MIPS FAQS

Does every new-for-2019 Specialized helmet feature MIPS?

Yes, every helmet model in the line is now available with MIPS. Additionally, the following helmets are also available as non-MIPS: Align, Shuffle Youth, Shuffle Child, and Mio.

Why MIPS and why now?

A number of independent studies indicate that MIPS liners reduce the rotational forces that occur during oblique impacts, adding protective value to helmets.

How does MIPS work?

The MIPS system is a low-friction layer that allows a sliding motion of 10 to 15mm in all directions. Studies indicate that this reduces some of the rotational forces transmitted to the brain during angled impacts.

Does Giro own MIPS?

MIPS is a publicly traded company on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (Stockholmsbörsen). Giro and Bell no longer have ownership.

Which MIPS systems are used in each Specialized helmet?

SL: S-Works TT, S-Works Evade II, S-Works Prevail II, and Ambush

B-Series: Centro, Align, Shuffle, and Mio

C-Series: Airnet, Ambush Comp, Chamonix, Echelon, Tactic III, and Propero III

E-Series: S-Works Dissident

Specialized is introducing MIPS SL. Will this technology only show up in Specialized helmets?

Specialized will have a one-year exclusive on MIPS SL—a new, ultra-light, and extremely comfortable version of the MIPS liner.

What are the differences between the MIPS SL, B-Series, C-Series, & E-Series liners?

All MIPS liners meet the same safety standards and function in the same fashion, with every helmet being customized with the right solution for the helmet’s intended purpose. Our lightest and best ventilated helmets, for instance, utilize MIPS SL, which is specifically designed to maximize airflow and to minimize weight.