More and more outdoor sports companies are using MIPS “new generation” technology to make a safer brain bucket. MIPS stands for “multi-directional impact protection system,” and company founder, Swedish neurosurgeon Hans von Holst states that the idea was to look more closely at the head’s anatomy and physiology and copy the body’s own protection system.
The brain is surrounded by a low-friction cushion of cerebrospinal fluid. MIPS helmets imitates brain’s natural protection by adding its own low-friction cushion between the outer shell and the liner to absorb energy created by an ‘oblique blow’ to the head.
In other words, MIPS design doesn’t just protect against the blunt force trama that standard helmets are built for, they protect your noggin when flying over the handle bars or tumbling after catching an edge snowboarding.