No less than ten stages are involved in the manufacture of EGIDE helmets, whether made from leather or high-tech materials, and whether for cycling, skiing, or horse-riding. Each of these stages is carried out by hand, in Nantes and Cholet.
Selection and treatment of the leather
The full-grain leathers for EGIDE helmets are chosen from the most renowned tanneries. They are then treated as a mass, ensuring they withstand the extremes of rain, UV rays, and surface aggressions.
Carbon / Kevlar / Linen: SELECTION AND TREATMENT
EGIDE has selected carbon, Kevlar, and linen as its high-tech materials of choice. Used in the aeronautical industry, for bullet-proof vests and other protective coatings, these materials ensure that the helmets are robust, light, and safe. The surface is then covered with an anti-scratch varnish.
At the next stage of manufacture: the leathers are cut by hand, to ensure that only those parts that contain no imperfections are identified and selected for use by the skilled leather craftsman.
Carbone / Kevlar / Linen: The CUTTING
As for leather, the high-tech materials are cut by hand, but this time using a die-cutting punch and strict draping plans. The craftsman’s experienced eye ensures that there are no defects in the pieces which are chosen.
The seams and the stitching are done by hand, using a special thread, which is chosen for its high resistance to rain, UV rays, and surface abrasions.