It probably doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone that I have a large head but did you know that my ginormous noggin limits the available helmet choices to just a couple of brands. And those brands generally only offer one model in an XL.
The brand that I’ve been wearing for the last several years has been Lazer. I started with their Helium and now wear the Blade model. I try to keep two helmets in service and try to get a new one every twelve months unless I crash really hard. I already crashed last Saturday at Cranksgiving with this new helmet (go figure) The Blade comes in a wide variety of fashion colors unless you wear an XL. The XL Laser Blade is only offered in Black or White. So when I opened the box and took a gander at my new helmet, I decided to ping the cats that hydro dipped the Levis Chalet Charity Moonlander a couple of years ago and see if they could do the same pattern on my new helmet. I emailed RAHoffer and they sent me back a quote of $30 plus shipping with a lead time of less than a week. I was like damn! Let’s do it!
For those of you that have never heard of hydro-dipping, it’s a way to transfer a printed pattern onto 3-dimensional objects. It’s used in the hunting industry to apply camouflage onto everything from gun stocks to dashboards. The printed material is floated onto the surface of a liquid bath and then the object being coated is immersed through the printed pattern that is suspended in the liquid bath. The pattern adheres to the item that is immersed through the printed pliable film coating. Videos of the process look a little like a magic trick. I think the results speak for themselves. My new plain white helmet came back as a wild sticker bombed one of a kind sort of thing.
I’ve always thought that hydro-dipping could work on a helmet, but when I saw that new blank white Lazer Blade come out of the box, it hit me that we should give it a try. In less than a week, I got the word that my helmet was done and that it was on the way back. The helmet came in and I think it came out pretty cool. There are just a couple spots where the straps turned white from being exposed to a bit of the print, but other than that, I think it might be the best $30 that I’ve spent in a while!
With the holidays coming up, we thought that this might spark some of your collective imaginations about dipping something like a flask or a set of fenders or a pair of carbon rims for somebody special on your shopping list. If you make something cool, be sure to share a photo of it with us because we love cool stuff!
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