Most of my riding is in the Santa Monica mountains above Malibu where lately we've had some tragic accidents between cyclists and cars. In an effort to be more visible on the road I bought my new POC Octal helmet the first day I saw CC had one in stock. I've been wearing it the last few weekends and numerous members of my cycling club have made positive comments about its styling and the impressive visibility of its orange color. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw them in increasing numbers in our paceline in the coming weeks.
I find the helmet to be lightweight, very comfortable on my long oval head, and with excellent ventilation. I'm a very happy owner and have no plans to test its crashworthiness.