Motorcycles are always getting cooler and sleeker, but helmets usually aren’t as fun to keep up with. However, The CrossHelmet by Borderless is definitely bound to change how people see helmets. The CrossHelmet is a next-generation motorcycle helmet packed with smart features about your trip, your surroundings, and even your riding buddies.
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The helmet comes with sound control, group talk, and ride data. Some of these things are displayed in the app on your phone, like relevant journey information, weather, temperature, and compass direction.
Stats like network connectivity and battery level are also shown in the lens. In addition, you’ll find step-by-step waypoints, distance, and time to destination in the lens.
The sound control technology of this helmet is well thought out. The company designed it to reduce or enhance environmental sounds, depending on the rider’s needs. You can limit road, engine, and wind noise in urban environments, helping you stay away from rider fatigue.
The helmet also comes with a noise-canceling technology where the person you’re on the phone with can’t hear the wind rushing by.
The little lens holding all of your GPS and rearview info is transparent and can fold up out of the way. The safety light is multi-colored and LED-powered. The company tried to bring the best features of other helmets into their design. They made sure to include things like a wide field of vision, guarded chin, and aerodynamics.
Siri-integration makes this helmet more than just a smart helmet; it is a voice-enabled personal assistant that you can take with you on the road. The helmet also has a discreet touch panel for easy, safe, and intuitive ability to change modes.
The helmet looks sleek and doesn’t look too far from regular helmets currently out there on the market. It has a rearview camera on the back, and it projects the feed onto a tiny lens built inside the visor. The company boasts a full 360° visibility.
The lens will also display GPS information, a music player, and Bluetooth connectivity, which can all be controlled through an app. There’s a built-in noise control system with speakers for that in-helmet music player.
A lot of people seem to like the design of the X1. So, if you’re interested in the CrossHelmet primarily for the design, they also have a CrossHelmet X1 NKD model that just doesn’t feature any of the tech specs is currently priced at $599.
The CrossHelmet X1 NKD is a celebration of our flagship design! The NKD comes without the price of the electronics integration, but with all the design and external safety features of the standard CrossHelmet X1.
The cost is a little steep. But with some Bell and Shoei helmets running up to $800 or more, maybe you’ll want to consider CrossHelmet as a feature-packed investment. The X1 helmet costs $1,799 right now, while the X1 NKD is $599.
The company incorporated variable thickness and advanced technology in the helmet’s shell with techniques used in the automotive racing industry to improve the structural strength of the CrossHelmet.
The battery is a proprietary Lithium-Ceramic Battery (LCB), which the company says is completely risk-free; this means no leakage, smoke, fire, or explosions after physical impact, puncture or thermal damage.
The CrossHelmet is loaded with amazing features and a futuristic, sleek, design. However, the price of $1,799+ is considerably steep and out of most people’s budget. Especially considering that helmets should be replaced at least every 3-5 years.
It is also a somewhat risky purchase, seeing as many people have complained to never receiving the helmet, even after waiting for years. Additionally, even customers who have received it have complained about the quality of the features and them not being up to par to the steep pricepoint.
All in all, although the CrossHelmet boasts futuristic features, I would recommend searching elsewhere for motorcycle helmets. The price along with the lack of customer service and reliability makes this product a dealbreaker.
Sources: Kickstarter, The Next Web, Consumer Reports
- 360-Degree view of surroundings
- Packed with many features for safety and entertainment
- Lens may be too distracting
- Unreliable shipping and customer service
- On the pricey side
- Shipping can be iffy – many reviewers claim to have never received it
- Quality concerns for price point