Thank you 6D for developing Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS). For over 20 years there have been no significant changes in helmet technology that really reached the main stream. Sure Kali came out with Composite Fusion technologies, but they haven’t caught on quite like ODS did – so quickly. Good marketing in addition to a good product helped 6D explode on to the motocross scene.
Anyone remember all the talk about 6D after this big get off?
Before, all people had to consider when buying a new helmet were DOT and Snell ratings… It has been said that these ratings aren’t really designed with motocross in mind. Was there a difference in protection between a cheap and expensive helmet with the same ratings? There was no way for anyone to know. Literally all people had to go by were these ratings. Now there’s more to it, there are different technologies available in different price ranges, from different brands allowing consumers to choose how much they’re willing to pay and what technology they like. Maybe one day we’ll even get to see the test results from different types of helmets.
Before the 6D ATR-1 there was no MIPS (in mx helmets), no Bell Moto 9 Flex and no Leatt GPX Helmet. I wonder if Leatt and Bell would have developed helmets with such great looking technologies if it wasn’t a necessity in order to compete with the 6D ATR-1?
Everyone should thank 6D for being an innovator, thinking outside of the box and creating something that appears to offer more protection than your standard helmet. They have done something that should have been done years ago by the major helmet companies.
All I’m trying to say is, 6D helmets deserves a thank you for doing something that Motocross has needed for many years and pushing other companies to develop new technology and improve their helmets to compete.