I was pretty hype about this cute-but-also-safe helmet at first, until I realized that it has a couple of (in my opinion) fatal flaws: It leaves a huge, painful indentation on my forehead regardless of how it’s adjusted and how long it’s worn (I got a medium, according to my measurement) It ~ALWAYS~ pulls my hair when taken off. It’s the little yellow plastic disc-looking clips inside. I only ride with my hair pulled back and it always manages to snag a patch of hair. The magnetic light on the back is a great idea, but it doesn’t hold a charge beyond 30 minutes, rendering it a novelty at best. (Though it’s extremely bright when it’s working) It lacks the cute faux-leather straps that the heritage has, and instead has cheap-looking grey nylon straps that flop around without an effective way to hold the extra ends. I believe that it came with a rubber band (think: orthodontic-sized tiny cheap thing) to hold the extra length, but that was promptly lost. Which brings me to my last point: It’s not worth the price tag for me, unfortunately. I read a handful of reviews and thought to myself that I’d somehow overcome these issues, or be immune to them altogether, but here we are. Some lessons need to be learned the hard way.
The problem with any product is that if one thing is continually annoying it often overrides any other good will about the product. In this case it is the rear light. The magnet is a great idea and the light is well designed and bright enough. The problem is with the charge. We've already taken two back and the problem seems to remain, so now I am convinced it's the design. The light does not hold a charge. One hour of riding and the charge is kapoot. I charge it for days, up until the moment we leave but it's always the same; an hour into our ride and the light doesn't work. As good as the helmet shell might be I just don't like my wife riding with it when the she has to worry about whether or not the light has run out of juice. So, no, I'm sorry I cannot recommend this helmet.
I purchased the Thousand Chapter helmet out of a desire to upgrade to one with MIPS certification. That’s about the only aspect of this helmet that I would call an upgrade of any kind. Coming over from a helmet of similar style that I’d had for a number of years, the Thousand is poorer by most measures. The plastic of the helmet is substantially thinner. Now perhaps it is just as stable and protective — I assume they have to pass the same tests — but not a confidence builder. The helmet also cuts substantially shorter behind the neck, a fashion choice, I guess that also saves them some money. The padding on the Chapter is also very insubstantial. Coming from a model with cushy, sewn headband, with great quilted padding that included surrounding the size adjustment twister, the flat, cheap, uncomfortable padding in the Chapter was a real, can I say, head scratcher. They are heavily advertising the swappable visor for this helmet but, again, the reality of what you get is disappointing. Seventeen dollars to swap out one of these is totally insane. These are truly insubstantial pieces of plastic. Unlike the visor on my previous helmet, these seemingly offer no structural protection, no meaningful sun protection, and don’t even block rain because of the gap between the visor and the helmet. The plastic attachments are very, very flimsy. One knock and you’ve lost your visor and the ability to replace it. The other upgrade I was excited for was the magnetic light. The advertised battery life was pretty poor and if anything, it’s worse in actual use. So frustrating to not get through a single ride without this thing crapping out. Given that you can purchases similar unremarkable lights on Amazon (minus a magnet) for next to nothing, this is another flash over substance choicefor Thousand. I’ve already stopped using it because the poor battery life is so frustrating. Cheap, cheap, cheap! And the charging process is that the light stays on and blinking until charged, at which point it just stays on endlessly. So find a place in your house where an bright blinking red light won’t be another because you’ll be charging this all the time every day if you intend to get any use out of it. And the magnetic switch (it clicks on when you attach it) sounds great in theory but since I am rationing my light time for busier roads, it just ends up a major inconvenience because I don’t know whether the light is on or what setting it’s on. A regular switch would be so much better. You just end up struggling with this thing to get it to do what you want. I personally do not find the Thousand signature magnetic clasp to be much of an advantage. It is enormous and uncomfortably with inexplicably sharp edges. It is not particularly conducive to one handed closure. Some people seem to love it but I don’t find that it adds any meaningful utility. The first helmet they sent me was not the size I ordered and the visor screw attachment on one side was already stripped and broken (hence my skepticism above). They were very kind and prompt about the change. I have never once used the poppout for the U lock and mostly find that it is annoying when it flops free on its own. All in all, I’ve made my own modifications to the helmet padding to make it comfortable enough and continue to use it but I would not recommend it to anyone. I feel like I took some major trade-offs for pursing MIPS protection that I would not make again. A lot of marketing, not a lot of value.
Arrived faster than I thought it would. As the title says the the helmet is very light, lighter than what I expected. I followed the instructions on the "Fit Guide" and the helmet fits perfectly. I chose this helmet specifically for the look and I am not disappointed. Much love to the Thousand team for helping out food couriers at this time!!! My next helmet will most definitely be another Thousand helmet!
Bought this for my daughter as she is biking in NYC! Fits her perfectly!
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