Brooks England launching two new bicycle helmets

Island Bicycle Helmet by Brooks England
Island Bicycle Helmet by Brooks England

Brooks England has added two new helmets to their iconic line of saddles, bags and clothing. These are currently being release in pre-order on their website, and are expected to ship by spring of 2017.

Both helmets will be released in two sizes, M (53-58cm) and L (59-62cm).

The ISLAND, our first Commuter Helmet, and the HARRIER, our first Road Helmet, are currently in development. Soon they will be in pre-production, the full commercial release being planned for Spring 2017

Brooks England Island bicycle helmet

The Island offers vents front and back, but a smooth, solid top that differentiates it from the standard road helmet style. Lines curve over the ears, connecting the front and rear vents. The helmet is clearly geared towards the casual, urban commuter, bringing “Brooks style to the urban rider.” This is actually a segment of the market that may arguably have the greatest likelihood to ride without a helmet.

The helmet is slated to be offered in white, teal, mud grey and black. It has an MSRP of $150 US / £120.00. However, the Island is not yet available in the United States, having only passed the applicable European certifications for retail sale of bicycle helmets at this time. US certification is expected within a couple of months of this articles original publication of August 2016.

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Brooks England Harrier bicycle helmet

In contrast to the cycle-chic ethos of the Island, the Harrier helmet has more of a road cyclist look.

For the sportive rider, Brooks offers the Harrier – the Brooks aesthetic applied to road helmet design.  A combination of aerodynamics and light weight for a sleek appearance offering secure performance and comfort to the road or gravel rider.  Four cooling channels provide ample airflow, ensuring rider comfort on road and off while the compact form slices through the air with ease  Key features include the size adjustor fit system and attractive Brooks copper branding. 

The Harrier has an MSRP of $200/£160.

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Purchasing from Brooks England

Brooks is launching these helmets via Triboom, an online platform allowing purchase direct from their website. Feeling a lot like Kickstarter and other crowd-funding sites, there are a limited number of “pre-production” helmets available, on a first-come, first-serve basis. In addition, those opting in to the Triboom platform will reportedly be able to help influence the product decisions of these helmets going forward.

Those participating in this early adopters program should see their helmets ship in time for Christmas.

If you are one of those folks that choose to wear an adult bicycle helmet, maybe what you really need is a Brooks saddle under your bum and a Brooks helmet over your head.