First Look: Mammut Wall Rider MIPS



The primary MIPS-equipped climbing helmet provides safety from brain-damaging rotational forces

Mammut launched the Wall Rider MIPS climbing helmet in January of this yr, bringing the primary climbing helmet to market that addresses rotational impacts utilizing the MIPS Mind Safety System. The MIPS BPS is a third-party product from MIPS AB of Sweden that has been utilized in motorbike, bicycle, and equestrian helmets to dissipate rotational forces of a head influence.

The Mammut Wall Rider MIPS brings know-how utilized in different sports activities into climbing to assist scale back mind accidents. The MIPS BPS permits unbiased indirect motion of the helmet on the cranium, redirecting vitality that would instantly switch to the mind. This added safety is delivered inconspicuously.

Why fear about rotational forces?


Research of mind accidents present most head impacts aren’t direct and linear; they’re predominantly angular and have a rotational element. These impacts generate indirect shearing forces that may trigger tearing accidents to mind tissue. MIPS AB claims that almost all concussions and extra critical mind accidents are most certainly attributable to rotational movement to the mind.

I’ve seen this in particular person; throughout my profession coaching skilled motorsports athletes, I’ve seen a motocross rider undergo a concussion because of an excessive and fast twist of the top attributable to a crash, however his head by no means impacted the bottom or anything. This rider suffered further concussion signs for an prolonged interval afterward at any time when he turned his head even reasonably shortly.

How does the MIPS BPS assist?


The MIPS BPS is a low friction liner that’s hooked up to the inside of the expanded polypropylene (EPP) influence absorbing liner of the Wall Rider MIPS helmet. This liner permits 10mm – 15mm of unbiased indirect helmet movement, in any route, in the course of the preliminary and important 10ms – 15ms of an influence. This unbiased rotation dissipates rotational forces that in any other case may transmit to the top and mind.

The MIPS BPS system provides 30 grams to the Mammut non-MIPS Wall Rider helmet. The liner provides virtually an unpalpable quantity of bulk, as it is extremely skinny plastic and it doesn’t have an effect on airflow because the liner is minimize to match the form of the vents.

The Mammut Wall Rider MIPS out of the field

The Wall Rider MIPS has a tough plastic cap overlaying the EPP on the crown and entrance of the helmet. The forehead has a tiny visor, and there are a pair of clips on the entrance and an elastic retention strap on the again for a headlamp.

The helmet retention system is a minimalist design, the webbing is small and the rear retention strap makes use of easy slip lock buckles and webbing for adjustment. No further plastic adjustment {hardware} right here.

The helmet could be very generously vented alongside the edges and again whereas the entrance of the helmet has a pair of smaller vents.

The yellow MIPS BPS liner has a becoming pad affixed on its inside floor, with further pads included. The helmet additionally comes with a storage bag. MSRP is $120.

The Mammut Wall Rider MIPS in use

The easy rear retention strap of the Wall Rider MIPS wasn’t as fast to regulate as plastic ladder-lock programs, however as soon as set, additional fiddling wasn’t mandatory except one other climber used the helmet. The remainder of the changes to the retention system are just like different light-weight helmets.

The helmet’s venting was instantly noticeable, the slightest breeze simply felt on the edges and rear of the top. The air stream on the entrance wasn’t as stellar because of the small dimension of the vents, however total, the Wall Rider MIPS has good cooling skill.

The verified weight of our dimension L helmet is 9.2 ounces, barely heavier than different helmets that use a skinny arduous plastic shell over the vitality absorbing layer. For comparability, the Petzl Sirocco, which has arduous plastic solely on the very prime, has a verified weight of 6.four ounces in L, whereas the Black Diamond Vapor, absolutely lined in arduous plastic, weighs 7.5 ounces in L. Though the extra weight in comparison with others was perceptible within the hand, I didn’t really feel it detracted from climbing efficiency when worn.

The helmet, like different prime quality, light-weight helmets, was a non-factor when worn. Nothing in regards to the Mammut Wall Rider MIPS drew my consideration, and on no account did I discover the MIPS BPS system.


The Mammut Wall Rider MIPS brings a further stage of safety towards mind accidents to mountain climbing. The unbiased rotation of the MIPS BPS brings a know-how confirmed in different sports activities and validated by over 20,000 assessments to scale back pressure to mind tissue from sure kinds of impacts widespread in collision sports activities.  This added margin of security comes at a really minimal weight penalty, with no different discernable efficiency negatives.