With brain safety and head protection making headlines everywhere from American football to all disciplines of cycling, we've seen widespread adoption of new technologies in an attempt to reduce impact forces and preserve cognitive health in the event of a crash. While 6D Helmets has been doing cool things with safety on the moto side of things for a while now, it's jumping into the mountain bike realm with the all new ATB 1T Helmet and its revolutionary Omni Directional Suspension ODS Technology. Two and a half years in the making, this helmet breaks new ground in force reduction for increased safety out on the trail. ODS, in short, consists of two layers of EPS foam sandwiched around a series of dampers to absorb impact and reduce linear and angular accelerations. The outer layer is a higher density EPS in molded with a durable polycarbonate shell to protect from sharp hits and objects, while the inner layer is a lower density EPS that provides quicker compression and therefore protection at lower impact forces. These layers are joined by 27 elastic isolation dampers that allow movement across both compressive and shearing planes of motion in the event of a crash, with a compressive spring rate to mitigate accelerations. Think of the system as a ball and socket joint, in which the inner shell is able to shift and rotate across multiple planes to reduce impact force across the full range of strike angles, which in turn reduces your chances of concussion. This is a big deal when you're staring down the barrel of a gnarly run and thinking about having to get up and function at work the next day. Even with all that safety packed in, the ATB 1T still looks like a rockin' trail helmet, so you'll stick out for your style instead of a noticeably strange head topper. 6D also pays attention to smaller, less obvious details to make wearing this helmet a comfortable experience. Large air vents promote cooling airflow for ease of use on even the warmest rides, while ...