Remember when helmets were viewed as entirely optional, and the reserve of the over cautious and excessively safety conscious few? These days, although technically still optional in the main, the tables have turned dramatically. In part due to some widely publicised accidents, the consequences of not donning a helmet are well appreciated, and the majority of cyclists, climbers, horse-riders and skiers can be seen sporting protective headwear.
Quite rightly, helmets of all variety tend to favour function over design, and are rarely what you might call ‘sexy’. However, once you’ve established the necessity of a helmet, wouldn’t it be nice if you could at least make them a bit more fun and, perhaps, give them a little personality?
Coolcasc produce a range of stretch Lycra covers designed to fit a range of helmets. Animals, patterns, and some creations that seem to defy logical explanation are all optional extras that can help give your lid a different look. Naturally, it should be pointed out that these covers in no way increase the performance of a helmet, but by adding some fun into the functionality, it might make younger people happier about wearing them.
But these aren’t just for kids – there are plenty of adults who will enjoy turning their skid-lid into an expression of their personality. However, there are additional benefits of a Coolcasc helmet cover when it comes to keeping track of your children.
We took our 7-year old skiing for the first time this year and entered her into ski school. Knowing that all the kids would be wearing almost identical rental helmets, and that we (mostly her Mum) liked the idea of being able to easily spot our offspring amongst the hordes of sliding little people, we purchased a Coolcasc cover prior to the trip. While the octopus, elephant, iguana and dreadlock options are all extremely awesome, we chose something that would be a less distraction to the wearer. With its little yellow beak, the penguin cover has no tentacles or trunks that dangle in the way, but still put a smile on our daughter’s face.
Coolcasc claim their cover will fit almost any helmet – even smaller motorcycle lids. There was certainly no issue fitting the cover to the rental ski helmet. It stretched over easily and remained in place throughout the week – even with goggles being pushed on and off. We spotted a few Coolcascs on the pistes – worn by both kids and grown-ups – but ours was the only penguin, making her easy to spot as she snowploughed down the nursery slopes.
A lid cover is never going to be a “must-have” piece of kit, but if you want to add a bit of fun to what is an essential item – your helmet – then these will certainly add a smile (and possibly some extra limbs) to your face.
Coolcasc helmet covers are available for £24.95 from www.coolcasc.co.uk