Add an extra layer of protection with the integrated Mips safety system, designed to reduce the rotational motion of certain impacts that may otherwise be transferred to your head.
Ride smoothly from day to night with an included 30 lumen taillight that magnetically attaches to the helmet or multi-use adapter.
Reduce glare and increase your field of vision with visors in elevated finishes, including hand-painted tortoise shell, matte black, and metallic rose gold.
The most convenient and secure way to leave your helmet behind. Access the hidden channel behind the logo mark, and thread your U-lock or chain lock through. Backed by our Anti-Theft Guarantee.
8 strategically placed vents actively capture airflow and pass it through the interior cooling channels – developed to keep you cool on your long rides.
Engineered for performance, the Chapter Collection integrates elevated utility into your daily riding uniform to always keep you moving forward.
Not a day goes by when we’re not thinking about how to keep you safer while riding your bike. From daily commuting to weekend TJ’s runs — and every skate and scoot in between — you can count on us to keep your dome covered. That means we’re constantly seeking out the best and most researched technology for our bike helmets. MIPS technology is one such example.
But what exactly is MIPS? You might have seen or heard the term before, but did you know it originated in Sweden? Did you also know it’s super lightweight and barely noticeable while riding? There’s so much more to MIPS than meets the eye. Here, we answer some of your most common questions about this:
MIPS is an acronym that stands for multi-directional impact protection system. Try saying that five times fast! Research has shown that most bicycle accidents occur at an angle instead of falling straight down. This lifesaving innovation accounts for that.
It works a little something like this: MIPS helmets are built with a low friction layer that typically sits between the helmet’s padding and the EPS foam layer. This MIPS liner is super discreet and lightweight so cyclists barely even notice that it’s there. In the event of a crash, the brain protection system (BPS) allows your head to make a tiny 10-15mm multidirectional movement inside the helmet to reduce rotational force. That last part is critical.
The result of an angled impact is called rotational force. When your head suddenly hits a hard surface such as pavement, dirt, or even snow, a traumatic brain injury could occur because it’s more sensitive to this type of fall. Severe brain injuries can include bleeding, blurry vision, bruising, and losing consciousness. All riders — from road bikes to mountain bikes — are susceptible to injury. A bicycle helmet constructed with a MIPS brain protection system can save your life.
Many of today’s helmet brands — including names you’ve definitely heard of before like Bontrager to Giro and POC to Specialized — offer at least one helmet model designed with the protective MIPS layer. But how exactly did MIPS come about in the first place?
Let’s pedal down memory lane, shall we?
A researcher at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, by the name of Peter Halldin and a Swedish neurosurgeon named Hans von Holst developed this innovative helmet technology. The research originally began by von Holst in 1996, but it wasn’t until 2001 when the company MIPS AB was launched. In 2007, the first equestrian helmet made with MIPS was introduced. Fast forward to 2019 when the company produced 14.2 million of these MIPS slip planes across 583 helmet models including cycling helmets, mountain bike helmets, and skateboard helmets.
Similar to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) label, all MIPS-certified helmets will have a yellow dot on it. If it doesn’t have the dot, don’t buy it.
The short answer is yes. This really shouldn’t be a hard sell because you only get one brain, right? Keep in mind that all helmets in the US must meet certain CPSC standards before they hit the shelves. Your standard non-MIPS helmet is certainly going to do an excellent job at protecting you. If you need some more convincing, an MIPS helmet goes one step further by offering protection against accidental spills at certain angles (the most common type of fall).
All types of riding, especially more intense types like mountain biking and cycling as well as daily commuting, can benefit from this extra protection. The layer is super lightweight (only 25-45 grams), and all helmets with this technology are designed to be well ventilated despite the additional thin layer.
If you’re looking for a new helmet, an MIPS model is definitely a safe bet. Prices range depending on the brand. According to Consumer Reports, you might find an MIPS helmet for as little as $25 and for as much as $400. Some kids' helmets are built with MIPS as well, which oftentimes accounts for the lower end of the price spectrum. The Thousand Chapter MIPS Helmet costs $145, which is fairly comparable to other caliber brands. It comes in three different colorways (Club Navy, Racer Black, and Supermoon White) and three different sizes.
The Chapter is designed with the thoughtful bells and whistles an everyday rider needs. We’re talking interchangeable visors to reduce glare and increase your field of vision, a multi-use magnetic tail light, and eight well-placed vents that capture airflow and pass it through the inner cooling channels. Add to this our integrated fit system to dial in a snug fit and a secret PopLock to securely leave your helmet behind with your bike.
Plus, every Chapter helmet is backed by our Free Accident Replacement guarantee. That means if you’re ever in an accident (we truly hope you're not!) and your helmet is damaged, we’ll replace it for free.
