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POC Leads the Charge in Helmet Safety with MIPS Brain Protection Technology

 

6/13/12 – POC Sports, a Swedish company that develops and markets personal protective gear for gravity sports athletes, has recently started implementing MIPS Helmet Technology to their current helmet line. MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection Systems) is the latest in helmet technology and reinforces POC’s number one goal of providing the safest helmets on the market.

The Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, MIPS, was developed by a Swedish neuroscientist to improve protection from oblique impacts to the head. Concussions and brain injuries are often caused by angled head impacts that create rotational violence to the brain, causing strain on the brain tissue. MIPS utilizes either a low friction layer on the inside of the helmet liner for inmold helmets or a low-friction layer between the outer shell and liner for hard shell/two piece helmets to absorb much of the energy created by both unilateral or oblique blows to the head. By mimicking the brain’s own protective mechanisms, MIPS can significantly minimize brain injuries in connection with angled impacts and rotational violence. The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) of Sweden has conducted tests concluding MIPS helmets can significantly minimize brain injuries:

How it works: http://mipshelmet.com/how-it-works

Test results: http://mipshelmet.com/how-it-works/test_results

The three styles from POC that implement MIPS are the Cortex DH Helmet, the Trabec Race MIPS Helmet and the Receptor Backcountry Helmet.

The Cortex DH Helmet is a lightweight advanced carbon shell wrapped over POC’s patent pending aramid reinforced in-mold liner. The liner has a thin shell of polycarbonate covering the multi-impact Super EPP core. The double overlapping shell design, POC’s patented VDSAP, allows a fully ventilated construction for maximum comfort without sacrificing penetration resistance or impact energy management. In the Cortex DH helmet, nothing has been neglected to attain the highest possible level of protection. Polygiene an anti-odor treatment is included.
Sizes: S-M, M-L & L-XL
MSRP: $500.00

The Trabec Race MIPS Helmet is a in-mold bike helmet that combines functionality and performance for single track and enduro riders who are in need of the highest degree of protection. The construction is similar to how a skeleton is built for both resistance and durability. The inner Aramid filament reinforced EPS core is tough and resilient while the outer PC shell is constructed with the seams located in the areas of least exposure. The helmet is equipped with the patented MIPS system to reduce the rotational forces to the brain in the event of an oblique impact. An aerodynamic channel system and 16 vent slots provides great ventilation while the fit is designed to be around the head versus on top, which promises superior protection. Polygiene is an anti-odor treatment included.
Sizes: XS–S, M–L & XL–XXl
MSRP: $200.00

The Receptor Backcountry Helmet targets advanced freeriders riding in exposed environments. This helmet is a highly developed version of the proven Receptor construction. By incorporating the patented MIPS® head protection system, the helmet will absorb not only the vertical part of impacts, but also the rotational violence, which is a serious concern in the case of an oblique impact. This breakthrough technology allows the liner and outer shell to rotate in relation to each other, reducing the stress on the brain and ultimately resulting in a safer. The Receptor backcountry MIPS is the perfect choice for North Shore, slick rocks or any freeride occation. The Receptor Backcountry MIPS comes with detachable ear pads making it possible to use during the winter season while skiing/snowboarding or with the earpads detached for the warmer months when mountain biking. It is also equipped with the Recco® avalanche rescue system. Polygiene is an anti-odor treatment is also included.
Sizes: S, M, L & XL
MSRP: $250.00

About POC Sports
POC Sports is a Swedish company, built on a strong mission: To do everything we can to possibly save lives and to reduce consequences of accidents, for gravity sports athletes, by developing and renewing what personal protection is all about. For more information about our helmets, eyewear, body armor and apparel, visit www.pocsports.com.

About MIPS
MIPS is the global leader in helmet safety technologies with its revolutionary and patented MIPS Brain Protection System (Multi-directional Impact Protection System). MIPS supplies its patented MIPS system to manufacturers of motorcycle, equestrian, ice hockey, American football, bike and ski/snowboarding helmets all over the world. MIPS was founded in 2001 and has its roots in biomechanical and neuroscience research at the Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska University Hospital Institute in Sweden, two of the world’s leading technical and medical universities. The company is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

 

Source – Carl Johnson of BackboneMedia

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • Sean Maloney says:

    Too bad they didn’t add MIPS to the Cortex Flow; the cheaper and more breathable version of the Cortex DH.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Sean: They may move the MIPS technology to other helmets over time, but currently they’re trying to hit the top of the line model for each category.

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