What is a MIPS helmet? Often touted as safer, what does MIPS mean and how does it work?

A close up of the yellow circular MIPS logo on a Giro Aether helmet
(Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

If you've bought a helmet in the past few years, you'll have undoubtedly come across the terms MIPS, and naturally, headed straight to Google to ask what is a MIPS helmet?

This four-letter acronym has become a buzzword among the cycling helmet market, and it has become almost synonymous with increased safety. However, while all brands are happy to shout about its inclusion, not many of them explain what it means. 

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Zach is a freelance writer, the head of ZNehr Coaching, and an elite-level rider in road, track, and e-racing. He writes about everything cycling-related, from buyer's guides to product reviews and feature articles to power analyses. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science at Marian University-Indianapolis, Zach discovered a passion for writing that soon turned into a full-fledged career. In between articles, Zach spends his time working with endurance athletes of all abilities and ages at ZNehr Coaching. After entering the sport at age 17, Zach went on to have a wonderful road racing career that included winning the 2017 Collegiate National Time Trial Championships and a 9th place finish at the 2019 US Pro National Time Trial Championships. Nowadays, Zach spends most of his ride time indoors with NeXT eSport.