Let’s talk protective gear. Whether you ride electric scooters, electric unicycles, e-skates or any other type of micro-mobility, you’ll be needing some level of protection from any potential falls or accidents.
This blog post is a guest blog from Philip Chan (@scooterlifelondon) and a member of the PET community, sharing his thoughts on protective gear after years of riding.
Basic, Essential Protection
It doesn’t matter what type of Personal Electric Vehicle (PEV) you’re riding, whether it be an Electric Scooter (ES), Electric Unicycle (EUC), Onewheel, Electric Skate Board, or Electric Bike (eBike), the essential protection is a helmet. Any helmet; a bike helmet, skate helmet, motorbike helmet, it doesn’t even have to be new or the latest helmet, it can even be an old one that’s been hidden in your shed from year ago. The most important thing is protecting your head and of course – your brain. Any impact to your head, slow or high speed, can cause damage and trauma that can have devastating consequences on your life. This strong message is not to scare you, but to educate and potentially save you.
Types of Helmets
There are many types of helmets on the market today including; Road bike, Skate/BMX, Mountain Bike (MTB) Trail (half face), MTB Full face (split into Enduro and Down hill subcategories), Motor-cross(MX) and finally Motor bike Helmets.
Road Bike (RB) Helmets – Specifically designed for cycling on the road, tend to be very light, have great ventilation, are very compact and are usually made out of slightly softer EPS, all whilst providing decent protection to the top and front parts to your head. Additionally to that there is usually a head retention system on the back go the helmet, to keep the helmet nice and snug.
Skate/BMX/Dirt jump Helmets – Specifically designed for BMX/Skating, tend to have a hard outer shell(which covers the back of the head swell) with softer EPS in the middle and a pro core(a harder lining)in the middle, overall providing great levels of protection to front, top and rear parts of you head. Due to extra materials, and strength, the helmet is bit heavier than a road bike helmet. The helmet has decent ventilation, but not as road bike helmet.
(MTB) Trail half face helmet – Specifically designed for trail riding, have lots of ventilation to keep your head cool, they offer high levels of protection top the front, top and rear parts of your head, they are also relatively light, additional benefits are retention system at the back of the helmet for a snug fit and also a small front peak, that helps block sunlight, rain and mud from going directly to your eyes
(MTB) Enduro helmets – Specifically designed for enduro riding- offers decent Full face protection(both your head and your face) with a hard strong outer shell and a mix of EPS and harder layers inside, have great ventilation and relatively unrestricted viewing visibility, all whilst being relatively light. Additionally they have a larger front peak for coverage from , sunlight, rain, wind and mud. Overall providing high levels of full face protection
(MTB) Down Hill helmets – Specifically designed for Downhill riding, offer higher levels protection both for head and face, whilst being well ventilated and still remaining reasonably light. they are composed of a hard strong outer shell and a mix of EPS and other multiple layers inside, including MIPS technology to reduce movement of the brain, reducing concussions to the brain and also layers for low speed and high speed impacts and also multiple impacts. Additionally they have a large front peak for coverage from , sunlight, rain, wind and mud. Overall providing higher levels of full face protection
My personal favourites are; Enduro Helmets-as they offer great full face protection, whilst remaining cool and light on my head, Motor cross jacket- as an all in one package jacket that you can easily wear and will provide you with abrasion resistance and CE rated body protection, Shin pads- as they provide full leg protection and finally Motocross gloves with a built in wrist guard- as they provide full protection to the hands and stop you braking your wrist, all whilst providing the flexibility and the breathability of a normal MTB/MX gloves
Road Bike – Livall BH51T / Kask mojito / Poc Omne spin
Trail half face – Kali Interceptor Halo / Troy Lee A2 Mips / Poc Tectal race spin
Enduro – Kali Zoka / Fox Proframe / Troy lee Stage / 100% Trajecta / Giro Switch Blade / Bell Super 3R mips
Mountainbike Downhill – AIRCRAFT Composite Helmet / Troy Lee D4 / Leat DH 4.0 / Poc Coron air spin / Fox air spin / Fox rampage Pro
Smart helmet – Lumos Matrix
Types of Gloves
Motorcross gloves – offer great levels of protection, abrasion resistant. However tend to be thicker and less ventilated.
Personally I feel premium MTB gloves are more suitable to PEVs, as they are both protective and ventilated at the same time, with out the bulkiness of the MX gloves.
Motorbike / Motocross – Troy lee / Fox / Leat / alpine star
Types of Protective Amour
- Individual arm, knee and shin pads
- Body amour suit
- Motorcycle jacket
The most important thing to remember is that you’ll only wear protective gear that is comfortable for you. Remember to try before you buy, ride safe and responsibly and most importantly, enjoy the freedom of green transport on your PEV
I hope this blog on protection has been useful and you can take something away from it.
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