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Giro’s in-house test lab, called the Dome, is the global authority in helmet testing, research and development. Based in Scotts Valley, California, the Dome’s unrivaled resources include more than 50 test fixtures as well as 3D printers, injection molding and thermal molding equipment, an in-house wind tunnel, CNC machines and other equipment required to design, develop and evaluate new ideas in head protection.
The test lab and its engineering staff began in 1954 to support Bell Helmets. In the following decades these resources have served many helmet categories (including tactical, military, hockey, football, baseball and equestrian) and supported many brands, including Bell, Easton, Giro, MIPS and Riddell. The facility was officially named the Dome in 2011. Today the Dome is focused on testing and R&D in powersports, cycling and snow sports and serves as the in-house test lab for Bell and Giro.
The idea of HelmetFacts.com and lifting the veil on this longtime resource came from recognizing an unmet need. The Dome personnel saw a lack of education related to head protection, testing, materials and technology. With so much misinformation and confusion in the marketplace they realized that they themselves might have the most to offer on these matters. After all they’ve been doing it longer than anyone else. In an era when the vast majority of helmet brands are choosing designs from a foreign factory’s catalog, and investing in sales and marketing rather than testing, the Dome still goes above and beyond. They participate on helmet standards’ committees, develop and build their own testing machines and continuously make information available to other brands and researchers.
Yes, the Dome is in the same building as Giro and its personnel are on the same payroll, but rather than showcase marketing terms and glossy campaigns, the Dome’s intention is to be an unbiased resource. The reason is simple – head protection is serious business and we all benefit from learning.
The Dome is steeped in scientific method and they believe the key to accurate testing and development is objectivity. Which led us here – investing in this resource to share some of what we’ve learned together, to address common misconceptions and to shed light on what we believe it takes to drive innovations in head protection. Our intention is to present the facts, explain the science and host the data. We hope you find this resource enlightening.
To learn more, and get facts on head protection, visit the Dome at helmetfacts.com.