Loving the Brain: Nutcase Helmet Review

Nutcase claims to be “the most fun a helmet ever had” and promotes themselves with the tagline “I Love my Brain”.  The helmet company has a super cool vibe and was founded in Portland, Oregon by former Nike creative director, Michael Morrow.

These helmets are far different from the typical road or mountain bike helmet, but just might be what you’re looking for.  Have a look at what our reviewer, Amanda had to say about Nutcase.

Nutcase Review

- by Amanda

I love riding my bike.  My bike is cool. Funky.  But my old helmet wasn’t.

I found myself wanting to wear my old helmet less and less (naughty, I know), but at the same time, I wanted to be a good example to my children, and anyone who saw us out riding.  When I spotted the Nutcase helmets at a local bike shop, I knew that was the helmet for me.  I wanted to buy one that day, but the sales person at the store actually talked me out of it, warning me that they look cool, but will be way to hot for the Texas summer.

Now, I don’t ride long distances, and I don’t ride at the hottest time of the day either.  I was still pretty sure I wanted one.  For me, looking cool, while being safe on my awesome bike is a must.

When I found out that I had the opportunity to review a Nutcase helmet, I was ecstatic and scared.  I wanted it to be all I imagined it to be, but was terrified it wouldn’t live up to my expectations and that I would find it too hot.

The day my Nutcase arrived we had a huge celebration at my house, and of course I took it out for a spin.

The helmet fit perfectly, and looks cool.  I LOVE the Adjustable Spin Dial that makes it so easy to get the perfect fit.  I also love the magnetic buckle…it’s so easy to operate.  And as for my biggest concern (the fact that it might be too hot), it hasn’t been a problem at all.  I don’t notice a temperature difference from my old, ugly helmet.

Now I’m proud to go out riding with my Nutcase helmet, and we will be purchasing one for my daughter soon, for when she’s out on her skateboard.

  • Monty

    I like the Nutcase line of helmets but I recently ran across news that Consumer Reports rated them very low in crash impact
    http://bikeportland.org/2012/05/31/nutcase-bern-helmets-receive-poor-impact-rating-from-consumer-reports-72616

    • http://lovingthebike.com Darryl is Loving the Bike

      Thanks Monty. This is good information and very important for sure.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Starling/100001872662637 Stephen Starling

    Ooh they do look fun! Thanks for the review! I wonder if the heat difference between nutcase and ‘regular’ vented helmets is greater if you bike at higher speeds? I average only 8 mph so I doubt I’m getting a whole lot of venting action.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bethel.strong Bethel Strong

    Good info. I’ve thought about getting one for myself for when I ride around the house here on my hybrid.
    Thanks,
    Bethel

  • Aaron

    I have a nutcase helmet and I commute in it every day in Houston. That sales person doesn’t know what they are talking about.

    • AmandaGaleKotyk

      I agree….they he didn’t know what he was talking about. Riding a bike in Texas is hot. Period. (well, for me anyway) This helmet doesn’t make it any hotter.

  • Jack

    I have the Stars and Stripes Nutcase helmet. I wear it commuting and even on some centuries. It is very comfortable but in the summer I go back to a more ventilated model.