For us, Mips means a safety system for helmets developed with the intention to reduce rotational motion to the brain in the event of a crash. Research shows that rotational motion involves a greater risk of brain damage than straight impacts. The purpose of Mips® safety system is to add safety in the event of that kind of accident.
There are many factors to consider when choosing the perfect helmet.
Here are some important ones to think about.
Cycling, snow sports, or moto? Equestrian or climbing? Whatever sports and activities you love most, there’s a helmet equipped with a Mips® safety system made for the way you move.
Bike racers often think first about ventilation and weight. Skiers, snowboarders, and moto riders might seek maximum protection. Some helmets are all about performance gains, others focus on comfort and fit.
This is what matters most. You can look for safety features and functions for your activity, but the first step is to make sure it’s certified to standards in your country, such as General Product Safety Regulations (GPSR) in Europe and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in the U.S.
Consider the weather you’re in most often. If it’s heat and humidity, ventilation is key. For snow sports like skiing and snowboarding, consider an insulated liner. Vents that open or close add versatility, and an integrated visor can shield your eyes from rain or bright sunlight.
This is the reason Mips exists. We have done the research. We have the data. Studies show that when you crash and hit your head, it’s most often an angled impact. This creates rotational motion, and the brain is very sensitive to this. So, this part is easy: Choose a helmet equipped with a Mips® safety system, which is intended to help reduce rotational forces to the head when falling at an angled impact.
Everyone has their own unique head shape and fit factors. It’s important to consider everything from sizing to retention systems and straps. A poor fit isn’t just uncomfortable, it can also compromise safety.
A helmet is designed to protect the head from various types of violence and external impacts from everything from falls and collisions to projectiles and falling objects. Helmets are the oldest protective equipment known to man and can be traced back thousands of years. Today, there are helmets for a variety of uses. They are made of various materials, in a variety of designs and with different features, but they are all made to protect the human head from blows and impacts.