6D Helmets came to the market just a few years ago with their revolutionary enduro and motocross helmets. Using what they describe as Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS), the little shock absorbers sit in between two EPS layers which reduces the rotational acceleration that occurs during a crash which transfers energy to your brain. Now road riders can join in too with the release of the 6D ATS-1 Carbon Street helmet.
In addition to the big safety improvements such a system offers, 6D have gone to great lengths to make the helmet as easy to live with as possible. Due to the small gap between the EPS layers, air flow and cooling is greatly improved. There are four intake ports which can be opened or closed that channel air into the helmet where it snakes through 15 channels and out through five exhaust ports. The face shield also gets some special treatment, with 10 ratchet positions for ventilation, a pinlock insert and it’s also treated for anti-scratch inside and out.
As is expected for any modern helmet, the interior liners are removable for washing but also the rear neckroll can be removed during warmer months, greatly improving airflow and cooling. There’s also recesses inside to fit speakers for Bluetooth and also glasses.
All of this obviously comes at a price, with the cost in the US at $895. The 6D ATS-1 is certified to exceed US DOT FMVSS 218 (United States), ECE 22.05 (47 Countries World-Wide), AS 1698 (Australia) and ACU (United Kingdom) standards.