6D ATR-1 Price: $745.00 Starting at $429.97 on Amazon
6D ATR-1 Weight: 3.36 lbs (Size Large) For comparison, a size large Shoei VFX-W weighs 3.59 lbs
What makes the 6D ATR-1 special?
It offers new technology! It has omni-directional suspension which is very different from what you’ll find inside any other helmet.
What is omni-directional suspension (ODS)?
ODS is a suspension system inside of the helmet that does a better job of progressively absorbing energy than a typical helmet. It has two different density eps liners separated by hour glass shaped polymers that act to absorb a wider variety of impacts than a regular helmet. 6D claims ODS reduces angular acceleration (rotational forces in event of cash) over normal helmets by 80 % in some cases. They state studies show angular acceleration causes concussions more than linear acceleration. According to 6D, tests show that ODS can reduce g-forces to the head by as much as 38% in low threshold impact energy situations (not necessarily low riding speeds). Concussions are also easily caused in these low threshold energy impact situations that a normal helmet isn’t designed to absorb.
Stuff you should know about the 6D ATR-1:
- Shell is made of advanced aerospace carbon fiber, composite fiberglass and Kevlar
- High end build quality and top of the line fit & finish
- Quick release cheek pads
- It comes with a very nice, vented helmet bag
- Titanium d-rings to save some weight (a very small amount)
- High quality, shear-away visor fasteners help reduce sudden stops & energy transfer.
- Glossy paint is more durable & easier to clean than flat paint. This was the first helmet I’ve used with flat paint. It scratched and chipped easier than helmets I have used with a glossy clear coat and is harder to keep clean. It is now kind of an off white color that I can’t seem to restore to white.
- Clavicle cut out provides extra room for collarbone to help reduce chance of collarbone injury.
- Sternum pad offers added protection for chin, jaw and sternum.
- The shell is larger than a typical helmet, this is unavoidable because it needs room for ODS and two eps liners.
- Designed to exceed ECE and DOT standards, but not the stiff Snell standard.
Meeting Snell’s criteria would require the shell to be both stiffer and heavier than necessary, which, in the case of the 6D ATR-1 helmet, is contradictory to meeting the safety objectives set forth by our company. – 6D FAQ’s
On the head, on the track:
Comfort: The liner isn’t as thick and cushy as the Kali Prana Carbon, but it is a comfortable helmet. The cool max antibacterial fabric is soft against skin and wicks away moisture nicely. The cool max material seems to be very high quality and the liner appears to be designed to work with the internal ventilation system.
Fit: Initially I would have said the 6D helmet fits very well, similarly to other top of the line helmets, but after a while I ran into an interesting issue. On rough tracks the 6D ATR-1 moves around on my head. I have never had this issue with any other helmet. I’m not sure if this is a fit issue, something to do with the ODS, or the large shell having more weight further away from the head creating leverage to make the helmet move a little. My head measures at 23 inches, which according to the 6D size chart falls smack dab in the middle of the Large size range (the size I got).
Ventilation: The 6D ATR-1 helmet has what they call an “Air Gap” cooling system with 13 interior transfer ports, 8 intake ports and 5 exhaust ports. The helmet vents very well, probably better than any helmet I’ve ever used. This is due in part to the air gap technology, but also because of the large eye port and large vents in the chin bar.
Noise: When riding with the 6D ATR-1 the first few times, you will notice your bike sounds different – much louder. I’m not sure if this has something to do with the dual eps liners/ventilation system or the large eye port, but it takes a couple rides to get completely used to.
What’s not so good about the 6D ATR-1 Helmet?
Moves Around: I noticed on rough tracks that the 6D ATR-1 moves around. How did I notice this? I thought I was having an issue with my goggles moving around, so I swapped goggles and had the same issue. Rode without my neck brace, thinking it may been bumping the helmet out of place, that didn’t help either. Switched helmets and realized what my issue was. This is an issue because when your helmet moves, your goggles move and you can’t see right.
Price: Obviously, I have no idea what the economics behind the 6D ATR-1 are. They probably aren’t making any more money percentage wise per helmet than any other brand, if they are they deserve it. The more new technology in mx protection the better if you ask me. That said there is definitely some sticker shock with the nearly $750 price tag.
My Final Thoughts on the 6D ATR-1:
Thankfully , unlike many other products I have reviewed, I didn’t perform a crash test with the 6D ATR-1. Products like this get me excited. Protective gear in mx doesn’t seem to progress quickly or frequently enough. I can’t wait to see how other helmet companies respond to the release of the 6D ATR-1. I also can’t wait to see the improvements 6D makes in the coming years.
Sure the 6D ATR-1 does have a few flaws and it’s very expensive, but if you can come up with the money I can’t think of any reason why you wouldn’t buy the 6D ATR-1. Maybe put money into a good helmet instead of an exhaust, seriously what’s more important? I can assure you a new exhaust won’t improve your race results, but if 6D’s claims are true, the ATR-1 will protect your head better in a crash than any other helmet available. 6D has done a great job with their first helmet.