In this post we do a deep dive on our latest innovation in helmet safety. You may be familiar with the brand MIPS but did you know that Limar worked with MIPS to bring an evolved form of the rotational energy management concept to market? Read below to find out more about MIPS Ai.
Before we get into MIPS Ai let’s take a quick refresher course on what MIPS is. Back in the early 2000s a Swedish neurosurgeon, Hans von Holst, felt like he was seeing too many brain injuries after accidents where patients were wearing helmets. Why did the helmets not perform well? What von Holst discovered is that the brain is great at handling linear impacts, a straight shot to the head, but is not very well equipped at handling angled or oblique impacts which create rotational strain. Most sporting accidents in skiing, horse-back riding or cycling cause rotational forces on the brain, not linear. The requisite safety standards that helmet makers must pass today, focus on linear impacts only.
Hans von Holst teamed up with Peter Halldin and Svein Kleiven, at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden who were testing helmets and had and models of the human brain. They worked together, to develop MIPS Slip Plane technology. It debuted in 2007 in the equestrian world and came to cycling helmets in 2010.
How MIPS Works...
So how does MIPS work? MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. Called a Slip Plane, the interior layer, typically a yellow poly-carbonate sheet, allows for 10-15 mm of rotational movement between the head and the helmet in the critical 10-15 milliseconds after an oblique impact. This movement decreases the rotational forces exerted on the brain during impact and, presumes to reduce brain injury relative to the same helmet without MIPS.
The MIPS Problem...
The problem that Limar found was that, although Slip Plane technology evolved helmet protection to include dissipation of oblique impact energy, there were measurable compromises in fit, ventilation and weight. Like all curious people that have come before us, we made a simple but challenging statement; “There must be a better way!”
Fast forward to 2019 when Limar introduces our first MIPS equipped helmet and one that we are proud to say, address all of the concerns of previous generations of MIPS all while maintaining the measurable benefits of Slip Plane technology.
The MIPS Solution...
Introducing MIPS Ai. MIPS Ai is a clever evolution of the MIPS technology that integrates the critical 10-15mm of rotational movement directly onto the back surface of the comfort pads. An utterly simple and elegant solution to an incredibly complex problem. The Limar “Slip Pads” have a low friction surface on the back of the pads that “slide” against the EPS foam on the interior of the helmet. The Slip Pads are secured to the helmet via patented elastomeric bands.
By integrating the functionality of Slip Plane technology into the comfort padding, we were able to increase comfort and ventilation as well as decrease weight compared to previous generations of MIPS. Win, win, win!
We’re excited about this revolutionary new concept in head protection and hope that you’ve enjoyed learning more about MIPS Ai.
Check out the Air Pro MIPS to see for yourself!