Roof is a relatively, not-so-known helmet manufacturer. They are, in a way, new is the industry, being only born in 1993—under 20 years is still young in the helmet manufacturing industry. Part of their somewhat semi-unknown status is because we do not see the brad engaging in major motor sport events—I do not think I have seen a rider sporting a Roof helmet in MotoGP or in WSBK.
Roof, or “ROOF”, is a French brand. They produce what the industry refers to as “untraditional” helmets. However, with their great reputation and excellent product offerings, they produce exceptional, functional, and very protective lids. The ROOF brand stems from experience. Its founder, Claude Morin, started out as a motorcycle and car racer, and a true motor sport fanatic. He also realized his passion for innovation, and to this day is known as the first person to create a motorbike chassis from composite materials. His research and interest in protecting riders eventually led to helmet design and the ROOF brand. In 1993, powered with a wealth of experience, he launched his very first model—the ROOF Roadster. And now, 17 years later, his company has stood out, producing original, non-traditional, safe, and comfortable helmets.
Below is a 1997 poster for the Roof Roadster helmet.
Their product catalog consists of four main categories: mini-jets, jets, full-face, and versatile. Jets and mini-jets are otherwise known industry as half-face helmets. This category also includes the aforementioned Roadster helmet. Versatile helmets are what you might consider as modular helmets of flip-up helmets. Possibly the most unique and original feature of their modular helmets is the ability of the lower part to go all the way to the back, presenting a usable, makeshift jet or open-face helmet.
Below is a photo of their versatile (modular) helmet with the mouth shield retracted all the way. Shown is the Boxer V8 model.
Below is an excerpt from a review done by webBikeWorld on the roof boxer.
“Many owners swear by their Boxer and love its features. If you need the ability to combine the functionality of a full-face helmet with the freedom of an open-face, this is about the only game in town. The Boxer meets the tough ECE 22-05 safety standard, and it definitely feels more substantial and solid than probably all of the flip-up helmets we’ve tried.”
“It would be nice if it had a chin vent so the helmet could be worn with the visor completely closed, but it’s not the first helmet we’ve used where an open visor is a necessity. If you’re a fan of the styling, you probably won’t mind some of the quirkiness. After all, quirks are what make it stand out from the crowd.”
Click here for the complete review.
Prices for Roof motorcycle helmets are awkwardly placed between the semi-affordable between expensive helmets. For example, one of their most affordable models—the Roof Rider falls in the vicinity of $280. It is also important to note that the Roof line of products have not totally invaded North American shores. Most, if not all, online retailers of Roof helmets are located in Europe.
Roof’s innovative designs and ideas are a very refreshing change in the world of motorcycle helmets. If you are getting tired of the usual racer designs offered by household helmet brands, a Roof lid (no pun intended) could be just what you need. Their designs, which I wouldn’t dare describe as ugly or weird, is for me, just different. In fact, they have some models that struck the aesthetic side of me, especially with the obvious uniqueness and non-standard graphics and colors. With such cool concepts, they’re really worth a look.