Recent medical research has provided alarming conclusions surrounding the causes, severity, and long-term effects of concussions and brain injury. We know that seemingly minor concussions may have much more serious long-term effects on the brain including the onset of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a progressive degenerative brain disease. Concussions can occur from impacts in the lower range of 60 G’s in adult males, and even less in women and children.
To meet the extreme test velocity requirements of Snell and ECE certification testing, most conventional helmets are engineered too stiff to effectively absorb energy from low and mid-velocity impacts. The vast majority of impacts in real-world accidents are what we qualify as LOW-THRESHOLD ENERGY impacts. These are impacts well below the pass/fail certification velocities of any given standard, but at or above the velocity required to sustain a concussion or brain injury. The isolation dampers within 6D’s exclusive Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS) system effectively mitigate low-threshold energy accelerations.
In this critical area of energy management, the 6D ATS-1 pays significant dividends when compared to conventional helmet designs. 6D’s proprietary ODS system starts working the instant any force is applied to the shell, making the helmet much more compliant and functional over the highest percentage of real world crash impacts. ODS achieves this benefit without compromise of its high-velocity impact performance as well.
SUPERIOR HIGH-SPEED IMPACT PERFORMANCE
Across the entire range of impact velocities the 6D ATS-1 helmet with Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS) technology consistently outperforms the competition. 6D engineers meticulously evaluate the shell design, shell layup, damper array, damper durometer, and EPS densities to provide the best possible matrix of the materials for superior impact management performance. No other system or technology is more technically advanced or capable of reducing energy transfer to the brain.
TIME IS EVERYTHING
TIME-TO-PEAK (TTP) is the measurement of time (in milliseconds) it takes the energy of an impact to reach maximum (peak) G force. Deceleration time is the single most beneficial component of reducing the severity and magnitude of any impact. The more time, the less severe the energy transfer will become. 6D’s proprietary ODS technology buys time, in fact more than doubles the TTP in most impacts below 6m/s! The really cool news here is the significant reduction in energy transfer that comes simply with time.
SUPERIOR TEST PERFORMANCE
The exceptional test results represented on this website are the actual test data generated from hours of testing the 6D helmet against current model Snell, ECE and DOT certified helmets in a fully-independent, third party laboratory testing facility; Dynamic Research, located in Torrance, California is a recognized as a leader in helmet testing and evaluation and is a pioneer in measuring and evaluating Angular Acceleration.
This testing confirms that Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS) significantly reduces energy transfer to the head and brain during crash impact.