Mips technology in Charles Owen riding helmets

Mips riding helmet

As the leader in equestrian safety helmet technology, Charles Owen is nearing the pinnacle of total protection for the rider and innovative ways of adding protection have become necessary.

Charles Owen has embraced Mips technology as a way to ‘top up’ the safety of some of their already triple-tested, triple-certified riding helmets.

The adoption of Mips provides further protection to reduce brain shear in riding accidents involving falls at speed.

What is Mips helmet technology?

Mips logo

Mips stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System.

The Mips system was invented in 1996 in Sweden by Hans von Holst, a neurosurgeon and Peter Halldin, a researcher from the Royal Institute of Technology.

The Mips safety system is an additional low friction liner that is incorporated inside the riding helmet.

How does the Mips safety system work?

Rotational motion is a common cause of concussions and more severe brain injury in oblique hits to the head. The Mips safety system consists of a low friction layer mounted inside the helmet.

In the event of a horse riding fall, the low friction layer is designed to move slightly inside the helmet to help redirect forces away from the head. This is intended to help reduce the risk of brain injury.

Mips explanation video

Riding helmets with Mips

Helmets in the Charles Owen range that incorporate Mips currently include:


Unique in the industry, this next-generation riding helmet offers three certifications to three international equestrian safety standards with the option to incorporate Mips technology on top.

Designed from scratch, the Halo has reimagined helmet design and incorporates the first-ever 360° ventilation system.


With an outershell made of ABS plastic, the My PS gives riders the elegant look of a Charles Owen helmet infused with modern style and a deep fit.

Ten ventilation slots, a removable cup headband and a six-point GRpx® leather-look harness help to tick all the boxes of a truly modern, innovative riding helmet.

MS1 Pro

A truly new jockey skull with its added Mips technology. No other skull cap has incorporated Mips before.

With the three certifications to three international equestrian standards, riders can feel truly protected as they ride the gallops or simply hack out.

The ABS outershell offers a deep fit made secure with the unique padded harness. Ten ventilation slots and removable cup headband add to the functionality of this new skull.


Benefits of Mips in a Charles Owen helmet

Charles Owen is known globally for producing riding helmets with multiple certifications to multiple international safety standards.

By testing and certifying to several standards, Charles Owen has the opportunity to address multiple accident scenarios in their helmets, thereby increasing protection in a fall and reducing injury.

The Mips layer adds protection against tangential forces from typical impacts to the head. It will not replace the coverage already held by the helmet safety standards, but instead add to them.

Charles Owen’s mission has always been to produce riding helmets that are more effective against horse-related injury.

This is how Charles Owen is a standard above its competitors.

Charles Owen is increasing the number of multiple-standard helmets that incorporate Mips technology as a way to extend protection against injuries such as bleeding of the brain.

Whilst Mips technology is not adequate protection in itself for riders, it does give additional coverage against head injury similar to the addition of airvest technology on top of traditional foundation body protection.