Six Six One Evo AM Helmet with MIPS

The science of crashing.

Crashing a bike isn't exactly rocket science, but handling the impact during those crashes may well be if the new Evo AM Helmet is any indication. Six Six One has sent helmet tech into orbit with the combination of Contego EPS foam—which eats up a claimed extraterrestrial 30% more impact than earthbound EPS—and the MIPS system.

MIPS involves a free-moving layer that allows for some tectonic-type give, effectively diffusing the oblique impacts that most crashes typically involve. The MIPS and Contego EPS foam are contained by a well-ventilated shell that extends the coverage down the back of the head. A magnetic Fidlock strap buckle and Boa adjustment system keep all the Evo AM's protective elements firmly in place.

  • Equipped with MIPS
  • Contego EPS foam
  • Extended protection at the back of the head
  • Magnetic Fidlock closure
  • Boa adjustment system
  • Odor-resistant liner
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Fits smaller than stated

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: M/L

Haven't used it yet, just got it. I got the size that was supposed to fit per measurements and about 5 other helmets I regularly use, and this one definitely fits smaller than the rest, including other MIPs helmets. I'm sure the next size up would probably be too big. Just fair warning if you're on the border between sizes. Quality seems good, the boa and magnetic clasp seem like nice touches.

661 MIPS

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is an incredibly comfortable helmet. The Boa closure is the best system I have tried on any bike or snow helmet.

I agree that the MIPS seems like a rip off but, the way I see it, an extra 50$ to reduce my chance of concussion is a bargain. Just read the article titled "Senseless" in Bicycling magazine from June 2013 and you'll be sold!

I've been using this helmet for 2 years and have every intention of replacing it with the exact same model when it comes time.

661 Mips

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

The MIPS in this helmet is a ripoff. On a non-MIPS helmet, the sweat pads attach to velcro tabs glued to the styrofoam of the helmet. For the 661 version of MIPS, they have attached a 50 cent sheet of thin yellow plastic to the styrofoam, and the sweat pads velcro to the plastic. Because the plastic has cutouts for the vents, the MIPS consists of a few narrow fingers of plastic extending between the vents. So, not even 50 cents worth of plastic--more like 25 cents. Does that justify the $50 increase in price over the non-MIPS version? Will it even work? I guess 661 thought it was a genius idea because they could take the non-MIPS version of the helmet and slap on a thin piece of plastic, and voila the same size helmet will fit you. No need to make a new mold for the MIPS version. Hurray!

If 25 cents worth of thin plastic is enough to keep me from getting a concussion, I'd say it was worth every penny. If you don't buy in to the technology, you shouldn't get a MIPS helmet. They generally fit a little smaller, but this one even more so. I think it's mostly thicker padding that makes the size smaller.

And comfortable too...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

This is a great helmet. I have worn Giro, POC and Bell. This is the most comfortable helmet I have ever put on, Mountain or Road. And, it has MIPS, Boa tightening, and a great magnetic clasp. If there is even a minor negative, it is that the visor is not really adjustable.

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