Bell's Gage MIPS Helmet takes the same professional-grade formula of the original Gage and makes one key addition: the revolutionary Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS). Though you're likely familiar with it by now, we think it's worth briefly running through MIPS' function and benefits. MIPS consists of a strategically anchored liner that moves independently of the helmet's shell. When the shell suffers an oblique impact, MIPS allows it to slide across your head, diffusing the impact force applied to your brain by redirecting it.
Besides the addition of MIPS, the Gage remains largely unchanged. It's still based on the CPSC-certified Fusion In-Mold Microshell, which involves bonding an EPS foam body to the helmet's shell for increased structural integrity, and it uses the same two-way adjustable Twin Axis Gear fit system to ensure that the helmet's protective measures are in place when you need them. The Gage is finished with a complement of X-Static padding, a quick-dry material with an antimicrobial coating that helps eliminate odor.
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Nice helmet but continued to give me a headache when used. Tried several adjustments but just didn't fit the same as my earlier Bell model.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Light, comfortable, and sleek. The MIPS tech is a nice, too; hopefully I'll never have to test it out. Fit is similar to my Giro.
My dad is a pretty serious mountain biker, and busted his helmet at the end of riding season. He's always been a fan of Bell- their fit and overall design- so I decided to give him an upgrade and get him in a MIPS helmet. The fit is right on, it's super airy! The only complaint so far is that it doesn't have a visor, but that's easy enough to deal with by wearing a visor underneath if you really want the shade protection. I am a firm believer in the MIPS tech- recently saved my bf from a wicked concussion earlier this year. Definitely would recommend it to ANYONE and everyone looking for a new helmet!