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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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COMFORT & SAFETY

  • 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: 10h 37m 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 pricey....got 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: 6h 6m 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: 5h 38m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

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.

Love it! Saved my skull!

    Just crashed with this helmet. I loved it before but loved it more when it crashes

    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: 9h 58m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    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: 6h 41m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    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.