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Interested to hear from people who've tried one of the MIPS helmets how happy they are with it.

As of today, there are four MIPS mtb helmets available:
- POC Trabec Race MIPS
- Scott Lin
- Scott Taal
- Scott Stego


BikeRadar was lukewarm about the MIPS in the Trabec, they said: "the MIPS liner isn’t as stable as a conventional helmet’s retention system. Ours jostled and jiggled around quite a bit." Have others found that too, with the Trabec or with any of the Scotts?
 

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The rotation is part of the MIPS design, IIRC. According to the studies, in a crash, the head spins in a way that normal helmets aren't designed to handle. This causes concussions, or worse. The MIPS supposedly alleviates this tendency.
In the long run, I'm sure things are a lot more complicated than this and MIPS is just the beginning of proper helmet design and at least things are moving forward. Helmet technology hasn't advanced much in the last 20 years and it's unsettling to think that a $200 helmet doesn't protect you any better than a $25 helmet.
 

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There is a comparative review of Stego vs. Bell Super. Alas, it's in Czech, and the google translation, here, is close to gibberish. As best I can tell, they like the Stego fit better and also like that it's lighter, but thought the Bell was better ventilated and easier to use with goggles and videocams.

If nothing else, some decent photos of the two helmets for the style-conscious AM riders among us.
 

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Well, I just ordered a Stego, but I'm still curious to see feedback from others. I'll post my own once I've got something to say.
 

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Well, I just ordered a Stego, but I'm still curious to see feedback from others. I'll post my own once I've got something to say.
Did you get the backorder email? Now its pushed back to end of November delivery. I may just order a POC. I need a helmet now since I broke mine in my last crash.
 

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Is there any quantification of the different MIPS systems? It would seem the amount of "float" in the system would affect the crash protection, and that should vary between manufacturers, if not the helmet models themselves.

Also, MIPS is sold as safer than conventional, and there is likely something to that, but is there any kind of real data as to how "safer" is quantified?
 

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Also, MIPS is sold as safer than conventional, and there is likely something to that, but is there any kind of real data as to how "safer" is quantified?
This Bicycling article about MIPS helmets gives some testing results and other information about that "quantification". Liability issues kinda limit how that information can be used in marketing, in short.
 

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Is there any quantification of the different MIPS systems? It would seem the amount of "float" in the system would affect the crash protection, and that should vary between manufacturers, if not the helmet models themselves.

Also, MIPS is sold as safer than conventional, and there is likely something to that, but is there any kind of real data as to how "safer" is quantified?
Who knows about how much float, you could email MIPS yourself and ask. Since the system is licensed out, I'm sure there would be minimums that each helmet would have to meet.

Google MIPS and read the results for yourself.
MIPS | Take a look in the latest issue of Popular Science

I can't find the video, but one I saw had them dropping the helmet onto something like a treadmill to simulate the rotational hit vs. the standard drop straight down on an anvil.
 

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Good to know about the Stego! I've been looking for a MIPS helmet for a while but couldn't find the other two Scott helmets, and i hadn't convinced myself to drop $230 on the POC.

At any rate, consider me subscribed to this thread, and in serious consideration of the Stego...pending your review :)
 

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Good to know about the Stego! I've been looking for a MIPS helmet for a while but couldn't find the other two Scott helmets, and i hadn't convinced myself to drop $230 on the POC.

At any rate, consider me subscribed to this thread, and in serious consideration of the Stego...pending your review :)
They are on back order which right now for me is a bad thing. I cracked my helmet and got some pretty good gashes on my forehead. I ordered the Stego at the point in time I thought I could ride without a FF helmet. But everyday I change my mind.

I really wanted to see the MET Parachute replacement.

I did get a POC Cortex DH MIPS helmet for bike park days. Nice set up. It has a shear pin that breaks at a given load to allow the MIPS to activate. Since it's a multi-impact helmet, if the helmet is still ok you replace the pin and you're all set to go again.
 

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On the positive side, you know that your average $20 Bell helmet works every bit as well as a $100 Fox helmet, so if you need something to hold you over until the Stego arrives then it won't kill you.

I hadn't seen the MET helmet either. Interesting design!
 

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I'm currently using a POC Trabec MIPS 2013, I crushed hard last week hit my head on the ground hard I didn't feel anything knocking my head. MIPS tech is worth it even though it cost more but it will protect your brain :).
 

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I just put my POC Trabec MIPS to good use last week during my commute. Car vs. bike. Guess who won?

The car veered its nose deep into the bike lane to get around a stationary car (making an uncontrolled left), of course right as i was whizzing by at 25 mph. Collided then superman launch into the intersection. I landed on my head and right shoulder then rolled forever. Ambulance ride to the trauma center, but no head injuries, black out, or even a headache. The helmet really did its job. Would a non-MIPS helmet done just as well? Who knows.

But on the trail I found the MIPS to be extremely annoying. MIPS causes the helmet to constantly jiggle forward and backward. Really bothersome and distracting on rough sections, sometimes to the point of the visor blocking vision. Cinching down the headband really tight helps, but only so much, and then you have a headache. Bikeradar had the same criticism. It's almost a safety issue in my opinion.

So my replacement commuter/trail helmet will probably not have MIPS. But still debating. I need shoulder MIPS though.
 

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I just put my POC Trabec MIPS to good use last week during my commute. Car vs. bike. Guess who won?

The car veered its nose deep into the bike lane to get around a stationary car (making an uncontrolled left), of course right as i was whizzing by at 25 mph. Collided then superman launch into the intersection. I landed on my head and right shoulder then rolled forever. Ambulance ride to the trauma center, but no head injuries, black out, or even a headache. The helmet really did its job. Would a non-MIPS helmet done just as well? Who knows.

But on the trail I found the MIPS to be extremely annoying. MIPS causes the helmet to constantly jiggle forward and backward. Really bothersome and distracting on rough sections, sometimes to the point of the visor blocking vision. Cinching down the headband really tight helps, but only so much, and then you have a headache. Bikeradar had the same criticism. It's almost a safety issue in my opinion.

So my replacement commuter/trail helmet will probably not have MIPS. But still debating. I need shoulder MIPS though.
wow! sorry for your accident but thanks because this has clarified whether i really need MIPS... you my friend saved me $$$.. just regular POC TRABEC for me...
 
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