After a long stretch being known as one of the premier mountain bike protection companies, a while ago SixSixOne hit a bit of a rough patch. Intense competition forced the team to regroup and refocus their efforts – which brought us the aptly named Reset full face helmet. That helmet was a turning point in the brand’s timeline, and now it’s gotten even better.
Starting with the same lightweight ABS outer shell, the Reset MIPS looks just like the Reset on the outside with a shape of their own design. The helmets will be sold in seven different shell sizes from XXS to XXL to ensure a proper fit.
The inside is where the helmet really shines with its new MIPS E2 liner. This liner is specifically designed for full face helmets and uses a low friction material over a plastic liner to offer the same benefits of the typical MIPS liner. This is 661’s first full face with MIPS, though you won’t be able to see it as its hidden under the pad set in the helmet.
Offered in two colors, the helmet is CPSC, CE: 1078, and AS/NZS 2063 certified, and will sell for $149.99.
The rest of the products 661 had to show were still very early prototypes, but it gives an idea of where the company is headed. The Recon Advance jacket claims to be in contention for the lightest full upper body protection on the market at 0.8kg which includs the Koroyd back plate. Astrotech elbow and shoulder padding adds flexible impact protection, and additional EVA pads throughout the body offer more protection. The jacket will be hydration bladder compatible with build in stash pockets, and it will be Padlock compatible for 661 protective shorts. When available this should run about $229.99.
The Recon Advance Knee and Elbow offer an interesting take on pads with a soft pad at the core and a hard cover that can be added or removed. The soft pad underneath will utilize D3O ST impact material for a flexible yet protective pad, while the optional hard shell will kick the protection up a notch if needed. Obviously, these are still super early samples, but you get the idea.
661’s D3O equipped pads also get a few updates with the EVO Elbo and Knee remaining the top of the line at $99.99. The Padlock equipped pads include a D3O insert behind a kevlar layer for a CE rated pad with velcro straps up top to dial in the fit.
Not shown is the new DBO pads which may end up as the most affordable D3O equipped pads on the market at $74.99/$69.99 Knee/Elbow. Simply choosing more affordable fabrics helped the 661 team get the price down to a more wallet friendly level.
The 661 half shell helmet and glove lines haven’t changed much, though you will find a few new colors in their gloves that help tie the lines together.