Has anyone else tested the MIPS Patented Brain Protection System?

tomas

The Swedish insurance company Folksam has performed its own third party tests of snow, bike, and equestrian helmets and the results have supported MIPS’ safety claims. Consumer Reports in US and SP, the Technical Research Institute of Sweden, joined forces with Test Fakta, an independent editorial entity that tests all kind of consumer products, to perform a third party test. … Read More

What kind of head is used inside the helmet?

tomas

We use a Hybrid III dummy head made out of aluminium covered with a rubber skin. This type of dummy head is the same as used in testing within the automotive industry.

How is MIPS tested and validated?

tomas

A helmet is approved by testing the helmet at between 6.0-7.5m/s at a 45 degree impact angle against grinding paper. Three different impact sites are tested. The same helmet model is compared with and without the MIPS system.

What specific mechanisms does MIPS protect against?

tomas

MIPS has been proven to reduce the rotational motion from angled impacts when implemented in a helmet by absorbing and redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain. By a small movement in the low friction layer relative to the helmet (10 – 15 mm) at the brief moment of an angled impact ([5 – 10] milliseconds), MIPS lets … Read More

Does MIPS interfere with the current standards?

tomas

No, all the tests done with MIPS-equipped helmets and non-MIPS-equipped helmets show that they perform the same under vertical impacts. In some cases, the helmet with MIPS may show slightly better results due to having more material between the skull and the impact surface.

Does the hair and scalp have the same functionality as MIPS?

tomas

The force between the head and the helmet is very high at the event of an impact. To get a relative motion between the helmet and the head, a low coefficient of friction is needed. The scalp may help to reduce the rotational motion to the brain in a small way, but not to a substantive degree.