Trauma Void Black Matt
The Trauma Void Helmet is the wave of the future in equestrian helmets as it represents the next step in brain protection technology. The most important component of the EQ3 helmet design is the incorporated Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS®) Technology, which has been used in bike, motor and snow helmets for years. Integrated into the helmet, MIPS is a low-friction layer designed to reduce rotational motion transferred to the brain from angled impacts to the head. This layer absorbs and redirects rotational force rather than allowing it to be transferred to the brain during impact.
Though safety is the first priority of Trauma Void’s EQ3 helmet, it has also been designed to provide comfort, style and affordability. This riding helmet design offers great ventilation, and it has a removable and washable Coolmax® lining. The smooth outer is easy to clean. Screen and chin straps made of durable PU leather. **ASTM F1163-15/SEI Certified.
More About MIPS Technology
Nearly two decades ago, Swedish researchers set out to find a way to further protect the brain from rotational force and strain when an impact occurs during a crash. Now patented and incorporated into a variety of helmets, MIPS, short for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, is a helmet-integrated, low-friction layer designed to reduce rotational motion transferred to the brain from angled impacts to the head. This layer creates a way for the rotational force to be absorbed and redirected rather than transmitted to the brain during an impact. It’s held in place with flexible bands that clip the MIPS liner to the helmet’s foam in multiple anchor points. The system sounds simple, but in reality, this technology was developed and tested over countless hours in a lab.
MIPS works by installing a thin (0.5–0.7mm), ventilated, custom-cut, low-friction layer inside the helmet liner. The layer is held in place by an assemblage of composite anchors that flex in all directions. These anchors hold the layer in place around the wearer’s head, but provide a small movement in response to angled impact. MIPS’ small movement (10-15mm) relative to the helmet at the brief moment of an angled impact (3–10 milliseconds)allows the head to continue in the direction in which it was originally traveling. This means that some portion of the rotational forces and energies acting on the head at impact are redirected and spread out thanks to the large low-friction layer, rather than being transferred to the brain. Because of its thinness, lightness and integration into the helmet’s existing ventilation, it is rarely noticed by the wearer, even over extended periods of use.
MIPS has evolved through study and testing in Sweden since 1996 by some of the world’s leading researchers in biomechanics and neuroscience at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The two universities created a joint department called Neuronics. MIPS sprung out from a research project at Neuronics, which also saw the development of a helmet test rig for angled impacts.
In addition to the angled impact test, MIPS has access to an advanced computerized finite element model of the head and neck that can be used for injury prediction in impact simulations. The computerized finite element model is an integral part of verifying that your helmet, with MIPS inside, delivers higher safety properties and redirects and reduces damaging rotational motion to the brain than the same helmet without MIPS.