The introduction of MIPS was the news a few years ago, but now companies are in a race to offer the technology at lower and lower price points. First introduced as a stand alone technology, the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System started showing up on helmets as a way to lessen the rotational forces applied to the brain during a crash.
After making a sizable investment in the Swedish company in 2014, both Bell and Giro have quickly launched a number of MIPS equipped helmets. While it seems to be fairly easy to include the protection system in an expensive helmet, the real challenge appears to be integrating MIPS into helmets that are available at pricepoints where most riders will be able to afford them. Pointing out that safety isn’t just for the most hardcore riders, Bell is introducing the Event XC MIPS which will be available for just $20 more over the standard Event XC…
Starting with the same shell found in the standard Event XC, the MIPS version checks in at $90 retail making it the least expensive MIPS helmet in the Bell catalog. Built with their Twin Axis Gear (TAG) fit system, the Event XC MIPS offers 22 vents with built in overbrow ventilation along with a Variable Position Visor for a helmet that should make an excellent choice for XC/trail missions.
Available in S, M, and L sizes, the $90 helmet has a claimed weight of 312g and can be had in Matte Black Speed Fade or Matte Black/White Road Block.