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Scott Bikes launch new Arx Plus helmet with MIPS safety technology + video

Scott's latest helmet manufacturer to utilise Multi-directional Impact Protection System

Scott is putting safety first with the release of the new ARX Plus road helmet in 2015, their first road helmet incorporating MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) technology.

MIPS integrates a low friction layer between the helmet shell and liner, and is claimed by its Swedish inventors to reduce the amount of rotational force transferred to your brain. The video below shows some results of a MIPS helmet compared to a regular one.


Says the MIPS website: "The secret behind MIPS’ unique, patented technology comes from the human brain. The brain is surrounded by a low-friction cushion of cerebrospinal fluid that protects it by allowing it to slide slightly on impact. MIPS imitates the brain’s way of protecting itself by giving the helmet its own low-friction layer between the outer shell and the liner, which also slides to absorb much of the energy created by an angled blow to the head."

MIPS is proving really popular with helmet manufacturers at the moment, with many releasing a MIPS helmet model for 2015. We saw new models with the technology from Lazer, Smith, POC, Giro and Bell at Eurobike last month, and we expect to see many more added in the near future. You can see the full list over at the MIPS website 

The MIPS technology adds only a small weight penalty, the Arx Plus weighs a competitive 260g. It’s well ventilated with “strategically placed” outer vents funnelling air through inner cooling channels.

A Micro Rotary Adjustment System II retention system clamps the helmet securely to the head and offers a wide range of adjustment and claimed comfort. A micro-dial operates the retention system.

The Arx Plus helmet is available in three sizes (small, medium and large) and two colours. No word on pricing yet. More at

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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gbzpto | 9 years ago

And thankfully not "aero" design

alistairgroves | 9 years ago
0 likes readers - any thought on these two counter points to MIPS?

As always, everyone has their own stance and the hard part is balancing the arguments and pulling out the facts that matter...

fukawitribe replied to alistairgroves | 9 years ago
alistairgroves wrote: readers - any thought on these two counter points to MIPS?

As always, everyone has their own stance and the hard part is balancing the arguments and pulling out the facts that matter...

From a physics point of view, i'd have thought that the extra slip plane that MIPS provides could, in theory, give an additional amount of time for the head to decelerate. Given that that seems, according to some research, to be one of prime factors with regard to concussions - rather than just a simple model of the brain bouncing back and forth in the skull - it might be useful.

The first thing to do surely, would be to actually test some of that in the lab, or outside with mannequin, or both - and play with the tightness of fit and degree of slip provided by the MIPS system (or any other) *

Until then, it's a resounding 'maybe' from me about the effectiveness or not, but definitely worth looking at (IMO).

* That is to say, independently from the work done by the folk who are flogging it.

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