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Item # POC002T

New colors, same design.

While the high-visibility features included in the Octal AVIP are nice touches, most cyclists already have them built into their kit: bright colors, reflective elements, and an ID. POC accordingly offers the same expanded coverage, impact resistance, and cooling aerodynamics in the Octal Raceday Helmet at a lower price point. POC has also introduced some new colors, in case white and orange aren't your bag.

The Octal Raceday preserves all of the impact functionality of the AVIP, including the protective EPS foam that cradles the wearer’s head. It also provides greater coverage by extending over the back of the head and wrapping the temples while keeping the weight under 250 grams. This combination of low weight and increased footprint doesn't lead to fragility, though, as the oversized vents allow POC to maintain ample thickness of the EPS foam all the way around your head. The vents also net incredible airflow and aerodynamic benefits, as tested in POC's own WATTS lab.

In addition to the shell shape, there are a host of less noticeable, but no less impressive, details throughout. Take for instance the low-profile click wheel retention strap, which is no doubt based on POC's snow sports equipment. Another detail that’s easy to overlook until you use it is the Eye Garage. The sides of the vents where you’ll store your glasses have unassuming gripper panels, which help to ensure that your glasses don’t go anywhere, even on rough roads.

  • Race-specific design
  • More coverage than the Octal AVIP
  • Eye Garage

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
polycarbonate
Impact Foam:
EPS
Ventilation:
optimized vents
Fit Adjustment:
size adjustment system with low contact area
Visor:
no
Certifications:
EN 1078, CPSC 12.03
Claimed Weight:
[medium] 244 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling, racing
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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POC Octal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is so light its doesn't even feel like it's on your head! The straps are as adjustable as any other good helmet I've ridden in, and the fit is really nice. It fits a little low around the head which is nice for locking it in place. The only downside is that it's tough to find a spot to stash the shades when you need to take them off.

Great Helmet

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

I gave this as a gift and they love it. The fit is great and it's super light. Vents are perfect, and I love the hi-vis color.

Avg. ride time: 12h 22m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Great fitting & good looking helmet!

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

This is my second Poc helmet. I've owned basically every brand from Giro, Kask, Catlike, and Specialized. The Poc really fits snuggly, but is not uncomfortable and I especially like the "eye garage" to hold my Oakleys when the sun goes down.

Safety and Style First

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I don't know if a can helmet make you ride faster, but this one might. I have loved this helmet so much, and it has been very reliable. It is super light, as well as crazy breathable. You'll probably forget that it is even on, that's how comfortable and light it is. The padding in it is really well done too. Looks really sharp and will help you stand out from the crowd. One feature I really like is the

Stylish (but shiny) helmet

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

First up: COLOR - I love the color options on this helmet, which attracted me to item, that and the cool, low profile style. Features: Super light weight material, very breathable, great protection for your brain. The chip strap is also has a great feel to it - not too bulky like some other helmets I've used. Only downsides: The finish is glossy, so it's quite bright and shiny (I ordered it in pink). I was expecting it to be more matte from the photos on the website. I don't mind, but something to keep in mind - you're going to literally glow in the dark. Sizing: I measured my dome and was on the upper scale of the small, so I ordered a small. It fits, but it's a little bit snug - had to extend inner shell to the widest setting. In hindsight, I would probably have ordered a size up, so keep that in mind if you're in between sizes.

Smooth and flowy

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

POC has changed the helmet design look with this helmet. I love the way it fits and I really enjoy the large ventilation holes. Keeps your help cool on those long summer rides. Has very comfortable chin straps.

Flowing Locks

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

I got this helmet for my brother and he had some feedback to share:
Vents are awesome- I have some thick mohawks at the end of each ride from these huge vents! On that note- probably not the best helmet for winter riding in terms of being too breathable. The color stands out - I've seen these helmets on other riders before and you can tell its a POC helmet from hundreds of yards away. The "inner lid" closure fits well and is quite adjustable- even for my egg shaped head. Wearing a helmet is cool, but POC made it even cooler with the Octal.

Strap connection point to helmet stupid

    First of all, I like look of helmet but sunglasses (Oakley) had to go under straps and then straps put pressure on the outside arms of sunglasses. This was mentioned by other reviewers but had to see for myself and it is a deal breaker. Helmet also felt slight bulky and heavy. Still it looks good but not for me. Too bad. But now I won't envy those who wear it on group rides.

