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Bell Sixer MIPS Helmet

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The best for sweaty heads

Rating: Featured Member Review
The Good:

Excellent sweat management system; great ventilation

The Bad:

Can feel a little snug/tight on the head compared to some others

Overall Review:

For years I've relied on a headband with a silicone sweat gutter to keep the salt out of my eyes while riding. This is the first helmet I've found that successfully keeps sweat out of my eyes (and off of my glasses) with no assistance. Bell nailed the ventilation, and the "Sweat Guide" padding actually does what it's supposed to do--wicks sweat out away from your forehead to a point where it can drip harmlessly in front of your glasses. Really impressed by this, so if you're a sweaty rider or spend a lot of time in hot climates, the Sixer is worth a look.

The fit does feel a little more tight, especially on the sides of the head, than other helmets of a comparable size. I'm not sure if this is solely due to the helmet's shape or if the padding is also a factor. After a couple of rides I stopped noticing it, but it was slightly off-putting at first. 

The straps are unremarkable (in the good way), and the retention dial does exactly what you'd expect. Adjusting the height of the retention dial can be a little finicky. That's true of most systems, though. 

I don't ride with goggles, so I can't speak to the helmet's goggle compatibility. Stashing sunglasses with the arms in the vents works OK--secure enough for fire-road climbing, but not so secure that I'd trust them there on singletrack. 

Overall, I've got no real complaints. The 2018 colors weren't fantastic, but the 2019 options are looking better, so it seems Bell's on top of that. The Sixer is the best helmet I've ever tried for ventilation and sweat management, and it checks just about all the other boxes for a modern half-shell as well. 

Crash test approved

The Good:

Absorbs a hell of an impact
Great rear head coverage
Fit is good
Great sweat management
Visor stays put

The Bad:

Notta. I’ll be replacing my crash test approved sixer with a new sixer

Overall Review:

Got cross rutted and ended up slamming the back of my head on some very very hard dirt. Helmet did it’s job. Can’t find any cracks but the impact area foam is definitely compressed. 

Was able to ride out and get some medical help. Minor concussion.

Fit system work great. Kept the lid in place. I highly recommend this lid.


Product Bell Sixer MIPS Helmet
Riding Type Cross Country, Trail
Rider Unisex, Women
Number of Vents 26, 4 brow ports
Construction MIPS, Fusion in-mold polycarbonate shell, exposed polycarbonate roll cage, progressive layering
Adjustable Padding X-static padding, sweat guide padding, no-twist tri-glides
Certification CE EN1078 CPSC
Size S, M, L, XL
Colors Standard: Matte Black, Matte Black/Retina Sear, Matte White/Black, Matte Hibiscus/Black, Matte Copper/Black, Matte/Gloss Emerald/Black
Women's Joy Ride: Matte/Gloss White/Cherry Stone, Matte Navy/Cherry/Sky Fibers, Matte Lead/Iceberg Dissolve
Weight 0 lb 14.5 oz (410 g)
Miscellaneous 4-position adjustable visor
Dual flow ventilation
Integrated breakaway camera/light mount
Goggle compatibility with strap gripper
Price $150
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