Thousand helmet review: Finally, a bike helmet that doesn’t look dorky. These retro-inspired helmets not only look great, but they also are full of features designed to make the helmet easier to wear – including the revolutionary magnetic latch (no more pinched skin!).
Thousand Bike Helmet Review
Too many products sacrifice style for features (or even safety). Thousand designed their helmets to make you WANT to wear them. We found these helmets to be incredibly comfortable, look good, and easy to wear.
Starting at $89, they are more expensive than other bike helmets, but we found them to be worth it.
If you want a bike helmet that is well made, innovative, and looks good (in other words: it doesn’t look like it’s from an 80s Sci-Fi Movie) then check out Thousand Bike Helmets. Thousand is driven to save 1,000 lives (hence the name) by people actually wearing a helmet, because they aren’t embarrassed by it (and replacing it if it breaks in an accident), they are well on their way.
We love the Thousand Helmets for their looks, but they also have incredible functionality. The Magnetic Latch will save you (and your kids – now they offer a kids version of the helmet) from the dreaded pinches on your neck and chin from the pinching chin strap.
While these bike helmets are more expensive than ones you’d find at Wal-Mart or Target – save your life (literally) and get a helmet that you will actually wear.
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About Thousand Bike Helmets
Thousand helmets started on Kickstarter. They developed the Heritage Collection (the same helmet we tried) to be as environmentally friendly as possible with a shippable container and vegan leather straps.
A notable beginning:
Thousand didn’t just start to make a better bike helmet, they started to save lives. Here’s what the founder of Thousand said about why they started the bike helmet brand:
Before starting Thousand, I never wore a helmet, even though I was a longtime cyclist. They were too bulky, too inconvenient, and too futuristic-looking. But when I lost a friend to a fatal bike accident, I knew I had to change. Instead of settling for the “sci-fi” looking helmets on the market, I got to work designing one.
We named our company “Thousand” as a goal of helping to save 1000 lives by making helmets people actually want to wear. Our name serves as a daily reminder of why we do what we do.
Designed for urban cycling and skating, the minimalist Heritage bike helmets are the original collection, inspired by the simplicity of vintage moto lids and heritage colors from the 1950s to the 1960s.
How Thousand Bike Helmets Are Unique
Besides simply looking cooler (in hope more people will wear helmets), thousand has reimagined almost every aspect of bike helmet design. They started with the same bicycle helmet we use: the thousand heritage helmet.
The biggest difference: the magnetic latch!
Do you ever review a product and there is such a simple feature that you can’t believe is in more products. That is the case with these bike helmets and the killer feature: the magnetic chin latch.
Are you afraid you are going to pinch your chin with a buckle? Well, there is no reason to have that fear with the thousand heritage helmet.
The amazing magnetic latch system replaces the clunky strap you see on many bicycle helmet styles you see. Just get the latch close to the other end and the magnet catches. Just like that the helmet is snug, fits well, and stays firmly on your head.
Thousand hopes you never have an accident while riding your bike, but if you ever do and your helmet is damaged, reach out to Thousand and they will replace your helmet for free.
This all goes back to the mission of thousand – to save lives. They know that you are less likely to buy another helmet if you break yours. A compromised helmet from an accident can also not be strong and safe.
You should replace your helmet if there is any damage – regardless if it is from thousand or another manufacturer.
To be honest with you, if I’m just running a quick errand, I’ll actually leave my thousand helmet on. Sure, it may not look 100% cool, but it’s not as bad as some of the ugly helmets you’ll see.
But if you do leave your Thousand Bike Helmet behind on your bike, the Poplock is the most convenient way to leave your helmet behind.
You can access the hidden channel behind the logo mark. Simply pop your U-Lock or chain lock through the magnetic hole. If someone steals your Thousand Helmet, it’s back by their Anti-Theft Guarantee.
Just contact thousand and they will replace your helmet if it gets stolen. That’s even better!
Dial Fit System
Some bike helmets don’t fit very well.
Thousand does come in three different sizes (Small, Medium, and Large, in addition to kids sizes) but the fit is important to make sure your noggin is safe.
Each Thousand Helmet comes with an easily adjustable fit system, so you can be confident that your helmet is snug and secure.
Biking can be very sweaty, but these straps are soft and eco-friendly to make biking comfortable. The straps don’t look like they are vegan, but they are “vegan leather.” I found these to be incredibly comfortable.
These helmets boast seven air vents and three cooling channels so you can keep cool, no matter the climate.
Some people have complained online that this bike helmet wasn’t ventilated enough. I had no problems with the ventilation of this bike helmet. Best of all, it looks clean.
If ventilation is your biggest concern, this bike probably isn’t for you.
What hasn’t changed: safety
Many bike helmets that you buy are certified safe. You don’t have to worry about compromising style with safety in the case of thousand’s helmets (or even the thousand heritage helmet). Thousand helmets feature the following certifications on the heritage collection.
CE 1078: Certified for cycling, skateboarding, and roller skating in Europe.
CPSC: Certified for cycling (including BMX and mountain biking) in North America.
ASTM F1492: Certified for skateboarding and roller or in-line skating in North America.
The Chapter Collection adds MIPS protection: Add an extra layer of protection against concussions and traumatic brain injury with integrated MIPS technology.
Fit Guide: Make sure you get the right fit!
A snug fit is key to making sure your helmet keeps you safe. Be sure to adjust the straps so that they fit comfortably under your chin.
If the helmet is too loose, turn the dial clockwise on the fit system in the back to tighten. If it’s too tight, turn the dial counterclockwise to loosen. Your helmet should not move back and forth or side to side when it’s properly fitted. Below is the thousand fit guide, but you can also contact thousand for help with fit.
Have any questions about our thousand helmet reviews? Let us know in the comments below!
thousand helmet review: who they are for
If you’re looking for a stylish helmet that you won’t be embarrassed to wear, then check out thousand bicycle helmets. They are clean, retro-inspired, and most importantly: will protect your head.
thousand helmets: who are they NOT for
The only people we would not recommend the thousand heritage helmets for are someone whose number 1 concern is ventilation. If ventilation is your concern, then check out the thousand chapter helmets. This adds more vents, magnetic tail light, and switchable visors.
Sure, you can buy a cheaper helmet, but not with this many features!
Thousand helmets review: the final verdict
Biking is a great way to stay active and healthy, but it can also be dangerous. If you’re looking for an alternative solution that will keep your head safe in the event of a crash or accident, thousand helmets have what you need.
These helmets are stylish (without being dorky), comfortable (with vegan straps) and certified with three different certifications: CE 1078, CPSC and ASTM F1492 (the chapter helmet also adds MIPS technology to help reduce concussion).