Helmet Features 2018

The level of innovation in helmets specific to off-road motorcycle riding has been remarkable. From Bell’s release of the first ever full face helmet in 1963, to now 2018 where complex, technologically advanced products have emerged. Products such as the 6D ATR-2, with dampers reducing angular velocity impacts. The progression of helmets is obvious. Although, if you are not comparing helmets from different time periods, it may be harder to spot the small advancements that the manufacturers are making. Lucky for you, we have broken down a select few brands that we consider to have introduced the most impactful features for 2018.

Let's get right into it.

6D Helmets [ODS & Rebuild able Helmets]
6D has been leading the industry in helmet development for the last 5 years. If you are unfamiliar with the brand, 6D Helmets released their revolutionary ATR-1 product at the beginning of 2013. Unlike most, they took a whole new approach to the helmet game introducing the ODS, or Omni-Directional System. This was developed after recognizing that not all impacts in motocross are head on, nor only at high speeds. In fact, most motocross crashes happen while riding slowly in a corner. Sounds impressive, but what is it? ODS is a system made up of several elastomeric isolation dampers that fit in between 2 traditional layers. The dampers allow the helmet to absorb angular impacts by letting the shell of the helmet, and rider’s head move independently. These dampers also reduce linear impacts, as their hourglass shape offers a progressive, suspension like system that will slow down the velocity of the impact. For 2018 we have seen the release of the 6D ATR-2, that has stepped up the overall performance of ODS.
What 6D have also added to their new ATR-2, is the ability to rebuild certain components of the helmet. This extends the overall longevity of the helmet to give you the most possible time out of your investment.

Fox V3 [MVRS & MIPS]
If there was an award for the brand with the most influence to the sport of motocross, it would be Fox. We’ve seen legends such as Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Dungey and many more compete with Fox from head to toe. Partially due to Fox’s large budget, but also due to their constant demand for progression. When it comes to helmets, you will see unique features on the Fox V3 that have yet to be seen on other helmets. Starting off with MVRS.

MVRS or Magnetic Visor Release system is something completely new to helmet production. MVRS takes away the traditional helmet visor bolts and replaces them with magnets. Not only does this ensure your visor is always sitting in the correct position, this also takes away any chance of the visor affecting the helmets safety features while crashing. In the occurrence of a crash, the visor will pop off to ensure that the visor will not catch causing the rider more damage. That being said though, the MVRS allows the visor to reflect any roost or withstand any small crash that may happen. A visor that is released may play a part in saving your head, but Fox didn't stop there.
In the latest version of the Fox V3 helmet you will find MIPS, also known as the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. With similar motives as 6D, Fox’s goal was to reduce both angular and linear impacts by allowing the shell and riders skull to move separately. Although similar, Fox has taken a different approach by mimicking the human body's cerebrospinal fluid. The cerebrospinal fluid is a liquid that allows the brain and skull to move independently, reducing impacts and protecting your brain. Fox replicated this by providing an anti-friction layer between an inner and outer shell slowing the overall rotational velocity of impacts in low and high speed crashes.

One of the most anticipated helmets of 2018 was released bringing features that far surpass it’s extremely successful and trustworthy predecessor. Shoei has brought to us the brand new VFX EVO. With similar aesthetic characteristics as the VFX-W, the internals of the EVO are not something to sleep on. In fact, Shoei may have just put themselves in contention as one of the greatest helmets once again. Why? MEDS.

Shoei’s Motion Energy Distribution System is an all new take on reducing the stress to the brain during angular impacts. Inside of the helmet you will find an insert that allows the traditional EPS liner to move during an impact, along with pillars that flex to minimize the impact even further. Tests show a decrease in angular velocity by over 15% compared to its predecessor.

As you can tell, the progression of helmets in 2018 has been unbelievable. It seems that features that once were unique to a brand have now become industry standard. As riders get faster, it is great to know that the helmets are keeping up! We hope you found this insightful, and helpful towards your next purchase.

Have fun out there!
Author’s Bio: Martin is the CEO of Motocross advice. He loves writing about Dirt Bike and sharing his Dirt Bike riding experience through various Motor Bike blogs. He often writes about tips and techniques which can give you best Motocross riding experience.

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