Swedish company continues to expand their platform, bringing rotational force-dampening technology to more helmets.
MIPS, the premier brain safety technology company, continues to expand their platform with the new MIPS-F2 and MIPS-E3 solutions. Like all MIPS products, the core technology addresses the rotational forces and energies that are linked to brain injuries, like concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, with the decades of research and study that went into the flagship MIPS-C2 system. This new product designs adds additional safety benefits to more helmet designs, expanding the reach of the MIPS technology across more brands and models.
The MIPS-F2 system, is built on the standard MIPS low-friction layer that provides the crucial 10-15 millimeters of omnidirectional movement in the two to three milliseconds following an impact. Unlike the MIPS system seen to date in active sports helmets, the low-friction layer in the MIPS-F2 is situated between the outer shell of the helmet and the foam liner on the interior. A series of Flexible Retention Organisms (elastomers) and nylon brackets that are molded into the EPP allow the foam liner to move independent of the low-friction layer and the outer shell, resulting in at least a 10% reduction in the damaging rotational forces resulting from oblique impacts.
The other new product is the MIPS-E3 GlideWear liner, a dual-ply textile based insert that acts as a low-friction layer. GlideWear is composed of two facing, low-friction surfaces, multi-directional stretch fabric layers. The key sliding motion is enabled when both surfaces move independent of each other. The fabric can be either sewed or welded together to fit inside the helmet. When inserted between the comfort padding of the helmet and the energy absorbing helmet shell (EPS/EPP), the MIPS-E3 GlideWear liner provides broad coverage from rotational impacts without sacrificing comfort or sweat absorption.
“MIPS now has a long history helping to improve brain safety and risk of injury in the cycling and snow sports communities,” says Johan Thiel, CEO of MIPS. “With a broader range of solutions, we can expand on that and make it so more companies can easily and affordably incorporate MIPS into their existing designs, and thereby offering added protection against rotational motion to more athletes of all abilities and ages.”
Like all MIPS solutions, both the MIPS-F2 and MIPS-E3 GlideWear are integrated into the helmet design from the point of manufacturing and represents a close collaboration with the helmet engineers and designers. Models featuring the MIPS-F2 and MIPS-E3 GlideWear will come to market in spring of 2018 with several new and current helmet brand partners across the snow sports category.