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.
We have over 25 years of research into rotational motion and helmet safety, and an abundance of studies and data that say the same thing: in the vast majority of accidents in which someone hits their head, the impact is oblique, and an oblique impact entails increased the risk of brain damage. The same thing goes for objects falling from above at, for instance, a building site: they cause an oblique impact – even if you are standing still.
Everything revolves around Mips low-friction layer. It mimics the brain’s own protective system, which allows the brain to move slightly inside the head. The Mips system is designed to work on the same principle. The low-friction layer is built into the helmet and makes the energy-absorbing layers (the “padding”) mobile so that the head can move 10–15 mm inside the helmet on impact.
Mips is a technology that is based on many years of research into the brain and brain damage, and we are firmly rooted in science. Our story begins in 1995, when brain surgeon Hans von Holst from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, began researching helmet construction. He based his research on the realization that the helmets available at the time did not offer sufficient protection against brain damage. He contacted the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm to initiate biomechanical research on the prevention of head and neck injuries.