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Caberg helmets are made in Italy (Bergamo to be precise) and have been since 1974. The aim of the company throughout its life has been to produce well made budget helmets that at least match the performance and safety offered by competitors. At the Caberg factory they have their own laboratory with test rigs in order that they can batch test helmets at random to help ensure quality. This also allows the company to produce helmets for a variety of markets where the standards to be met are different. They test the materials used in the helmets under a variety of environmental conditions to replicate as much as possible real life conditions. They are testing the shock absorption, rigidity, deformation of the retention system and rotational stability which are the four basic types of test required by the various standards.
A Caberg helmet is made of a number of basic components: the external hard shell, to support and distribute the energy of a blow through its partial breakage (in extreme circumstances). Under the shell is the soft inner shell which is there to absorb and dissipate the residual energy through its deformation and destruction The third component is the retention system which holds the helmet happening in place and permits the two shells to do their job. Besides these main components, the other key one on a helmet is the main visor. This is very much concerned with primary safety, i.e your ability to avoid an accident in the first place by being able to see what’s happening. To aid you in this regard the majority of Cabergs have an internal sun visor which can be flipped down at the depression of a lever or similar simple action. This provides the wearer with an immediate and effective sun visor to protect them against natures glare.
In terms of secondary safety Caberg have proved themselves more than up to the task by regularly scoring a maximum of 5 stars in the tough British SHARP tests. Given that there are helmets on the market which only earn one star, and still pass the minimum test standard you can see what an achievement this is.
The Regulation ECE 22 requires every helmet bear a label sewn on the retention system (i.e. on the chinstrap). This label bears the homologation mark, the homologation number, the production serial number. The homologation mark is an upper case E followed by a number, inscribed in a circle. The number following the upper case E represents the country who has granted the homologation. For instance E3 marks the helmets approved in Italy, E4 in Belgium, E1 in Germany, E6 in the Netherlands, etc. Below the E-mark there are two numbers: the left one is the homologation number assigned by the National Administrations, where the first two digits represent the series of amendments under which the model has been approved (04 represents the fourth, 05 the fifth, and so on); the right one is the production serial number. On the visor it is enough to see embossed the E-mark and the homologation number only.
Catering for all on-road categories, including sports, touring, scooter and classic, Caberg aim to offer the widest possible selection for today’s discerning road rider. Spotting a demand in the market adult size options are now also joined by a large selection of bespoke children’s fitments, which often accommodate ladies with small heads.