We first saw Bontrager adopt MIPS technology into their helmets at their Trek World dealer event in August and now they’re available. Given the potential safety benefits, it’s no surprise to see Bontrager add it to a range of their helmets to cover most riding styles. What is surprising are the very reasonable price points.
Check out the new MIPS helmets from Bontrager and the video for a visual on how it works…
If you don’t recall hearing of the Multi-directional Impact Protection System, you might have not been using it the last time you rung your bell. In short, MIPS lets the helmet’s outer shell “rotate” independently of the inner shell that is attached to your noggin. MIPS re-directs the forces of an impact sideways rather than directly to the head reducing the direct and rotational impact to the brain. At the cost of a slight increase in the helmet’s mass, the MIPS’s safety feature far out-weighs a couple of ounces.
The Starvos MIPS road helmet ($89.99), has an in-mold composite skeleton and the “Headmaster” fit system keeping it well vented and snug. It comes in women’s (top L), white, high-vis yellow and black.
Their Solstice ($59.99) comes in at a good price for their do-it-all helmet. It gets thier one-handed Micro-Manager II fit system and a design that’s at home on the road, the dirt and everywhere in between. Available in black, blue, orange and white.
The Bontrager Rally MIPS helmet ($119.99) offers a little more protective coverage for those putting themselves between a rock and a hard place often. Coming in blue, black and green, the MIPS in this lid may hold the highest value.
On top of putting MIPS in some of their helmets, Bontrager pretty much makes buying any of their helmets risk free. First, their 30-day comfort guarantee lets you return it if you’re not happy with it no questions asked and, even better, they also come with a 1-year crash replacement guarantee. If you crash within the first year of owning it, they’ll replace it for FREE!