There’s a lot of talk about MIPS out there in the cycling world and as two of our helmet brands, Lazer and POC, are among the innovators integrating MIPS into their helmet designs we thought we’d give you the lowdown.
MIPS is a brain protection system developed by brain surgeons and scientists to reduce rotational forces on the brain caused by angled impacts to the head. The letters actually stand for:
- Multi directional
So what does this mean in real terms?
To quote Lazer Sport
‘… the MIPS system adds an additional safety aspect by introducing a low friction layer into the helmet. This layer can move relative to the helmet helping to absorb the rotational forces in case of a crash. This does not interfere with the existing protective capabilities of the helmet, it just adds to them.’
Basically, this means that when your helmet sustains an impact, it absorbs much of the force of the impact without transferring that force to your brain. If you crash while wearing a MIPS equipped helmet your risk of brain injury is reduced, which let’s face it can only be a good thing.
Check out this video to see MIPS in action.
The reality is that no-one wants to crash but it does happen and the more protection you have the more likely you are to bounce back to ride another day.
While we haven’t had the opportunity to test MIPS helmets in a crash situation (fortunately), in trying the various options we’ve found that MIPS equipped helmets fit better and are more comfortable than their conventional counterparts.
The POC Octal and Lazer Blade are both available with MIPS right now and the Lazer Z1 MIPS will be available in 2016.