SixSixOne Evo AM Helmet - Review

Nov 11, 2015
by Paul Aston  
661 Evo AM helmet - Review


SixSixOne was among the first brands to understand the needs of modern mountain bikers when they brought the successful Recon half-shell helmet to market over 10 years ago - with decent styling, a proper peak, and added protection for the back of the head. Their new Evo AM helmet builds on that success with the addition of a Contigo foam liner, a BOA retention system, and a clever magnetic buckle. SixSixOne claims that the Contigo EPS foam can reduce impact forces transmitted to your melon by 30 percent. Plus, there's a MIPS version available for those who want protection from angled and rotational impacts.

Evo AM Details

• In-mold Construction
• 15 Vents
• Extended Rear Shell Coverage
• Independent Shell Sizes
• Anti-microbial Fabric
• Magnetic Closure System
• Sizing: XS/S (54cm-56cm), M/L (57cm-59cm), XL/XXL (60cm-62cm)
• Weight: 360g
• MSRP: $150 USD ($200 USD with MIPS)
www.sixsixone.com

How the Fidlock Magnetic Buckle Operates

Views: 5,935    Faves: 1    Comments: 0


661 Evo AM Review
Ratcheting BOA closure dial and extended coverage design.
661 Evo AM Review
We liked the bold styling, but wished that the visor was adjustable.

661 Evo AM Review
The BOA retention band (shown open) wraps around the head to adapt to almost any shape.
661 Evo AM Review
The band (shown closed) can be released instantly by pulling out on the dial.


Pinkbike’s Take:
bigquotesAesthetics wise, black with a dash of a primary color can never really go wrong and the gloss finish on the Evo AM was easy to keep clean compared to some of the matte finish helmets out there. There's also no white anywhere in sight so grubby marks are thankfully, well disguised. Riders with narrow faces who loathe the mushroom-head look may want to pass on the Evo AM, as the shape of the helmet is pretty wide. That said, my peers remarked positively about the styling and shape.

I had no problems using glasses or goggles with the Evo AM and there was plenty of flat real estate at the back of the helmet for a goggle strap to fit. The addition of a magnetic buckle was nice to see and a cinch to use.

The BOA system gives a great all-around fit, as the head is secured by the adjustable band and is not entirely dependent upon the internal padding. The ratcheting dial makes fitting the helmet a one-handed operation. While the Evo AM should fit any head shape well, (including those with an unkempt mane like me), there is no vertical adjustment for the retention band and while I had no problems with that, one test rider said that the helmet would get pushed forwards when he looked upwards on steep trails due to the BOA sitting too low on his neck. All things considered, SixSixOne's Evo AM is a well-styled helmet that promises above-average safety.
- Paul Aston


Visit the feature gallery for high resolution and additional images








66 Comments

  • + 60
 Buckling my open face helmet has always been a massive struggle, one of the biggest problems in the biking industry. Thank you SixSixOne for tackling this terrible problem.
  • + 9
 Oneal also use this system dude, it's awesome
  • + 92
 not to mention unbuckling.. I still have a helmet on from a couple of years ago... this will totally help all of us struggling to remove these anchors upon our heads that have banished us to shorter busses all around the world.
  • + 8
 True sewer-rat, but being as O'neal do close to zero marketing it's been their best kept secret
  • - 3
 Yeah O'Neal have been using this system for quite a while already, there helmets are also cheaper because they are not such a big brand. Check out www.limitlessracingmtb.com they have some sweet kit at good prices, and if you want a lot drop them an email, they have done a discount for me.
  • + 2
 It's hardly a revelation, and nobody is claiming that it is, it just makes life that little bit easier.
  • + 3
 Fidlock buckels aren't new, and 661 has nothing to do about it...
  • + 4
 Aaaaand nobody claimed they were!
  • + 2
 Won't a magnet "buckle" just defeat the point of acting as a device to ensure the helmet remains on your head during a collision? Magnets can simply be pulled apart with a small amount of force
  • + 1
 My ski helmet uses the same buckle, definitely the best buckle system I've used
  • + 4
 Chris, the buckle doesn't come appart unless you slide the lock open, it's not just a magnet
  • + 1
 @chrisingrassia as you can see in the video you have to slide the buckles forward and backwards(towards chin and neck) to un-clip, the forces when riding/crashing are pulling left and right (towards ears). I have used this system for just over a year now and have to say its really good, really quick to do up and really secure.
  • + 2
 Both my lids have these buckles, and not once has either of them come undone by accident
  • + 2
 @Aqui you're dead right on those buckles. I saw the buckles pitched by the company they bought them from first hand. I can go pick up that buckle in the sample binder right now. LOL!

