About Us


 Northcott Beach, Cornwall

 

Dashel Cycle Helmets has developed a flattering, urban cycle helmet that is slim and light. 

Cycling is safe. The benefits to your health and wealth outweigh the risks, so we’re not going to try and scare you into wearing a helmet. 

We saw a gap in the market for a helmet that is made sustainably, which you can keep for decades. How have we achieved this? We have used Arpro for the liner, it is a foam that is processed using steam, water and pressure. At the end of its lifecycle it is 100% recyclable and doesn't need any chemicals to break it down.

Most cycle helmets use an EPS foam liner which is manufactured using a chemical process and degrades over time. So it is recommended that these helmets need replacing every 2-5 years, even if they haven't been hit.

Dashel is manufactured in the UK, at a family owned factory in Cornwall which has diversified from making helmets for the military and marine industry. The carbon fibre shell keeps the design very light for a helmet in its class, just 310g-380g depending on your size. The shell is hand-moulded, so the quality control is excellent and the more we sell, the more people we’ll hire.

Since we came up with the idea in 2012 it has taken many years of research and development to complete Dashel. We've been crashing different designs and materials on a rig, to learn how all areas of the helmet can withstand the varying forces and temperatures required to pass and exceed the safety standards. In 2015 Dashel employed Map the industrial design consultancy, founded by Barber & Osgerby, to hone Dashel’s distinctive profile and perfect the venting and fit.

In 2016 Dashel was featured in the exhibition Cycle Revolution at The Design Museum London.

Dashel* is a registered trademark. The helmet and liner are registered designs.

*Although you can dash about in our light, vented helmets, that’s not why it’s called Dashel. Dashel means thistle in Cornish
. We manufacture in Cornwall and the thistle is one of Cornwall's native flowers. As it's colourful and protective, we decided to take it as our brand-name.