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Bethany WilliamsBy Bethany Williams
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Bethany WilliamsBy Bethany Williams
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$12,964
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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Oct 13 2015

About

A military veteran, a college grad, and a PhD all had the same question: "Why don't bike helmets protect the brain?". They set out to find the solution, and created the Umbo Helmet.

The Umbo uses better materials to absorb energy and reduce rotational force
The Umbo uses better materials to absorb energy and reduce rotational force

What's New? 

The Outside 

Current helmet shells provide almost no protection from impact
Current helmet shells provide almost no protection from impact
The Umbo shell is still in one piece after being hit with a sledge hammer!
The Umbo shell is still in one piece after being hit with a sledge hammer!

We've made our helmet shell really strong and flexible. This allows energy to spread over the shell. The strength of the shell allows it to provide the structure of the helmet so that we can used advanced materials to make the inside more effective at absorbing energy. In the video, you saw what happened when we smashed a regular helmet. The Umbo shell held up much better to the same sledgehammer test. A stronger outside distributes force across the helmet and keeps your skull and skin safe 

The Inside

Better Materials mean better energy absorption
Better Materials mean better energy absorption

Current helmets have a hard padding. Even the state of the art ones have padding made from Expanded Polystyrene beads. Because of that, the head bounces around during an impact, causing concussions.We used a softer padding on the inside to absorb energy better, slowing your brain down in a more controlled fashion. Overall, more energy is absorbed keeping your brain safer.

During a crash, your helmet protects your skull and the skin on your head, but a lot of the energy in the impact gets transferred to your brain. This is what causes concussions and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

Ever since you were little, you were always told to "wear a helmet". What you weren't told was that the helmet on your head doesn't provide much protection for your brain. With cyclists accounting for twice as many Traumatic Brain Injuries as any other athlete (including football players), the team at Umbo Helmets decided that it was time for a change in bike helmets. 

Bike Helmets Today

Helmets save lives, but there is substantial room for improvement. Our goal is to make them even better so that helmets can save a person's quality of life after an accident. In the US, the safety requirements for a bike helmet are minimal and do not take into account things like rotational force. In fact, the certification standards haven't changed since 1998. In 1998, the bike that won the Tour de France weighed almost 18 lbs! Bikes have evolved to be lighter, faster and more agile. Now, even amateur athletes can hit 40 mph, but riders are wearing a helmet made from materials that were considered "innovative" when Elvis was singing "Jailhouse Rock" (RIP, King).  

 Over the last year we have taken this idea and transformed it into something that actually exists. We used our patent pending composite material and worked with designers, to produce a shell that not only is fashionable but incredibly efficient at distributing force. Our head of product development has put his PhD in material science to great use as he has hammered out (literally) many good padding solutions for the inside of the helmet.  We've performed many impact tests in-house that has helped us narrow down what we're going to use.

The purple padding provides amazing shock absorption for those large hits and it helps reduce the rotational force of an impact. The yellow padding absorbs the smaller hits and provides a comfortable fit to your head
The purple padding provides amazing shock absorption for those large hits and it helps reduce the rotational force of an impact. The yellow padding absorbs the smaller hits and provides a comfortable fit to your head
See that scoop on the bottom? Ponytails fit nicely under that
See that scoop on the bottom? Ponytails fit nicely under that
Plenty of vents keep the air flowing so that you don't overheat
Plenty of vents keep the air flowing so that you don't overheat
Check out the LIMITED EDITION Colorado Design
Check out the LIMITED EDITION Colorado Design

We need to get the molds made for the padding materials so that we can efficiently produce all of the components of the helmet. For our prototype, we had the padding 3D printed. Even though 3D printed padding is super cool, it also costs a lot of money and is not a very efficient process. Once the padding molds are made, we're in production!

With your help, we'll be able to deliver the first batch of Umbo helmets by July 2016. Here's what will happen between now and then. 

As a backer, you're helping us pay for production, testing, and certifications so that we can produce the Umbo helmet and save more lives

Umbo Founders on their way to unveil the helmet at CrossVegas! From Left to Right: Clint, Bethany, and Nate
Umbo Founders on their way to unveil the helmet at CrossVegas! From Left to Right: Clint, Bethany, and Nate

The Umbo Team's mission is to encourage and empower athletes to purse their passion while keeping them as safe as possible. We've each experienced how Traumatic Brain Injuries can turn life on its head, and are committed to doing everything we can to reduce the occurrence of TBIs. Umbo helmets was founded in Colorado in 2014 by a team of scientists, engineers and athletes who recognized the need for radical improvement in the materials and design of helmets for cycling and other sports that involve collisions to the head.This helmet has been our focus for the last year, and we're excited to bring it to you soon! We're lucky to be partnered with one of the best business incubators in Colorado, The Rocky Mountain Innosphere.

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If you are interested in featuring the Umbo in your publication, we'd love to get you more information. Please send a note to Bethany@changecomposites.com and we'll get you a media packet and answer any questions you may have. 

Risks and challenges

Our primary challenge is making sure the helmet does reduce the risk of TBIs. We've spent the last year working many different material combinations and doing lots of testing in our lab. Since we have spent so much time, effort, and energy into making sure the materials perform up to par, we are confident that the materials we use will absorb energy better and reduce the risk of TBIs. We won't ship anything until we are 100% confident that our materials perform better than what's currently on the market

Good materials, make good products, but here's a classic biker question: How can you make it light enough? This is definitely a big challenge for us. Our helmet maker, Clint, has his PhD in Material Science from the University of Michigan, and works really hard to find the answer to this question. Because of his unique background, he's come up with innovative ways to design and glue the materials together so that the helmet will weigh in right around one pound.

