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What exactly is MIPS?

MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, which is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet designed to reduce rotational motion transferred to the brain from angled impacts to the head. The MIPS layer is coated in a low-friction ink that improves its ability to slide relative to the EPS. This layer creates a way for the rotational force to be absorbed and redirected rather than transmitted to the brain during an impact. It’s held in place with flexible bands that clip the MIPS liner to the helmet’s foam in multiple anchor points. The system sounds simple, but in reality, this technology was developed and tested over countless years in a lab. Visit our page on MIPS technology (hyper link to this page) to learn more about how it works.

What are Rotational Forces?

When riding accidents happen, two main types of force – linear and rotational – occur. Most impacts to the head are a combination of both. MIPS helps to combat the rotational impact in these types of accidents. The rotational motion is a combination of rotational energy (angular velocity) and rotational forces (from angular acceleration) that both affects the brain and increases the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. Linear hits are direct, centered, frontal hits that push the head straight backwards.

Is MIPS developed by a helmet company?

No, MIPS was started by scientific and medical researchers with a passion for safety and making a product that possibly could make helmets safer.

Are the Back on Track helmets certified?

Yes, they are ASTM/SEI certified.

Do I need to register my helmet?

Yes, it’s recommended that you register your helmet within 30 days of purchase to ensure that you can take advantage of our Crash Replacement Policy. Helmets not registered will not be eligible for a replacement.

If I fall, can I continue to ride with my helmet if it isn't cracked?

No, if your helmet is involved in an accident it may no longer be effective and should no longer be used. If it is within the first two years of ownership, please Contact us to discuss options for a replacement.

How is a helmet with MIPS technology different from other helmets?

The Back on Track EQ3 helmet is the first riding helmet to contain Multi-Directional Impact Protection System technology which has been tested over countless years and is proven to offer better protection against rotational motion than a helmet without MIPS. Since 1996, research and tests have been performed to compare a helmet with the MIPS Brain Protection System to a conventional helmet. The results showed that it was possible to redirect and reduce the rotational motion transmitted to the brain by adding the MIPS Brain Protection System.

How do I care for my helmet and the Coolmax inner liner?

Your helmet should be kept in a temperature-controlled environment when not being used. Extreme temperatures as well as fluctuating temperatures can be detrimental to the integrity of the shock-absorbing materials within the helmet. The inner Coolmax lining of your helmet can be removed and hand washed if needed. The smooth shell helmet may be wiped down with a wet cloth and the microfiber shell helmet can be spot cleaned with warm water and a damp cloth. You should never clean your helmet with any alcohol-based liquid, as this will damage the helmets. Allow it to air dry in an open area, and store in a cool, dry place when it’s not in use. Do not tamper with or remove the MIPS low friction layer by any means.

Can I use deodorizer on my helmet?

Yes, you can use any products that do not contain alcohol on your helmet.

Does the EQ3 fit a round or oval head?

The Back on Track EQ3 fits a round head with the liner that is included in the helmet. Back on Track does make an oval liner which is plusher on the sides than in the front and back to help fit a more oval-shaped head.

How do I know if my helmet fits?

See our sizing page for more information the fit of your helmet.

How often should I replace my helmet?

It is recommended to replace any ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet within 5 years. A helmet should also be replaced after a fall.