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Where above meets beyond.

Contemporary cycling helmets have a few different jobs. The first and second, keeping you safe keeping you cool, haven't changed much. The third, keeping you fast, is relatively new, though—especially outside of the hyper-specific shaping of TT lids. POC's Octal AVIP MIPS Helmet does all three, and weighs under 200g doing it, which only adds an additional dimension to going above and beyond what's expected of it.

As with any OSHA-approved workplace, safety first is the mantra here. The secret to the helmet's protective qualities is in the EPS foam liner and single-piece unibody polycarbonate shell, which provide brain-saving protection at near-helium weights. The single-piece shell design helps disperse impacts across the entire helmet, not just at the point of contact, and the EPS liner is thicker in exposed areas where you're more likely to take a hit.

POC also approached ventilation differently than most helmet makers. Instead of many small vents, which tend to interrupt airflow over the helmet, the Octal has larger ventilation slots, which allow more air to move smoothly through and around the helmet for improved cooling as well as aerodynamic properties. Coolbest padding actively helps cool your head, and the Octal's straps are molded into the liner for a sleek look and increased durability.

The small details count, too, like the easy-to-adjust sizing system that provides a snug and secure fit with the twist of a dial. The Octal also includes a garage to keep your shades in place when you put them up on your helmet, and an AVIP sticker kit that lets you deck out your dome to help keep you visible in low-light conditions. Finally, POC included an ICE tag that displays medical information for easy access in case of an emergency.

  • A cycling helmet that checks off our headwear wish list
  • Shell distributes impact through itself, not into your head
  • Aerodynamic shaping makes wearing a helmet less of a drag
  • Adjustable cradle keeps fit secure and protection in place
  • Highly visible white EPS foam catches road users' attention
  • Padding wicks moisture and fights funky odors
  • Eyewear perch lets you anchor your shades
  • Prominently displays emergency contact information in case of disaster

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
polycarbonate
Impact Foam:
EPS
Ventilation:
14 large vents
Fit Adjustment:
size adjustment system
Visor:
no
Certifications:
EN 1078, CPSC 1203
Claimed Weight:
[S] 190 g, [M] 195 g, [L] 205 g
Recommended Use:
cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

POC

Helmets
Tempor
  M-LXL-XXL
Head Circumference  21.7 - 22.8in
(55 - 58cm)
23.2 - 24.4in
(59 - 62cm)
Octal, Cerebel
  SML 
Head Circumference  19.7 - 22in
(50 - 56cm)
21.3 - 23.6in
(54 - 60cm)
22 - 24.4in
(56 - 62cm)
 
Skull Orbic Comp, Skull Orbic X, Skull Comp, Super Skull Comp, Skull X, Skull Light, Receptor Bug, Sinuse, Receptor Bug Comm.
 XSSMLXLXXL
Head Circumference 20 - 20.5in
(51 - 52cm)
20.8 - 21.3in
(53 - 54cm)
21.5 - 22in
(55 - 56cm)
22.5 - 22.8in
(57 - 58cm)
23.3 - 23.5in
(59 - 60cm)
24 - 24.4in
(61 - 62cm)
Crane, Fornix, Fornix Backcountry, Skull Light II, Receptor Bug Adjustable, Trabec, Trabec Race, Receptor Flow, Skull Light Women's
 XS/SM/LXL/XXL
Head Circumference 20 - 21.3in
(51 - 54cm)
21.5 - 22.8in
(55 - 58cm)
23.3 - 24.4in
(59 - 62cm)
Synapsis, Frontal, Receptor+, Receptor Backcountry
  SMLXL 
Head Circumference  20.9 - 21.3in
(53 - 54cm)
21.7 - 22in
(55 - 56cm)
22.4 - 22.8in
(57 - 58cm)
23.2 - 23.6in
(59 - 60cm)
 
Cortex DH
  S/MM/LL/XL 
Head Circumference  20.9 - 21.7in
(53 - 55cm)
21.7 - 22.4in
(55 - 57cm)
22.8 - 23.6in
(58 - 60cm)
 
How to Measure:
Measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.

