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Giro’s brand new flag­ship hel­met, the Aether, in­cor­po­rates an en­tirely new pro­tec­tion stan­dard called Mips Spher­i­cal.

For those not fa­mil­iar with Mips, it’s a con­cept de­signed by a Swedish brain sur­geon whereby a move­able plas­tic layer, or ‘slip plane’, in­side a hel­met helps to re­duce the ro­ta­tional forces that can cause brain in­jury in a crash.

Un­til now Mips has only ex­isted as a ‘in­gre­di­ent’ prod­uct – a sep­a­rate piece placed in­side a stan­dard hel­met – but in what could be a sig­nif­i­cant step Giro has col­lab­o­rated with Mips at the Royal In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in Stockholm to bet­ter in­te­grate the ben­e­fits into its lat­est hel­met.

Mips Spher­i­cal uses two sep­a­rate lay­ers of EPS to al­low a struc­tural part of the hel­met to act as the slip plane, one part ro­tat­ing in­side the other like a ball and socket joint.

Vis­ually, out­side and in, the Aether is low on bulk and big on vents, which Giro claims beats its cur­rent best, Syn­the Mips, on both cool­ing and aero per­for­mance while weigh­ing just 245g (size medium).

A new, more ad­justable fit sys­tem plus eyewear dock­ing ports are proof the finer de­tails haven’t gone un­con­sid­ered ei­ther. Fi­nally, as Giro’s di­rec­tor of de­sign, Eric Hor­ton, ad­mits, ‘No one will wear a hel­met that looks ter­ri­ble no mat­ter how ad­vanced it is, so we spent three years work­ing out how this would pass the mir­ror test too.’

Whether he has suc­ceeded on that point is up to you.

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