Our mission is leading the world to safer helmets.

We all fall from time to time. Luckily, most falls are minor. A skinned knee, a dirty kit, but you keep going. Sometimes, however, the impact is greater. You hit the ground hard. Anyone who has crashed and hit their head—on the pavement, dirt, snow or ice—knows it’s almost always an angled impact. This is why Mips® products exist. Our low-friction layer inside the helmet allows multi-directional movement of 10-15mm on certain angled impacts, intended to help reduce rotational force to the head.

1. Traditional helmets are designed and tested for straight impacts, but most impacts are angled, which can cause rotational motion to the head.

2. The rotational motion can cause brain injuries.

3. The Low Friction Layer is intended to help reduce the rotational motion to the head in certain angled impacts.

Frequently asked questions about motorcycling helmets


What does Mips™ mean?

Mips stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System


How does a Mips® safety system work?

The Mips® safety system features a low-friction layer inside a bike helmet that allows a multi-directional movement of 10-15mm on certain angled impacts, intended to help reduce rotational force to the head.

Where is the Mips safety system located on a helmet?

It is found inside the helmet, generally between the padding and the EPS foam protective layer. There are different Mips® systems, but all consist of a low-friction layer between the helmet and the head.

Does a Mips® safety system add a lot of extra weight to the helmet?

Mips® technologies weigh between 25-45 grams, not much more than the weight of a typical energy bar.

What is rotational motion?

Rotational motion, in these cases, can be the result of an angled impact to the head. These impacts may result in an abrupt stop that can cause the brain to move or stretch.


Why is rotational motion harmful?

The brain is more sensitive to rotational motion than linear motion because it has shear properties similar to water or gel. When different parts of the brain move relative to each other as a result of rotational motion, the tissues can stretch, which can cause concussions or other brain injuries.

ICON helmets with MIPS Safety System

MIPS Demo

Airflite Helmet

Key operatives and plausible deniability; keep your ride under the radar and minimize collateral damage - the Airflite Demo MIPS is the way. The exterior is our unique Rubatone finish with a mottled vision of earth-toned hues, while the new Forceshield enables a clear line of sight. Inside, the Demo features the latest rotational-reduction system from MIPS, a removable Hydradry™ liner, internal dark smoke Dropshield™, and the included fog-free clear Fliteshield completes the package. Wherever your next assignment takes you, the Demo will lead you through the assault.

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MIPS Jewel

Airflite Helmet

With gloss up front and matte out back, the Airflite™ Jewel is two sides of the same classy coin. Not to be outdone by the refined exterior treatments, the Jewel features the latest rotational-reduction system from MIPS. Hydradry™ interior liner, internal DropShield™, included Fog-Free Clear & Dark Smoke Fliteshields™ and superior venting complete the metallic perfection of the Airflite Jewel.

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