Lazer announced today, that they too are adding MIPS technology to their range of helmets for 2015.
A few weeks ago, Scott earned the distinction of being the first company to incorporate MIPS into its flagship ARX Plus helmet. And, as of this week, the Swedish brand, POC Sports, announced the same with their popular Octal model.
As previously mentioned, the basic premise of MIPS is drawn from the physiological make-up of the human brain, which is surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid, that allows it to "slide" around inside the skull upon impact, and protect it from direct impact. While, MIPS doesn’t use fluid, but rather a sandwich layer of low-friction material between the outer shell and the inner liner. This material allows the shell to move around in relation to the liner, thereby limiting the forces passed straight through to your head. The same way your brain "floats" in the cerebrospinal fluid, your head floats inside the helmet.
According to Lazer, “Most bicycle crashes are oblique (occur at an angle) these kinds of impacts create rotational violence to the brain, which in turn can cause the most severe brain damage.”
“The MIPS system imitates the natural protective properties of the human brain and gives proven reduction of rotational forces. It doesn’t interfere with helmets’ existing protective properties, it only adds protection to the most common type of impacts and against the most severe type of brain injuries.
“Lazer has developed this technology in collaboration with some of the largest universities in Sweden and has tested this with computer models and real life testing.”
Lazer has incorporated MIPS into their Helium, Beam and kid’s Nut’z and P’Nut range of helmets.
Correct us if we’re wrong, but this must constitute the first ever MIPS application in a kid’s helmet?
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