A Good Group of Smart Helmets
When the Web Bike World team went to AIMExpo in 2019, we had a chance to chat with Quin Design Helmets‘ CEO and check out a few of the helmets they had on display. The company’s claim to fame is the IntelliQuin Smart Technology System. It’s an integrated Crash Detection and SOS Beacon. It’s unobtrusive and provides a unique system that helps get you the help you need when you need it.
Quin’s system is a major plus, but it’s no good if the company puts it in junky helmets. Luckily, it seems they have some good lids for you to choose from. Here’s a look at the 2020 lineup.
Looking for a good open face helmet? The McQ is your answer. It’s a 3/4 open-face design that’s DOT certified and comes in a wide variety of colors and color combos. The helmet has a polycarbonate shell, an integrated Bluetooth communication system, and the IntelliQuin system. The helmet also an internal drop-down sun shield. MSRP is $299.
The Spitfire is the company’s full-face helmet. It has a polycarbonate shell, is ECE and DOT certified, offers a drop-down sun visor, integrated Bluetooth system, and the IntelliQuin system. It comes in a few colorways. the helmet has an MSRP of $399.
The big news for Quin Design Helmets is its new addition for 2020. It’s the Quin Ghost full-face carbon-fiber helmet. Quin benchmarked the top racing helmets for this new lid. The helmet gets a light overall weight of 2.88 pounds, good aerodynamics, internal sun shield, Bluetooth communication unit, the IntelliQuin system, and ECE and DOT certified. The helmet also meets or exceeds racing specifications of FIM, AMA, CMRC, and RACE. The MSRP is $639.
The company also says it’s coming out with a modular helmet for riders. That helmet will have a carbon fiber shell and be styled for adventure riding. The company says it will “set a new standard for this category of helmets.” We will see, and I’ll keep an eye out for more information.
Note: A previous version of this article said the helmets were FIM certified. While they are built to FIM specifications, they have not yet been certified and Quin is working towards the process of new certifications. See the comments below for clarification from an employee of the company.