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Avg. ride time: 9h 29m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

This helmet saved my head, face, neck

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This helmet is crazy expensive, but I resolved to splurge on head safety after a 12mph crash head first (after my front wheel dropped from the front fork) into pavement wearing an older Giro Ionos hurt my head too much.



Good thing I did that. just a few weeks later I crashed onto pavement and gravel when cut off by a car at over 21mph. I got back up from that crash with destroyed helmet, shoes, jersey, gloves but no concussion and no neck or shoulder stiffness. The POC scooped up the gravel and kept it from punching into my forehead and temple as it would have done on a traditional helmet. The MIPS and extra low brow did their job and prevented more serious injury. One trip to the emergency with even modest injuries runs well over the cost of this helmet. Consider it good insurance. An analysis of crashes determined that major brain trauma was 50-50 odds at speeds 19mph+ even with a helmet--so wear one, hopefully this one!



It isn't an aero helmet. It's oversized and aesthetics are an acquired taste. But it does cool your head even at slower speeds. I have mounted the ICE dot crash sensor on the back; which is a feature POC designed into this helmet and available for about $120. It recorded my crash forces, sent a text and a map pin to my wife who was headed out to pick me up while I was still brushing myself off.



Excellent investment. I highly recommend this helmet over all others. I've never had a crash at such a high speed and incurred so little trauma. I credit the MIPS system with reducing torque on my neck. We never want to crash, but it happens to the best of us given enough time. When it does, you want the POC Octal MIPS on your head.



PS: POC has a crash replacement program for helmets damaged in crashes within the first year. 50% off list. It's worth contacting them.

This helmet saved my head, face, neck
Avg. ride time: 0m per week
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Octal gave its live to save mine.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Bicycle safety has always been super important to me, so makes sense that I used the day-glow Orange POC Octal before it was available in US. I researched it closely and understood why it wasn't available here yet... so I bought the EU version.

As an avid cyclommuter, I looked forward to riding the 23+ miles to work on average three times a week. In my 8 years at this job I’ve racked up over thirty thousand commuting miles... Check my Strava account. but you'll have to check earlier than 3/30/16, because that's when a drunk driver doing at least 45 mph slammed into me... thank g-d for my POC Octal!

My Strava entry on that date goes into details of my injuries... The helmet is in pieces but my head isn't, not to say I didn't receive any head injury. Would have been hard not to... the drunk first threw me into her windshield (the metal around the windshield was bent-in from the impact), then over her roof and onto the pavement at a fairly high rate of speed as displayed by the road rash over most my body.

I awoke late the following day in the hospital with my family around me. Thanks to my POC, there was an 8" cut to my scalp but nothing more severe.

Now eight months later, I'm staring at my new POC Octal MIPS helmet (orange of course) bought from CC during the TdF Countdown Sale as motivation. Why another Octal? You already know the most important reason... But not the only reason I like it: In Florida it gets HOT in the summer, the helmet you choose can make or "brake" your ride. Brake, as in keep you from pushing hard cause ’it makes you too damn hot!

I’ve had the S-Works/Specialized Prevail, so for comparison:
FIT
If a Specialized fits your head then the Octal should as well. The straps aren’t quite as adjustable but never had a problem getting a secure, comfortable fit around the ears.

BE COOL
To beat the heat it must have large vents, the Octal does and they're shaped properly to catch the wind... but still I'd give it 2nd place, it's slightly less cool than the Prevail but you’ll still feel the wind in your hair and it’s comfortable and cool enough NOT to make feel like you have to take it off at rest stops.

DURABILITY
This helmet uses a single knob in back to control the sizing as well as two adjustable ribs on the plastic frame. The knob concerned me because I've had other helmets using this system which broke... but with over twenty thousand miles of unapologetic heavy sweaty use, I never had a problem with the Octal .

KEEPS YOU COVERED
The Octal also provides better (more) coverage around the sides and back... makes sense to me since we more frequently hit the sides, not the top of our helmets on a fall. I also imagine this feature mitigating cuts in a crash with lots of sharp debris, glass, etc. I’ve also found some large glasses don’t fit properly with a lower helmet so beware.

