According to laboratory tests, the Kranium liner absorbs three times as much force as polystyrene helmets, and, because 90% of the liner is air, it’s also 15% lighter.
What’s more, the liner, which is made of recycled paper, is also more eco-friendly than polystyrene, which is a petroleum-based product and is not biodegradable. Though Surabhi says his primary goal was to create a safer helmet, “the fact that it’s green and recyclable, is just a plus.” (Surabhi also dips the liners in a waterproof solution to keep them from degrading when exposed to sweat or rain.)
Surabhi is now working with a variety of companies to bring Kranium liners and helmets to market. The first helmets, he says, will be available for purchase in the UK and Japan in mid-January. Germany and Italy should see their own versions later this spring and customers in the US may be able to buy Kranium products by the end of the summer. He’s also received a major vote of confidence from Force India, a Formula 1 team that has asked Surhabi to design helmets for its pit crew.
So while we may not bash our heads into trees 12,000 times a day, in the future, we might just owe our brain health to creatures that do.