How 6D helmets reduce concussions

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We’ve showed you 6D’s new helmet technology before — elastomeric dampers absorb the forces of low-speed impacts, an area where traditional styrofoam-and-shell helmets fail — now, that function is better explained in this new video.

This animation and these renderings are the product of boutique visual firm Related Grey, which took 6D‘s CAD data and breathed life into it. What was a nuanced capability explained only in complicated engineering images and language suddenly become immediately understandable. In addition to that impact absorption, the animation highlights the increased ventilation flowing air through the damper chamber brings.

Traditional Snell and ECE-rated helmets work well in impacts above 9mph, but struggle to provide energy absorption at lower speeds. At 9mph, that force can be up to 120g, double the threshold at which concussions begin to occur.

The gel dampers in the 6D helmet are designed to provide that low-speed protection, while traditional styrofoam remains to deal with faster hits.

At 4.5mph, the 6D transfers 49g of force to the rider’s head. An ECE helmet will transfer 79g at the same speed.

Such low speeds may sound a bit silly, but most accidents on motocross tracks or while riding off-road simply involve falling to the ground. The quoted speeds above aren’t how fast you’re riding, they’re the speed at which your helmet collides with something.

The ATR-1 motocross helmet is slated to go on-sale in the very near future. We’ll keep you updated.

  • Dave

    That’s sick! The technology show in this piece looks amazing! Where can I get on of these helmets?

  • Rhino

    Heck yes!

  • Susanna Schick

    I NEED THIS YESTERDAY!!!!!!!!! Arrrrrrgh!!! Still having fun little dizzy spells from December’s concussion, courtesy of a highside in an AGV that was a teensy bit too big. The AGV is retired while I wear my old Suomy which fits properly, but I want MOAR pretection. I’m blown away I can even form a sentence after 7 Grade 3 concussions, #6 was even in a bicycle helmet and I came to at the scene, coherent enough to give the EMT’s instructions on how to remove my clothing without destroying it. Didn’t have that much luck 8 months later in the AGV. I want a concussion-proof helmet so bad it hurts. usually when I tilt my head back too far and have to worry about falling over from the dizzy spells.

    • carbon
    • JB

      Typically I’d read that comment and then reply with a suggestion to reevaluate your riding style, but you’re a woman so I’m obligated to tell you you’re hot and that you’re doing everything perfectly.


      • Susanna Schick

        well played! I manage to not repeat the same crashes more than twice, because I learn from my mistakes, and always see my part in it. 2012 was a bad year, but considering I’ve been riding & racing since 85, it’s not a bad track record.

    • Randy Singer

      Lazer makes helmets that are already available, with technology that is slightly different (they use an exterior “skin” to absorb rotational energy) to do the same thing.

    • socalutilityrider

      I’ve had two very serious concussions, both with amnesia lasting over 8 hours. The damage is cumulative. Years later I still have “hiccups” from it. Be careful! And start learning a new language or something. Helps to repair.

      • Susanna Schick

        totally. After the bigger ones I worked hard to get my brain up to speed. :-)

    • mugget man

      I don’t want to be “that guy”, but I’ve just got to say… you’d be much better off if you wear a helmet that fits properly for a start, as well as not riding beyond your limit and/or doing some rider training to extend your abilities.

      Protective gear only helps if you crash. The best option is just not to crash.

  • KeithB

    Hopefully this excellent tech will make into sports as well.