PERFECT?
Never... but MIPS should be one step closer.
What’s my biggest complaint with the Octal? If you've read the reviews, I can confirm that the ecologically friendly dye they use fades quickly in the Florida sun. However, if you don't compare it to a new one, or look under the bottom ;-), it can be hard to tell.


What else do I recommend for safety?
1) Bright jerseys and lots of reflective elements if you ride at night.
2) Newer high lumen lights, use 24/7... no excuses!
(I especially like handlebar-end tail lights, bikes look bigger... hint hint CC)
3) A backpack or other back protection. I used a Shimano T30, with foam layers for the laptop section and the change of clothes I carried, it saved my spine. How do I know? Below the backpack, my non-protected pelvis and sacrum were shattered and broken in multiple pieces.
Need another reason to wear a backpack? Motorists respect you more! My experience is that drivers pass with greater clearance and safety when they think you’re coming/going to work and not just another recreation cyclist getting in their way!

STAY SAFE!

Octal gave its live to save mine.

https://www.strava.com/athletes/1176300/

A WISE INVESTMENT...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I wanted to try a helmet with the MIPS technology and chose the POC Octal. First one had a defective adjustment mechanism and CC was excellent in sending a new replacement helmet. Adjustment mechanism seems fine on the new replacement. I've put about 200 miles on the helmet with no real complaints. After the first ride, I forgot it was on my head. Very comfortable even wearing an Assos FuguCap_S7 underneath the helmet and straps feel light and secure against the skin. Visibility side to side is excellent. I have noticed more wind noise wearing the Octal compared to my Lazer Z1, especially speeds above 20+ mph, wind noise is noticeable but not annoying. Lazer Z1 seems ever so slightly more comfortable than the POC Octal Mips. Adjustment mechanism functions fine but it could be a bit more robust, like the adjustment on the Lazer helmet. Can only wear glasses under the straps, not over. Overall a very nice, safe helmet design with MIPS integration.

Size medium in the POC Octal Mips fits me same as size medium in the Lazer Z1.

Overall it's a great dome protector

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Obviously your noggin is the most important part of your body so don't fall short on protecting it. This helmet is great, fits and breathes well! Adjusting was a snap and I would suggest this to anyone. Colors are attractive and vibrant as well.

Saved from a crash

  • Fit: True to size

Usually don't write reviews but couldn't pass up the chance to extol the virtues of this helmet. On a recent ride blew a front tire coming off a downhill at 21+, bike went out and head snapped back. Walked away with a mild concussion. This helmet is phenomenal



Saved from a crash

It worth the money

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

great helmet. I love the fit and overall color. Shape can be polarizing, but that is for everybody else to decide. However, if I ever crash, I would rather have my head in one of these. I speak of experience. Yesterday, a pothole snapped my front wheel while taking drink, and I wend down. I had some road rash, but the extra bulk of the helmet and the MIPS system saved my head and face. I had similar crashes in other helmet and usually, I get some headache afterward and far more skin rash on my face. Now, except for one little bruise above the L eyebrow ( I guess from the helmet edge as my head rotated compared to the helmet), I have nothing.

Pink POC helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Small

This helmet looks and feels great! My only complaint about this helmet is that the pink color faded a lot. I was wearing it in the Arizona sun which may have something to do with it but I was still disappointed when it faded to almost white after a month of use. I would highly recommend this helmet but not in the neon colorways.

Form, Fit, Function

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

After playing with aero helmets for the past few years, I started becoming disappointed with the level of air flow through the helmet, and sweat in my eyes.

Enter the Octal; I hate to say that one of my requisites for a lid is the color green, but hey, I'm vain. Not only does it fit superbly, it also looks the part; look good to go fast!

I am particularly impressed by the coverage and protection of the helmet, combined with the level of air flow; of everything out there right now, I would have to say that this is the best light-weight, ventilated helmet out there.

For 2016 this will be my road and mountain helmet; I may swap out to an aero version for some races, but this will be my stalwart.

