MIPS is constantly looking for ways to improve their Multi-directional Impact Protection System – but not just for bicycles. Full face helmets like those used for motocross or often for downhill MTB racing can also benefit from added safety, though they benefit from slightly different technology.
The new MIPS-F2 system is proof, and quite a departure from the flagship MIPS-C2 system that we’ve come to know in bicycle helmets. Rather than sitting inside the foam and between the padding, the F2 system sits between the outer shell of the helmet and the foam liner on the interior. Using a system of elastomers and nylon brackets that are molded into the foam liner, the foam liner is allowed to move separately from the Low Friction Layer which is part of the outer shell. The design sounds a bit like the 6D ODS system, but instead of two foam layers that are separated by elastomers, the MIP-F2 system only has one which should result in a slimmer profile. Like the current MIPS designs, the F2 system claims at least a 10% reduction in rotational impact forces.
In addition to the MIPS-F2, the company is also introducing the MIPS-E3 which looks similar to the E2 system previewed at Eurobike. Rather than an elastomer system built into the shell or underneath, the MIPS-E3 Glidewear is a liner that consists of dual fabric layers with a low friction surface between the two. The liner sits between the foam shell and the comfort padding of the helmet to provide a low friction layer between the two.
Expect to see the two new technologies on full face helmets launching later this year.