You can almost spot the yellow sticker and plastic liners from a mile away. The distinctive features of MIPS technology have become almost ubiquitous with cycling helmets. Everyone from WorldTour pros to casual commuters can be seen wearing a MIPS helmet, but what does that actually mean?
First up, MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and, in this article, we dive into the science behind it, why it has become so popular among the cycling community, why so many of the best road bike helmets feature it and debate the pros and cons of MIPS helmets. Defining MIPS helmets
MIPS is a thin slip-plane layer of material incorporated into a helmet that allows for relative motion between the helmet and head in all directions (hence multi-directional). The purpose of MIPS is to reduce rotational motion on the head – and thus, the brain – in the event of impact, by allowing the helmet to rotate independently.
In more basic terms, MIPS technology allows the helmet to move around your head during a crash or other impact. Of course, the helmet doesn’t move freely, or there would be no point in wearing the helmet at all – MIPS technology allows for about 10-15mm of rotational movement.
In theory, wearing a MIPS helmet lessens the chance for brain injury. That’s what the technology claims but are MIPS helmets actually “safer”? Origin of MIPS technology
Swedish neurosurgeon, Hans von Holst, is said to be the father of MIPS technology. Alongside Peter Halldin, a researcher […]