There's a new piece of safety technology entering the market that helps users detect a potential concussion, and you can wear it on your helmet.
The technology in the best mountain bike helmets has come a long way. Energy dissipating structures and slip-plane liners are now commonplace among most helmet brands.
The fact remains that when it goes wrong, mountain biking turns from recreational health activity to collision sport, very rapidly. And the concussions, if left untreated or unrecognized, can have severe consequences.
In an attempt to combine digital technology and advances in wearables, there is the Hit Impact V1. This is a very clever bit of wearable kit, that combines with an app, to increase concussion awareness.
The Hit Impact V1 force monitoring device is attached to your helmet and has all the required data tracking and signaling to analyze any helmet impact. It can measure accurately in g-force units of up to 140 across X, Y and Z axis.
With an app that links to your Smartphone, the rider is given an impact assessment, set against preprogrammed individual g-force thresholds.
How does the device remain attached to your helmet? It uses a VHB pad, and battery endurance is rated at up to 72-hours.
The Hit Impact V1 system is iOS/Android compatible and one of the most significant benefits is that it has 30m (295ft) of operational range. That makes this impact tracking system ideal for all riders, from those tackling technical terrain to parents who wish to monitor the severity of any crash involving a young child. It isn't just for bike riders either as the sensor can be attached to any helmet.