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Livall MT1 Smart Cycling Helmet – Review

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Cycling helmets haven’t developed much over the past century. They have become more impact resistant, but where’s the smart tech, like Bluetooth and indicators? Michael MacIntyre tested the Livall MT1, an intelligent cycling helmet.

Bicycle riding is a healthy and popular activity, but it comes with its own set of risks. This makes it important to use high-quality protective gear. The Livall MT1 smart helmet offers features designed to enhance safety while cycling. In this review, we will delve into the details of the Livall MT1 and explore its features.

Key product features

  • SOS distress functions
  • Turn-signal indicator lights
  • Bluetooth for calls and music
  • Weighs 310 grams
  • Charge time of 3 hours
  • 3-6 hours battery life
  • Standby duration of up to 6 months

Why choose the Livall MT1?

Like most, the Livall MT1 helmet will reduce the severity of impact to a cyclist’s head, should he or she hit the tarmac or dirt. But what if something could prevent the crash, especially where a car is involved? This is where Livall wants to set itself apart.

The Light Fantastic

The MT1 features a range of electronic features, like built-in turn signals, which the rider controls with a remote control mounted on the handlebars, as well as a rear light. These features are useful for cyclists who frequently ride in urban areas or in low-light conditions. Livall designed the MT1 make it easier to spot a cyclist and anticipate his or her movements.

Hands-free calls

But the Livall is more than a light show. It sports a built-in microphone and speakers, allowing riders to take phone calls without removing their helmet or stop cycling. It also lets you enjoy those all-important motivational bangers, like Eye of the tiger.

Apart from cycling, these helmets are also suited to roller-skating, hover-boards, skateboards, and so on. The MT1 conforms to the EN-1078 safety standard. (You can read more about helmet safety standards in this article on Triathlete.com.)

What’s in the box?

  • The helmet, complete with integrated speakers, microphone, lights, and adjustable straps
  • The “Bling Jet” handle-bar mounted remote control and accessories for its fitment
  • A magnetic charging cable (USB)
  • A small “quick-start” instruction booklet and warranty card

Setting up and charging

The instruction booklet is fairly cryptic, and assumes a basic level of tech savvy. It explains the various set-up (e.g., user language) and pairing steps. Voice prompts guide you along.

The magnetic charging cable (similar to the Apple MacBook’s MagSafe charger) connects via USB to a normal power supply. It’s as simple as charging your smartphone.

Using the supplied O-ring, fit the Bling Jet remote control to your bicycle’s handlebar, ensuring it fits snugly. Be sure to position it close to the hand you prefer using.

Pairing

Download the Livall smartphone app, which integrates the functions of your smartphone with the helmet and remote. After installation, pair the device to your smartphone using Bluetooth.

Also, choose your emergency contact person, who will be notified if you crash or when press the SOS button – unless your phone malfunctions or there’s no cellphone coverage.

Using the Livall MT1

The helmet was a good fit and my wife found it comfortable too. It has a typical adjustment knob, adjustable chinstrap and clips of a common cycling helmet. Inside there’s sponge for comfort, while gauze prevent insects from getting into your head space.

The rider can control the following helmet functions with the Bling Jet remote on the handlebar: indicate left or right, start and stop a playlist, skip to the next or previous track, answer or decline an incoming call, and adjust the volume.

There’s a two-way radio function for speaking to other Livall helmet users nearby. As we only had one MT1 on test, we can’t report on this feature.

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What we like about the MT1

This truly novel ‘stereo helmet phone’ adds new dimensions to your ride. Whether you’re into Mozart or Metallica, no longer do you have to suffer the discomfort associated with the prolonged use of (in-ear) earphones.

That you can keep both hands on the handlebar while taking a call, is a truly welcome. The microphone has wind cancelling built in, which makes this oversized earpiece surprisingly effective.

Also, the MT1 isn’t more expensive than helmets without all these electronic features.

What we disliked

  • The Bluetooth disconnected occasionally.
  • Pairing and setting up could be simpler.
  • Navigating the helmet’s digital menu is tricky, but gets easier.

Conclusion and score

It’s a useful and functional product, combining the thrill of your sport or leisure activity with the essential functions of your smartphone. Its features make it an attractive option for a range of different cycling scenarios.

The Livall MT1 scores 4.5 out of 5.

4.5 out of 5.0 stars
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