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.
I initially was attracted to the styling, saw it/bought it off Facebook, and it’s a really nice looking helmet. It felt weird at first, just wasn’t sitting right or something but next time I put it on it became my new #1 helmet, except for when super hi-visibility is required, such as heavy-traffic commuting, when I still use my bright-dayglo green clinker. The Chapter sits perfectly now, and I love the magneto-clip chin strap because I frequently am pulling my helmet on and off with one hand to get that bug out or scratch that itch, and this clip works with one hand. I was fond of the wicking brim insert in ‘big green’ but I’ve adopted a doo-rag/bandanna approach to sweat control and the Chapter really fits well with this additional layer. I get full MIPS protection in a lighter, styley looking (I got NAVY) helmet that comes with a brilliant (both meanings) tailight and magnetic contact helmet mount that is exceptional and WILL NOT fall off. The lock pop-out is cute and works perfectly. Great helmet!
I use my Chapter MIPS Helmet with the tail light as well to e-skateboard around town and to-and-from work almost everyday. Super comfortable, and I get compliments on it when I stop into coffee shops to grab something on the way.
Good looking helmet--lacks a bit of cushioning on the inside, so I'll likely add some more cushion to increase comfort a bit at some point.
The adjustability made it fit like a custom hat. The rechargeable light is is a nice bonus feature, unfortunately it needs frequent charges, but being so bright, it's understandable, and is an extra peace of mind that compliments the mips safety.
Love the look of this helmet, the magnetic clasps, and the easily adjustable fit. The padding liner along the front of the helmet doesn't seem to do much though and there's a hard bit of the helmet that digs into my forehead uncomfortably; I'll probably have to find some other padding that I can attach to the little velcro dots that is either thicker or wider so that it actually covers the bit of plastic that sticks out.
Four reasons I chose this helmet is because (1) it’s a looker, (2) I like the rear light being at the back of my head since I feel it’s more visible to other road users, (3) I prefer helmets with MIPS and (4) I feel secure especially with the free accident replacement. So far, the helmet mostly met my expectations. It’s definitely unique in its design and a lot of people have commented or asked where I bought it (I live in Asia and very few sellers offer Thousand helmets in their stores). The light is also bright enough and the location at the back of my head really helps increase my visibility. The only downside is that the battery only lasts for an average of 1hr before I needed to charge it again. I normally ride my bike for short trips to the town and back so it’s not a problem (…for now). I do wish Thousand would improve the battery system and possibly sell individual magnetic lights so if in case mine breaks/gets lost, I could easily replace it without having to buy the whole package. Fortunately, I haven’t been involved in an accident so I haven’t tested the MIPS and free accident replacement. If it does happen (knock on wood!), I do hope the Thousand lives up to its reputation
Purchase and shipping we're great, right up until I got notice from FedEx of extra shipping fees. If this were not a gift, I would have said no way and demanded a refund. Super angry to have extra shipping costs tacked on when the item is already paid for and in transit! Heads up Thousand: if you're shipping to Canada, include all the fees in your pricing. I'm happy with the two helmets I bought, but I won't purchase anything else from Thousand because of the hidden shipping fees. Helmets were expensive, then add exchange, and shipping, and hidden shipping fees, and I'm tapping out.
Great, Fits well. Follow the Sizing to pick the Correct Helmet. Really comfortable. I love the Release on the Strap, If you are worried that it won't hold in a Crash, Don't I wreaked on my onewheel and flipped over on my head and the Helmet strap held with no problem, also I was fine. Pappa McFly
Nice helmet, well packaged with a spiffy bag to keep it in. Light is a little difficult to use, not easy to scroll though the settings, Overall, very pleased.
The helmet suits comfortably on my head. The provided magnetic light is bright enough and works perfectly. Main selling point for is the MIPS safety feature coupled with the well known Thousand brand.
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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