On paper, the SixSixOne Crest MIPS helmet has everything going for it. Excellent head coverage, a wide range of sizes, ballpark weight, plenty of vents, easily adjustable fit and a visor that is neither too big nor too small. It even looks half decent.
SixSixOne have done away with the current trend of acronyms and fancy marketing names for what their helmet does. ‘Dial Fit’ is about as far as they go, and it does what it says on the tin, the dial adjusts the fit. Simple.
The Crest MIPS fits well on my large, square head comfortably with room to make it bigger should I want to run a Buff or similar underneath on those cold winter days. With the Dial Fit sitting lower on the back of the head that most, it also feels like it’s more secure without having to cut off the circulation to your scalp.
On the trail, you soon forget the Crest is on your head. With the kitchen scales showing the size Large at 400g, it’s certainly not heavy, and the 15 vents do a good job of keeping your melon in the breeze. The anti-microbial pads definitely don’t stint, but don’t do all that good a job of keeping the sweat off your face. They don’t channel it straight into your eyes either…
Thankfully, I haven’t had to test out the safety features of the Crest, but it’s got it where it matters, and it’s good to see MIPS available on helmets under £100 as there’s plenty of helmets far in excess of this asking price these days, even for an open face.
What do we think?
The SixSixOne Crest MIPS goes about its business in a way that means you forget you have it on your head, and that is the true mark of a good helmet as far as I’m concerned. It’s got the safety features where it counts, doesn’t look like a stormtrooper lid and doesn’t cost the earth either.
It’s the helmet that goes on my head on every ride.
It just works
Could do better:
Brow pads could soak up more sweat
You can check out the SixSixOne Crest MIPS helmet over on their website here.