Giro Sport Design (Santa Cruz, CA, US) has announced the Avance MIPS, an ski racing helmet that uses TeXtreme (Boras, Sweden) spread tow carbon fiber to create a lighter, stiffer and stronger shell.
“In development of the Avance MIPS ski helmet, TeXtreme has enabled us to create an ultralight shell that’s tougher, stiffer and stronger than anything Giro has previously offered. Most importantly, TeXtreme provides impressive high-energy impact management,” says Mattia Berardi, product manager of Giro Ski.
According to Berardi, “The Avance MIPS outer shell is constructed from TeXtreme carbon fiber fabrics. TeXtreme’s wide, flat tapes fit tighter together and remain straighter than the round tows found in conventional carbon fiber materials, and thus require a less resin needed to bind the fibers together.”
Giro engineers created the new helmet to deliver improved protection from four major hazard categories common to elite alpine racing: high-energy impact, rotational energies, multi-impact collision and gate impact. In order to combat the high-energy impacts that racers often experience, a number of innovations were developed and the use of TeXtreme materials enables a strong shell that allows the helmet to better resist multi-impact crashes and repeated gate impacts.
The Avance MIPS helmet will be available for purchase at authorized Giro retailers in late 2016.