Some riders love open-faced helmets for relaxed rides, but they acknowledge the advantages of a full-faced helmet (stuff like not bashing your face in during a crash, that sort of thing). So, some riders have both styles of helmets, one for each style of riding. And some riders buy convertible helmets, that can switch back and forth between styles. That’s what the new Broozer helmet from Bell will do, whenever it’s officially unveiled.
The Broozer has come to public attention through the Urban Rider YouTube channel; apparently they’ve got their hands on a test unit, and were more than happy to show it off (see above). There’s also a description of the helmet at the Urban Rider website, including the MSRP. It’s listed at £199.99, which converts to around $260 US.
But here’s the weird thing: If you look at Bell’s official website, there’s no sign of the helmet, and there certainly hasn’t been any official announcement. If you do an Internet search, you can see pages on Bell’s website that appear to be set up for the helmet, but when you visit them, you get 404’d. So maybe someone at Urban Rider broke an embargo? It’s all a bit odd—sort of like the helmet itself.
Because, you see, the Broozer is fairly normal-looking at a distance, but it’s designed to have the chinbar separate from the helmet, converting it from a retro-styled fullface. It comes with an anti-fog visor, supposedly, and will come in three shell sizes. It’s supposedly already DOT and ECE 22.05 certified.
Might this helmet have an ADV application? Some riders have been preaching the advantages of open-faced helmets for years, saying they make it easier to interact with people you meet while riding. Maybe, maybe not, but at least this helmet isn’t quite as anti-social looking as Bell’s previous convertible helmet (the Rogue), which no doubt would have left some users stereotyped as one-percenters. The Broozer is more friendly-looking, and ADVers could leave the chinbar in place while riding technical terrain, removing it and taking their chances with safety in more populated areas. That does sound like quite a bit of unneeded faffing about, though.
If this isn’t all some elaborate (and seemingly pointless) hoax, we’ll see the Broozer unveiled sometime this winter, we’d think.