The first motorcycle bluetooth helmet with air conditioning promises 12 degrees lower temperature, and costs 470 euros
As startups strive to develop a new generation of augmented helmets, others seek solutions to more mundane problems. Heat is one of the most oppressive enemies when riding a motorcycle and that is why Feher Helmets has presented the Feher ACH-1, the world’s first helmet with air conditioning.
It is a fairly simple idea that solves one of the problems when riding a motorcycle in very hot regions, integrating a miniature cooling system inside the helmet shell. A helmet that can reduce the temperature inside up to 12 degrees.
The author of the idea, creator and CEO of the company is Steve Feher, an engineer who has developed some of the systems that certain car brands use in their cooled seats and who has now decided to take the step to motorcycles.
According to the brand itself, the Feher ACH-1 is not designed so that you receive a jet of cold air directly into the head, but rather tries to reduce the temperature of the surrounding air around the pilot’s head. This is achieved with the patented Tubular Spacer Fabric pipes that are inserted into the lining of the helmet and through which cold air circulates and is distributed throughout the interior of the helmet.
Despite the fact that the bluetooth motorcycle helmet lacks conventional air intakes and all the intake is made through the rear (through the system), it will be impossible to contain the cold air inside the shell. Still, Feher ensures that the temperature inside can be constantly reduced between 9 and 12 degrees compared to the internal temperature of a conventional helmet in similar situations.
The shell is made of fiberglass with DOT / ECE approval, the screen has anti-scratch protection and the interiors are removable and washable. The system can be powered either by rechargeable batteries or through a cable to connect to the motorcycle battery.
From the outside it seems a fairly simple execution, although surely at the engineering level it takes a huge job. Channeling the air effectively must be really difficult at high speed, but in theory Feher claims that he has achieved a satisfactory result.
Another issue is to see how the weight added by the system increases on a body part as sensitive as the neck, how the additional grams affect the aerodynamics, the amount of noise the device generates, the surrounding air, the speed and the possible consequences derived in case of impact. Many doubts for a very mature market in which if you do not have a reputed name it is very difficult to find a place.
Feher announces an optimistic total weight of 1,450 grams (an HJC RPHA 11 weighs about 1,300 grams), quite in line with what a conventional full face helmet weighs, so its lightness must come from saving material in other points.
The Feher ACH-1 can be purchased through the company’s website in five spot colors (Gun Metal, Pearl White, Gloss Black, Matte Black and Silver) at a price of $599.99 (513.40 euros). It’s currently on sale at $549.99 (470.62 euros).