Giro Announces Partnership with Multidirectional Impact Protection System – MIPS Technology Aug 26, 2014

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This is a game-changer for sure. MIPS’ slip plane technology is backed by science and is changing the helmet market. Giro noted this early on and began working with MIPS on new helmets for late fall 2014…

“Giro Sport Design has announced a new partnership with MIPS Technologies. After years of collaboration researching and validating new technologies to further reduce impact energy, Giro will introduce new helmets in three key categories (Road, Mountain and Urban) that employ Multidirectional Impact Protection System (MIPS) slip plane technology. The Sutton MIPS, Feature MIPS, Feather MIPS, Savant MIPS and Sonnet MIPS will be available worldwide in late fall 2014.”

Check out the full press release, including pricing and model breakdown below.


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“Giro has long been an industry leader of helmet safety research, design, and testing,” said Giro Executive Vice President Greg Shapleigh. “For several years we have collaborated with MIPS to validate and explore ways to further reduce rotational impact energy. We feel that this slip-plane technology can offer reduced rotational impact energy transmission in certain impacts. That’s why we’re pleased to introduce MIPS-equipped versions of helmets for the urban, mountain bike, and road markets.”

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“With their extensive experience and depth of resources, Giro brings a unique understanding of our technology,” said MIPS founder and CEO Johan Thiel. “MIPS grew directly out of research and the possibility of partnering with a manufacturer that uses active research to drive their helmet design is a great opportunity.”

All Giro helmets are designed to reduce as much energy as possible while meeting and exceeding stringent safety standards. The goal of Giro’s MIPS-equipped helmets is to further reduce rotational forces. There are three main components to a MIPS-equipped helmet: the EPS liner, the Low Friction Liner and an elastomeric attachment system between them. In an impact, the elastomeric attachment system stretches to allow the EPS liner to rotate independently around the rider’s head. Although the system only moves a few millimeters, Giro believes that helmets equipped with this technology can reduce the amount of rotational force that may be transferred to rider’s brain in certain impacts.

Giro has selected five new models to debut MIPS:

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Giro Sutton

Sutton MIPS MSRP $100/€100 The Sutton™ is a low-profile design loaded with clever features like a detachable/integrated light clip, a soft leather visor, and reinforced vents that double as Lock Ports to help urban riders and commuters get more out of their ride.

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Giro Feature

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Giro Feather

Feature/ Feather MIPS MSRP $95/€95 The Feature™ delivers a low-profile shape with more coverage than traditional XC helmets, plus channeled vents that radiate heat up and out when you’re climbing at lower speeds. A single-piece In-Mold shell enhances durability, yet keeps weight to a minimum, and our rugged In-Form fit system offers one-handed fit and stability adjustment. The Feather™ offers delivers the same functionality as part of our Women’s Series Collection.

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Giro Savant

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Giro Sonnet

Savant/ Sonnet MIPS MSRP $110/€110 The Savant™ offers a slim design that combines impressive ventilation from 25 Wind Tunnel™ vents. This helmet benefits from the secure feel and convenience of the adjustable Roc Loc® 5 fit and stability system, and the lightweight and durability of In-Mold™ construction. The Sonnet™ offers delivers the same functionality as part of our Women’s Series Collection.

Giro helmets featuring MIPS will be available worldwide in late Fall 2014.

  • Craig

    This is awesome. Although I just got a new Giro feature recently it is great to see companies pushing safety as riders are pushing the limits of themselves.

  • Sean Smith

    Huh? Ow many ‘elmets am I supposed to own?

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      You’re supposed to buy a new one every two years.

      • http://disqus.com/taltonfiggins Talton

        Had no idea. Is this due to advancing helmet tech?

        • http://disqus.com/ Sam Parker

          This is common advice based on the notion that there is wear and tear you can’t see but can reduce effectiveness. Better safe than sorry.

          But this independent article says that age is less important than more specific criteria: http://www.helmets.org/replace.htm

      • Ultra_Orange

        Great!, I was wondering this!

  • The_Palooch

    Surprised Lazer didn’t continue with MIPS since they have it on their childrens helmets. Awesome job, Giro!

  • Ultra_Orange

    So we aren’t going to find these in the stores until the end of the riding season? If you find out more let me know I need a new helmet and I want to try out the savant.

    • http://theradavist.com/ John Watson

      What’s this “riding season” you speak of? ;-)

      • Ultra_Orange

        If only we could all live in Austen

  • zuhair

    I’ve been waiting for a more affordable road helmet with MIPS! Looks like the Savant’ll do just fine.

  • http://disqus.com/taltonfiggins Talton

    Glad to see some sleek road designs coming from Giro as opposed to the bulky bucket ones. The one I have now sits a little high, so I’m looking forward to trying one with a lower profile shape.

  • Sean Curran

    Great to see, I have owned two of the Scott MIPS helmets. Currently on the Stego for road and MTB, and I like it a lot, might consider going with one of these next though. Wish they did it on the Synthe though…

    I’m honestly not 100% convince on the tech., but its not going to hurt, and I’d like to support the helmet industry starting to market and make helmets as more than just light better aero, and lighter, and more to do with what they are there for.