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Mips® Safety System

Designed to provide added safety for helmets in many accidents

From years of researching the cause of head injuries and rotational motion transferred to the head, founders Peter Halldin and Hans von Holst developed the Multi-directional Impact Protection System (Mips®) to improve the way helmets protect people with a mission to lead the world to safer helmets.

What is Mips®?

The Mips® safety system is designed to provide added safety for helmets in many accidents. For certain impacts, the Multi-directional Impact Protection System (Mips®) can help reduce rotational motion and harmful forces that might otherwise be transferred to the user's head. Rotational motion is a common cause for concussions and more severe brain injury in oblique hits to the head.

Mips - Straight Impact

Traditional helmets are typically designed for impacts perfectly centred on the crown of the helmet, but most impacts are off-centered or angled.

Mips - Angled Impact Above

The low friction layer is designed to help reduce the rotational force to the head of certain off-centered or angled impacts, by allowing the helmet to move 10-15mm on the wearer's head.

Mips - Arc Uvex Helmet

Safety System that Mimics the Brain

The brain is typically more sensitive to rotational motion than linear motion because it has shear properties similar to water or gel. When different parts of the brain move relative to each other because of rotational motion, the tissues can stretch, which can cause concussions or other brain injuries.

The Mips® system consists of a low friction layer that is mounted inside the helmet. In a crash, the low friction layer allows the helmet to move on the wearer's head which help redirect forces away from the head. This is intended to help reduce the risk of brain injury. Mips® is mimicking the brain’s own protection system, where the Cerebrospinal Fluid allows the brain to slightly move inside our heads.

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