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Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic, meaning it is easily melted and injection molded into final products, such as helmet shells, visors and face shields. Polycarbonate is highly impact resistant, which makes it the material of choice for products such as “bullet proof glass” and safety glasses. It’s rugged nature has also led to its use in smartphone cases, compact discs and a wide range of other consumer products.
Polycarbonate is stronger than ABS, the other popular thermoplastic frequently used to construct helmet shells, but also more expensive and therefore tends to be featured on higher price point helmets. Helmets using polycarbonate typically feature slightly thinner shells, creating a more streamlined look with the same degree of impact resistance and performance.< back