RockiNoggins helmet cover: A review

I love this thing!

I will be the first to admit that I’m not into fashion. Nobody would ever accuse me of being stylish. But still, I get tired of wearing that boring ol’ bike helmet all the time.


RockiNoggins is a new company based out of Seattle that is making the coolest helmet covers ever. So cool, in fact, that it doesn’t even look like you’re wearing a  helmet. The hardest part of buying one of these is choosing which style – they are all pretty darn cool.

What I like about the RockiNoggins helmet hat:

  • It looks cool.
  • The visor is WAY better than the visor that came on my helmet. I can’t say that will hold true for all helmets or all styles of the hats, but it’s true for mine.
  • It’s fun and funky.
  • This particular style comes with interchangable flowers. I can wear the funky one pictured, or I’ve got a beautiful salmon-colored flower for a change of pace. They have quite a few choices to pick from.

What I’m not sure about:

  • I don’t know about wearing this in the heat of the summer. It blocks the vents, so could be awful. Even so, it will be wonderful for the rest of the year at least.
  • People don’t know you’re wearing a helmet. Yes, I did have someone shout, “Wear a helmet!” out their car window.

I had a chance to talk with Elissa Heller, the designer of the hats and founder of the company.

How did the idea of the RockiNoggins come about?

As an acute care nurse and being exposed to patients with traumatic brain injury, I know that 20% of all TBI’s are due to not wearing a helmet. Sadly, most who don’t wear a helmet do so because they feel they are unattractive in a helmet. I wanted to excite people to want to wear a helmet by designing hats that are fashionable as well as functional.

What do you hope to accomplish through making these?

To reduce the number of traumatic brain injuries by promoting the need to protect your head no matter what activity you are enjoying.

My next request to the RockiNoggins folk is this: can you take care of the helmet hair problem now?


Click here to choose your own RockiNoggins hat!

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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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