When it comes to bike helmets, many take on a similar design. A vast majority of them are ‘space age’ as Thousand describes them. It’s hard to disagree with that which is why I wanted to do a Thousand helmet review. Thousand sought out to create a helmet that people want to wear, one that was inspired by a helmet you might find in the corner of an old garage. They undoubtedly achieved this goal with their lineup of Heritage bike helmets. I first came across the brand by searching for helmets that were popular among ebike owners. What I found was that Thousand had a bit of a following, partly attributable to their generous $20 off referral program.
Many people buying ebikes today tend to be older and the Heritage might remind them of their childhood. For younger consumers like myself the look is anything but dated with their number of modern colorways. Pictured below are the GT Stripe and the Navy. The orange accents on each match quite well with the Rad Power Bikes orange.
Besides the great looks, Thousand has a unique feature called the PopLock anti-theft guarantee. You can see it on the back of the helmet in the last photo above, but I also share how it works in the video at the bottom of this post. The PopLock is a 1″ hole in the helmet which is covered by a clever magnetic and branded circle piece. If your helmet gets stolen while locked, Thousand will replace your helmet for free. The 1″ hole was made with u-locks in mind but our ABUS Bordo Big 6000 Alarm folding lock also fit through the hole. Thousand will also replace your helmet if you happen to get into an accident.
If you like supporting a businesses which have a mission beyond maximizing profits you’ll be happy to know that Thousand offsets 110% of their annual carbon emissions and are a member of 1% For The Planet. The company is also mindful when it comes to their supply chain and packaging. The name ‘Thousand’ comes from their goal of saving 1,000 lives by getting more people to wear helmets.
As far as safety goes these helmets meet the safety standards below. Perhaps the only downside is these helmets don’t offer MIPS protection.
In the US: CPSC and ASTM F1492 certified for bicycling, roller and in-line skating, kick scooter riding, long-boarding, and skateboarding. In Europe: EN 1078 certified for bicycling, skateboarding, and roller skating. Our helmets’ certifications also cover e-bicycles and e-skateboards (outside of the Netherlands).
If you’re interested in purchasing a Thousand helmet, you can purchase one through my affiliate link which helps support Ebike Escape. Please note that Thousand provided us with helmets so my wife and I could provide our thoughts. This is our honest feedback on the Thousand helmet.