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We are getting closer; New Helmet from 6D is pretty amazing and adds the most protections for head injuries of any helmet on the market.

Still no third-party testing to confirm any statements made by any helmet manufacturer; however, from my view, the engineer looks solid. It is the helmet I would wear. 6D Helmets does post testing from NIST (U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology).

The 6D Helmet was tested by Dynamic Research, located in Torrance, California, again a rare occurrence to identify the testing lab that developed the data, lending more credibility to the data.

Summary

6D Helmets evolved from motorcycle helmets so the company’s background is solid. However, the forces on the head and brain in a motorcycle crash are quite different from those of a cycling crash. 6D seems to have taken this into consideration in the design of its cycling helmets. 6D refers to all the directions that the brain can be subject to impact including rotational.

6D Helmets advertises its helmets can deal with Low, Mid, and High-Velocity impacts with its designs. Low speed impacts have been the major issue in current ASTM helmet standards because under that standard, there is not enough pressure to crack the helmet, therefore, no dissipation. Basically, the EPS density used in helmets is too high to affect low-speed crashes.

There is also an argument that the venting in cycling helmets increases the issue because the engineering for the venting increases the issues the EPS can deal with, increases the EPS density to sustain an impact.

One of the big issues with EPS helmets is after a crash, determining if the EPS is intact and is the helmet still viable. 6D Helmets‘ mountain-bike helmet as a removable liner so you can inspect the EPS to determine if it has been compromised.

The information on the website contains a ton of testing information, and as stated above, testing from U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The testing of the 6D Helmets is done against other unnamed helmets.

How I found out about 6D Helmets was a press release where they announced they had received a $250,000 grant as one of the finalists for a helmet competition. 6D Helmets won the competition.

The challenge was for an “Energy Management Material Solution.” Over 125 companies applied, and only 5 were chosen as finalists and awarded $250k to work further. One winner. The other companies were never disclosed.

However, that announcement that 6D Helmets won the competition listed the research lab doing the testing Dynamic Research, as a co-winner of the competition.

There is a lot of engineering, a lot of data and the classic website charts on the 6D Helmets website. I’ve looked it over and if true, it means another leap forward in helmet technology for human-powered recreation. You should read the information and study it for yourself as I’m not an engineer, and I could be wrong. I don’t think so……, but I could be.

Currently, 6D Helmets has helmets available for downhill and trail cycling. However, they hope to expand into ski soon and other sports also.

So?

I’m going to get one. I’m still going to wear my Bern Hard Hat (See A new idea that makes sense in helmets: the Bern Hard Hat), which is no longer produced I’ve been told, while skiing, if I wear a helmet. I believe that the Bern Hard Hat, like the 6D Helmet does a better job of protecting against concussions, the real issue with any head injury.

No helmet is going to keep you alive if you crash hard. Internal bleeding, a torn ascending aorta, is probably how you are going to die, no matter what is on your head. However, these helmets extend the protection from tree branch hits to maybe protecting your brain from a concussion.

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