Smith Compass MIPS Helmet

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Built with ultralight construction, and maximum ventilation and style, this women's helmet features innovative MIPS technology, which helps reduce rotational forces if the helmet gets hit at an angle.


Smith Optics Snow Gear Smith Compass Women's Helmet - MIPS-Pearl White-Small H17CPSWSMMIPS. Combining AirEvac 2 ventilation and soft women's X-Static lining beneath a refined collection of designs the Compass is the ideal helmet for women of discriminating tastes. MIPS sets a new standard in helmet safety. Developed by brain surgeons and scientists to reduce rotational forces on the brain caused by angled impacts to the head. T he secret behind MIPS' unique patented technology comes from the human brain. The brain is surrounded by a low-friction cushion of cerebrospinal fluid that protects it by allowing it to slide slightly on impact. MIPS imitates the brain's way of protecting itself by giving the helmet its own low-friction layer between the outer shell and the liner which also slides to absorb much of the energy created by an angled blow to the head. Conventional helmets are tested by dropping them vertically onto a flat surface. MIPS is designed to deal with how most accidents occur with angled impacts to the head. MIPS sets a new standard in helmet safety.


Don't get it twisted--the Smith Compass MIPS Helmet will keep your brain from getting tangled into knots, even when you take a fall that leaves you thinking up is down, north is south, and pizza is French fries. MIPS is a fancy acronym that stands for Multi-Direction Impact Protection System, a design that allows the polycarbonate shell to rotate over the EPS impact foam padding, which provides increased protection during a rotational fall, which is actually the most common kind. Smith didn't leave things there, though; it also built the Compass with Aerocore construction, which uses Koroyd, a superlight honeycomb material that provides killer protection without adding ounces. Koroyd's honeycomb structure also allows the Compass to boast killer ventilation. The slider, which Smith calls the Regulator, makes it easy to pop the AirEvac 2 vents open or slide them closed when things get toasty or chilly, respectively, and the Women's X-Static lining pulls moisture away from your scalp and fights off odor-causing bacteria, so your ski bag won't smell like the cat stashed a dead rodent somewhere deep inside. Smith also built the Compass with an adjustable DFS2 Dial Fit System, which secures the helmet snugly around your noggin without squeezing, and finished it off with audio-compatible Snapfit SL2 ear pads, because you shred, like, three times better when some burnin' bluegrass is pumping into your ears.