SixSixOne EVO: What's d3o?
SixSixOne EVO knee pads, SixSixOne EVO helmets, and some SixSixOne body armor feature d3o ('dee-three-oh') to provide added impact protection. D3o is a specially engineered material made with intelligent molecules designed to be viscous and malleable under normal conditions. This makes d3o padding very soft and comfortable against the skin. However, upon impact, these same molecules lock together and become rigid. This ability to transform itself from soft to rigid is what allows SixSixOne EVO gear with d3o padding to absorb the energy from the impact, ultimately protecting you from the shock of the impact. SixSixOne EVO pads with d3o provide all the comfort of a soft shell with all the protection of a hard shell, keeping you safe no matter which SixSixOne gear they're in.
XSportsProtective Staff Picks for SixSixOne Gear
SixSixOne has a lot of great gear to choose from, but we really love the ultra lightweight SixSixOne Recon mountain bike helmet. SixSixOne gave this helmet a removable front visor in case you need extra eye protection and extended coverage for the back of your head in case you take a spill off the back of your bike. The SixSixOne Recon mountain bike helmet also features:
- In-mold shell design for extra light weight
- Quick adjust ratchet system at the back of the helmet, that you can adjust on the fly with one hand
- 18 intake vents
- Weighs only 303 grams
The SixSixOne EVO d3o knee pads are the top-of-the-line knee guards in the SixSixOne protective gear lineup. They offer great protection, and it's kind of fun to play with the now-it's-squishy-now-it's-not magic of the d3o padding. Other features of the SixSixOne EVO d3o knee pads:
- Superior d3o protective padding that entirely covers both kneecaps
- Four additional high-density EVA foam pads to protect knee ligaments and tendons
- Abrasion-resistant, molded, Kevlar-reinforced kneepad cover to prevent tears and rips
- Pre-curved ergonomic fit
- Stretch Kodura and soft-fit construction allows flexibility and breathability
SixSixOne develops protection products for mountain biking and BMX, including helmets, boots, gloves, roost deflectors, knee guards, and elbow guards. SixSixOne was developed and is used in competition by top amateur and professional riders around the world. Some SixSixOne helmets and pads utilize the innovative engineered material d30, which is designed to be malleable and soft under normal conditions but to harden upon impact.