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ABOUT Mips


Mips is a Swedish company specializing in helmet safety and brain protection. The Mips® safety system reduces the rotational forces that occur in the event of a fall and is used in helmet models from many renowned brands. The company was founded by the Swedish neurosurgeon Hans von Holst, who realized in the course of his research that the helmets that were commercially available up to that point did not offer sufficient protection against brain injuries. Together with the engineer Peter Halldin and the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), von Holst researched why serious head and neck injuries often occurred despite wearing a helmet.  


WHY DO I NEED MIPS?


The results of the researchers: When falling, the head usually hits at an angle, which causes rotational motion. Those forces can cause serious injuries to the brain tissue, because the composition of the human brain is very sensitive to shearing stresses. The Mips® safety system can reduce these rotational forces, reducing the risk of brain damage. However, most helmets without Mips technology are designed for straight impact falls.

HOW DOES MIPS WORK?


In helmets with the Mips safety system, there is a sliding layer between the inner pad and the EPS foam, a high-quality foam designed to absorb energy. This low-friction layer inside the helmet allows movement of between 10 and 15 millimetres in the event of an impact. The Mips system allows the head to slide inside the helmet, which can reduce angular momentum otherwise transmitted to the brain. Redirecting the rotational force reduces the risk of brain tissue injury due to shear and/or stretch stresses. The abbreviation MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and works no matter what angle the impact occurs.  


HOW TO DETERMINE IF A HELMET HAS THE MIPS SYSTEM?


Helmets with Mips technology have a yellow dot on the outside and can be found in the bike and ski/snowboard segments. A yellow shell can often be seen inside the helmet. Whether a helmet in our shop is equipped with Mips is stated in the product details. Some manufacturers also integrate Mips in the product designation.

MIPS: The intelligent safety technology



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