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