The term “good head on your shoulders” is widely used and for a good reason. So when throwing a leg over your ride, I’d say it’s apt to reflect on this term and protect that hat rack best you can.
Tires and gear are two places you want to avoid cutting corners. Helmets, especially! This is arguably the most important item when riding. That is unless you don’t have a good head on your shoulders and decide it’s not worth protecting.
I spent a riding season testing AGV’s new K6. A super lightweight lid sporting a carbon and arimid fiber shell. Design cues taken straight from their high-end race series. When this helmet arrived at the shop I thought AGV sent a pair of socks disguised in a helmet box. Yeah, it’s light, only 2.7lbs.
Aside from weight, the fit is spot on with their sizing chart. It’s a little snug, but that’s what you want. Not a, my gosh, I can feel my pulse snug, but you don’t want your helmet moving around. Plus, the padding will form to your noggin after a few rides, improving comfort and fit.
After putting it on, one thing that struck me was how close the chinguard was to my mouth. I’ve worn tons of helmets over the years. Before the AGV I wore a Shoei GT2, a good helmet but larger and focused on touring. I spoke with a colleague whose go-to helmet is an AGV and he said the smaller size is typical with this brand.
While at speed, this smaller lid absolutely cuts through the wind in basically any position. Meaning when I look left or right, my head isn’t caught in the wind causing mild whiplash.
The interior is comfortable, well-padded and set up for bluetooth communications. Venting is well sorted with openings on the top and front to eliminate sweltering conditions plus keep the visor from fogging.
Another welcome feature is the visor itself. The K6 has a wide opening that provides a great view. This visor securely fastens to the chinguard using a hook and loop push button closure. AGV calls this their “micro-lock” system. What’s cool about this? It allows the visor to open slightly while staying securely fastened to the chinguard. And it works great.
The design and look is awesome! This helmet looks like a top-line racer with tons of striking options. I chose flash matte with black, red and grey graphics. You can jazz it up further with tinted visors, iridium visors, bluetooth adapters, all the good stuff.
The AGV K6 kicks in with a reasonable price also, starting at $399.96. That’s a damn good price for one of AGV’s high-quality DOT approved helmets. So if you do have a good head on your shoulders and feel protecting it is key, check out AGV’S K6. This way, you’ll continue to have a place to hang your hat post-ride. RC