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Collapsible bike helmet pancakes down for portability

A new bicycle helmet design aims to take the awkwardness out of carrying it around when you're not under pedal power.

Closca Fuga helmet
This helmet gets smaller when you squish it. Closca Design

The words "collapsible" and "helmet" might not sound like they should go together, but the twain have met in the form of the Fuga helmet from Spanish startup Closca Design. The helmet collapses down into itself so it's easier to haul around once you dismount.

Riders have a bit of a dilemma when it comes to helmets. They can be locked to a bike, which isn't always super secure and leaves your helmet exposed to the elements, or they can be shoved into a bag or carried by hand. The Fuga takes away some of the bulk, which will hopefully encourage bikers to wear their helmets more often.

Closca says the folding design reduces the helmet's volume by more than 50 percent. It has a thin shell with a fiberglass-reinforced inner structure and comes in three sizes with an adjustable elastic fit system inside. The round lines where it collapses down hide air vents for keeping your noggin cool. Closca says the helment complies with European, American (CPSC) and Asian safety standards.

There's a certain retro appeal to the matte-black helmet with the noticeable lines orbiting through it. It's also available in white. The small helmet weighs just over half a pound.

The helmet is currently available to preorder for an early-bird $79 (about £53, AU$104) price, with an expected ship date sometime this spring. Your credit card will be charged right away, so keep that in mind in determining if you want to buy early or wait for the helmets to go into full-on shipping mode.

The problem of bulky bike helmets has been tackled before, notably by the Morpher folding helmet, which successfully raised funding on Indiegogo back in 2013, but has yet to ship to buyers. If both the Morpher and Fuga reach the market this year, riders will have a nice choice of helmets designed to pack down small.

Closca Fuga
The Closca Fuga has a pleasing retro look. Closca Design