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Nutcase Classic Helmet

Regular readers of the magazine are most likely familiar with Nutcase helmets, as they’ve been advertising for a couple years now. But it’s only been recently that a box of their helmets arrived on our doorstep. The first on the chopping block is this Union Jack themed classic helmet from their street collection.

Minus the graphics, the classic helmet looks very much like a standard skate/bmx helmet. And that’s not terribly far off the mark, as it features the industry standard ABS shell with an EPS foam liner. It’s got 11 small vents in the traditional skate/bmx helmet pattern, and meets US and European government standards for helmet safety.

The quality of the construction is above average for this style of helmet, and the straps are notably nice. The thing that really sets Nutcase helmets apart from the competition is the unique magnetic buckle. It’s a bit hard to explain, but essentially the clasps slide together sideways, and the magnet keeps them in place. Rest assured, once the buckle is secured, it isn’t coming open accidentally. The nice things about this system are that it’s easy to operate, even with gloves on, and you’ll never pinch your skin closing the buckle.

The S/M size helmet fits 52cm – 60cm heads, and the L/XL fits 61cm – 64cm. Each helmet comes with four sets of pads to help customize the fit.

The Classic helmet retails for $50 and comes in an array of styles and colors. Visit www.nutcasehelmets.com for more info.

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5 Comments

  1. Jorge QuiñónezApril 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    I bought one of these in San Francisco this past weekend. The magnetic buckle is simply brilliant and a major reason why I wanted it. Its a very nice upgrade, not unlike the magnetic power adapter connectors (MagSafe) in Apple’s laptops. It clicks right on and its rather easy to remove (far easier than conventional buckles.

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  3. WaltSeptember 14, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    How much do the helmets weigh?

  4. waltSeptember 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Are the helmetes heavy? Are they well ventilated?

  5. Andrew VelisNovember 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    To answer Walt’s questions:

    I believe if you go to the website for nutcase you can get the product weight. With that said it is not a racing helmet. It is meant for commuter / recreational use. Even skater use. You can use it for road/racing but you won’t be getting the benefits of other helmet aerodynamics which are built for speed.

    Is it well ventilated? The ventilation is ok. I honestly think it could be better. But if you want a better ventilated helmet go get one that is better ventilated. The more air vents, the more holes the helmet has therefore the stronger the helmet has to be in order to do its job.

    Essentially you have to weigh in on the trade offs.

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