Bridger Designs a Modular Helmet That Allows You to Change Shells Depending on the Conditions

Jan 29, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

You can easily adjust your bike's suspension, use a flip-chip to adjust its geometry, or change your eyewear lenses to suit bright or low light but, unless you have a removable chin bar, your helmet is pretty much set in one mode no matter where you ride it.

Hoping to change all that comes Bridger helmets. The brainchild of Ryan and Peter Eiler, the helmet is a modular design that allows you to change out the shell depending on the conditions you're riding in. At the moment, two shells are available that will appeal to mountain bikers, a vented summer lid and an insulated winter option that also comes with removable earpads. The shells both come in a variety of colours that can be mixed and matched to customise your helmet and attache with a clipping system with no tools required.

Summer mode
Winter mode, complete with earpads

Ryan believes that most riders will want to change out shells when the weather drops below freezing but also says it really depends on the rider wearing the helmet. He said: "We developed a strong belief that helmets could work a lot harder than they do now - and frankly, we get bored of staring at the same old shell for years on end. Living in Boston, we've seen folks with some extraordinary, makeshift winter helmet setups - and I don't mean that in a good way. If you're riding in tar-melting heat, you can pop on the highly ventilated summer shell. If you're fat biking on a frigid day, the insulated shell and earpads go on in a snap to retain heat."

For protection, Bridger are using XRD foam combined with a harder foam on the outside of the helmet for a dual-density system. The XRD foam hasn't been widely used in mountain bikes but it is found in a number of high-end hockey helmets. XRD doesn't explicitly offer rotational protection like a MIPS or Wavecel system, but Peter says, "We dove deep into the research behind rotational impact technologies, and came to the conclusion that the optimal design should use those extra few millimeters of headspace for high-quality impact foam. The XRD foam has benefits which rotational systems can't provide, so I think we made the ideal choice from a safety point of view."


The helmet offers an extra safety feature as the foam can be inspected thanks to the removable shell. Peter believes many riders may be riding with compromised helmets but won't know because the damage is under the shell. The ability to easily remove the shell means riders can check the integrity of their helmet more often.

Bridger are hoping to launch the helmet in March via a Kickstarter and are hoping to deliver the helmets by fall. They're targeting a $195 price for a complete helmet including a shell at launch with additional shells an extra $30-40 on top of that.

More info, here.


92 Comments

  • 124 2
 lol just get 2 helmets, this is ridiculous
  • 17 0
 I agree lmao, also you can get two good helmets for the price of this helmet and the shells.
  • 14 0
 @SendItEveryday: or one POC.
  • 16 0
 Yea or just wear your snowboarding helmet in the winter which is effectively what the other shell does.
  • 3 1
 @Richt2000: This is exactly what I did for winter riding. Half-shell - Giro Switchblade (without the chin bar) - ski helmet. And the ski helmet was cheaper than this and had vents that open and close.
  • 9 0
 Just get one helmet and one hat. Wear the hat in the winter. Dont wear it in the summer.
  • 5 3
 why when you can look like a wanker in this one?
  • 62 0
 nah nah guys its a multi purpose helmet so the designer had some horseback riding in mind with the positbility of riding a bike too on your way to explore some underground iced cave .
  • 5 0
 There'll be a shell with a clip on the front for a miner's lamp too.
  • 64 0
 Not even the guy in the picture seems to like the helmet. He looks like he's contemplating where his life went wrong.
  • 29 0
 "I need to start being more selective about these paid modeling gigs."
  • 7 3
 He is probably wondering why they are shooting him with his dropper all the way up when no one actually sits on their bike like this mid ride. Authenticity counts.
  • 4 0
 @noplacelikeloam: I have noticed that people drop their seat to actually get on their bikes now.
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: Ha. Totally!
  • 3 0
 @fullendurbro: Too late. Now going to be type-cast in modeling only modular helmets.
  • 32 0
 This looks like the perfect commuter helmet. Probably not a woods ride helmet
  • 35 5
 Just here for the "no one tries anything new...hey let's crap over everyone trying something new" PB comments.
  • 26 3
 Winter mode - Keep your helmet and wear a skull cap. Bingo!
  • 8 1
 While I agree with this in theory, I have to disagree. Layers can keep you warmer BUT they make your helmet less comfortable (for me at least) and there are always spots that don't get covered.
  • 2 3
 anyone who has an XL helmet just rolled their eyes at your comment.
  • 4 1
 @Arepiscopo: Shower cap over helmet for winter rides.

