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MIPS Technology: What is it and How Does it Work?


In recent years, MIPS technology has been widely integrated into various cycling, ski, and snowboard helmets.  If you're on the hunt for a helmet these days, you've probably seen the circle with "MIPS" printed on the side of the helmets. They're easy to spot, thanks to their notable yellow liner and small yellow dot on the outside. But have you ever wondered what exactly MIPS is? Why have so many helmets adopted this technology? As a sports helmet industry leader, Huace has been contributing to the industry for more than 10 years and provided service to over 50 countries and regions worldwide. And today Let's explain what it is and how it's used in the helmet manufacturing!


What is MIPS? 


MIPS - the acronym for Multi-directional Impact Protection System - is a revolutionary technology designed and developed by an expert team of brain surgeons and scientists, with the aim of reducing the risk of rotational forces during certain impacts to the head. In 1996, Hans von Holst and PhD student Peter Halldin conceptualized the remarkable MIPS technology. Four years later, the very first MIPS helmet prototype made its debut in the year 2000, undergoing rigorous testing and analysis. It's a methodical approach to mitigating head injuries caused by angled impacts.


How Does it Work?


MIPS technology is an innovative way of enhancing helmet designs to protect your brain from rotational impacts. It works by incorporating a moving layer, which acts as a shield that prevents rotational forces from affecting your brain. But, let's dive a little deeper to fully understand this game-changing technology.


When you take a closer look inside a MIPS helmet, you'll notice a slip-plane system or an extra bright yellow liner with the distinctive MIPS logo. This liner is positioned just under the helmet padding and has the ability to move independently but only a few millimeters.


In the event of an angled impact, the helmet will move or slide, but the MIPS slip-plane system will rotate independently, mimicking the motion of cerebrospinal fluid present between the skull and brain. This independent rotation helps to minimize the amount of energy transferred from the head to the helmet, reducing the risk of injury or the severity of injury during the impact.


In a nutshell, MIPS technology is a layer of protection that works alongside your helmet's outer shell, retaining the inner liner of the helmet in a stable position with respect to your head. Given how important the brain is, investing in a MIPS helmet could prove beneficial, especially for those who engage in high-impact activities or sports.
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Who Needs a MIPS Helmet?


Are you someone who values safety and is looking for the best protective gear for your next cycling or snow sports adventure?


Originally designed to address the need for high-speed impact protection, MIPS helmets are suitable for anyone who wants to ensure their head stays safe, regardless of skill level or the intensity of their sport. If you're a serious cyclist who takes on challenging terrain and rides at high speeds, investing in a MIPS helmet is a smart choice to help reduce the risk of serious injury. But fear not, casual riders, there are also MIPS-equipped helmets tailored to your needs, so you can rest assured that your leisurely weekend rides are protected too.


Inside a MIPS helmet, you'll find a slip-plane system or extra liner, typically in bright yellow like the iconic MIPS logo. This system is located under the helmet's padding and moves independently in the event of an angled impact, allowing the helmet to slide while the MIPS slip-plane system rotates independently. This rotation mimics the movement of the fluid surrounding the brain, reducing the energy transferred to or from the head and minimizing the risk of injury during impact.


Investing in a MIPS helmet can help ensure that you have the protection you need to stay safe and enjoy your favorite sports and activities with an added sense of security.


Benefits of MIPS Technology


MIPS technology has been proven to be effective in minimizing brain injuries caused by rotational forces. According to research, helmets equipped with MIPS technology have been found to reduce rotational motion by up to 50%. This technology has been widely adopted, and an increasing number of helmets now incorporate MIPS technology.


Enhanced Brain Protection: MIPS technology is designed to reduce the rotational forces transferred to the brain during angled impacts, which can lead to concussions and other brain injuries. By dissipating these forces, MIPS helps to protect the brain more effectively than traditional helmets.


Comfort: MIPS technology is lightweight and does not significantly alter the fit or feel of a helmet, ensuring that athletes can comfortably wear the gear without compromising on performance or comfort.


Versatility: MIPS technology can be incorporated into a wide range of helmets and protective gear for different sports, from cycling and snowboarding to American football and equestrian activities. This versatility makes it a valuable addition to many types of sports equipment.

Longer Sporting Careers: By reducing the risk of brain injuries, MIPS technology can help prolong the careers of professional athletes who might otherwise face early retirement due to injury-related concerns.



Alongside MIPS, we employ other advanced technologies, such as Koroyd Technology, to craft our helmets. Our dedicated R&D team tirelessly works on discovering and incorporating new innovations to enhance both the safety and elegance of our helmet lineup.


What are other technology besides MIPS?


