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Thread: So you make a great helmet, why not make it better by adding MIPS?

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    Question So you make a great helmet, why not make it better by adding MIPS?

    Some of the best and most successful helmet manufacturers still don't use MIPS or similar technology in their helmets.

    So why don't they add this and make a safe helmet even safer???

    And do the SNELL standards result in helmets with not enough cushioning for the usual street crash???

    (Do standards for racing helmets work for helmets used for street riding at legal speeds?)

    Is crash data better than lab testing???

    What is the role of computer modeling?

    Lot's of debate out there.

    Here's an article with some of the different views on this subject:

    Is the SNELL motorcycle helmet certification overrated?

    And here's a site I just found that rates over 400 helmets for safety:

    In some respects, the debate is reminiscent of the one about seat belts when they were first introduced.

    Here's more fuel for the fire.

    "When you shop for a helmet, you're bound to see mentions of DOT certification, Snell certification, and if that wasn't confusing enough, now the ECE certification is in the mix. What do they all mean? We decode them for you."




    Last edited by wildbears; 07-06-2020 at 08:49 AM. Reason: Additional information added.

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    As in so many industries, technology keeps advancing safety measures that can be incorporated into products.
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    Liaison 20774's Avatar
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    Had to look...MIPS is Multi-Directional Impact Protection System.
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    Read the discussion on the Snell website. The current MIPS technology leads to a softer (weaker) EPS (styrofoam) shell, elevating the risk level in a direct impact. The "hoped for" MIPS benefit might be achieved with the plusher inner liner of the better quality helmets.
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    MIPS - Asphalt and Rubber

    There is a really good interview with one of the co-founders of MIPS here. It looks quite intriguing, and worth following.


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    Thumbs up MIPS - Asphalt and Rubber

    Excellent link.


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    Best thing today is likely the new standards promulgated by the FIM ... now the required helmets for MotoGP, WSBK, etc.
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