New 6D ATB-2T helmet gets lighter, more protective with updated Omni Directional Suspension system

6D Helmets just slipped a new helmet under the radar–the ATB-2T. Built around an all-new 3/4 shell design and an updated ODS or Omni-Directional Suspension system, 6D claims that this is the “next level in brain protection.”

6D ODS v2 helmet system

First shown back at Interbike in 2014, 6D’s ODS system was a big leap forward in helmet safety technology. Launching ahead of the competition, ODS relied on two separate EPS layers that were connected by the ODS dampers. However, the updated ODS system in the new ATB-2T makes those first ODS helmets look a bit crude, and now it includes a multi-impact EPP liner and a wild bubble-wrap-looking ODS carrier.

ODS system closeup

6D doesn’t go into much detail on the revised shape of the inner layer and carrier design, but the EPP (expanded polypropylene) inner layer features “damping towers and a series of elastomeric isolation dampers” which is said to provide progressive loading of the system as a whole during impacts. Meant to reduce angular acceleration which is claimed to be the leading cause of concussions, 6D’s helmets are tested via third party at Dynamic Research in Torrence, CA. They also have received a 5-star rating from Virginia Tech, and are certified to the NTA 8776, CPSC, EN1078, and AU/NZS 2063 standards.

6D ATB-2T helmet vents

The changes in design have also shrunk down the original trail helmet’s overall size while improving safety and ventilation. To that effect, 6D claims that the new helmet has a 7% weight reduction with improved ventilation and it offers more coverage. There’s a new large brow intake at the front, and more intake and exhaust vents overall.

6D ATB-2T helmet on tree

Offered in three sizes, claimed weights start at 420g for the XS/S, 460g for the M/L, and 500 for the XL/XXL size.

Features:

– 7% weight Reduction (460g sz: m)
– Integrated Sunglass Dock
– 3-Position Adjustable Visor
– Eye wear / Goggle Compatible
– Ionic+ Antimicrobial Comfort Liner
– Fidlock Magnetic Closure
– Proprietary fit adjustment System

6D ATB-2T helmet colors

Available in seven colors, the ATB-2T is priced at $229.95 and available now in select sizes.

6dhelmets.com

 

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