As per the Virginia Tech’s latest cycling helmet test results, helmets equipped with MIPS proved to be safest and occupy the top-four position on the list.
Helmets are important to provide on - road safety. Virginia Tech seeks to score helmets as a consumer-funded testing center. It assesses based on how effectively helmets reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity. It is an attempt to provide a better safety insight than what was previously available to consumers.
This bicycle helmet rating was done in collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, using a star evaluation system. The assessment is carried out by impact test that evaluates helmet's ability to reduce rotational velocity and linear acceleration ahead resulting from a range of impacts that a cyclist can encounter.
Helmets with more star provides better reduction of risk as compared to the ones with lesser number of stars. Four or five-star helmets are recommended.
29 helmets were assessed for rating and 24 of them had MIPS technology fitted to them. Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) is a slip-plane technology inside the helmet. It is designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts.
Though the fitment of MIPS or any other similar device is not the only criteria that make a helmet safe. Even a few of the helmets equipped with MIPS do score a four or even three-star ratings.
There are such helmets that are free of anti-rotational-force-devices that score four stars, such as the Smith Optics Overtake, Specialized S-Works Prevail II, etc.
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