MIPS, GlideWear Partner to Provide Superior Brain Protection in Helmets
New Technologies Deliver Additional Safety Benefits for Cycling and Snow Sports Athletes
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. and STOCKHOLM – Jan. 10, 2018 – MIPS, the premier brain safety technology company, will incorporate GlideWear, a patented low-friction fabric technology, to develop new products designed to protect the brains of athletes wearing hard shell helmets. The agreement between MIPS and Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc., the manufacturer of GlideWear, will combine two revolutionary technologies.
MIPS brain protection products are incorporated in cycling and snow sport helmets to protect athletes’ brains. The technology works by addressing the rotational forces and energies that are linked to brain injuries, like concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy. GlideWear is a two-layer, multi-directional stretch, low-friction fabric. Its two layers glide against each other, absorbing the harmful friction and shear that contribute to brain injuries.
“Companies worldwide have been using GlideWear fabric technology to reduce the harmful friction and shear that cause pressure injuries, blisters, and skin breakdown,” says Joe Hofmeister, CEO of Tamarack Habilitation Technologies. “Using GlideWear to reduce shear forces and protect the brain is a natural extension of the technology.”
The first MIPS product to incorporate GlideWear, the MIPS-E3 GlideWear liner, will launch in the spring of 2018. The MIPS-E3 GlideWear liner is a dual-ply, textile-based insert that acts as a low-friction layer. The key sliding motion is enabled when both surfaces move independent of each other. When inserted between the comfort padding of the helmet and the energy absorbing helmet shell (EPS/EPP), the MIPS-E3 GlideWear liner provides broad coverage from rotational impacts without sacrificing comfort or sweat absorption.
“MIPS now has a long history helping to improve brain safety and risk of injury in the cycling and snow sports communities,” says Johan Thiel, CEO of MIPS. “By incorporating a revolutionary technology like GlideWear, we can offer a broader range of solutions so more companies can easily and affordably incorporate MIPS into their existing designs, thereby offering added protection against rotational motion to more athletes of all abilities and ages.”
MIPS products featuring GlideWear are integrated into the helmet design from the point of manufacturing and represent a close collaboration with the helmet engineers and designers. Models featuring the MIPS-E3 GlideWear liner will come to market in spring of 2018 with several new and current helmet brand partners.
GlideWear is an innovative, patented, low-friction fabric manufactured by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc., an ISO 13485 certified technology innovator in Minneapolis, Minnesota. With a coefficient of friction of less than 0.2, GlideWear significantly reduces the friction and shear that cause blisters, chafing, pressure injuries, diabetic foot ulcers and other wounds. GlideWear, a dual-ply textile and Class I medical device, can be sewn or welded and integrated into existing products, including athletic apparel, protective gear, clothing and medical equipment. For more information, please visit glidewear.com.
MIPS specializes in helmet-based security and protection of the brain and is a world leader in this field. Based on an ingredient brand model, MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) is sold to the global helmet industry. The solution, which is patented in all relevant markets, is based on more than 20 years of research and development together with the Royal Institute of Technology and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. For more information, please visit mipsprotection.com.
Josefin L Ytterborn
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