New helmet gets suspension system
American helmet brand 6D have unveiled a new helmet design, that boasts a unique suspension system between the shell and lining which – if it proves to be as clever as it looks – could revolutionise helmet design.
Dubbed Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS), the technology is designed to reduce energy transfer to the brain in the event of a crash by compressing and shearing in all directions. Both ECE 22.05 and ACU approved, the shock-absorbers protect the head from both direct and rotational impacts.
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Elastomeric Isolation Dampers are the central component and work by isolating impact energy away from the brain. The hourglass shape and elastic tendencies provide a progressive spring rate that helps cushion the blow, as the video below explains.
Available now for £699, the track-focussed ATS-1 is worn in BSB by double British Superstock 1000 Champion Danny Buchan and current Superstock 1000 front-runner Billy McConnell – adding a layer of combat testing to the product development.