Industry Ticker: Nutcase launches ‘Metroride: the Ultimate Commuter Helmet’

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Metroride helmet from Nutcase

Portland-based Nutcase Helmets has launched a new helmet model called the “Metroride,” a new helmet they say is aimed at people who want gear that is, “aerodynamic, lightweight, and highly functional.” We haven’t seen one in person yet, but they look pretty nice. Check out the company press release below to learn more about it…

Introducing Metroride: the Ultimate Commuter Helmet
Nutcase Launches Lower Profile, Lighter Weight Everyday Commuting Designs; Increased Airflow, Smart Details, Signature Graphics

Nutcase is launching some exciting new helmets this spring and first up is the new Nutcase Metroride helmet. Why the Metroride?

Well, many in the bike commuting world started to cycle to work after being road or dedicated recreational cyclists, and these bikers tend to want gear that is aerodynamic, lightweight, and highly functional.

At the same time the bike-for-transportation movement has brought forth a new type of commuter, too, that wants style-conscious gear that is less sports-oriented but maintains streamlined functionality.

The Nutcase Metroride is our conscious effort at offering the best lightweight, functional andstylish helmet for all daily commuters.

As founder Michael Morrow says of the Metroride:

“Back in 2006, bike lovers got behind our graphic designs and helped us grow a new lifestyle helmet category. Just as one graphic doesn’t fit every personality, however, one helmet design doesn’t meet every need. Customers asked for our designs in a wider variety of styles, and Metroride brings the Nutty style to the daily commute.”

Nutcase worked with helmet designer John Larkin of theMachine Language studio in Moscow, Idaho, to specifically meet the needs of commuting cyclists. Thus the Metroride weighs just 310 grams, and has multiple cooling vents that keep the air flowing through the helmet, to give you and your brain a truly cool and comfortable daily ride.

The streamlined profile of the Metroride has a simultaneously retro and futuristic feel to it, and when combined with ten Nutcase graphic designs – American Dream, Black Jack, Browndana, Dutch Orange, Geared Up, Heart & Soul, Shark Skin, Spartan Blue, Technicolor and The Original – it’s a classic in the making.

Like all Nutcase helmets it features a no-pinch magnetic buckle, our adjustable Spin Dial to personalize the fit, and sweat-wicking foam pads in three thicknesses.

  • Low profile shape for classic yet modern style
  • Lightweight (310 g.) polycarbonate upper shell, In-Mold Construction
  • Certified CPSC/CE/ASNZS for Bicycle Riding
  • Refined & Expanded Top Vents for extra air flow & ventilation
  • Magnetic No-Pinch Buckle
  • Removable visor for sun/rain protection
  • Reflective Woven Straps
  • Sweat Wicking Soft Foam Pads in three thicknesses – 3, 6 and 9 mm for a comfortable, tailored fit
  • Adjustable Spin Dial for perfect fit
  • One Size: S/M-M/L (55-59cm)
  • Soft Chin Strap Protector
  • 10 beautiful designs – 7 Graphics, 3 Solids

More at Nutcase.com.

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Adam Herstein
Adam Herstein
7 years ago

Neat! Where can I buy one?

Andyc of Linnton
Andyc of Linnton
7 years ago
Reply to  Adam Herstein

Looks like they’re having a launch March 12th at Gladys Bikes.

http://nutcasehelmets.com/2015/02/metroride-levis-commuter-jeans/

Nick Skaggs
Nick Skaggs
7 years ago

Woah. That helmet looks a lot like the Giro Reverb –

http://blog.urbanoutfitters.com/files/cg-giroreverb.jpg

Lester Burnham
Lester Burnham
7 years ago

Helmets seem pretty despised by the BP crowd, but these seem pretty cool.

John Lascurettes
7 years ago
Reply to  Lester Burnham

There are plenty of helmet wearers here on BP (raises hand) – what is despised almost universally around these here parts is compulsory helmet laws for adults.

Dan
Dan
7 years ago
Reply to  Lester Burnham

I ride with a helmet and I ride without a helmet. Both ways make sense depending on the situation.

q`Tzal
q`Tzal
7 years ago

Cool product.

I’m looking forward to the day when video cameras get small and cheap enough (saw a GoPro/Contour knockoff for <$40 at MallWart) along with the batteries so that 360° recording is just a basic bicycle helmet function. Integrated into the body of helmet so it doesn’t look ridiculous; all person would see is little camera lenses.

Everything gets smaller, uses less power and has access to more memory storage over time. It probably is only a matter of time until my pipe dream becomes reality with or without my involvement.

Paul Smith
7 years ago

One stinkin’ size?! Great helmet but this big head will be missing the party….what’s up Nutcase? Testing the waters before going, um, wider?

Kyle
Kyle
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Smith

Ha, I was thinking the same thing! There’s probably zero chance this will fit my head.

John Lascurettes
7 years ago
Reply to  Kyle

Big melons unite!

daisy
daisy
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Smith

We little-headed people aren’t too happy about this either. 🙁

wsbob
wsbob
7 years ago
Reply to  Paul Smith

My hat size is inch and five eighths, inch and three quarters. Sticker inside the old Bell Solar…looks o.k. to me…that I use, says ’61cm’. Not sure, but I think that number is the size spec. Helmet fits close, yet has enough air space for good air flow, and is almost perfectly comfortable with its three-sixteenths thick foam padding mounted on the helmet foam.

If I found it nearby, I’d be curious enough about the new nutcase helmet, to try it on for fit. I don’t personally like the helmets’ styling, but it is simple. May be just the ticket for plenty of other people in need of helmets. Unlike some bike helmet exterior surfaces, such as mine has, with all kinds of contour and openings, this one’s smooth continuous surface could be ideal for personalizing the helmet with the owner’s own graphics.

Mike Quiglery
Mike Quiglery
7 years ago

Looks more like a fashion statement to me. Needs a longer visor. But who am I to criticize. I never wear a helmet. Too hot in summer, cold in winter, plus, head protection is questionable (according to tests). To each his own.

Vince
Vince
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Quiglery

Which tests are you referencing? I’d like to take a look.

q`Tzal
q`Tzal
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Quiglery

Even a substandard helmet that is fashionable enough that the majority of people will wear it will prevent more head injuries than a top of the line helmet that people feel ridiculous wearing and thus DON’T.

Chris I
Chris I
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Quiglery

Why did you spend the time to criticize a product that you would never have considered in the first place?

Cheif
Cheif
7 years ago

I’ll probably pick one of these up, I usually get a fresh helmet every year or two. I really can’t say no to the magnetic clasp and like the lines of this model. I hope that they’ve solved the problem that the interchangeable interior pads have with the exterior wrap that sticks to the velcro dots detaching from the pad portion. Also 55-59 cm seems like a pretty wide range to cover, we’ll see how that works out.

Beth
Beth
7 years ago

I’m pretty happy with my Giro Reverb, thanks.