What is MIPS?


The bike helmet is the piece of gear that has the biggest job – keeping you safe. With the introduction of MIPS technology, helmet designers are improving that standard.

What is MIPS?

MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, which is the leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet design to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts.

No two impacts are alike

When a head rotates quickly and comes to a sudden stop, the rotational acceleration can cause the brain tissue to experience high levels of strain. The stretching of the tissue that can be caused by these motions can result in various types of brain injury. Helmets equipped with MIPS technology can provide an additional measure of protection in certain impacts.

Addressing rotational energy

MIPS uses a slip-plane system that moves inside the helmet, mimicking the brain’s own protection system. This layer is designed to rotate inside the helmet with the intent to potentially slow or reduce the amount of energy transferred to or from the head. Science tells us that if we reduce the strains associated with rotational acceleration, we might reduce the risk and severity of brain injury.

Stay safe this summer

As you prepare for the next riding season, be sure that you have the right brain bucket to keep you safe whether or prefer pavement or a trail in the woods. Stop in today to discuss the benefits of MIPS and see our full line of helmets.