MIPS has given their anti-rotation, friction-layer helmet safety systems a naming overhaul to make it easier to differentiate levels of protection & performance, and at the same time unveiled a new MIPS Integra system to be built seamlessly into new helmets. MIPS Air, Evolve & Essential are simply new names to better highlight the current MIPS systems, but Integra is an all-new in-mold solution, plus a new Elevate system we won’t see in bike helmets.
MIPS Integra, an extra level of integrated helmet protection
The new MIPS Integra solution claims to be the brand’s “most integrated” MIPS helmet protection system yet. The new idea here is to actually co-mold their signature yellow low-friction layer directly into the helmet’s EPS foam structure – much like a polycarbonate shell is molded from the outside.
That is said to allow the helmet’s padding to slide against the low-friction layer for a lower-profile solution, without interfering at all with a helmet’s ventilation channels. It does however seem to only be able to reduce rotational forces in certain impact angles.
So far, MIPS hasn’t mentioned any helmet to feature the new Integra tech, or even show a real set of pads inside, so we’re unsure when to expect consumer availability. But MIPS is calling it one of their “lightest and slimmest systems”, said to have been co-developed with a favorite helmet brand.