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Helmet- MIPS yeah or nay?

  • 28-07-2021 2:33pm
    Registered Users Posts: 7,660 ✭✭✭ dinneenp


    If buying a new helmet would you go for one with MIPS or not & why?



    (I was going to add a poll but can't see that feature anymore).


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 13,436 Mod ✭✭✭✭ ednwireland

    i got 2 mips helmets a giro cinder it has a clear plastic shell inside which basically stops the airflow (even though it has holes in it

    got a giro aether this year which has mips basically built in and its no different to a normal helmet except the bottom of moves (you have to see it !)

    so the cinder is fine if its not too warm

    the aether has been a godsend in the heatwave !

    i mips any better ? well im not planning to test it !

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,311 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    i bought a MIPS helmet simply because the only one i could find which was a good fit was a MIPS one.

  • Registered Users Posts: 388 ✭✭ ARX

    In these ratings from Virginia Tech, most of the more highly-rated helmets are MIPS (maybe they're highly-rated because they have MIPS, not as a consequence of having MIPS, I don't know):

  • Moderators, Politics Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,971 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Chips Lovell

    Like MB, I've a MIPS helmet simply because the helmet I wanted was MIPS. It wouldn't really be a selling point for me because a helmet itself makes such a marginal difference, any small improvement in the helmet itself is probably going to be statistically insignificant.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,311 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    i suspect in order to make a helmet MIPS compliant is a reasonably significant cost, so there's no point in fitting it in a cheap helmet - so as a result, they only fit MIPS to already higher quality helmets.

    the acid test would be to see if any manufacturers produce a helmet that is available as MIPS or non-MIPS, and what the difference in rating is.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,660 ✭✭✭ dinneenp

    Many helmets come in MIPS and non MIPS versions, normally about €20 difference. No idea on the difference in ratings though.

    Bought this

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,311 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    It was a bell I got too last year, and also the only helmet I could find ten years earlier when I was last looking too, which also was a comfortable fit.