MIPS is a well-known technology that is designed to reduce rotational forces that can cause brain injury, but there are other options available as well. WaveCel, Koroyd, SPIN, Fluid Inside, Conehead, Dual Shell, and Composite Fusion are all helmet technologies that can enhance impact protection and reduce the risk of injury. 


While there are several helmet technologies available, each one is unique in how it approaches impact protection. MIPS is designed to reduce rotational forces, while WaveCel uses a collapsible cellular structure to absorb energy from both linear and rotational impacts. Koroyd features a honeycomb-like liner that is designed to disperse energy, while SPIN uses gel pads to allow the helmet to move relative to the head during an impact. Fluid Inside uses fluid-filled bladders to reduce rotational forces, Conehead features a dual-density foam liner with conical shapes, Dual Shell uses two separate shells for better impact resistance, and Composite Fusion combines different foam densities and materials for improved protection. The key differences between these technologies lie in their approach to impact protection and the materials used to achieve it. Each technology has its strengths and weaknesses, and the choice ultimately comes down to personal preference and the type of activity the helmet is intended for. By incorporating these technologies,  a wider range of options are provided to consumers, each with unique features and benefits that cater to different needs and preferences.


Applying MIPS Technology to Different Sports


Whether you prefer mountain biking or road cycling, you can easily find a MIPS helmet that meets your specific needs. While these helmets may be slightly more expensive than their non-MIPS counterparts, you're making a worthwhile investment in your own safety.


Are you looking for quality helmets that offer superior safety and protection for your customers? Look no further than our range of MIPS-equipped helmets, suitable for a variety of outdoor activities including cycling, skiing, and snowboarding.


Our HC-058 road helmet, equipped with MIPS and KOROYD technologies, it offers unparalleled protection and peace of mind on the road. And, with its versatile design, it's suitable for both road cycling and leisure cycling environments.

But the benefits of MIPS technology don't stop there. Whether your customers are hitting the slopes or exploring the trails, MIPS can be integrated into a variety of helmets to enhance safety and reduce the risk of injury. From air venting to safety harnesses to padding, MIPS can be combined with other safety features to create a truly comprehensive helmet solution. So, if you're looking for helmets that prioritize safety and protection, look no further than our MIPS-equipped range. 


FAQ about MIPS Technology in Bike Helmets


1. Is MIPS technology effective?
Studies have shown that helmets with MIPS technology can reduce the risk of certain types of brain injury by up to 50%.


2. Can MIPS technology be used in any type of helmet?
Yes, MIPS technology can be incorporated into any type of helmet, including those used for cycling, skiing, snowboarding, and more.


3. Does MIPS technology add weight or bulk to a helmet?
No, MIPS technology is designed to be lightweight and low-profile, so it doesn't add significant weight or bulk to a helmet.


4. Is MIPS technology compatible with other helmet technologies?
Yes, MIPS technology can be used in conjunction with other helmet technologies to provide even greater protection against impacts.


5. How do I know if a helmet has MIPS technology?
Helmets with MIPS technology are typically labeled as such on the packaging or in product descriptions. Additionally, helmets with MIPS technology will have a distinctive yellow MIPS logo on the inside of the helmet.


6. Can MIPS technology be retrofitted to an existing helmet?
No, MIPS technology cannot be retrofitted to an existing helmet. It must be incorporated into the helmet's design during the manufacturing process.


7. Do all MIPS helmets offer the same level of protection?
No, the level of protection offered by MIPS technology can vary depending on the specific design of the helmet. It's important to choose a helmet that has been independently tested and certified to meet safety standards.


8. Are MIPS helmets comfortable to wear?
Yes, MIPS helmets are designed to be comfortable and to fit securely on the head. However, as with any helmet, it's important to choose the right size and adjust the fit properly to ensure maximum comfort and protection.


9. Are MIPS helmets suitable for all types of activities?
MIPS helmets are suitable for many types of activities, but they may not be necessary or appropriate for all. It's important to consider the specific risks associated with the activity and choose a helmet that provides the appropriate level of protection.




MIPS technology is a game-changer in the field of helmet safety. Its ability to reduce rotational motion during impact has proven to be effective in minimizing brain injuries. As more helmets continue to incorporate this technology, the safety of participants in various activities is expected to be significantly enhanced. 


At Huace, we are dedicated to producing top-quality helmets that prioritize safety and performance. We use cutting-edge technology, including MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System), to provide maximum protection against impacts from all angles. So, as you embark on your journey ahead, rest assured that Huace has got you covered. Let us ride together and make your journey hassle-free and fulfilling, knowing that you are protected by the best headgear on the market.


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