‘Stackhat’ protective sports helmet

Made by PA Technology Asia Pacific in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1982.

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.

87/1040D

Physical Description

Orange/yellow lightweight protective helmet of moulded plastic, with black fabric lining. Includes a colour printed cardboard box for packaging.

Dimensions

Height

220 mm

Width

210 mm

Depth

250 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, 1987. 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

Designed

PA Technology Asia Pacific 1982

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.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Rosebank Products Pty Ltd, 1987

Acquisition Date

12 August, 1987

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Stackhat' protective sports helmet 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 January 2018, <https://ma.as/69132>

Wikipedia

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