In a never ending quest for better fit and better safety, MIPS has recently partnered with Boa. As masters of the dial fit system, Boa seems like a natural choice for MIPS to create a fit system – MIPS hybrid. The new design is said to simplify and improve the fit of existing MIPS helmets by removing some of the complexity.

EB18: MIPS joins BOA to create new MIPS B-Series Boa helmets w/ integrated fit system EB18: MIPS joins BOA to create new MIPS B-Series Boa helmets w/ integrated fit system

Starting with the Low Friction Layer (LFL), MIPS has adapted it to directly include the Boa Fit System. Instead of the Boa laces being anchored into the helmet on top of the LFL, the laces now anchor into the front of the LFL through low friction guides at each temple. This allows the entire LFL to cinch down on the head as you tighten the Boa dial at the back of the helmet. The resulting fit is surprisingly snug for better comfort and it retains the MIPS safety.

EB18: MIPS joins BOA to create new MIPS B-Series Boa helmets w/ integrated fit system

You may also note that the LFL lacks the visible anchor points of past MIPS designs. That’s thanks to the new method of providing the 10-15mm of LFL movement that’s hidden underneath.

EB18: MIPS joins BOA to create new MIPS B-Series Boa helmets w/ integrated fit system

Instead of the previous method (shown above) which attached the LFL to the elastomers with a button anchor, the new system uses small elastomer dots with velcro on both sides. That way you still get the same movement even under high point loading, but without the potential to snag and pull longer hairs.

EB18: MIPS joins BOA to create new MIPS B-Series Boa helmets w/ integrated fit system EB18: MIPS joins BOA to create new MIPS B-Series Boa helmets w/ integrated fit system

However, that technology is not exclusive to the MIPS B-Series Boa system. Instead, you’ll  find the MIPS A-Series system on a number of helmets in the future with standard retention systems. You’ll also start to see more custom implementations of the MIPS and systems it seems with helmets like the new Oakley DRT5 which uses something called the Boa FS1-1 system with a MIPS liner for a very unique fit.

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Darryl Duck
3 years ago

Oh great, not only do we have shoes that drop tension under load, but helmets that fall off when you crash.

JBikes
JBikes
3 years ago
Reply to  Darryl Duck

Imagine how little torsional forces are transmitted when the helmet is free to completely roll off your head!

Johnny
3 years ago

Boa is not a win in my opinion. I had to throw away a perfectly good pair of shoes earlier this year because the center post in the boa failed (the portion of the Boa that takes the load is just crappy plastic). It was also the portion sewn into the shoe, so boa couldn’t (or said they couldn’t) provide warranty and Scott gave me crash replacement on them (over 1year old, but just going into season 3), so they still cost me a bunch of money. Seems like a pretty large weakness. My prior pair of shoes lasted 10 years. My new shoes have laces and will hopefully last longer than 2 full seasons… My future will be boa free since I now know what “lifetime warranty” means.