What is the Safest Helmet?
Every impact is a unique event with multiple variables and you can’t predict exactly how those variables will impact the helmet as a result of an accident; meaning this is a very difficult question to answer.
The primary purpose of a helmet is to help reduce the chances of, and/or the severity of, head and brain injury from a fall or crash. So, the need to understand which helmet(s) provide the best protective capability is a common question.
With so many variables at play, from rider mass and velocity, surface friction and density, temperature, to biological variances and more – there is a huge range of factors that prevent us from knowing exactly what will happen when you fall. And it is important to understand that there is no single helmet that can prevent all potential injuries.
Helmet testing provides us with data that demonstrates how effective a given helmet can be at managing energy across the scenarios outlined in various helmet standards test protocols. We impact test about 200 helmets of each model during development to understand how that shape works to the various worldwide standards and to our own internal standards. Each test accident that we undertake is different, and in some tests, the “better” helmet from one scenario may not be as effective when tested in a different scenario or compared to another helmet.
Nearly every type of activity has a standard that we test to, and those test results can be taken as a predictor of the helmet’s potential to help reduce the chances or severity of the injury.
What is the Best Helmet Standard?
Based on the variety of activities and design criteria, our point-of-view is that there is no single best standard. This is why we recommend that you choose a helmet that meets the most relevant standards for the type of activity you enjoy.
There are many different standards that help to define the spectrum of helmets, and each standard is based on the specific type of activity and user that wears them. Each standard has a unique set of criteria too, based on research or other factors that can influence the development of the standard. And over time, standards evolve based on research and technological advances.
But that data is not equivalent to a guarantee, because there is no way to correlate the test results directly to every crash.
What is MIPS?
The Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) is a low-friction liner inside the helmet that helps to reduce rotational energy to the brain in an angled impact. The MIPS system allows the helmet to rotate independently around your head, redirecting impact energy and providing more protection in certain impacts.
Based on observation from our own testing and from a review of MIPS’ data, we believe that helmets equipped with MIPS can provide more protection in certain impacts. Research into the effectiveness of this technology, and how to further improve it is ongoing and we are at the forefront of this work. For now, we are believers in the potential of this technology to enhance the protective capability of helmets.
Is a MIPS Helmet Safer than a Non-MIPS Helmet?
Helmets are designed to reduce as much energy as possible while meeting and exceeding stringent safety standards. Through our extensive trials, we believe that helmets equipped with MIPS can provide an additional measure of protection in certain impacts. However, every crash is different, making the individual results difficult to quantify.
What is Conform Fit™ Technology?
Conform Fit™ is our proprietary fit system designed for the Range™ MIPS and Stellar™ MIPS helmets. Conform Fit allows the outer shell of the helmet to move and adapt to the size of your head, guaranteeing best-in-class comfort and fit, as well as the lowest profile helmet possible.