The year in BMX technology, 2012

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Hard foam helmets

Photograph By Pro-Tec

Following Brett Banasiewicz's crash in August, focus on helmet safety evolved from "put on a helmet" to "make sure you're using the right type of helmet." Soft foam, skate-style helmets (the type Brett was wearing), was certainly better than nothing, but the Athlete Recovery Fund wants more pros to start using hard-foam helmets, which offer more protection. Currently, Bell, Pro-Tec, Poc and an assortment of other brands offer hard-foam helmets made for BMX, and in 2013, CPSC-certified helmets will be required at all contests.