Or Electrical tape over the holes and peel it off in the spring
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: you're truly a wizard
  • 2 0
 @sledshed: Only when a tape a cone to my helmet for riding.
  • 21 0
 A helmet, which is 2 helmets, but is only one helmet, which will make you look like a helmet.
  • 17 0
 Polo anyone?
  • 2 0
 Was going to say Baseball
  • 4 0
 Was going to say sick bowl.
  • 16 0
 This should go well with my new zip-on tires.
  • 1 0
 LOL!!!!
  • 13 0
 Hats off to this Innovation.
  • 6 0
 they certainly blew the lid off my expectations
  • 3 1
 I flipped my lid when I saw that helmet.
  • 4 0
 It was a no brainer
  • 5 0
 Seems like a lot of money to shell out for this helmet.
  • 15 2
 that is ugly as sin
  • 11 0
 It's probably for kayaking. Somebody misspelled pedaling for paddling in the beginning. Damn prediction
  • 9 0
 Ugliness: check.
Expensive: check.
Solution for a non existing problem: check.

We've got a winner here.
  • 7 0
 Almost 200 bones American and not even a true visor, hmmm
  • 6 0
 Looks like a rock climbing helmet.
  • 5 0
 I would rather have two helmets than look like a dork for 60% of the year.
  • 1 0
 As a person who regularly uses different helmets for warm and cool days on the bike, and has a separate inbounds ski helmet and touring helmet, I want this to be cool, but it just doesn't seem to quite hit the mark. After wandering around their website, the only real upside I see is the potential to just replace the foam core of the helmet after a crash, and re-use the shell you already have. But that's a tiny upside to what seems like an otherwise unnecessary product.
  • 5 0
 yeah that's gonna be a no from me dawg
  • 2 0
 Honestly if they had a removable chinbar that would help them a lot, but right now there is no real advantage of owning this helmet. It's not like you're going to carry the other lid style with you and switch mid ride.
  • 4 0
 " two shells are available that will appeal to mountain bikers"........uh...nope.
  • 1 0
 Thought I would love it when I saw the title as I have far too many helmets. Plus no mips and all the vents look wrong for promoting actual airflow while cycling. I like the winter mode look for skiing but summer mode just looks wrong... Plus I expect it wont have the adjsutable open/close vents most ski helmets have.

Good idea just doesn't create a urge to hit the buy buton.
  • 1 1
 @pink505 If you have more than two, why do you have more than two?
  • 2 0
 @fraserw: I probably have 5 or 6 to be honest.....I count my ski helmets as I use one of those for fatbikes in the winter. I have a super light and airy bike helmet for summer, one with less ventilation for spring and fall. A ski helmet converted to fulltime fatbike duty ( modified with lights). My regualr winter ski helmet ( really good coverage and warm) and a lighter ski helmet with removal ears pieces for touring and warm/spring skiing. + Beater bike around town old helmet, + nice but older spare mtb helmet I keep around to lend to friends visiting who didn't bring gear...First world problem.... so 7 I guess lying around.

Then I have a set as above to match each of my cycling/skiing outfits....just kidding...
  • 4 0
 Save your money and buy gme
  • 3 0
 Congrats, you've made a ski touring helmet. Look at the salomon MTN lab, Scott couloir mountain helmets...
  • 3 0
 Looks like the one they make you wear to ride the cart down the hill when you get wrecked at a bike park
  • 1 0
 feel like it needs a chin bar option to be worth it otherwise yeah just buy two helmets lol, and it doesn't look like it's designed for biking in the first place not a terrible idea though
  • 1 1
 Decent ski helment costs around 70$, same goes for mtb with mips from reputable like smith or so, why the heck anyone need this? Also helmet could look good...

