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Bump cap with air flow technology

18 April 2016

The HardCap AeroLite from JSP is the latest addition to the PPE specialist’s range of bump caps designed for work environments where there is a risk of impact between the head and stationary objects.

The new bump cap, designed by JSP’s in-house Research & Development team, features a full high-density polyethylene (HDPE) shell, so the wearer is protected not only from impact to the front and top of the head but also from scrapes to the side of the head. This significant increase in protection has not been gained at the expense of comfort: the HardCap AeroLite is extremely lightweight and comfortable to wear. In fact, at under 135g, the cap weighs about the same as a typical standard-sized smartphone – and it’s just as cool and stylish.

To significantly reduce heat build-up the sleek textile cover has large open weaved panels to facilitate the transfer of cool air and mitigate the build-up of heat and discomfort – particularly if the cap is being worn over long periods. Treated with a ‘Durable Water Repellent’ coating, the cover features large reflective areas on the side panels and reflective piping around the peak providing extra visibility and improved safety in low-light conditions.

Comfort is further enhanced by a lightweight expanded polypropylene (EPP) liner offering class leading impact performance. The Polygiene treated Sweatband and foam-cushion comfort pads guard against skin irritations, odours and maintain freshness. Polygiene inhibits the growth of odour-causing bacteria and fungal spores. The cover is removable and machine-washable, which adds to the longevity of the cap.

Tested to BS EN 812, the HardCap AeroLite consistently exceeded its requirements, recording an average transmitted force of just 5kN – well below the maximum 15kN allowed by the standard. It was also successfully tested at temperature extremes of -40 and +50°C, making it the best-performing full-shell bump cap on the market.

The HardCap AeroLite is available in black or blue, with either a 50mm or 25mm peak. The longer peak provides more shade in outdoor or brightly-lit environments, while the shorter version allows for better vision when looking upward.