‘Stackhat’ protective sports helmet

Made in Victoria, Australia, 1986.

The Stackhat is designed to protect the skull and temple and is light, comfortable, colourful and streamlined. The ‘hi-tech’ graphics are designed to appeal to the youth market. Made from impact-modified and shock absorbent expanded polystyrene it is designed for use in sporting and leisure activities including cycling, cricket, equestrian and skiing.

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Summary

Object No.

86/1692

Physical Description

Lightweight protective helmet of moulded white plastic with polystyrene padding and black fabric lining. Includes a colour printed cardboard box and instruction leaflets.

Marks

Model number EV2001, Size: Medium.

Dimensions

Height

205 mm

Width

205 mm

Production

Notes

Designed in 1982 by PA Technology (later known as Invetech) for Rosebank Products Pty Ltd and made by Rosebank Products Pty Ltd, Victoria, Australia, in 1986. Australian Registered Design number 1075/82 or application number 198201075.

The Stackhat is designed to protect the skull and temple and is light, comfortable, colourful and streamlined. The 'hi-tech' graphics are designed to appeal to the youth market. Made from impact-modified and shock absorbent expanded polystyrene it is designed for use in sporting and leisure activities including cycling, cricket, equestrian and skiing.

Prompted by the increase in head injuries, particularly in cricket and cycling, this helmet was designed to comply with the strict Australian Standard AS2063. A key feature of the Stackhat design was the provision of ventilation suitable for Australian summer conditions. A number of accessories were developed including a face guard (cricket), peak and visor peak (cycling, equestrian, canoeing) and a sun shield (skiing). The Stackhat was available in red, yellow and white and three different sizes.
Reference: Design World, March 1983, p 33.

The Stackhat received an Australian Design Award in 1986

Made

1986

History

Notes

Helmets have been compulsory for bike riders of all ages in Australia since the early 1990s. All helmets must comply with the Australian Standard 2063. In 1991 the Rosebank Stackhat along with the Britax Integra were the market leading children's helmets. Both complied with the Australian Standard 2063.2-1990 and this type of Rosebank Stackhat was recommended as the first choice for children by Choice Magazine in May 1991.

The Stackhat packaging and advertising describes the Rosebank Stackhat as 'The Aussie Life Preserver' and the company offered $10,000 free insurance with every Stackhat purchased.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Rosebank Products Pty Ltd, 1986

Acquisition Date

27 November 1986

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Stackhat' protective sports helmet 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 November 2018, <https://ma.as/59601>

Wikipedia

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This object is currently on display in Design Nation at the Powerhouse Museum.

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