage of the design properly, one must build and install custom chin/neck inserts to ensure the chin and neck area are protected with very snug and tight tolerances of material. otherwise, you can just as easily have a loose fitting helmet with a hindentry design as you could with a bottom entry design....
Bob Flint
Price & DOT Certification?
Buellrider
I have a Spartacus type jaw and others have very little chin. I wonder how this helmet fits the variety of jaw sizes that humans have.
mhpr262
I doubt this will take off - this helmet combines all the cost, complexity, weight and wind noise of a flip face helmet with the biggest disadvantage of a standard helmet, which is not being able to open the front when riding in stifling heat. Most likely you will have to take your glasses off for putting it on, too, which is very inconvenient.
AqeelAzan
Hello, I want buy this helmet. Kindly tell me how can i buy it ?

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Aqeel
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Pakistan
Nicolas Zart
My ears at happy at the concept of not being ruffled up every time I put a helmet on and off. This is such a smart idea, it's hard to imagine it's not in full use today!
Martin Hone
Price and style are the two main drivers in this market.
MarkKowalski
looks similar to a helmet NASA used for 19 of its space shuttle missions before the crews started to wear pressure suites again. I wish i could post a picture of it. I like that helmet looks like it would be easier to put on over glasses
Nik
Full face helmets 'steam up' in the rain, especially when the rider stops in traffic, and there is no airflow. How will this helmet overcome this problem?
Daishi
This might be better in cold weather than traditional helmets because the opening under the chin doesn't have to be as large.