What Is Wavecel?
WaveCel is a revolutionary, Bontrager-exclusive helmet technology that has been shown in a recent study to be up to 48x more effective than traditional foam helmets in protecting your head from injuries caused by certain cycling accidents.*
*See Evaluation of a Novel Bicycle Helmet Concept in Oblique Impact Testing, Accident Analysis and Prevention 123 (2019) 58-65. www.trekbikes.com/what-is-wavecel. Based on reduction in rotational acceleration at impact (6.2 m/s at 45°) of head + neck model wearing traditional EPS foam helmet vs. helmet modified with WaveCel insert. Probability of injury in an actual accident depends on numerous factors, including nature of impact and individual health.
WaveCel is a collapsible cellular structure that lines the inside of your helmet.
It works like a crumple zone that absorbs the force of an impact before it reaches your head.
How It Works
In order to protect your head and absorb the energy created by an impact, WaveCel goes through a three-step change in material structure.
First, the cells flex to reduce initial frictional forces.
Next, the cells crumple like a car bumper at impact.
Finally, WaveCel glides to redirect energy away from your head.