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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:
Impact Foam:
14 large vents
Fit Adjustment:
size adjustment system
EN 1078, CPSC 1203
Claimed Weight:
[S] 210g, [M] 215g, [L] 225g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size Chart


Head Circumference  21.7 - 22.8in
(55 - 58cm)
23.2 - 24.4in
(59 - 62cm)
Octal, Cerebel
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.
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
Head Circumference 20 - 21.3in
(51 - 54cm)
21.5 - 22.8in
(55 - 58cm)
23.3 - 24.4in
(59 - 62cm)
Synapsis, Frontal, Receptor+, Receptor Backcountry
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
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: 8h 32m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Best helmet ever!!!

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

This helmet is true to size, fits like a glove is lightweight and honestly there is nothing bad I can say about it. The tension system that adjusts to your head is very comfortable and works extremely well.

Great product

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

After a crash I was looking for some extra back of the head protection. Was using a specialized Prevail. It did its job well. However felt I needed more protection lower in the back based on my wreck. Pretty sure I suffered a minor concussion in the front of head (brain bounce reverb). Its possible that the MIPS might help cushion the blow a bit in the future. Hopefully, I will never find out. This one runs a little lower on the back of the head. The real reason I am here writing this is to actually mention how it is true that this helmet really just disappears. Forgot I had it on after a few miles. Very comfortable. I will tell you that it does have great ventilation, but the vents tend to be a bit deeper - harder to scratch your head through the vents than the prevail. All in all, happy with the purchase. fyi - Runs a tad large - 59cm - use the medium.

crime from vendors andpoc and ICE dot

    I am a client of competitive cyclist I take they're recomendations very seriously,ia an an m.d. IN MIAMI ON SEPTEMBER 17 I had an accident (unprovoked) at 25 miles per hour were I had head contusion and including many contusions in the body and head this helmet broke like an egg and the ice dot that they manufacture fell to inform my family which is why I bought them In the first place my wife received a message from ice that I was involved in an accident 5 days later it said error at bottom of the message.later that day the message was taking off my email I have proper information from the police and fire rescue ,when I called competitive cyclist today a man name Steve said they have nothing to do with this compny and they were the ones whom recomended the products above I will seek justice with the vendors and the company of poc and ice.stay away this vendors and poc.I have been riding for 1 0 years ia ma not a novice by any means,do with this info as you may.

    Seeking justice? Sounds like you are seeking a pay check. POC probably owes you for the cost of the poorly functioning icedot, but nothing more. The helmet likely absorbed a blow that might have killed you. Was there a delay in your emergency care because of the failure of icedot? Unless you were riding alone, that is unlikely. CC cannot guarantee that the products they sell live up to their manufactures' claims. That is not their duty. IMHO. I fail to see how you were harmed in this incident.

    Just like you I had serious bicycle accident at 30mph. Landing on my Giro helmet first , result mild concussion with extensive body bruises.Helmet had internal cracks in foam and that saved me.
    Thanks for useful recommendation.
    Yury G

    Good to know that the helmet fractured like an egg, preventing your skull from doing the same. Safe recovery!

    poc serves a specific purpose,,,,

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: grande

    i got the orange mips for fall and winter. riding on the city roads, i'm a bit more cautious. orange for visibility and mips for protection. not crazy about the look, but you get used to it.

    Avg. ride time: 9h 54m per week
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    Great Helmet, Plenty of Ventilation

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

    I've had a lot of helmets over the years, and this one offers excellent comfort and the vents are the most effective I've used. Here in South Florida, the summers brutalize cyclists and you need as much cooling power as possible. I haven't used it in cooler weather, so you may wish for less ventilation if you live in cooler climes and have only one helmet.

    Super comfortable

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

    I've been exclusively riding in Giro road helmets for the past 10+ years, but the Octal seems superior in just about every respect to my Aeon and the various helmets I've had before that. Super light, fits perfectly (obviously subjective), holds my glasses securely (Oakley Racing Jackets) and seems a bit safer with the extra coverage and MIPS. Hands down the best helmet I've owned.

    Noggin Protection

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

    Very well ventilated, smart design features like the grippy tabs for holding sunglasses in place. The helmet feels well built. Fit, I would compare with a Specialized or Smith helmet, not quite the same as a Giro for head shape. This isn't the lowest profile helmet out there, it has the appearance of being a little larger than some of the competition, but I feel like it is more protective and the extra external volume ensures that the helmet will be hitting the ground before the rest of my head.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 42m per week
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    Great helmet !

