A week before I picked up a SixSixOne helmet, I really hadn’t heard of this new-to-me mountain bike company. But then, I rarely think about my helmet much. Ride after ride, I plop it on my head and go.
Until that one day when I realize that the straps are crusted so thick with salt from evaporated sweat that they barely bend anymore. Then I take a look at the pads and realize they're so squished that they don't offer much comfort or safety. Finally, I start to see all the nicks and scrapes.
That’s when it's time for a new helmet. I started to do a little research at the bike shops – I've worn a Giro mountain bike helmet of one variety or another for years. They've been great, but I have a soft spot for up-and-coming companies.
I found a few interesting helmets out there. The POC Trabec helmet from Sweden has a modern look to it. And POC also claims its design dissipates shock over a wide section of the helmet. The prices start at $150, which is a bit steep. I know, I know – it's only my head. But one thing I've found is that extra money doesn't always equal more protection. I also didn’t see any at local bike shops.If you’re helmet looks like this, it’s time for a new one. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I had visions of the Trabec in my head when I stumbled across the
SixSixOne 2012 Recon Wired XC/Trail Bicycle Helmet at one of the local bike shops. And I always like getting a first-hand look at something. I liked the very solid look of the retention system that dials the SixSixOne helmet firmly to the head. And the shape fit my head well, which is always something to consider. It was about $100 at my local shop; you can also find a SixSixOne helmet online if your local bike shops don't carry them.
So far, I have a handful of rides with my SixSixOne helmet. It hasn't had to lay its life on the line for me. But saving you from crashes isn't the only reason to wear a mountain bike helmet. For me, they're great for keeping the intense sun off my head – and the protect my from flora that encroaches on the trail. The SixSixOne Recon has been more than capable – all while fitting well and being reasonable priced. My only change was to take the visor off, which is pretty standard with every one of mountain bike helmets. I took a ride with it first just to see if it would be any different, but no dice. Off it came.
If it's time for you to get a new mountain bike helmet, check your local and online bike shops for a SixSixOne helmet.
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