THE HELMET THAT COULD REVOLUTIONISE SAFETY
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.