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MIPS Brain Protection System

Science in Motion

MIPS, or Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, uses a slip plane designed to manage energy from rotational and angular impacts.

Time is everything

For the past 60 years and counting, Bell engineers have researched the forces involved in crashes across a wide range of scenarios. Recent findings have concluded that brain injury received during an angular impact can be much more severe, due to higher strain on the brain’s tissue. MIPS addresses this strain by allowing the head to slide independent of the helmet for a few milliseconds. This critical moment of time helps to reduce the relative motion of the brain inside the skull, and can potentially reduce strain to the brain caused by angled impacts.

The minds behind MIPS

In 1996, Swedish neurosurgeon Hans von Holst began to study helmet construction. He partnered with Peter Halldin, researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology, with a goal to contribute to the evolution of helmet technology. As a result, the company, MIPS AB was founded in 2001 by Hans, Peter and 3 other specialists in the biomechanical field from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.

The company has extensive technological and medical expertise focused on head injuries. They also conduct studies involving injury prediction and the simulation of head and neck injuries using advanced data methods. MIPS AB has extensive and profound knowledge concerning head and neck injuries, a result of 20 years' experience in the area.

Designed to reduce and redirect rotational motion from angular impacts

Bringing innovative safety technologies to the masses

The Collection

In 2014, Bell introduced MIPS technology into its bike helmet product line. For 2017, Bell is proud to announce the availability of MIPS in 3 tried-and-true powersports helmets. Representing unique riding styles, the MX-9, MX-9 Adventure, and the Qualifier DLX are ready for the journey ahead.

Bell MX-9 dirt helmet with MIPS

MX-9

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Bell MX-9 Adventure dirt helmet with MIPS

MX-9 Adventure

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Bell Qualifier DLX street helmet with MIPS

Qualifier DLX

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