The Initial MIPS-equipped climbing helmet adds protection from brain-damaging rotational forces
The Mammut Wall Rider MIPS brings tech employed in other sports to climbing to help reduce brain injuries. The MIPS BPS allows independent oblique motion of the helmet onto the skull, redirecting energy which could directly transfer into the brain. This added protection is delivered.
Why be worried about rotational forces?
The yellowish MIPS BPS liner has a matching pad affixed on its inside surface, with added pads included. The helmet also has a storage bag.
The MIPS BPS is a minimal friction liner that’s connected to the inside of the expanded polypropylene (EPP) impact absorbing liner of the Wall Rider MIPS helmet. This lining allows 10mm – 15mm of separate oblique helmet motion, whatsoever, during the initial and critical 10ms – 15ms of a direct impact. This independent turning dissipates rotational forces which otherwise could transmit to the head and brain.
The simple rear retention strap of this Wall Rider MIPS wasn’t too fast to fix as plastic ladder-lock systems, however after set, further fiddling was not necessary unless another climber used the helmet. The rest of the alterations to the retention method are similar to some other lightweight helmets.
The weight of our dimensions L is 9.2 oz, slightly heavier than other helmets which use a lean hard plastic shell within the power absorbing layer. For comparison, the Petzl Sirocco, that has tough plastic just on the very top, has a verified pounds of 6.4 oz in L, whereas the Dark Diamond Vapor, completely covered in tough plastic, weighs only 7.5 ounces in L. Although the further weight compared to other people was perceptible in the hand, I did not feel it detracted from increasing functionality when worn.
The helmet retention process is really a minimalist design, the webbing is modest and the rear retention strap employs easy slip lock buckles and webbing for alteration. No extra plastic modification hardware here.
The helmet is extremely generously plotted across the sides and back while the front of the helmet has a set of vents that are smaller.
The Wall Rider MIPS has a tough plastic cap covering the EPP on the crown and front of the helmet. The eyebrow has a very small visor, and there are a couple of clips onto the front and a adjustable retention strap on the trunk for a headlamp.
How does the MIPS BPS help?
The Mammut Wall Rider MIPS in usage
I have seen this in person; throughout my livelihood training professional motorsports athletes, I have noticed a motocross rider endure a concussion due to an intense and fast twist of the head caused by a collision, but his head never impacted the floor or other things. This rider suffered additional concussion symptoms for an extended period afterward whenever he turned his head moderately quickly.
The Mammut Wall Rider MIPS brings an additional level of protection from brain injuries to rock climbing. The individual turning of the MIPS BPS brings a technology known in other sports and supported by over 20,000 evaluations to decrease pressure to brain tissue from specific kinds of impacts shared in collision sports. This extra margin of security comes at a very minimum weight penalty, without any other discernable functionality drawbacks.
The helmet ventilation was immediately evident, the slightest breeze easily felt on the sides and rear of the head. The air leak on the front wasn’t as stellar as a result of small size of these vents, but complete, the Wall Rider MIPS has good cooling ability.
Mammut introduced the Wall Rider MIPS climbing helmet at January of this year, bringing the very first climbing helmet to market which addresses rotational influences utilizing the MIPS Brain Protection System.
The helmet, as with other high quality, lightweight helmets, turned into a non-factor when worn. Nothing about the Mammut Wall Rider MIPS drew my attention, and in no way did I detect that the MIPS BPS system.
The MIPS BPS system includes 30 grams to the Mammut non-MIPS Wall Rider helmet. The liner adds almost an unpalpable quantity of bulk, since it’s very thin plastic and it doesn’t have an effect on airflow as the liner will be cut out to match the form of the vents.
Studies of brain injuries demonstrate most mind impacts aren’t direct and linear; they are mostly angular and have a rotational element. Oblique shearing forces which can result in tearing injuries into brain tissue are generated by these impacts. MIPS AB asserts that many concussions and much more serious brain injuries are most likely due to rotational motion to the brain.