What is MIPS technology?

MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, which is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts. MIPS has been developed by leading brain surgeons and scientists to reduce the rotational forces on the brain caused by angled impacts to the head. 

MIPS uses a slip-plane system that moves inside the helmet, mimicking the brain’s own protection system. This layer is designed to rotate inside the helmet with the intent to potentially slow or reduce the amount of energy transferred to or from the head. Science tells us that if we can reduce the strains associated with rotational acceleration, we might reduce the risk and severity of brain injury.

A MIPS-equipped helmet looks almost identical to a non-MIPS-equipped helmet except for when you look inside, you will see a thin yellow liner beneath the pads. From the outside, the only indicator that the helmet is any different to one without MIPS is that some brands have a small yellow MIPS logo on there. You won’t even feel a difference when wearing a MIPS-equipped helmet.



Do I need it?

Accident stats tell us that the most common injuries occur where an angled impact causes rotation of the head and brain. Although you cannot ever guarantee the outcome of a crash, you can take steps to reduce the potential damage – and this is exactly why MIPS is worth investing in. In the event of a crash where rotational forces could cause damage to the brain due to twisting, MIPS could be the difference between serious injury and walking away from a crash with the minimal possible damage done. Whilst you can never guarantee no injury, you can ensure you reduce as much energy transfer as possible.

MIPS History

In 1997 Swedish neurosurgeon Hans von Holst began to study helmet construction. He partnered with Peter Halldin, researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology, with a goal to contribute to the evolution of helmet technology. As a result, the company, MIPS AB was founded in 2001 by Hans, Peter and 3 other specialists in the biomechanical field from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden.

The company has extensive technological and medical expertise focused on head injuries. They also conduct studies involving injury prediction and the simulation of head and neck injuries using advanced data methods. MIPS AB has extensive and profound knowledge concerning head and neck injuries, a result of 30 years’ experience in the area.


When we get a chance to ride, we take it. We escape. Sometimes that means going solo. Sometimes that means dashing off without telling friends and family where we’re headed. We’ve all done it. But the trouble is, crashes happen, drivers don’t always see you, and sometimes, we simply pick the worst possible line down the sketchiest possible trail.

Reality, in other words, happens. And that’s why we offer the only helmets equipped with MIPS brain-protection systems and ANGi — an innovative sensor that’s designed to add protection before, during, and after  a crash.

Protection Before
ANGi is a ride tracker. ANGi lets your emergency contacts know you’re heading out for a ride and, if you choose, to follow your ride in real time. 

Protection During
ANGi is a crash detector. Wearing an ANGi-equipped helmet is like having a friend there to make sure you’re okay.

Protection After
ANGi is a safety beacon. If you’re hurt, ANGi alerts your emergency contacts that you’ve crashed and sends them your location.

This is ANGi…
ANGi is a patented, helmet-mounted sensor that features a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope. More simply, ANGi has an innovative sensor that measures the forces transmitted to your helmet during an impact.

And This is How It Works
It’s simple. Just pair ANGi with a smartphone equipped with our Ride App, and if ANGi detects a crash during your ride, it sends a countdown alert to your phone. If you’re hurt and unable to stop the countdown, the app transmits a text alert with your most recently uploaded GPS coordinates to your emergency contacts.

Get on the Ride
The Specialized Ride App makes finding rides and getting connected to your cycling community quick and easy. It even records your ride and performance data, syncs seamlessly with popular apps like Strava®, and powers ANGi’s ability to connect you to help.
It’s available for both iPhone (iOS 10 or later) and Android (7 and later) devices. You even get a free one-year subscription to the Ride Premium App with the purchase of any ANGi-equipped helmet or ANGi aftermarket sensor.

MIPS is now an option on every helmet we make. Why? Because MIPS adds protection, and its low-friction layers have been shown to reduce the rotational forces associated with certain brain injuries.

We’re also ecstatic to introduce you to MIPS SL—the lightest, most comfortable, and best ventilated version of MIPS available today. And you guessed it—it’s only available on Specialized helmets.

ANGi is the culmination of years of research and development, but it all started on a training ride that went wrong. One rider went to the hospital. Another rider asked himself what he could do to help make every ride a little bit safer.

ANGi is the answer.


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