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Hövding, a Swedish innovation, has been named “Best in Test” among the cycle helmets recommended by Belgian consumer organisation Test Aankoop.
Hövding, a Swedish innovation, has been named “Best in Test” among the cycle helmets recommended by Belgian consumer organisation Test Aankoop.

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Hövding’s airbag for cyclists “Best in Test” according to Belgian consumer organisation


Hövding, a Swedish innovation, has been named “Best in Test” among the cycle helmets recommended by Belgian consumer organisation Test Aankoop. In tests, Hövding demonstrates superior protection and drastically reduces the risk of brain injury.

“The Belgian consumer organisation has an excellent reputation and it means a lot to us that Hövding has been singled out for praise. Hövding’s airbag provides unique protection by enveloping the head and also supporting the neck in a way unmatched by any other helmet,” says Hövding’s CTO, Heino Wendelrup.

Test Aankoop’s cycle helmet test was conducted by the French testing institute Certimoov at the University of Strasbourg. Their work and tests build on decades of research into accidents on bicycles and motorcycles. Researchers have developed a testing protocol for objectively assessing the protection offered by helmets under conditions that reflect actual use as closely as possible. With the results now in from the latest round of tests conducted by the University of Strasbourg, it is clear that no other cycle helmet has ever provided Hövding’s level of protection in all the years of testing, and it is on this basis that Test Aankoop has made its recommendations. The test covered 42 helmets for adults.

“As many people will have noticed, the pandemic has prompted something of a cycling boom in Europe. With headgear that provides the best protection when cycling and has adjustable sizing, we are hoping to ride this new wave of enthusiasm for two wheels. Where we are not available in stores, Hövding can always be purchased via our website,” says Heino Wendelrup.

About Hövding

A Swedish innovation, Hövding is the world’s first airbag for cyclists, and is proven to offer better protection than traditional cycle helmets. Via advanced sensors and a unique algorithm, the Hövding monitors the movement patterns of the cyclist and reacts by releasing an airbag in 0.1 seconds in the event of an accident, offering the world’s best impact absorption and protection against rotational forces. Since its launch, over 350,000 Hövding airbags have been sold and several thousand people have been protected by Hövding in accidents.

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Hövding started out in 2005 as a master’s thesis by the two founders Anna Haupt and Terese Alstin, who, at the time, were studying Industrial Design at the University of Lund.

The project resulted in the concept of an airbag helmet, which won Innovationsbron’s Ideas Grant. This kick-started the process of developing Hövding into a real product. In 2006 Hövding won the Venture Cup, after which Hövding Sweden AB was founded.

Over the years Hövding has grown from just two people with a great idea, to a NASDAQ-listed company that handle everything from development and production to marketing and sales. Today Hövding consists of a team of around 30 people, all triggered by the word impossible, and Hövding’s airbag for cyclists is available in 16 markets across Europe and in Japan.

The headquarters are located in an old chocolate factory in Malmö – the sixth greatest cycling city in the world. Final assembly of Hövding is carried out in association with the Japanese Company Nihon Plast.

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214 22 Malmö
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