MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System; a technology created in 2001 that is now a world leader in head and neck protection through years of medical technology and research.
How MIPS Works
It works by mimicking the brain’s protective structure by reducing rotational forces caused by angled impacts to the head. The helmet’s shell and liner are separated by a low friction layer which allows the helmet to slide, noticeably reducing trauma to the brain in the case of oblique impacts. These angled impacts are considerably more common in action sports compared to the blunt force impacts for which traditional helmets are typically tested.
MIPS in Japan
How It Works On SNow
How MIPS Has Evolved
When MIPS first entered the market, the MIPS layer was located in between the shell and liner, although this was more effective than standard helmets, this construct prevented the use of MIPS technology in In-Mould construction helmets, the most common type of helmet construction method within action sports.
Today, the MIPS layer is located between the liner and the users head, giving helmet manufacturers an increasable easy and effective way to increasing their helmets angled impact protection.
History of MIPS
How Its Tested
When Von Holst began his research into finding an injury solution in high speed collisions, he found that contemporary testing systems were inadequate and didn’t account for the directional nature of the impact. The MIPS team set out to create a brand new mechanism to test their designs in a moving environment that is more accurately reflected the forces in motion.