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.
- The helmet that changed how the industry designs racing lids
- Race-specific design doesn't hold back when you aren't
- Multi-material shell improves ability to absorb impacts
- Provides more coverage than the Octal AVIP
- Vents provide cooling airflow and improve aerodynamics
- Designed to complement POC's Race Day apparel
- Eye Garage keeps your glasses secure when you're slugging up a climb