The Bell Sixer enduro helmet offers goggle compatibility, adjustable visor height, an integrated camera mount, 26 vents and four brow ports.
Editor’s Choice 2020
Always at the forefront of helmet tech, Bell’s Sixer brims full of tech and provides a superlatively comfortable fit. Varying densities of foam are used to build up the structure of the Sixer, each one optimised to absorb different impact velocities. The visor tilts up in stages sufficiently to stash goggles beneath, and there’s a rubber strap grip at the back. We love the Float Fix Race retention device, which is highly adjustable with no pinch points, and your riding buddies will love the X-Static pads that help prevent funky smells building up on hot days. A great looking helmet at a great price.
We’ve replaced the test winning Super 3 MIPs with the Bell Sixer MIPs. It’s £20 more, but you get MIPs, up-to-date construction, lower weight and an extra size. Similar to most helmets, the Sixer is constructed using what Bell calls a Fusion In-Mold process and uses Progressive Layering, which is basically two desnsities of foam: a hard layer against the outer shell to stop penetrative impacts and a soft layer closer to the head, which crumples more easily to spread the load. Obviously, the MIPs system also adds further protection by dissipating any rotational forces.
The adjustable visor gets three position indents, so when you flip it up you don’t have to tighten any fasteners – it actually stays in place.
Obviously with the visor being able to tilt right up out of the way, you can easily stash goggles underneath. Bell even includes a channel at the back for the strap and a rubber coated strip to hold it in place. And if you choose to use eyewear instead, there are cutaway on the inside of the helmet for the arms. The helmet comes with a Go-Pro compatible clip-in mount for a head cam or light included in the box.
Venting is excellent on this helmet with a big slit over the temple area and intake ports below. Long channels run the whole length of the helmet and big exhaust ports maximise air flow. The helmet features a two-piece pad with the X-Static treatment, so doesn’t end up stinking like an old sock.
The Sixer gets an updated Float Fix Race retention device, which is integrated into the MIPs liner. It has a tiny little dial but it is rubber coated and has a ratchet both ways, so you can really fine the fit. You can also adjust the height across four positions, but while it is easy to pull down, it’s slightly hard to push up again.
In terms of features and detail, the Sixer is step up from the Super 3. It’s comfortable and looks sleeker. A great helmet, at a great price, joint test winner.