This is how MIPS works

The MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) is designed to add protection against rotational motion transferred to the brain. Rotational motion affects the brain and increase the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. When implemented in a helmet, the MIPS BPS can reduce rotational motion by redirecting energies and forces otherwise transferred to the brain.

The core of the MIPS BPS is a low friction layer that allows the head to move 10-15 mm relative the helmet in all directions, reducing rotational motion to the brain. The MIPS BPS makes your helmet safer and adds protection.

Strain in the brain

Rotational motion from an angled impact can cause strain in the brain that can lead to tearing in the brain tissue. The illustration is based on data gathered using sensors inside the crash test dummy heads. The dummy head, wearing a helmet, was subjected to an angled impact in a test rig at the MIPS lab in Sweden.

The illustration shows the strain in the brain from an angled impact when the dummy head is wearing the same type of helmet – with and without the MIPS BPS.

Reality-based testing


Statistics show that many brain injuries occur due to angled impacts to the head. However, in standard helmet tests the helmet is dropped vertically onto a flat surface, and this does not create an angled impact. These results are helpful for measuring precise vertical impacts, but inferior for measuring a more realistic scenario of an angled impact.

The MIPS test rig is developed for testing angled impacts to simulate a fall during a crash.

Scientifically proven

Depending on what type of helmet is tested, the helmet is dropped from 2,2–3,1 meters onto a 45-degree impact angle covered with grinding paper. Three different types of impact points are tested, and all helmets are tested in all sizes.

Data is gathered using nine accelerometers inside a Hybrid III crash test dummy head and analyzed using a computer model known as the Finite Element Model. The same helmet model is compared with and without the MIPS BPS to make sure that the helmet passes the strain reduction criteria MIPS have on all approved helmets.

More than 27.000 tests have been conducted at the global test center in Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to that, a number of third-party tests have also been made supporting MIPS safety claims, for example:

MIPS helmets also took top ratings at a Virginia Tech helmet ratings, US. Top 13 helmets in the ranking were MIPS BPS equipped and received top ratings for helmet safety.

20 years
of research

Hans von Holst is a Swedish neurosurgeon and professor emeritus who has dedicated his professional life to studying head injuries. His research recognized that protection against brain injuries was inadequate. In 1996 he began to study the relationship between brain injuries and helmet construction.

Together with Peter Halldin, a researcher at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology, they developed ground-breaking technology in the way helmets were designed and manufactured that would prove to significantly improve brain protection.

Now, after more than 20 years of research and engineering, MIPS works with over 78 helmet brands from all over the world, and over 9,2 million MIPS BPS have been produced.


Founded as a project by Hans von Holst of Karolinska Institute and Peter Halldin from Royal Insitute of Technology.


The first patent is registered.


The first prototype of a MIPS BPS equipped helmet is tested at the University of Birmingham.


MIPS AB is founded by five experts in the field of neuro science. Commercial strategies are formed.


Plans are formed for the first equestrian helmet.


First MIPS BPS equestrian helmet, EQ1, is launched. Featuring the MIPS BPS 1.0 low friction layer designed for hard shell helmets.


The business model changed to that of an Ingredient Brand model meaning to provide all brands with the MIPS BPS solution and not creating its own helmet. New brand platform created and first client signed.


Technology breakthrough with the MIPS BPS 2.0 solution for In-Mold helmets. Helmet for Bike and Snow is produced.


Slowly getting commercial traction. Rotational forces is on the agenda.

Total number of brands: 4
Total number of helmets: 15


Concussions in team sports starts to be a hot topic. MIPS is recognized with an article in Popular Science.

Total number of brands: 8
Total number of helmets: 23


Breakthrough understanding of the importance of handling rotational forces. MIPS enter Moto Segment.

Total number of brands: 8
Total number of helmets: 30


Commercial breakthrough. World’s largest helmet manufacturer signs with MIPS.

Total number of brands: 15
Total number of helmets: 66


Milestone in MIPS history with more than 1.000.000 layers sold to a total of 28 brands.

Total number of brands: 28
Total number of helmets: 121


MIPS BPS is implemented in its first street motorcycle helmet. Overall volumes continue to grow thanks to new clients and deeper penetration of the product lines of existing brand partners.

Total number of brands: 48
Total number of helmets: 212


MIPS's most rapidly expanding category is motorcycle helmets, for both on- and off-road riding. MIPS is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm, attracting more than 3,000 shareholders. Up to and including 2017, the company has sold more than 5.4 million MIPS BPS units.

Total number of brands: 60
Total number of helmets: 302


Major legal disputes are settled. Proven strong patent portfolio.

Total number of brands: 78
Total number of helmets: 448


MIPS Creators Receive the prestigious Polhem Prize – Sweden’s oldest and most prestigious technical award.

Total number of brands: 103
Total number of helmets: 578

Light and fully integrated

When you look inside a helmet you can usually see the MIPS BPS low friction layer under the comfort padding. It’s usually yellow and marked with the MIPS logo. The low friction layer is always designed for the specific helmet so it may vary from helmet to helmet but it’s always equally safe and they all perform the same way.

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