No less than ten stages are involved in the manufacture of EGIDE helmets, whether made from leather or high-tech materials, and whether for cycling, skiing, or horse-riding. Each of these stages is carried out by hand, in Nantes and Cholet.
Carbon / Kevlar / Linen: selection and treatment
EGIDE has selected carbon, Kevlar and linen as its high-tech materials of choice. Used in the aeronautical industry, for bullet-proof vests and other protective coatings, these materials ensure that the helmets are robust, light and safe. The surface is then covered with an anti-scratch varnish.
At the next stage of manufacture: the leathers are cut by hand, to ensure that only those parts which contain no imperfections are identified and selected for use by the skilled leather craftsman.
Carbone / Kevlar / Linen:
Like for leather, the high-tech materials are cut by hand, but this time using a die-cutting punch, and in accordance with strict draping plans. The craftsman’s experienced eye ensures that there are no defects in the pieces which are chosen.
Bonding and fitting
After preparing the surfaces, adhesive is applied to the crown and the leather is then fitted on the crown. It then needs to be inspected, once dry.
The component parts added at this stage are each individually inspected and weighed. The chin-strap and small air-holes are then set, the protective foam is glued on and the visor installed.
The helmet and chin-strap are hot-stamped with the EGIDE logo, which completes the manufacture of this meticulous finishing process.