Last year SixSixOne revealed the Reset full-face helmet. It was designed from the ground up to be lightweight, breathable and innovative, all while maintaining a surprisingly low pricetag ($100). It caught our eye then, and it caught our eye now. SixSixOne had a few extra tricks up its sleeve to make the Reset more competitive in the MIPS market. Mainly, it added MIPS.
OK, that doesn’t sound like much of an update, but bear with me here. SixSixOne utilized MIPS’ new full-face-specific system. Panels of MIPS plastic are encased in a slippery fabric. It’s all one piece that interfaces with the inside of the helmet. Take it out and it resembles something like Jughead’s hat, if you’re an Archie reader. Inside the helmet, it forms a dome protecting from forehead to low in the back of the helmet.
The new Reset MIPS will retail for $150 and be available late 2018.
Recon Advanced Kneepad and Jacket
The Reset MIPS is the only new product from SixSixOne that is going to be available soon, but the company has been working on some other projects that also got us excited.
First there is the Recon Advanced kneepad. It will cover a substantial amount of leg using D3O shock-absorbing foam, which is great for most trail rides. But sometime you need more protection. Instead of buying a whole new pair of pads, the Recon Advanced will have a modular, hard-plastic addition to cover the knee, attached by straps and Velcro. This is just a pre-production model, so the end product will look different and could use some different technology, but it’s exciting to see SixSixOne putting in the design work to create new, innovative products.
The Recon Advanced Jacket isn’t replacing SixSixOne’s existing upper-body-guard, the Evo jacket. It’s just a higher-end model with some interesting adjustments. SixSixOne will be using a third-party padding coined Astrotec throughout the jacket. Shoulder, elbow and back pads will all be removable. The back pad is made of Koroyd material—the same stuff Smith puts in its helmets. SixSixOne went with Koroyd because it is extremely lightweight, but also effective at absorbing impacts. The down side is that it needs to be replaced after a crash. Luckily, back crashes are pretty rare, and when one does occur, they tend to be serious. SixSixOne thinks the extra protection from Koroyd is worth it.
A hydration bladder can also fit into the back pocket on the jacket, with hose guides on the armor. The production version will have pockets out back and up front for easy access to snacks, tickets or whatever else you want to carry.