Product of the month
KED Berlin (2017)
A CITY HELMET FOR DAY & NIGHT - KED BERLIN
The summer is in full swing and it’s time for a new Product of the Month. This time we’d like to introduce you to KED's Berlin helmet. As a tester, we got Stephan from our graphics team on board to help out. He works in Bikester’s Berlin office and designs eye-catching graphics for our shops. We couldn’t have found a better candidate to test the Berlin helmet out – Stephan rides through the city to work every morning, so he knows only too well what’s important in a helmet when you’re dealing with busy urban traffic. So, how did our graphic artist like the product of the month? Read on and find out:
I was really looking forward to trying out the KED Berlin! I always wear a helmet, but I’ve never had the pleasure of trying out one like this. I was impressed by it even when I first checked it out on the website. Its appealing, closed design is something between a bicycle and ski helmet. The short visor, on the other hand, reminds me more of a cycling cap - an interesting combination! When the helmet landed on my desk, I took a closer look at it. As well as its appealing exterior, it seemed really robust and safe – absolutely ideal for city riders like me.
Even after trying it on for the first time, I had nothing to complain about. The helmet seemed really good, the straps were easy to adjust and the fit system dial on the back meant it could be adjusted to the exact size of my head with lightning speed. The adjustment slider for the front ventilation channel was easy to reach- as was the lock for the strap. When I discovered the LEDs on the back, the helmet immediately had my full attention. Integrated lights on a helmet? Cool idea! Now I really wanted to test the KED!
The Practice Test
I tested the helmet for several weeks on the way to work and during bike trips with my family. One thing I can say: the KED Berlin is a great helmet! It sits firmly yet comfortably on the head and is definitely made for the city. The front ventilation panel is covered by a practical metal insect net which guards against all uninvited guests. Anyone who has ever had a stray bee fly into their helmet will appreciate this protection! I also really liked the inner padding too: it was very soft and comfortable; easy to remove and put into the washing machine at 30°C.
I found the helmet’s extraordinary visibility in the dark a really impressive feature. A large reflector panel covers the entire back of the helmet and extends all the way around to the sides, so light sources such as car headlights are perfectly reflected. However, my personal highlight was the integrated LEDs. Two buttons at the back of the helmet activate a bright red indicator light. Thanks to these clever extras, you stay absolutely visible even in low light conditions - and this is damn important in the evening traffic!
If I had to critique anything, I’d say that the closure system on the back of the helmet was not the best I’ve experienced. Turning the adjustment dial makes the helmet tighter. However, having the dial at back of the head felt a little too heavy. If you have sweaty fingers, you might have some problems with the lock. As far as ventilation is concerned, the 9 ventilation openings were usually more than enough – but at temperatures above 25° C the helmet gets very warm. However, if you're not going full-throttle during the hottest months of the year you wouldn’t have to worry about it!
KED – We build helmets
KED’s developers in Freiberg am Neckar are mainly concerned with the head of the rider. This small company comes with a wealth of expertise in plastics processing and has been dedicated to the development and production of high-quality helmets for mountain bikers, road bikers, everyday cyclists and children since 1985. Excellent test results and the invention of proprietary technologies, such as the "K-Star Technology" (for all-round visibility in the head area) have made the German helmet manufacturer stand out in a highly competitive market.To the brand