The road is a rich olfactory experience on the handlebars of a motorcycle. This can be a good thing; the smell of a log fire, ocean surf or pine forest can definitely brighten your day. On other occasions, like overtaking a truck full of sheep, you may really wish you were in the nasally safer environment of a car.
It’s a depressing fact, however, that urban air quality is absolutely appalling in some cities at certain times of the year – a point that comes up in abundance when you get too close to a truck exhaust. sitting at the lights. Exhaust and pollution can be actively bad for your health, as well as just plain unpleasant, and Indian company Shellios has released a motorcycle helmet for the times we live in.
The Puros is a full-cover with an air intake in the back and a battery-powered fan that blows that air through a HEPA filter and then around your face. It claims to remove over 99% of PM 2.5 particles from the air you breathe, while reducing visor fogging. The company claims that independent tests show it reduces pollution exposure by more than 80%.
Shellios does not list the weight of the headset, or even the battery life. But it’s USB rechargeable, it looks like a mule mohawk, and there’s a single button on the right rear of the bucket to turn the fan on and off.
It’s only certified to Indian helmet standards at this stage, so not currently a product for global cyclists, but it’s certainly the sort of thing that could make a positive difference to your overall health if you cycle many kilometers in polluted cities, or even on horseback. next to the sheep trucks.
Shellios sells them for 4,500 rupees (US$56), delivered anywhere in India – which is a little cheaper than getting yourself a Tesla with “biological weapons defense mode”.