Rotational acceleration is the rapid spin of the head caused by an impact. Higher rotational accelerations carry a greater risk of brain injury. For an illustration of the harmful effects of rotational acceleration, check out the egg video (link). WaveCel has been designed to absorb up to 73% more rotational acceleration to the brain than a standard helmet.*
Currently, WaveCel is available exclusively in Bontrager helmets.
In a crash, WaveCel is designed to absorb shock by partial deformation of the shell and liner. This damage may not always be visible. Therefore, if subjected to a crash or damaged, the helmet should be replaced.
Unfortunately, a standard helmet cannot be retrofitted to accommodate WaveCel. In order to provide the exceptional level of protection, a helmet must be specifically engineered to work with WaveCel technology.
Cleaning a WaveCel helmet is no different than cleaning a standard foam helmet. WaveCel helmets can be washed with a solution of mild soap and water. Avoid chemicals and solvents that can damage the helmet. Lightly wash using a soft cloth and allow your helmet to air dry in an open area. For long-term care, store your helmet a cool, dry place when it’s not in use. Avoid excessive high-heat environments that can damage the liner or shell. Do not attempt to remove the WaveCel insert, doing so may result in damage to the helmet and void of product warranties.
WaveCel material is 93% porous, meaning that air can freely flow through 93% of the WaveCel surface.
Every helmet has a limited lifespan in use and should be replaced when it shows obvious signs of wear and tear. WaveCel helmets have the same lifespan as a standard foam helmet. Most helmet manufacturers recommend replacing a helmet after three years, however a helmet should always be replaced if it has been damaged or has been involved in a crash.
The WaveCel liner forms a flexible dome that naturally conforms to the head shape. WaveCel helmets come in variety of sizes and are consistent with helmet sizing standards.
Currently, WaveCel technology is available exclusively in Bontrager bicycle helmets. Helmets for additional sporting categories will be released in the future.
Independent tests at Virginia Tech University document that WaveCel helmets achieve the highest possible safety rating. However, no helmet, including helmets equipped with WaveCel technology, can protect the wearer from all injuries.