Predator Helmets knew the challenge that was presented before them was to supply a light weight helmet that did not compromise safety in any way and that also included all of the bells and whistles for the wearer to get the most enjoyable head feel possible. This has come to fulfillment with the DH6 lineup of full face helmets meant to help riders of all skill levels feel confident and enjoy their skateboard at high speeds. The shell design is shaped to be aerodynamic despite the fact it offers a very large visibility window. This window allows the rider to simply scan with their eyes rather then turning their whole head and subjecting themselves to disrupting their tuck and depleting speed while surveying their surroundings. This is advantageous for racing applications as well as just recreational mobbing by keeping your body and eyes pointed in the direction you ultimately want to go: downhill. Protecting those eyes from tear causing winds that could impair your vision during a time that requires full alertness of all the senses is addressed by an interchangeable, factory installed visor that comes in both a tinted version (installed stock) or a clear version to adapt your brain bucket to what ever lighting situation you may encounter. This is a tool less process making it even easier to dial in your experience despite factors that you have no control over. Both are very clear and do not distort your vision through the concavity of the visor producing a crystal clear representation of the surrounding world beyond the glass. This is a fog resistant visor which is aided in keeping clean by an air vent included just below the visor that cycles not only your stinky breath out, but also cycles clean air in as you begin to embrace the grade of the run. Predator supports the art of the lurk and to aid the user in this the visor has ratchet controlled flip up function giving full access to snacks, drinks, and any safety material that may be needed pre or post run with out having to slip off your entire lid.
On the inside this thing is the pent house, pent house as it pertains to the helmet world by offering interchangeable cheek and safety pads to customize the fit for any size head S-L. This takes away the guessing of "Will it fit around my peanut shaped head?" because you can put pads in where you need 'em and leave them out where you don't. Another feature to ensure a snug fit is the double D ring chin strap which is considerately fleece lined for comfort. The guts of this beast are composed of top rated EPS foam that has been die-cut to ensure precision in fit as well as the highest level of impact absorption. This model qualifies for multiple safety certifications that are in place to ensure products endure the demands placed upon them and perform up to the standards they are marketed for. Recognizing that this is an investment for the long run, a fleece carrying bag is included to ward off scratches as well as offering a convenient way to contain your multiple visors.
Here is a list of the features offered by the DH6 as a review and outline of what it has to offer:
-Light Weight weighing a mere 940g
-Aerodynamic shell with a wide range of vision
- Includes 2 visors; one tinted, one clear that are changeable without any tools
-Air vent to allow steamy breath to exit and fresh air to flow in
-Ratchet flip up visor
-Cheek and safety pads included
-D ring fleece lined chin strap
-EPS foam construction with multiple safety certifications
-Fleece carrying bag
In order to gain a fair and balanced experience I wanted to experience as much diversity in terrain as possible from my cockpit view finder. To achieve this goal I brought this helmet along with me during the 2015 Selah Skateboard Sabbatical and wore it exclusively as my head protection during the Team Bonzing camping trip deep into the Sierra Wilderness. My second stop on my tour took me to arid and dry New Mexico where I was able to mob down an incline at the base of the Sandia mountains while being protected by my Predator. These exotic locations paired with some of my local NC favorites gave me a good depiction of how this product will perform in various locations and/or conditions. Each of the aforementioned features was put to the test in varying climates, altitudes, and weather conditions in an effort to see if each design produced the intended functional result of enhancing the over all skateboarding experience.
It is very satisfying and refreshing to experience a design feature that was intelligently included to maximize the benefit to the rider while using the product. Predator did just this by thinking of everything today's downhill skateboarder would desire from a helmet during their descents and manifested them into a product that delivers a "gimmick free" performance enhancing the overall appeal. Every single feature that was included lived up to its intended purpose lending to the over all goal of helping riders feel safe pushing their limits. The very first time I threw my lid over my locks I knew I had been missing out on a confidence booster that would really benefit my skating. My initial observation was the dampening of road noise as well as the lack of wind noise giving me an atmosphere in which my concentration was unbroken by outside distractions. I normally do not wear sunglasses while riding due to how they sit on my face and make me aware of their presence but I found that I was able to enjoy the sun shielding benefits via my tinted visor without my face being weighed down in any way. This same visor was conveniently ratcheted up and out of the way while lurking, waiting to drop in, or even mid run to allow some extra ventilation if needed which was a really handy option to have at your disposal rather than having to hold it open manually.
I enjoyed a snug fit during every single usage thanks to the cheek pads and the double D ring chin strap even during full tucks when my chin guard would bump and knock around. This only served to assure me that during a worst case scenario type bail my lid would not shift or wobble around leaving me valuable to head trauma. Despite this tight fit I did not get a pressure head ache or even feel burdened by taking the helmet on or off in between runs. During runs the light weight design added a minimal bulky feeling to the dome making it easy to just skate like you are accustomed to. The only feature that I was unable to test was the EPS foam liner due to lack of suffering a bail of major significance. In this bitter sweet case we will just have to revert and trust in the safety certifications as a sufficient assurance of its performance under stress. Over all I am incredibly hyped on this products design along with all of the aspects of safety and practicality that are included as it pertains to todays downhill skateboarding.
If this product sounds like something that would fit in well with your skateboarding pursuits I would highly encourage you to pick one up and experience the same positive results that I did. The best method of going about snagging one would be to visit your local skate shop and see if they have the color way in stock that you are interested in. Hitting up your local skate shop for this helmet will give you the opportunity to try it on as well as receive expert advise on personal fitting and the proper way to snug her down. Beyond giving you the chance to touch, feel, and smell the product right then and there, you will be supporting a shop/shop owner who is/has the potential to be a corner stone in your community for skateboarding rights and awareness. Help grow and nurture your local scene by helping to keep the doors open to one of the few establishments who agrees with what you are doing artistically. At the very least you may be able to snag the locations of a few good runs to poach in your new helmet from the owner or one of the shop employees which in its self is worth visiting. If your local shop does not carry the DH6 model, tell them Eastern Skateboard Supply is stocked and loaded ready to resupply those shops in need of Predator Helmets. Keep skateboarding in the hands of skateboarders and look to acquire your Predator DH6 from a skater owned and operated establishment.