Sea Otter 2014: New SixSixOne Evo AM Helmet

SixSixOne has over 15 years of bike helmet design expertise and the brand showed off their latest lid, dubbed the Evo AM, at the Sea Otter Classic. It looks stealthy and unassuming in its all-black motif, but this helmet has some really cool features once you take a look under the hood. After three years in development, it will be available this summer in a standard version for $150 and a MIPS version for $200.

The Fidlock magnetic buckle closure allows one-handed operation.

The magnetic strap closure is pretty cool and easy to operate with one hand. The BoaFS360 retention system is operated by a dial and tightens all the way around your head, which is an improvement over SixSixOne’s current all-mountain helmet, the Recon, which only goes 270 degrees around your head. Each size is created from its own unique mold to ensure the best fit possible. SixSixOne claims the Evo AM to be 17 grams lighter than the Troy Lee A1 and 39 grams lighter than the Bell Super, two of the most popular helmets in the all-mountain category.

In place of traditional EPS foam, SixSixOne opted for Contigo foam, which supposedly decreases the energy transmitted during a crash by as much as 35%. The MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) has a thin liner placed inside the helmet between the shell and comfort liner that absorbs rotational force in the event of a crash when your head makes contact with the ground at an angle.

The visor is adjustable with two mounting positions. 

The Evo AM has extended rear coverage and a Boa dial retention system.

The fit was “sublime,” according to our model Thor.