MIPS technology in Charles Owen riding hats

mips technology

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 in 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 logoMIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) was founded in 1996 by a neurosurgeon and a researcher from the Royal Institute of Technology, both located in Stockholm, Sweden.

MIPS is designed to add protection against rotational motion (or kinematics) transmitted to the brain from angled impacts to the head.

Rotational motion is a combination of rotational energy (angular velocity) and rotational forces from angular acceleration that both affect the brain and increase the risk for minor and severe brain injuries.

MIPS’ added protection system has been proven to reduce rotational motion when implemented in a helmet by redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain.

How does MIPS work?

mips is a brain protection system

Riding helmets with MIPS

mips riding helmets

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


Unique in the industry as it offers three certifications to three international equestrian standards.

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.

My PS with Wide Peak

Offering three certifications to three international equestrian standards with the outershell made of ABS plastic, riders have the elegant & feminine look of a wide peak helmet to shade the face and upper neck from the harmful effects of the sun.

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

MS1 Pro

A truly new jockey skull with its added MIPS technology.

No other skull has incorporated the MIPS technology before, so 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 addition of MIPS technology will essentially add a ‘top up’ to the already high performing head protection offered by the brand and Charles Owen’s mission has always been to produce helmets that are more effective against injury.

It is important to note that multiple standard protection is found in each Charles Owen helmet, meaning the Ayr8® helmet purchased in Germany will have the same certifications as the one purchased in Great Britain and the same as the one purchased in the United States.

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

The MIPS layer will add 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 is increasing the number of multiple certified helmets that incorporates 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.