But first, let's learn more about MIPS
MIPS helmets are a type of bike helmet that are designed to prevent serious head injuries in the event of an accident. They do this by using a slipping motion technology which allows the helmet to move around your head in the event of an accident. This helps to diffuse the energy that is created when your head hits something, which can reduce the risk of a concussion or other traumatic brain injury. While all bike helmets should be worn while biking, MIPS helmets offer an extra level of safety and should be considered if you are serious about safety.
Who should wear a MIPS helmet?
There are a lot of different opinions on who should wear a MIPS helmet. Some people believe that they should only be worn by cyclists, while others think that anyone who participates in a high-risk sport should wear one.
MIPS helmets were originally created for cyclists, as they are more susceptible to head injuries than other athletes. However, as the technology has evolved, MIPS helmets are now being designed for other sports as well. Skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking are all sports that have seen an increase in head injuries, and therefore, an increase in the use of MIPS helmets.
How to choose the right MIPS helmet for you?
There are a lot of different MIPS helmets on the market these days. How do you choose the right one for you?
The first step is to figure out what type of riding you will be doing. If you will be mostly riding on trails, you will need a different helmet than if you are mostly riding on the street.
Next, decide what features are important to you. If you want a helmet that is lightweight and aerodynamic, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you are more concerned with safety, there are also many helmets that offer extra protection.
Finally, try on a few helmets and see which one feels best and make sure it fits well.
Okay here are our MIPS helmet choices:
Specialized S-Works Evade with ANGi
The S-Works Evade with mips helmet is Specialized’s latest and greatest road cycling helmet. The Evade is the culmination of years of research and development, and it features a number of innovative technologies that make it the most advanced road cycling helmet on the market.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Evade is its unique ventilation system. It has been designed to funnel air through the helmet and over your head, which keeps you cool and dry no matter how hard you’re pedalling. The Evade also features Specialized’s patented mips technology,
Bell Stratus MIPS
At 317g for a size large, the Stratus is not the lightest helmet on the market, but that’s not noticeable when wearing it. Ventilation is fantastic too, making this a great helmet for those who live in hot climes, or who regularly find themselves overheating on the climbs.
It’s great to see a MIPS liner at this price point and it doesn’t hurt that it looks very smart as well. Plus, if lime green isn’t your favourite colour, there are eight alternative choices, so you should be able to find something that suits
The GameChanger helmet is a striking-looking helmet that impressed the MVMNT CLUB test team. It has a very sleek, aerodynamic profile and Abus claims it is one of the best-performing helmets on the market. While the ventilation isn’t as good as some other aero helmets, the fit and build quality are excellent, resulting in a four-star rating. It’s great to see a MIPS liner at this price point and it also looks very stylish.
Scott Centric Plus Helmet
Scott's Centric Plus helmet has been designed for world-class road and mountain bikers. It focuses on aerodynamics, airflow and weight, making it very light at 222g for the medium size (55-59cm). With 18 vents, it is also one of the most airy helmets we have used. It keeps you cool when you're riding hard or the temperatures are high.
The Centric Plus has MIPS technology, which is a slip-plane that allows the head to rotate relative to the helmet in an angled impact. This theoretically reduces the shock transmitted to the brain. I haven't personally crashed while wearing a MIPS-equipped helmet so I can't give you any feedback on this.
HJC applies its decades of experience in making motorcycle helmets to cyclists. All its helmets are wind tunnel tested and the Valeco looks good, is well finished, and is reasonably light for an aero design at 272g (size large). The Valeco uses multiple densities of EPS foam, positioned for extra protection in high-stress areas and lower weight in less critical zones. You get seven forward-facing vents and another seven at the rear, but despite this, the solid rear end means that the helmet can become a bit sweaty around the nape of the neck.