It is a pretty sweet buckle though. But it does crack me up that they're like... ooh trick new magnetic buckle. Quite a few companies are offering those and even more are offering them in moto.
  • + 31
 saying " black with a dash of a primary color can never really go wrong" with this bee's butt of a lid is like saying a dude with a perm'd out mullet in helmet can never really go wrong.
  • + 58
 Hey man. The Mullet upkeep costs me a fortune. Don't break my illusions of what the stylist told me was cool.
  • + 17
 I actually clicked on this article only for the dude's air.
  • + 27
 I'm sorry.. I came here to get a closer look at the squirrel mountain biking...
  • + 13
 Piss flaps
  • + 4
 Piss flaps evo
  • + 0
 best comment ever!
  • + 10
 How well does helmet fit if you get a haircut though?
  • + 10
 SixSixOne. So easy, a caveman can do it.
  • + 3
 Well done.
  • + 3
 I have one and it's very comfortable and great fit for a few hours but longer than that and it can give me a headache. It gets hot under there too as it has a lot of flat contact with your head. I wish Fox would make a beefier version of the Flux/Striker with more rear coverage (for googles), the airflow on those is way better...
  • + 2
 Waaay too expensive, but have to pay all those boa and contigo licensing fees. Also, they blew it for sweaty people. That forehead padding should be split every couple inches, so there is not a bulk of padding to absorb and release buckets of sweat on your glasses like a fox flux helmet. Go get yourself a fly freestone for $100, or nut up and buy some helmets made by companies that have already established themselves at the expensive price points. 661 was always known for bang for your buck. That helmet should cost $100, and I still wouldn't buy it, because I am a sweaty animal.
  • + 2
 The padding is attached to the boa fit system. If they split it you'd have plastic on your forehead.

I will say this though... helmet is way too expensive.

They're clearly trying to undercut and pull some sales from the POCK Trabec Race. It's about $230 with mips... but you can usually find them for under $200. I've seen them as low as $170. And it's a much better helmet.

Beyond that... you can get a Bell Super 2R with MIPS for $200-220 and it has a removable chin bar... or just get the super 2 without the chin bar for $150. So you get a superior helmet for $50 less than what 661 wants.

They're basically trying to land themselves in the middle of those 2 helmets and it's not as good as either one.

Hell... if you're not going MIPS you can get a Bell Stoker for $75 and do just fine for half what they want for their non mips helmet.
  • + 1
 I think Bell has a Stoker MIPS now, maybe just ninety bucks?
  • + 1
 New stoker is mips equipped.
  • + 1
 Does it come with extra pads? The pads to my Recon helmet delaminated after a few rinses. Took me six months to get new ones. Now got a Sweet Bushwalker and those pads also delaminated but got new ones in 2 days directly from Sweet.
  • + 2
 Hard to beat the giro feature for VFM... the only downside is ventilation in hot conditions (tip: white helmets are a tiny bit cooler under the sun)
  • + 0
 Next time can you get someone with less hair to test. I can't see how the straps fit around his ears or how the ratchet strap sits against the back if hus head either. I think that these points are very important with how a helmet fits and this guys long curly hair just gets in the way of valuable visual information.
  • + 3
 the back is a storm trooper jack-o-lantern who's having a good day.
  • + 1
 Have this helmet in the dark grey,grey and orange and love it.the magnet buckle is good,very easy to clip in even with gloves on and secure
  • + 1
 I figured someone would buy that buckle. That company had a lot of very cool magnetic buckle ideas... Looks a lot like the POC.
  • + 2
 does this helmet come with the sweet mull attachment to protect your neck from mud? or is that extra?
  • + 2
 mine gives me a massive headache if i wear it for more than half an hour or so.
  • + 3
 Yeah, but other than that how do you like it?
  • + 2
 Did they get rid of the embossed liner that leaves their logo imprinted on your forehead?
  • + 2
 Does the hair come with the helmet?
  • + 2
 I like it that 661 makes helmets that people can actually afford.
  • + 1
 Sorry but Vital Mtb tested this over a year and a half ago. Is this a newer version, or did I miss something?
  • + 3
 I don't read VitalMTB. Apparently they are pro 27.5
  • + 0
 You must be pro douchebag! Jk. Funnier in my head. Seriously though, do you ride 29 or plus size?
  • + 1
 People who can't use d buckles. What's up with that.
  • + 1
 What kind of sunglasses are those?
  • + 1
 Adidas
  • + 1
 where is the light and camera adaptor?
  • + 1
 Im sorry but that helmet is fugly.
  • + 1
 Does remind me of the urge enduro matic in black/yellow.
  • + 1
 Same thought here.....
  • + 1
 Looks just like a Scott Stego! In shit colours. For more money.
  • + 0
 can we get more on that magnet buckle than the video from the 80's?
  • + 2
 The helmet itself looks like it was from the 80's
  • + 0
 Halloween is over...
Below threshold threads are hidden

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2019. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.054852
Mobile Version of Website