WHAT IT IS:
Answer Racing started in 1976 to provide hard-core motocross enthusiasts with moto safety products they could trust. Forty years later, ANSR equips off-road enthusiasts with head-to-toe protection and gear bags. We featured the Answer Evolve in our May 2014 “Under-$200 Helmet Buyer’s Guide” and the Evolve 3.0 MIPS in our May 2015 “Under-$300 Helmet Buyer’s Guide.” Answer’s original Evolve was $149.95, and the Evolve 3.0 has increased to $169.95 MSRP. MIPS increases the price by $80, but also increases value and safety exponentially. MIPS is short for Multidirectional Impact Protection System, and it has been in development for 20 years by neurosurgeons looking to reduce brain trauma in athletics and motorsports racing. Basically, MIPS adds another layer of protection in the modern helmet to mimic cranial fluid surrounding the brain and reduce rotational violence.
Answer’s Evolve 3.0 has a modern shell with ridges and valleys made of injection-molded polycarbonate, and an impact-absorbing, dual-density EPS liner fills those peaks and valleys. The Evolve 3.0 has SilverCool padding and removable, moisture-wicking liner for comfort, plus nine intake and exhaust vents for cooling and four eyebrow vents to prevent the dreaded sweateye. The MX-style full-face Evolve 3.0 has a flexible rubber nose/cheek piece, chin-bar mesh vents and adjustable visor to defeat or deflect roost.
MIPS adds extra protection between the foam EPS liner and SilverCool padding and liner. Where a much more expensive 6D helmet has two EPS foam liners connected by multiple rubber elastomers, MIPS actually allows up to 15mm (0.59 inches) of movement during the 2–10 milliseconds of an impact, thus mitigating, or redirecting, forces. MIPS is a plastic skull-cap connected by four rubber elastomers embedded in the dual-density EPS foam, and the cap connects to the SilverCool liner. MIPS adds about 25 grams of weight and has a shelf life of about five years, meaning it returns to its original position after an impact. While the Evolve 3.0 has several colors and styles of graphics, the Evolve 3.0 MIPS comes in camo, white and black in sizes X-small to XX-large.
WHO’S IT FOR?
Anyone who is serious about protecting their brain from possible trauma, like Dale Earnhardt Jr., should be in a MIPS helmet. MIPS is designed to transfer and redirect energy rotationally. Very seldom is a motorsports incident a lawn-dart impact, like an ATV rider going over the bars and pile-driving into the ground. MIPS is designed to allow the cap to rotate, spreading energy over more area to reduce trauma. It has undergone 9000 impact tests, and MIPS can be the difference between a concussion and no injury at all, or a concussion and no injury at all, or internal bleeding and a concussion. It’s internal bleeding and a concussion. It’s like reducing impact speed by 12–18 like reducing impact speed by 12–18 mph, depending on the angle of impact. mph, depending on the angle of impact. That’s a lot of safety for $70–$80 over That’s a lot of safety for $70–$80 over the cost of non-MIPS helmets. the cost of non-MIPS helmets.
The Evolve 3.0 is a very comfortable The Evolve 3.0 is a very comfortable helmet to wear, and the venting is helmet to wear, and the venting is excellent. Since the Multi-directional excellent. Since the Multi-directional Impact Protection System allows up Impact Protection System allows up to 15mm of rotation, it’s important to to 15mm of rotation, it’s important to get the size that is snug around the get the size that is snug around the head and cheeks. We certainly didn’t head and cheeks. We certainly didn’t test the effectiveness of the MIPS, but test the effectiveness of the MIPS, but the Evolve 3.0 MIPS meets or exceeds the Evolve 3.0 MIPS meets or exceeds DOT FMVSS and ECE 22-05 safety DOT FMVSS and ECE 22-05 safety standards.
The Evolve 3.0 MIPS rates highly in fit, style, quality and value, as the 6D ATR-1 lists for $745–$845, with the ATR-1 camo listing for $550 on the 6D website. The Evolve 3.0 MIPS has a lot of safety built into a great-fitting, very comfortable and aerodynamic fullface helmet. Venting is awesome, and the camo and yellow scheme looks really cool as well. Best yet, Answer has a sponsorship program for local grassroots racers all the way to national championship competitors. Submit digital applications through MXSponsor or Hookit, or e-mail your racing resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.