Bell is at it again! With the ever-changing technology that goes into helmets, it does not surprise me that Bell is incorporating yet another new innovation into their motorcycle helmets. For their Fall 2016 launch, Bell is introducing a new graphic on their widely popular Bell MX-9 Adventure Helmet. The catch is that the new Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS Stryker Helmet also incorporates (as the name suggests) the innovative MIPS technology.
The Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS Stryker Helmet has the same dependable features as the standard Bell MX-9 Adventure Helmet. This includes the lightweight polycarbonate shell, integrated face shield with Nutri-Fog II anti-fog, Velocity-flow ventilation system, moisture wicking liners, and DOT and ECE rating. The MIPS version of the MX-9 Adventure helmet will still have 6 sizes with 3 shells and 3 EPS liners. The Stryker graphic will come in two striped colorways: Fluorescent Orange and Black or Black and White.
What is MIPS you ask? Well, let me tell you! MIPS, which stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, is a slip plane that sits between the EPS and comfort liners to help manage energy from rotational and angular impacts. Basically, the MIPS slip plane layer moves inside the helmet to help slow or reduce the energy that’s produced from these types of impacts instead of transferring that full rotational force to your head (and brain). Bell utilizes this in a lot of their mountain biking helmets but this is the first time they are introducing the MIPS in any of their powersports helmets.
Bell MX-9 Adventure MIPS Stryker Helmet Review:
As I said in the beginning, I am not surprised that Bell is introducing yet another innovation to their motorcycle helmets - they are always pushing the envelope with helmet technology! I am curious to know if this MIPS liner will change the fit of the helmet and cannot wait to give it a try! Well, take the helmet for a spin… not the MIPS liner… if you get my drift!
Keep the rubber side down!
Amanda, aka Pants!