Sweet Protection announced that its Trailblazer Mips Helmet had received the highest rating of more than 120 helmets tested by the Virginia Tech Biomechanics Helmet Lab.

In collaboration with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Virginia Tech Biomechanics Helmet Lab tests helmets to evaluate their ability “to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of impacts a cyclist might experience.”

Virginia Tech has conducted helmet testing since 2011, and its ratings are the culmination of the over ten years of research on head impacts in sports to identify which helmets best reduce concussion risk.

Released in 2020, the Trailblazer Mips Helmet is Sweet Protection’s latest take on the trail helmet. With its trickle-down shell technology based on years of R&D, the helmet offers strength and performance with its four-piece variable shell construction. The helmet introduces an updated design with a contemporary take on the brand’s DNA with more progressive styling.

The helmet features an adjustable visor with a new visor mechanism, efficient STACC ventilation and a new Occigrip turn-dial adjustment system. As with all Sweet Protection helmets, this model comes equipped with Mips technology, a low-friction layer intended to reduce rotational forces to the head.

“The Virginia Tech Biomechanics Helmet Lab feels very rewarded when helmet companies utilize our real-world testing protocols to improve helmet performance, which keeps people safer,” said Barry Miller, director, Outreach and Business Development, Virginia Tech Biomechanics Helmet Lab.

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