Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Head Protection

I wear the helmet pictured above.  It's the Bell Gage helmet.  Problem is, I bought mine over 10 yrs. ago and the technology has gotten much better since then, particularly the protection the new helmets afford.  The new model is the Bell Cage MIPS helmet.  MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System.  Here is a description of the helmet from Bell:

Bell's Gage MIPS Helmet takes the same professional-grade formula of the original Gage and makes one key addition: the revolutionary Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS). Though you're likely familiar with it by now, we think it's worth briefly running through MIPS' function and benefits. MIPS consists of a strategically anchored liner that moves independently of the helmet's shell. When the shell suffers an oblique impact, MIPS allows it to slide across your head, diffusing the impact force applied to your brain by redirecting it.
Besides the addition of MIPS, the Gage remains largely unchanged. It's still based on the CPSC-certified Fusion In-Mold Microshell, which involves bonding an EPS foam body to the helmet's shell for increased structural integrity, and it uses the same two-way adjustable Twin Axis Gear fit system to ensure that the helmet's protective measures are in place when you need them. The Gage is finished with a complement of X-Static padding, a quick-dry material with an antimicrobial coating that helps eliminate odor.
It's a little pricey but when it comes to protecting your head during a crash, I don't think you can put a price tag on that.  If you're looking for a new helmet, I would seriously consider a MIPS helmet.  Bell isn't the only manufacturer.  There are a few more.  Check em out online- do a Google search.
Power ON!  Coach Rob

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