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SixSixOne Releases New Recon Advance Protection Range

Oct 29, 2021
by SixSixOne Protection  

Press Release: SixSixOne

The new Recon Advance protection balances a technical combination of high absorption impact materials matched with rider cut mobility patterns, low profile with extended fit with optional hard cap for maximum comfort and on-trail confidence.


Designed to offer the finest pedal-friendly, high impact protection experience for modern-day riders. The Recon Advance pads feature an extended one piece slip on sleeve with high thigh fit for added comfort and security. Protection certified to EN1621-1 with a lightweight and flexible D3O LP1 insert with the option of adding a hard cap outer shell - for those extra rocky trails.


MTB Protection has come a long way since our early days. Established in Southern California in ‘99 - SixSixOne set out on a path to push the envelope of protective equipment. Over two decades of hitting the dirt, we continue in our quest to design the ultimate gear by introducing the NEW Recon Advance.


Mountain Biking’s original protection was begged, borrowed or adapted from other sports. We’ve taken over 20 years of heavy impacts, slide outs and pedal slams to stamp our place in mountain bike history and we are still charging hard to help shape the future of MTB protection.


Highlights

-A ground up newly developed pad that takes its initial cues from the lightweight Recon pad - lightweight all-day pedal-friendly, but taken up a notch.
-One-piece slip-on sleeve construction with silicon leg grippers. High fit for added comfort and security
-Extended lower shin coverage
-D3O LP1 insert, impact material helping to deliver EN 1621-1 level protection with ultimate flexibility.
-Additional thermo moulded EVA inserts for extra upper, lower and side-impact coverage
-Super lightweight and breathable fabrics - 0.45 kg per pair (knees, size large)
-Padlock equipped for system connectivity with 661 protective shorts.
-Optional add on hard shell available.
-Sizes S-XL

Recon Advance Knee - MSRP $109.99
Recon Advance Elbow - MSRP $94.99
Hard Cap Kits - MSRP $14.99

In stock and available today www.sixsixone.com

@661Protection | www.sixsixone.com | Ride 661

Photographer - Joey Schusler


63 Comments

  • 27 1
 Now I can get even closer my dream of looking like a foot soldier for a dystopian monarch in the year 2050 while riding my bike!
  • 9 1
 Or Australian covid enforcement...
  • 24 1
 Extra $$, Assembly Req'd, More parts to lose ---> #BringBackKyleStrait661
  • 4 0
 This guy gets it. Kyle Strait knees or bust 661...
  • 1 2
 TLD T-Bone is the modern day equivalent
  • 1 0
 Still using mine from 2009… have had like 6 pairs in between but always go back. Nothing better. Fox Enduros lasted 6 weeks. One sharp pedal pin and they were toast. Modern knee pads stink
  • 2 0
 @CamNeelyCantWheelie: Also very similar to the Fox Launch 3DO pads.
  • 6 0
 My biggest "crash" this year was an innocent pedal slip on a green trail while riding with my 9-yr-old. Still healing > 2 months later, so if someone can come up with a knee/shin combo that doesn't slip or slide off my leg when I lay the bike down (and I will) I'd pay even more than these ridiculous prices.
  • 2 2
 Two steps to fixing this. Racer knee pads are the best And ride clipped in and your set
  • 1 0
 @Steve101j: Proper pedal-shoe combo and good technique and you'll be fine.
  • 3 0
 @rrolly: Use T-MAC pedals and 5-10 Freeriders, you will never slip a pedal.
  • 3 0
 7idp Sam Hills are pretty good.
  • 3 0
 Old school full hard shell shin and knee pads like Raceface are best protection against pedal strikes. My shin guards are covered with gouges from the spikes on my flat pedals.
  • 1 0
 @Steve101j: I have the Racer Motion Top 2. Great quality stuff, so if the knee pads are as good, then I approve!
  • 2 0
 @kingbike2: Damn, I sold all my hockey gear!
  • 1 0
 Did the same thing years ago, it ain’t a joke. The Straitline De Facto spun around and clacked me right in the shin. Hearing and feeling those tall pins hit my shinbone is something I’ll never forget. Clack!!!! Just screwing around on a greenway trail with the family.
  • 1 0
 IXS dagger or butcher are the best hard shell I've found yet
  • 9 0
 I still don’t get how no new kneepad comes without a shin protector. That’s what I want!!
  • 2 0
 Believe Leatt home some knee/shin combo pads.
  • 1 0
 @unicornmtb25: yep, and Sweet Protection does too, low profile but ankle length, they fit great under riding pants..
  • 1 0
 There's plenty of them. If you use pants you can get a lightweight one with plastic at the shin and knee. Also great for movement since it's only attached to the lower leg.
  • 7 2
 The hard shell doesn't quite convince me. Seems like every single edge of the pad will snatch whichever way I crash and the exposed parts of the velcro that keeps it in place will wear too. Are these pads for people who don't crash?
  • 2 2
 You realized that most MX bike armor has hard shells, right? They're not using them just because they're bored.
  • 5 0
 @nickfranko: I think he is talking about the removeable hard shells and chance of the edges catching on something if you're sliding. Most moto and mountain bike hard shells are attached all the way around the edge to avoid them getting snagged.
  • 3 0
 @MarcusBrody: Yup, I'm running iXS Dagger pads which have a hard shell protection too. Nicely sealed all around. Same goes for my Leatt elbow pads. Heck even my helmet has a hard shell. Yet none of these have these thin open edges all around.

