Published on July 2nd, 2017 | by Greg0
The Thousand Epoch Bike Helmet: Lasting Impressions
It’s rare to see a product that adds a truly new and important feature to a long-existing line. After all, there are transformations, where a new app or design absolutely upends a current category and disrupts the market. Far more common, there are regular refinements, improvements on the edges, the sort of advancement that you might not even notice over one generation but can make a major difference over time. Today’s product actually improves a common item in two different ways, a pretty impressive feat.
The Thousand Epoch Bike Helmet has a classic shape, but in many other aspects, will surprise even a long-time cyclist who has seen every helmet out there. We tested it out in the popular Nordic Wood color scheme, which really stands out from just about anything else out there, though the mint green is subtle and sleek and their Speedway Creme is bright and comes with a pair of racing stripes for a pop of color. No matter which one you pick, the Thousand comes with a vintage-looking leatherette strap to add to the retro style. And it meets CPSC and EN1078 standards for safety too.
Thousand initially raised almost $230K on Kickstarter a couple of years ago with their Heritage collection. The Epoch takes the special things about the previous family and builds on. The rubberized matte finish feels great, and the seven vents on the top and rear of the helmet ensure your head won’t overheat. Two different sets of interior pads are included so you can adjust the fit a bit, and like most helmet lines, they offer a small, medium, and large option, all sized somewhat generously (so opt for the smaller size if you have to decide). This is a street or commuter, not a racing helmet, so it’s not built to be ultra lightweight- expect around 410-490 grams depending on the size.
But we haven’t even gotten to the two best parts! The first is the magnetic buckle system, which is a nice change from the plastic type that always catch your hair. It’s clever and simple. As is the other bonus feature, which is… a hole. Now, that doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s actually a way to store your helmet safely, as you can now lock it securely along with your bike without worrying. In fact, the company guarantees it against theft, and if a random hole doesn’t sound so appealing, Thousand created a plastic cap that fills it- they call it a pop lock, and we liked the solution far better than bringing your helmet inside and forgetting it or carrying it around all day. Expect to spend around $115 for the Thousand Epoch, well worth the price for one of the most attractive helmets we’ve seen.