Honestly i own 3 mtb and several ski helmets, never wanted them to be combined since they have different features for the different types of ryding:
FF - lift assisted
Single impact - trail
Multiple impact - park
Etc...
  • 1 0
 Neat idea but when competing against a bit of tape to cover the vents on your existing helmet or a skull cap..hard to justify the price..
  • 3 0
 Reason number 2746448 why good product 'design' is so important.
  • 6 0
 "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should."
  • 3 0
 This helmet belongs in Friday Fails!
  • 3 0
 No room for a water bottle in the front
  • 2 0
 And the best part is that both look meh
  • 2 0
 Cool idea but the shell shape looks dorky.
  • 1 0
 I kind of like it...
  • 3 0
 Swing and a miss.
  • 1 0
 I came here to make a joke about that looking like a SkiMo helmet.. turns out it is actually a SkiMo helmet. Dang.
  • 2 0
 No exploding picture of all the parts=LAME
  • 3 3
 does anybody else think it's ridiculous ski helmets usually don't have a visor?! Well it is
  • 2 0
 Curious: Why do ski helmets need a visor?
  • 2 0
 @pmhobson: they help a lot on sunny days and during heavy dumps
  • 2 24
flag weezyb (Jan 29, 2021 at 9:13) (Below Threshold)
 I think its ridiculous to wear a helmet skiing period. I miss the good ole days of just a beanie. Wink
  • 2 0
 @weezyb: going to assume thats sarcasm
  • 5 1
 @weezyb: If you only ski mellow and stay on piste...

Not wearing a helmet skiing is the same as BMX'ers not wearing helmets. Both are dangerous at speed; wear a damn brain bucket kids.
  • 4 1
 Skiing is much faster than MTB, a visor catches the wind and pulls your head back. I once did a ski to bike race in my D3 and the speed of the ski section damn near broke my neck
  • 1 0
 In addition to some of the points below, a visor on a ski helmet limits the ventilation of goggles under the visor. Googles fog up easier under a visor. Especially if one is wearing glasses under the goggles - that requires plenty of airflow to keep the glasses fog-free.
  • 1 0
 @rstokes: ditto on wind. Plus, goggles already keep the sun and snow out of my eyes and a visor would just be a powder trap and something to catch on tree branches, etc.

I'm sure you could get a full face with a visor from the skibike rental joint though :]
  • 3 0
 I’ve had ski helmets with a visor and w/o - visor is a def plus. Certainly does not increase goggles fogging or catch on things
  • 2 0
 @pmhobson: same reason bike helmets have a visor.
  • 2 0
 @artistformlyknowasdan: I'm wondering if we're talking about visors and brims as the same thing. I'd say bike helmets have visors, snow helmets have brims, both optimized to their individual purposes but not the same thing.
  • 1 0
 @fraserw: yeah I'm not really sold on those either
  • 1 0
 For people riding bike paths in the city park.
  • 1 0
 Is there a shell for riding through Camden
  • 1 0
 having 1 ugly helmet for 2 seasons?
  • 1 0
 More like 1 ugly helmet with parts you can lose.
  • 2 0
 yeah, naaaaaaah
  • 1 0
 snownboarding in colorado be like
  • 1 0
 Super cool, I like this idea .
  • 1 0
 A solution to a nonexistant problem...
  • 1 0
 Just nope. How did it get even this far....
  • 1 0
 Looks like... an Etto.
  • 2 0
 But its missing the fluffy ears . . . Team Hot Pies forever!
  • 1 0
 even they have improved: etto.eu/product/champery-wmips
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: please don't be rude...
  • 1 0
 Dear god....
  • 1 0
 Ha it looks super dorky
  • 1 0
 Fugly

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