Foldable helmets for electric scooters
Foldable helmets are a type of helmet that can be folded up when not riding an electric scooter — reducing its size and allowing it to be conveniently stored in a purse, briefcase or backpack. When folded, these helmets are reduced to roughly 50% of their size and are typically only a few inches thick.
Needless to say, this type of helmet can be very useful and are especially attractive for shared scooters. Due to their unobtrusive size they can be carried everywhere, even if used rarely. This improved convenience will hopefully address the epidemic of injuries observed in shared scooter riders who aren’t using helmets.
You can learn about electric scooter helmets in our complete guide.
Approved foldable electric scooter helmets
The 174 Hudson Stack
The 174 Hudson, aptly called The Stack, is manufactured by Closca of Spain and made of collaspable concentric rings. It weighs a svelt 330 grams and the Large size folds into a compact 11.4 x 8.9 x 3.8″ (290 x 225 x 96 mm) package, roughly 50% of its unfolded size.
The Hudson is certified to the US CPSC and EN 1072 standards. It comes in two sizes that can accomodate head sizes from 56-59 cm and 60-63 cm.
The Overade Plixi is US CPSC Bicycle certified and received a Good on an impact test performed by Consumer Reports in 2019. It is available in two sizes that accommodate heads ranging from 54 to 58 cm and 59 to 62 cm. It also comes with pads for customizing the fit. It weighs 440 grams and folds down into a fairly compact 8.3” x 6.3 x 4.3” (21 x 11 x 16 cm).
Available from Amazon.
The Morpher folds to 14.5 x 6.8 x 2.8″ (37 x 17 x 7 cm) and fits head sizes ranging from 52 to 58 cm. It is US CPSC Bicycle and EN 1078 certified, however Consumer Reports gave it a failing grade as a result of its impact test performance and they believe it is a safety risk. However, Morpher disputes their findings.
Available from Amazon.
Stay away from uncertified helmets
There are other foldable helmets available for purchase, but be aware that they may not be CPSC Bicycle certified, but are still available for purchase online. These are: Cairbull Fender/Ousta/Ftiier (claimed certification, but experts doubt it ), Weshine, Biologic Pango.