For additional information, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Bradley Gehrig
Customer Account Manager
Office: 801–204-4541
bgehrig@backcountry.com

cool helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I ordered this in white in a size small. I'm a woman and have a pretty small head (21.5 inches) and the small fits well. The best part is that the helmet allows for a low ponytail - no awkward threading of my ponytail through an opening. I can take my helmet on/off without messing with my hairdo.

POC

  • Fit: True to size

This is an awesome helmet. When i first started wearing my new POC it seemed i bit big in looks, but after wearing it for more than a month or so i really love this helmet. It feels very safe and is very comfortable.

Avg. ride time: 4h 1m per week
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Airy and Comfortable Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have been having a great time with this helmet a couple. The highlights are:
- Very well ventilated. My head stays very cool!
- Well thought out "eye garage" feature adds well spaced vents and rubber grabbers for your sunnies. I use it with Oakley Radars and it works great! I can even bend over and my glasses stay put.
- Much less padding inside to absorb sweat and get smelly.
- Comfortable straps.
- Extremely lightweight
- Unique look.

Only things not to like in my mind are:
- Price.
- Unique look (personally I like it, but it is different for sure and I see why others may not)

Avg. ride time: 4h 31m per week
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Great helmet

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I love this new POC helmet it fits great the retention system is great and it is light and cool. The helmet sits on my head so good it does not interfears with my Oklys like others do.

Avg. ride time: 6h 38m per week
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Comfortable, lightweight

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

A roadraged bozo pushed me off my bike, busting up my old helmet and messing up my neck. I splurged for this mushroom because it's lightweight (meaning I can ride much longer without my neck getting sore) and its shape allows me to rotate my head and stretch my neck as I ride (there is more range of motion with this helmet than the Giro helmets I've worn in the past).

Worth Every Dollar - Love it!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

One of the best if not the best lid currently on the market!!! Does anything else need to be said ...

Comfy - Yes
Fit - Great
Weight - Super light
Ventilation - Awesome

Here's a link to the MIPS official website if you'd like any further info on the technology going into these helmets. http://www.mips.technology/

worth every penny

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I wear a 7 1/2 hat and the large fits perfect.Great fit,great looks and great vents.5 stars

So comfy

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I just got this helmet and can't wait to put some miles on it - the fit is spectacular. I had heard the MIPS insert can make them run small, but I didn't find that to be the case.

Avg. ride time: 7h 50m per week
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Comfortable and cool in the heat

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I bought this helmet after, as I like to say do to how you have to speak to certain medical professionals who aren't aloud to work with injuries from car accidents, I was involuntarily ejected from my bicycle by a car and subsequently hit a second car. I had a helmet that I was sure saved my life and was determined to find an even better helmet. After much research I chose on this baby because of the mips and smooth back (very important in preventing excess neck movement which I still live with issues because my previous helmet was pointy and why I wanted a smooth back). This baby is so light I have to keep catching myself wearing it without realizing. More importantly I live in Oklahoma and we have very hot summers with triple digits and humidity and last year the vents worked wonderfully with enough space to poor water over my head to help cool me down. The only complaint I have is for ladies (maybe men too???) and that is do to the extra piece inside it likes to take a piece of hair with it occasionally and on rare occasion a hair pin will grab on too. On a side not I guess it runs true to size but I'm a female who can fit a small but had to buy a medium because I have EXTREMELY thick hair that I often braid which adds thickness. Looks wise I think it looks cool on others but personally think I look silly in it but take it from someone who is still recovering from a concussion received 14 months ago safety comes first in head injuries. I therefore highly recommend this baby to everyone.

Gave it's life

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used this helmet all season this year racing mtn and cross. Fits me great and is very light and ventilates well. Easy to adjust and the Eye Garage holds my shades well. I have the Race Trabec Light MIPS, but wanted better ventilation for summer and racing. Decided to test its metal last week with a tomahawk crash landing directly on the top of my head full force. Heard a horrible crunch that thankfully was not my head or neck. Popped up and finished the race after a wheel change only to find the inside of my helmets cracked throughout from compression. All the MIPS pins were intact as this was a blunt force direct blow to the hard pack, no shear. Outer shell intact without a scratch. Scalp was bruised, but only real loser was the helmet as it should be. Ordering another one tonight, and not buying any lottery tickets anytime soon.