What is Mips?

The Mips® safety system is designed to provide added safety for helmets in many accidents. For certain impacts, the Mips system can reduce harmful forces that might otherwise be transferred to the user’s head.

PLAY Video: How the protection system reduces rotational forces

Traditional helmets are typically designed for impacts perfectly centered on the crown of the helmet, but most impacts are off-centered or angled.

The low friction layer is designed to help reduce the rotational force to the head of certain offcentered or angled impacts.

 

Safety system that mimics the brain

The brain is typically more sensitive to rotational motion than linear motion because it has shear properties similar to water or gel. When different parts of the brain move relative to each other because of rotational motion, the tissues can stretch, which can cause concussions or other brain injuries.

Rotational motion is a common cause for concussions and more severe brain injury in oblique hits to the head. The Mips system consists of a low friction layer that is mounted inside the helmet. In a crash, the low friction layer is designed to move slightly inside the helmet to help redirect forces away from the head. This is intended to help reduce the risk of brain injury.

The cerebrospinal fluid is our natural protection system that allows the brain to move relative to the skull.

uvex safety helmets x Mips safety system

No less than two uvex safety helmets are equipped with the Mips safety system, whose technology redirects dangerous rotational movements that could otherwise be transmitted to the head in the event of an accident.

An enhanced form of the well-known uvex pheos S-KR Mips safety helmet, certified to EN397 and available in the highlight color Hi-Viz Orange. In addition to the standard equipment, the support surface is increased in the Mips version of the helmet.

The Mips safety system has also been integrated into a completely new industrial climbing helmet. The uvex pronamic alpine Mips is fully certified according to EN397 and EN12492, has a versatile adjustable head ring, generous ventilation openings and other accessories. The helmet was specially developed for accident protection in industry, construction, working at heights and other skilled trades.

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