Mulit Directional Impact Protection System
MIPS has been used in the Cycling and Skiing industry since the late 90's. Developed by a neurosurgeon from Sweden, MIPS is designed to add protection against the rotational motion transmitted to the brain from angled impacts to the head.
Very rarely do we fall off a horse and land directly on top of our heads , the impact is often on an angle and the angle of rotation means a greater risk of damage to brain tissue. When a helmet with MIPS Brain Protection System is subjected to an angled impact, the low friction layer allows the helmet to slide relative to the head.
A sudden, abrupt stop, will cause the brain to move or stretch. This happens mainly due to the brain’s suspension in the cerebrospinal fluid and because the brain itself has shear properties similar to water.
MIPS’ added protection system has been proven to reduce the rotational motion when implemented in a helmet by absorbing and redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain. It creates a slip lane effect, similar to have a layer of fluid above the skull.
Charles Owen and Champion are both launching MIPS helmets this year so you can expect to find them in store this April / September.