WHAT IS A MIPS HELMET?

June 30, 2020

WHAT IS A MIPS HELMET?
black mips bike helmet

Safety is why we started Thousand – that’s why our helmets are meticulously crafted and tested to meet safety standards and curb the impact of accidents. We’re dedicated to making safety seamless to get you moving, which is why our Chapter Collection helmets are designed with MIPS technology. Let’s take a closer look at MIPS and how this innovative system adds protection. 


KEY FACTS ABOUT MIPS HELMETS
  • MIPS is a technology that’s certified only by MIPS
  • MIPS technology allows your head to shift if you hit it at an angle
  • Studies have shown that allowing this shift can protect your brain more effectively against concussions
  • All certified MIPS helmets have a yellow dot on the helmet

WHAT DOES MIPS MEAN? 

MIPS stands for multi-directional impact protection system. This brain protection system (BPS) is found discreetly inside of the bicycle helmet and can reduce harmful forces should you take an unexpected spill. According to our friends at MIPS Protection, studies show that it’s more common to fall at an angle. When this happens, you experience rotational motion.

black mips bike helmet

HOW DOES MIPS TECHNOLOGY WORK? 

MIPS BPS can reduce both the rotational motion and the risk of brain damage. It works a little something like this: If you fall, the core of MIPS BPS (a low-friction layer) actually allows your head to move ever so slightly inside the helmet. This small movement, 10-15 mm in all directions, can help prevent life-threatening brain injuries. With more than 20 years of research informing the technology, MIPS Protection has conducted more than 200,000 tests and that have also been validated through third party tests. 

WHAT ABOUT TESTING MIPS HELMETS?

MIPS Protection tests helmets at a 45-degree angle and focuses on three areas including front, lateral and pitched to simulate falling at an angle. Statistics tell us that most bike accidents occur at about 14 miles per hour, so this is another key factor that MIPS Protection includes in its testing environment. Our MIPS bike helmets undergo standard helmet testing and MIPS Protection tests to ensure you’re safe on the road.


HOW DO I KNOW IF MY HELMET HAS MIPS? 

Wondering how to tell if your helmet design is built with MIPS technology? Just look for the yellow dot. We guarantee you’ll find it on our Chapter Collection.


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