As with any manufacturing process, there is always the risk of a hiccup in the supply chain. In addition to incorporating an inevitable delay into our planning, we have also carefully sourced our manufactures to be close to our headquarters. We are lucky enough to have many wonderful manufacturers in Colorado that can meet our needs. By keeping our partners close, we have the ability to hop in the car and drive to their facilities and work with them to come up with solutions.

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    Sticker Pack

    Pack of 5 Umbo stickers (variety of sizes). You’re going to want to put stickers on everything and customization has no limits….sticker your water bottle, car, laptop, lift tower, Wahoo’s fish taco, or your dog. You’ll also be highlighted as a supporter on our website

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    Umbo T-Shirt
    Comes in Purple, Blue, Orange or Black. Perfect apparel for bombing down the mountain, a night out on the town, or relaxing on your couch. And, yes, you get a shout out on the website too.

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    Stoke Pack

    An Umbo t-shirt (comes in purple, blue, orange, or black), a pack of 5 Umbo stickers, and an Umbo Water bottle. Naturally, we’ll give you a mention Umbo’s Supporter Page, too.

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    Umbo Hoodie

    Perfect for wearing on those evenings after an awesome day of riding sideways down the mountain. Adult Small, Medium, Large, or Extra Large

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    Bomb the mountain in style with an Umbo Jersey. Adult Sizes Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large

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    Early Bird Umbo Helmet

    You’ve been following us, and have waited for your chance to get your Umbo Helmet! Chances are, you've already put some Umbo SWAG on your dog. We want to thank you by making sure you get the helmet at a discount! You’ll get one Umbo helmet (Adult Sizes: S, M, or L) in your choice of White, Obsidian or Umbo Green. Your name will also be on our supporter’s page, and you’ll be recognized as one of the first proud owners of an Umbo Helmet

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    Change A Life With An Umbo
    You’re all for reducing TBIs, and can really get on board with what we’re doing. There’s just one problem: You don’t ride. No Worries! You can still be a part of the Umbo movement by donating a helmet to a young rider. The helmet will be given to a highschool athlete who is developing thier love and skill for mountain biking!You’ll change the life of a young athlete and help give them the opportunity to pursue their passion while keeping their brain safer. Plus you get all of the “feel goods” that come from helping out a great cause. You'll also be specially recognized as a donor on our website. If you'd like to remain anonymous, that's cool too, we'll double check with you before we publish anything.
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    THE Umbo Helmet
    Brain injuries suck, and you don’t want to get (another) one. So, when you heard that you could get a sexy looking helmet that protects your brain better, you rushed over to place your order. You’ll get one Umbo helmet (Adult Sizes: S, M, or L) in your choice of White, Obsidian or Umbo Green. Your name will also be on our supporter’s page, and you’ll be recognized as one of the first proud owners of an Umbo Helmet.

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    Limited Edition Colorado Umbo Helmet

    We wanted to show our spirit for the great state that we call home. It’s got all of the badass-ery of the Rocky Mountains and you can show it off with this sweet lid. For this reward, you will get one LIMITED EDITION Umbo helmet (Adult Sizes: S, M, or L) with the Colorado flag on the shell. Your name will also be on our supporter’s page, and you’ll be recognized as one of the first proud owners of an Umbo Helmet.

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    Family 4 Pack
    Get a standard Umbo helmet for every adult sized head in your family in your choice of White, Obsidian or Umbo Green. Mention on Umbo’s website Supporter Page.
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    The Retailer Package
    Become an Umbo retailer and get 20 helmets . We’ll contact you for your store’s information. You have the option to order a few of each color (White, Obsidian, or Umbo Green), or all of one color. You’ll be featured in a banner ad on our website and Facebook page as an official retail partner of Umbo Helmets.
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    Party In The Dessert!
    •Shred with us for 4 days on the classic mountain bike trails in Moab.
    •Helmet included for each noggin (Up to 4 people).
    •If you’re flying in, we’ll arrange for a shuttle from the Grand Junction, CO airport, or Salt Lake City International Airport.
    •Bring your own bike or we will cover your rental.
    •Ride the classic Slickrock, drop some ledges, and shuttle the Porcupine Rim for an epic descent that drops down to the river. We love to get loose on the bike and try crazy lines. We’re also good with bikes, so you can rest easy if you have a mechanical out on the trail.
    •It’s not all pedaling, this party includes a T-Rex 4x4 tour! Drive a UTV (utility terrain vehicle) on Hell’s Revenge Trail for a 2.5 hour guided off-road adventure.
    •We’ll provide tents to camp on the Sand Flats, have a blazing campfire, and take care of the meals.
    •Airfare not included.
    •Pictures of your adventures will be featured on Umbo's website with a special shout out to you!

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    The Ultimate Retailer Pack
    Get 50 Co-branded Umbo Helmets for your store! Your brand will sit right next to ours on the Umbo Helmet, and you'll be the premier retailer on our website. We'll contact you about sizes, colors, and store information.

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    Party in Canada, Eh!
    •You and 3 friends will shred with us for 5 days at Whistler Bike Park, an epic trip indeed.
    •Helmet included for each noggin.
    •Lift tickets included.
    •Get picked up in a limo from the Vancouver International Airport to arrive in our condo in Whistler. Includes a trip back to VIA after the trip.
    •Bring your own bike or we will cover your rental/body armor.
    •We’ll have a condo that we’ll cook the meals in. We'll provide the food!
    •On the last night we'll treat dinner to restaurant of your choice in the area
    •Pictures of your adventures will be featured on Umbo's website with a special shout out to you!
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