    Crashtested

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    You don't want to test a product like this.....with a real crash....but i just did! Riding in Basel (Switserland) on a rainy day, my bike slides away and I find myself 2 hours later on emergency floor of the Basel hospital. See attached picture of the helmet, I crashed on the right side of my head. The impact has been

    Crashtested

    Dang

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: L

    Helmet fit my noggin' great. Lots of cooling air for my bald sweat dome. Chin strap = comfy and secure. Sizing- the "L" fits like an "XL/XXL" on the POC Trabec helmet. A few times, I just couldn't get it off my head and then back on with ease. The tensioner got stuck with the helmet on and then when it was off. Scraped some skin off my fingers trying to turn it. It's going back.

    Avg. ride time: 6h 4m per week
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    Great helmet - so far

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    This is a very visible, vibrant helmet. It is also much much cooler (temperature wise) than my old Garneau. Its light, easy to wear, and the minimalist interior restraints are very easy to adjust.

    I worry that with my bald head I may wind up with an interesting tan, so I do wish it had a built in mesh. I have bought a lightweight cap to wear with it, but of course that just recreates the heat issue. But overall, thumbs up!

    Not for the egg head in the family

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great, well built, beautifully made helmet. However is has more of a round build to it, and as such gives a little extra forehead pressure. If you're a round header this thing is you!

    Still untested.

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

    Fortunately, I'm not yet able to report how well this helmet works for its intended purpose because it hasn't been tested in a crash. (Yet.) The safety ratings tell me that it'll likely do the job, but come on: the real reason POC helmets are so hot is how good they look. And the black on black looks damn good.

    We all need helmets eventually. That fact is a given if you're spending any considerable time in the saddle, so you may as well look good in the meantime.

    Great Helmet!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Size Bought: L

    Had a crash in this helmet. Didn't realize I hit my head until the next day. the road rash hurt too much i guess. then noticed the helmet was scratched up and cracked! The crash happened at about 20-25 mph, so it did its job! i just ordered a new one!

    Great helmet, check sunglass fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've been a Bell and Giro fan for years. Did a migration to a POC Trabec on the mountain bike. Thought I would give POC a try in the road space.

    Got a pretty decent deal from BC, so I thought I would order one. Measured my head (as POC seems a bit funky with their sizing) and concluded, I'm right between sizes. Perfect.

    My head is a 59cm, so ordered the Medium. Fits really well for my head shape. It's about 40 grams lighter than my old Giro too. Funny how I can feel the difference on my head.

    The retention system works pretty well, similar to a lobelock or noodleratchet, or bunbuckle...whatever.

    The ventilation is pretty good, but I don't live where it's particularly hot or humid, so not a big variable in my purchase decision. I also wear a headsweats brand skull cap, and this helmet worked well with it.

    The eyegarage (two small plastic strips in two front helmet vents) allows you to place your sunglasses to the vents of your helmet. It actually works relatively well, and glasses stay put, but obviously, the sunglass temples need to actually touch the small plastic part inside the vent. Not sure all will, so try it with your own eyewear to be sure.

    The helmet strap length isn't really adjustable and the side buckles don't really move up and down the straps. That didn't seem to impact the fit for me, just an observation.

    On to the helmet straps...the only thing I didn't like was a lack of attention to design details for accommodating for sunglasses. If your glasses (mine are Oakley Jawbone) go outside the straps (as they should, boyz and gurlz) they won't really stay on your face, and with a bit of jaw movement the straps will somewhat dislodge your glasses. If you place your sun glasses inside the straps, and then tighten the ratchet, it pushes the earpieces into your head just above your ears. I think that is a really poor design.

    For example, look at the design of other helmets. Their straps run through the helmet and exit close to your face, so your glasses can go on the outside of the straps. If you look at a POC helmet, the strap exits in the middle of the material. This creates a big gap. (I have indicated as such on the below pic.) So your sunglasses may not go on the outside, and may need to go inside your straps. So potentially, your will fit neither inside or outside particularly well. My Jawbones are OK, but not ideal.

    POC glasses had to accommodate as their temple is stepped out. Great if you want POC glasses, but they are too "monobrow" for me.

    Overall a good helmet, but be sure to give it a trial run with your selected eyewear. It wasn't a complete deal breaker for me, but that type of compatibility seems like an important detail that the product managers missed.

    Great helmet, check sunglass fit

    Fantastic fit and styling

      This helmet is awesome. Outside of the really clean styling and design functionality, is got great airflow and nice fit adjustability. The micro adjustability of the chin strap is totally unique and well, awesome.

      It looks a bit bulky than other helmets on, but you can tell it's built for protection. The only down-side is that the white straps get dirty pretty quickly, especially when you incorporate sunscreen into your regime.

      The white straps drive me nuts. How the heck do you clean them? Great helmet otherwise.