Don’t take our word for it! There’s a reason why real Thousand riders love and trust their Chapter helmet. We pour over every review to make sure that you’re satisfied with your purchase. Riders will often tell us that their head feels safe and they feel more confident while wearing a Chapter helmet. Other riders appreciate how lightweight our Chapter is while riding. Descriptions including “fits perfectly,” “quality,” “comfortable,” and “bright light” commonly pop up in reviews, too.
We’re blushing over your gushing! We’re constantly trying to evolve our designs to meet the needs of modern riders. So your feedback really does mean a lot to us and supports the process.
Looks great and is decently comfortable! (I've only had it a week so far) Minor considerations: --Sizes run large. If your head is 59cm (like mine) and you're between sizes, get the Medium. There is enough space for me to wear a cap under it. --More round than oval. For my head I can tell it is wider than fits my skull, which normally there is padding to accommodate. The padding is thin under the plastic shell and they don't provide peel-n-stick bonus cushions. Probably can buy those at a local bike shop.
Very comfortable and high quality! Very happy with this!
I had a bike accident with my helmet. There was ice, I lost stability and hit the iced ground with rear part of my head (it wasn't a small hit). Then slided several meters on that ice. The helmet was visibly damaged but my head was OK! No injury, no concussion! So I have happily bought a new one for me and also an another one for my partner. Thanks a lot for such great helmet!
I've been bike commuting everyday for the past year. Rain or snow, I wear this helmet while riding to work, buy groceries, run errands, hang out with friends, etc. I think with this amount of time and can write a well informed review. I originally bought this helmet because I wanted the MIPS technology, the Thousand Style, and the Magnetic Light. Here are some things I like about this helmet: - MIPS technology does make me feel safer (I have a fragile brain after many car accidents), but I haven't had any use of it yet (thankfully!) - Comfortable! The easy adjustment system and one-handed chinstrap is magical, perfect fit everytime. - I'm not sure why they changed the style so much from the classic Thousand helmet, but this style has grown on me. Some improvements - The magnetic light is kind of a joke. Anytime it sticks to a magnetic surface, it automatically turns on. Seems like a good idea, except it makes turning it off difficult. You can't turn the light off, then put it on the helmet; you have to turn it off on the helmet. Difficult while wearing it since you can't really tell if it's on or off. As well it has horrible battery life, my lord. Probably less than 30 minutes, and I don't trust it to last long enough for my commute, which is really a shame. I would 1000% buy an upgrade, but no such upgrade exists and the helmet is expensive as is. - The helmet hole with the pop-lid has a very fragile string attaching it. Fell off after a few months. Not really a big deal, but why include it? Feels like having a hole in the helmet isn't really a big deal. - I find the visor is far too stubby for any adequate sun protection, unless I intentionally tilt my helmet forward significantly. wish there was a longer visor upgrade.
I like the helmet design i gave 4 stars but not the MAGNETIC LIGHT worked only once... I need to charge it every time i need to use. Not worthy for $145. Should improve the magnetic light.
Comfortable, easy to adjust and fasten, looks good, magnetic removable red still/flashing rechargeable light on back of helmet...what's not to like, the best.
Really like the features incorporated into the helmet. Here in South Carolina I always were a helmet with a visor due to the summer sun. The magnetic rear light is awesome as I’m an after dark commuter during the winter months. Fit is good with my headsweat skull cap. Would like to see thousand allow the rider to pick the visor instead of having to purchase it after the fact.
I bought these for my partner and I as a gift and we couldn’t be happier switching to Thousand helmets! So comfortable, easy to adjust straps/buckle, great colors, and most of all great protection!
Fits fine. Looks cool. The magnetic snap is not easy to do one handed. The magnet might be a good idea, but sometimes I struggle to get it lined up right in my hand. Comes apart easy. A huge problem? No. But if it makes me more likely to just not use the chinstrap at all, it defeats the purpose. Ymmv.
I wear during commute day and night as well as in trails after work or weekends. Appreciate the lights for visibility/safety. I always have them on. Easy to adjust as i like to wear band when it’s too windy or cold.
DESIGNED FOR ALL GENDERS AND BODIES
01. FIND A MEASURING TOOL
Find a flexible measuring tape or a phone charger (and ruler to measure it against).
Wrap the cord around your head just above the eyebrows.
03. FIND YOUR SIZE
Use the chart above to find your size. If you’re in-between sizes, size down.
Every head is different, but with our helmets' integrated dial fit system, it's easy to make small adjustments for a comfortable fit. Just turn the dial clockwise to tighten or counterclockwise to loosen. You can also remove some or all of the interior fit pads without affecting the safety of your lid to accomplish your preferred fit. More questions about getting the perfect fit? Contact us.
We hope you’re never in an accident, but if you’re ever involved in one and your helmet is damaged, let us know and we’ll replace your helmet for free.*
*Thousand offers free replacement with a helmet from a collection of equal or lesser value of the original purchase.
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