The science of crashing.
Crashing a bike isn't exactly rocket science, but preserving your brain functions during those crashes may well be if the new Evo AM Helmet is any indication. Six Six One has sent helmet tech into orbit with the combination of Contego EPS foam — which eats up a claimed extraterrestrial 30% more impact than earthbound EPS — and the MIPS protection system.
MIPS involves a free-moving layer that allows for some tectonic-type give, effectively diffusing the oblique impacts that most crashes typically involve. This reduces brain "sloshing," which is every bit as undesirable as it sounds, and helps avoid concussions. The MIPS and Contego EPS foam are contained by a well-ventilated shell that extends the coverage down the back of the head. A magnetic Fidlock strap buckle and Boa adjustment system keep all the Evo AM's protective elements firmly in place.
- Equipped with MIPS
- Contego EPS foam
- Extended protection at the back of the head
- Magnetic Fidlock closure
- Boa adjustment system
- Antimicrobial liner
- Item #SSO007D
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
The MIPS in this helmet is a ripoff. On a non-MIPS helmet, the sweat pads attach to velcro tabs glued to the styrofoam of the helmet. For the 661 version of MIPS, they have attached a 50 cent sheet of thin yellow plastic to the styrofoam, and the sweat pads velcro to the plastic. Because the plastic has cutouts for the vents, the MIPS consists of a few narrow fingers of plastic extending between the vents. So, not even 50 cents worth of plastic--more like 25 cents. Does that justify the $50 increase in price over the non-MIPS version? Will it even work? I guess 661 thought it was a genius idea because they could take the non-MIPS version of the helmet and slap on a thin piece of plastic, and voila the same size helmet will fit you. No need to make a new mold for the MIPS version. Hurray!
And comfortable too...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: XL
This is a great helmet. I have worn Giro, POC and Bell. This is the most comfortable helmet I have ever put on, Mountain or Road. And, it has MIPS, Boa tightening, and a great magnetic clasp. If there is even a minor negative, it is that the visor is not really adjustable.