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs large

    I love the look of this helmet. The standard swept back and sit high on the head look of most helmets does not appeal to me or gives me any comfort that my head is fully protected. This helmet looks awesome and feels substantial on my head. It's very light and you'll forget you're wearing it. My previous helmet (LG Titan Carbon) was very well vented. The Octal feels even better! I always wind up with that funny looking wind blown hair that takes the shape of the vents. I ordered a large and it felt a little big. However, I did not exchange it for another size. It has plenty of adjustment to take up the slack and still feels great. I'll probably order the Octal Aero for the winter and try the medium and shoot for a more snug fit with that one. It may fit me at the upper range of medium.

    I highly recommend this helmet. I got a good deal at CC but no matter what I paid for this helmet it feels much safer and comfortable than anything I've ever owned.

    The eyeglass garage is awesome! Holds glasses very well. I don't sweat them dropping out. However, the POC glasses definitely work better than the ones I had (Tifosi and Bolle). Not mention that if you want your straps underneath your glasses the POC glasses accommodate the straps that stick out. I have POC half Blades and they are best suited for the helmet straps and garage.

    Alexander, what size is your head? wondering if M or L for me...

    Avg. ride time: 1h 24m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.


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

    I needed to find a new helmet that would meet a lot of criteria after a crash. I wanted increased protection and this helmet meets all needs and more. Comfortable, great coverage, lightweight and great ventilation. I'm glad I made this purchase.

    Such a great helmet!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I can't say enough great things about the POC Octal AVIP MIPS. Super light, very well ventilated, great fit to standard sizing (medium) and a very nice change to the traditional road helmet lines. I haven't had a chance to "try" out the MIPS, but in theory the technology makes sense. That's good enough for me. The white/white color option looks great, especially with the subtle yellow MIPS logo and liner. Great job POC for a awesome helmet, and as always great customer service by Jacob Stenberg, my Customer Account Manager with Backcountry!

    Kinda Ugly...but in a good way

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: large

    I bought this helmet because I was looking for something that breathed better in the south Texas heat. Super comfortable, I never find myself feeling like I need to adjust it during the ride, it breathes really well and the orange is very visible from a long ways off. I'm a big fan of anything that makes me more visible on the road.

    Great helmet and awesome service!

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

    The helmet is great of course but I wanted to comment on the amazing and fast service from Competitive Cyclist! My order arrived in record time and in perfect condition. Great service!

    Avg. ride time: 6h 12m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Very light with great ventilation

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

    What makes this helmet awesome is that you don't feel it while you're riding. It's light, and the huge vents are a great asset on hot days. It really makes a difference compared to my previous helmet.
    Luckily, I haven't had any crashes, but the MIPS technology gives me peace of mind.
    The only complaint I have is that my Smith Pivlock sunglasses don't stay in the vents very securely. Maybe it's just that model and other fit great.

    Swedish, Light and comfy

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I bought this as a gift to a friend. He wanted this helmet so bad because it's sweden made and because it looks rad (his words). He says he has a weird shaped head and this is the only helmet he could feel comfortable with. Although it looks bigger than your regular road bike helmet, he says that it feels very light and offers great grip for the sun glasses. He went for the Orange Large one.

    My favorite helmet

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

    I've used quite a few helmets over the years....and notably the Giro Atmos II for the past 10 years or so. I've had two crashes with the Atmos - first one I hit pavement at around 23 mph and got a concussion. Second one was getting hit by a car nearly head-on, and no concussion (although my side/shoulder seemed to take the brunt of the hit into the windshield). I always hated the buckle/retention system of the Atmos II, but it was lightweight, vented well and looked cool.

    A little over a month ago, I decided my current Atmos II needed a replacement as the shell was starting to separate from the foam core, so I ordered the POC - I had been eyeing the POC, but at full retail, it was a bit it on sale, and that was much more manageable. My first impression was that the helmet was pretty big - however, I was surprised at how light it was. It took me no time to dial in the fit to my head, and the straps/retention system is infinitely better than the Giro.

    I've been using the helmet for a little over a month and around 800 miles, and I often say to myself

    Avg. ride time: 5h 9m per week
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    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:
    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.

    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.

    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 .

    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.

    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!


    Octal gave its live to save mine.


    • 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