Frea is a rock climbing helmet designed to empower freedom to female climbers. It provides frustration free hair management, full-round safety protection and a proper aesthetic that fits the climbing style. It has a 3-layer hybrid consist of a 3-piece hard outer shell, a flexible second layer, and a soft inner padding, with a hair passage in the back.The structure not only provides a thorough protection but also makes the helmet stretchable and flexible. The flexibility allows comfort fitting and easy pulling hair through the hair passage.
I started with 2 initial concepts: making a new stretchable shell that easily fit hair inside; a helmet comes with a detachable headband. I made quick mock-ups to test the two ideas. Later, I decided to combine the two ideas to make a helmet with a flexible out shell and a form fitting inner layer that acts like a headband. In my later round of idea development, I decide to add a 3D printed middle layer that stretchable. And the outer shell is divided into 3 pieces that are connected by the middle layer.
Easy fit and hair passage: Stretchable D3O 2nd impact layer, allows easier hair passage.