Charles Owen and MIPS Technology



Charles Owen’s latest range of helmets consisting of the MS1 Pro Jockey Skull, The MY PS Helmet and the MY PS With Wide Peak Helmet is one of the first ranges of riding helmets to incorporate MIPS technology into their design. The MS1 Pro is in fact the first ever jockey skull to have this technology.


What is MIPS Technology and how does it work?



The word ‘MIPS’ is an abbreviation for ‘Multi-Directional Impact Protection System’ and is a system designed to help protect against the rotational motion transmitted to the brain from angled impacts or strikes to the head. A sudden stop caused by a rider falling off a horse will cause the brain to move or stretch due to the way the brain is suspended in the cerebrospinal fluid and so MIPS endeavours to reduce or prevent this movement.


Rotational motion is a combination of rotational energy (angular velocity) and rotational forces from angular acceleration that both affect the brain and increase the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. MIPS’ protection system in helmets has been proven to reduce rotational motion by redirecting energies and forces otherwise transmitted to the brain.





This works by providing a low friction slip layer that mimics the action of the scalp when it works to protect the brain against rotation. This slip layer allows a sliding motion between 10-15mm in all directions, which means in the event of a fall or impact, the tangential/angled forces transmitted to the brain during the impact are reduced.


This effectively means that it is the low friction slip layer in the helmet which has the rotational movement caused by an impact, which therefore delays and reduces the extent/severity of rotational movement that would otherwise happen to the head.


 How long has MIPS technology been around for?


MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) was founded in 1996 by a neurosurgeon and a researcher from the Royal Institute of Technology, both located in Stockholm, Sweden


Since then, it has been widely used in cycling and skiing helmets as a way to reduce brain injuries.


Which Charles Owen Helmets have this technology?



  • the My PS – Unique in the industry as it offers three certifications to three international equestrian standards. With an outershell made of  ABS plastic, the My PS gives riders the elegant look of a Charles Owen helmet infused with modern style and a deep fit. Ten ventilation slots, a removable cup headband and a six-point GRpx leather look harness help to tick all the boxes of a truly modern, innovative riding helmet.


  • thMy PS with Wide Peak – Offering three certifications to three international equestrian standards with the outershell made of  ABS plastic, riders have the elegant & feminine look of a wide peak helmet to shade the face and upper neck from the harmful effects of the sun. Ten ventilation slots, a removable cup headband, a deep fit and a six-point GRpx leather look harness help to tick all the boxes of a truly modern, innovative riding helmet that also functions as a sun shade.


  • the MS1 Pro – A truly new jockey skull with its added MIPS technology. No other skull has incorporated the MIPS technology before, so with the three certifications to three international equestrian standards, riders can feel truly protected as they ride the gallops or simply hack out. The ABS outershell offers a deep fit made secure with the unique padded harness. Ten ventilation slots and removable cup headband add to the functionality of this new skull.

Which Helmets do we currently stock?

Here at Throstlenest we currently stock the MS1 Pro Jockey Skull and The MY PS Helmet. Whilst we have these products available online, we recommend coming into store for a professional hat fitting. We are a registered hat fitting centre and will endeavour to fit you with a comfortable and correctly fitting hat. 



We hope this has helped to explain a little bit more about Charles Owen's new MIPS Technology riding hats. Click on the links below to see the helmets in detail and to buy one today!

MS1 Pro        MS1 Pro (Round Fit) .      MY PS       MY PS (Round Fit)


*Some images and information have been taken from Charles Owen's site and retailer fact sheet, and have been used in this blog to ensure correct and in depth information*