• Aug 30th 2011 at 10:00AM
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Basic helmet design has come a long way since... wait, no it hasn't. Sure, Snell ratings change every few years as our understanding of head trauma increases, but the basic skull bucket remains pretty much the same as it has for decades.

Voztec is looking to add a bit of innovation into the industry, and it's rear access system looks quite interesting. By way of a rear access door, the rider/driver puts their head into the lid and the door clamps shut behind them. In case of an emergency, the helmet can be lifted away from the person's face without having to move the injured person and risk further injury.

Voztec is working on rear access helmets for motorsports, horseback riding, snow spots, firefighters and the military. It's even penned a concept design for an NFL version of the rear access helmet.

This helmet is the fifth prototype that Voztec has developed, and it's now currently undergoing testing by a third party. Also, Voztec is looking for investors to help bring its rear access helmet to market, and we hope someone ponies up the dough because we'd love to get a closer look at this unique concept. Check it out for yourself in the gallery and demonstration video after the break.

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      Ash Martin
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you're crashing heavily enough and often enough to justify a hatch to get your brain out, maybe you need more help than this helmet.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Another alternative is the Eject Helmet Removal System. http://stilo-usa.com/accessories/eject-helmet-removal-system It isn't integrated into the shell, but is an alternative for EMTs to remove the helmet and avoid tweaking the spine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why doesn't someone just make a big "nutcracker" for motorcycle helmets? It'd be like a little CAT scan machine, with the hole at gurney height. You just put the head in, pull a big lever and it breaks open the helmet. You'd probably want to use cleaving (knives) instead of wrenching jaws though.
          • 4 Years Ago
          Not necessary. They use cast saws and get the same effect.
      Todd Fleming
      • 4 Years Ago
      yeah this cant be any safer than a solid helmet sorry, I know my suomy has done it job. So It works and Im here, I'm going to keep buying them. I get the idea, but with a good helmet, you dont get head trama.
      ItMe George
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this could work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      AB, you already ran this story about 15 months ago (IIRC). Personally, I'd rather not compromise the structural integrity of my helmet by having a big flap on the back. It makes it less effective at its primary job. If you don't have a complete circle of material, the structure is weakened. Think of all the reviews of convertibles you've read where the reviewer points out they flex more than a hard top car. It's the same thing for helmets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like someone watched a hockey game. Goalies have been using this design for years now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks a lot like the helmet that AGS (iirc) introduced in the '80's. It was great until you crashed and realized that the fastener hadn't fastened and you died. Hopefully this won't have a similar issues.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great idea. Of course, it's only useful if it is obvious to first-responders how to remove the helmet. And it's really only useful if it's just as safe as something like an Arai - most bikers I know would opt for something that is more protective, though less easily removed, on the theory that they're better off if they survive with a difficult-to-remove-helmet than if they die with one that comes off easily.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great for those who are bald, but I can't see this catching on for anyone with hair.
      Frankie Rose
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep that thing in a car where it can't be seen. I'll tuff it out with my Arai full face & KBC flip helmets. The money would be better spent on a Leatt neck brace. Since if you're wearing a helmet, the biggest concern is neck trauma.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great idea. I just hope they can make it tough enough. I haven't even seen a flip-up helmet that could pass SNELL yet (though it's been a while since I've searched).
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