Mips helmet technology

Welcome to the very heart of Mips. Science and technology are where we come from, and we are happy to share some of our collective knowledge from more than 25 years of research, testing, failures and game-changing innovations.


Born from science

The founders of Mips have spent decades studying the relationship between brain injuries and helmet construction. Years of research and testing occurred before the first helmet with a Mips® safety system (an equestrian helmet) came to life in 2007. Today you can find Mips® safety systems in helmets from most major helmet manufacturers and for main activities including cycling, snow sports, motorsports, team sports and even construction.  Mips® safety systems are the result of extensive research and testing, both internally and from independent third-party sources.

The Mips Story

Hans von Holst is a Swedish neurosurgeon and professor emeritus who has dedicated his professional life to studying head injuries. In 1996, tired of seeing people hospitalized with brain injuries that had occurred in falls– even though they had been wearing helmets– he began examining how helmets were designed. His research led him to understand that most helmets available offered insufficient protection.

Hans partnered with engineer Peter Halldin, a young researcher at the Swedish Royal Institute (KTH), to perform extensive research with the goal of understanding how and why head and neck injuries occur even when someone is wearing a helmet.

Innovation: The science behind Mips

The articles below offer deeper insights into Mips® safety system. These are simplified versions of the science, intended to provide a basic understanding of why the brain is sensitive, the important role of our unique testing facility, and how our innovative low-friction layer works to reduce rotational forces to the head.


More than 50 000 helmets tested

The Mips helmet test laboratory, located 15km north of Stockholm in Sweden, is a product of twenty years of continual development. 

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Frequently asked questions about the science and technology behind Mips

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Play it smart

Mips gives you the confidence to follow your passion. Whether you’re training for fitness, riding to work, heading out on the mountain, or playing team sports, our mission is safety for helmets.

Bike helmets

Road or MTB. Competition or fun. Mips offers hundreds of choices in bike helmets to help fuel your passion.

Bike helmets

Snow helmets

Whether you’re carving turns on groomers or bombing backcountry runs, Mips focuses on safety for helmets so you can focus on fun.

Snow helmets

Motorcycle helmets

Quicker commutes. Weekend trips. A daily dose of freedom and fun. Gear up for your motorcycle adventures with a high-quality helmet that has a Mips safety system.

Moto helmets

Motocross helmets

Dirt, dust, mud and fun. Whether you’re blasting berms on the track or throttle-twisting with friends in the wild, Mips focuses on safety for helmets so you can focus on having a good time.

Moto MX Helmets

Horse riding helmets

Whether you ride English or Western, in the ring or out on the trail, a proper riding helmet is a key part of your riding kit.

Horse riding helmets

Climbing helmets

Alpine climbing, bouldering, canyoneering. Whether it’s quick sport climbs or multi-pitch days, one of your most important gear choices is a high-quality climbing helmet.

Climbing helmets

Construction helmets

Mips has teamed up with some of the leading safety helmet and PPE manufacturers to include our patented low-friction layer safety systems in construction helmets and hard hats.

Construction helmets

Team Sport helmets

Helmets for team sports such as hockey have made major advancements in recent years, offering new levels of safety, comfort and performance.

Team sports helmets

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