Motorcycle helmets save countless lives every year, but they can pose a challenge to emergency response personnel at accident scenes when the helmet needs to be removed, and in almost all cases the patient’s head should be moved as little as possible. While this sometimes results in the helmet having to be cut off, the prototype Voztec full-face helmet offers a simpler solution – with the release of one pin and two clips, the back of the helmet detaches and the front can be slid off.
John Vozzo first came up with the idea when he was in hospital with two broken legs, due to a skydiving accident. Temporarily unable to work, he turned his attention to developing a rear-entry skydiving helmet. After teaming up with business partner Mark Bryant, the concept evolved from one form to the other and finally ended at a whole line of helmets that incorporate the Voztec rear-entry system, with primary focus for motorcyclists.
Users put the helmet on by opening the hinged back section, sticking their head in, then tightening the ladder clips on either side. This according to their tests pull the helmet snug with the skull, while also positioning their chin firmly in its chin cup – the helmet doesn’t incorporate the traditional chin strap, which can also be a matter for concern for paramedics to work around.
Just release the side clips to open up the back and the helmet can be easily removed. In the case of an accident, One can release the top-mounted emergency release pin will cause the entire back portion of the helmet to come off. Depending on the position of the wearer, the front should then simply be able to slide off, with no pressure on the head and neck.
The helmet is also designed to offer more protection to the jaw and temples than traditional full-face helmets, and to have a smoother, rounder exterior with less wind resistance and also provide a lesser possibility of locking onto objects during a crash. In development since 2005, the Voztec helmet prototype is currently in its fifth generation. We cant wait to get a sample piece for a detailed review. Here is video that shows its working.