Hello to everybody :o)
I'm a neaby here and try to find as many ideas as possible.
Acctually I'm a Design Student and at the begin of my second bachelor thesis.
A few weeks ago I visited a Polo Play for the first time and I was fascinated from that day on.
By looking for a great topic for my thesis I decided to design and develop a new helmet for polo players. Now I’m searching for special needs.
You all might have more or less experience with playing polo. But everyone who wears a helmet might not find the perfect one.
If anyone of you is interested please let me now what kind of helmet do you need. Which “problems” did you have.
Do you need an integrated microphone? Are you able to wear (sun)glasses under your helmet?
What about accidents? Did your helmet support your head?
Of course I looked through further discussions. But maybe noone asked you before what you whish…
The Polo community overall is pretty classic as it tastes for polo equipment...
Indeed it is only since a few years that we have velcro on the kneepads, and that more safer helmets design are becoming popular. The few attempts to desgn more modern helmets and safe ones has not been widely positive for the people who designe them (Oxley, Spectrum, GPA etc)...
La Martina & Casablanca seem to have developped now 'safer' helmets based on a classical look.
Classical look is important it seems to make your helmet a success and even then I think that apart from the Novillos and Adam Snow most top high goaler still do not wear them.
We are able to wear protective google under them, but sometimes the fit is not the best.
Microphone not allowed in some polo associations.
Lots of accidents...so I would say start with a design that ensure safety and a touch of classic.
thanks for your input. I also don't like to wear a helmet, but it is important. Of course the classic style is important. Hopefully I find an interesting way to combine both - safety and a cool design :o)
In the most ideal world, I would love a way to have a face guard that does not weigh my head down! Usually they are metal to protect from balls, mallets, ect. but it cannot be a product that shatters due to the fact your eyes are right there.
I would say, helmets are pretty well designed these days. One of the main drawbacks are the sweat bands as they transfer sweat to the top of the helmet which leads to stains and those nasty white marks!!