@nickfranko: Oh, I thought they were bored.
  • 6 0
 No straps = no way. They won't stay up on my chicken legs. Also, how about a product video that clearly shows the product? A shredit doesn't help me learn about their product.
  • 1 0
 I actually prefer slip on ones over straps. Yes, they are more of a hassle to put on, but they stay in place and are more comfortable for me, so I'm more than willing to trade off the convenience. My calves are also quite large so I never have to worry about any knee pad falling down either, so I kind of lucked out on that one.
  • 2 0
 Wowey, tough crowd as usual around here. These look like a great option for people who have a mix of rides that are sometimes tamer and other times rowdier. I started riding with light knee pads (Fox Enduro) last year, and it’s been great! The biggest benefit I’ve found is that my cornering confidence has gone way up. Not afraid to lean to the slide out point anymore, as I just set it down on the padded knee if I do go down. Done that a few times and a light pad is plenty. As for elbow pads I don’t have any, but I generally hold the bar all the way to the ground and butt the bar end into the ground first which takes the impact better then an elbow. That’s just XC/trail crashes though, not bike park high speed yard sales.
  • 2 0
 Back in the days before mtb pads, I used soccer shin pads and skateboard knee pads, funny to see how similar these new knee pads are to what I started with almost 30 years ago!
  • 2 0
 Back in the day I used Hammer Body Guard knee and shin guards for BMX freestyle riding. The knee guards were basically neoprene over neoprene. Very minimalist. They looked like leg warmers. When I started mountain biking, I would wear the knee guards and dudes would make fun of me. Now a lot of pads are basically the same concept.
  • 1 0
 Don't see any improvement over my Fox Launch D3O. And those cap straps seem like a downgrade. Fox caps are 100% edge to edge extra strong velcro, so no edges to snag:

www.foxracing.com/product/launch-pro-d3o-knee-guards/18493.html?dwvar_18493_color=001
  • 1 0
 Need some retail presence in my area and then I'd be interested (won't order pads or anything that needs to fit right). I like the optional cap for park days. Ok, so it costs extra, but it's still cheaper than two pairs of pads.
  • 2 1
 Does anyone else instantly avoid slip on knee pads? I'm sure they work great at first but you can't tell me they aren't going to be stretched out and slipping down after a couple seasons of riding. Just put some damn straps on them.
  • 2 0
 There's no getting away from replacing knee pads after a couple seasons, especially if you ride a lot.
  • 1 0
 @miuan: Eh, my Fox Launches have been going strong for probably almost 6 years now. The velcro straps have gotten just loose enough that I'm looking to replace them now. Granted, I haven't crashed a lot in them either which helps...
  • 3 0
 Bring back the Kyle Strait pads (feel free to rename the to avoid royalty payments)
  • 1 0
 Kneepads get all the glory but when I spoke to the lead medical person at BCBR a couple years back he said buy elbow pads first...elbows are much harder and more intricate to repair than knees....FWIW.
  • 4 0
 I don't get why more riders don't wear elbow pads. I don't crash often, but when I do, I love having my elbows protected.
  • 8 0
 @rrolly: I can't help but read that last sentence like the Dos Equis dude....
  • 3 0
 @rrolly: because mine always slide down within two minutes of riding
  • 1 0
 @DHhack: POC Joint VPD Air. I love mine, great even in hot humid nastiness.
  • 2 0
 Except you dont have to support your body weight and walk on your arms.
  • 1 0
 @DHhack: A few riding buddies have this issue, but all of the ones I've owned have never had that problem. So, get ones that fit your arms well I guess?
  • 1 0
 @discoclint: but you gotta feed yourself and whipe your arse. Fake elbows don't work as good as knees and hips
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: I’ve cranked them so tight my hands go numb and they still slide down.
  • 1 0
 @DHhack: Which ones have you tried?
  • 1 0
 @rrolly: g-form, poc vpd 2.0, fox launch pro d30 are what I’ve owned. I’ve tried a few others and they’ve all slipped. It’s weird and I don’t worry about it much, it’s part of being tall and sweaty, most safety gear is too short and moves around too much. I would wear a jacket style protector but they are comically short on tall people!
  • 1 0
 @DHhack: lol, true. I'm relatively slim and sweaty as well. I have had older raceface and currently have SlyTech's and they don't move at all. I'm a little surprised the fox's slip on you though.
  • 3 0
 661 boss: Ok team, let's innovate! Let's hear your best ideas!?
Designer: How about we just copy 7idp?
  • 1 0
 As much as these look better, still have problems that I can see could be improved, but maybe someone who has used & crashed them will see it too?
Would tell you If I got payed to do so!
  • 1 0
 Ooh so happy to see my local trails down in Devon UK go global! As for the pads, you need the hard shell if you go down on the flint that’s so common around these trails. It shreds tyres let-alone skin! They look great.
  • 4 0
 Pop a cap in it!
  • 3 1
 I’ve still got a Dianese suit from the late ‘90’s. I’ve yet to see a significant improvement after all these years.
  • 2 0
 At some point I don't think we can expect something Ground breaking and different. Protection has gotten lighter and compact while still providing ample protection. Inevitably, your probably gonna need to replace what you've got, so the market is there.
  • 1 0
 T.H.E. Maxi was the best knee pads I’ve ever had, comfortable in every situation and never slipped, and had a simple construction... someone needs to rebuild them.
  • 1 0
 They remind me of the 7idp pads with the three different inserts (plus combos). I guess the outer hard shell does protect the fabric holding it all together.
  • 2 0
 Why are the pictures for these not people taking a mouth full of trail?
  • 2 0
 From core to more! These are sick!
  • 1 0
 These actually look cool. First solid looking product from 661 in years.
  • 1 0
 Nothing beats the OG Kyle Strait knee pads.

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