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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

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Impact Foam:
optimized vents
Fit Adjustment:
size adjustment system with low contact area
EN 1078, CPSC 12.03
Recommended Use:
road cycling, racing
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year



Claimed Weight

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[medium] 244 g

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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An innovative fitting helmet

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

A really nice and comfortably fitting helmet that's under $100!. I love the head sizing knob in the back of the helmet which allows for surrounding of the head and not just in back of the head.

Avg. ride time: 5h 13m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

dirt roadie

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ordered a POC Ventral Spin helmet and was totally stoked for it, but it didn't fit, it was too small. and in a weird way. The ear straps barely fit over my ears and it was more the tightness of the harness and pads along my forehead that put pressure on my head, rather than the overall shell size.

Anyway, my grape is about 58-58.5 cm for reference, and a medium in all other POC helmets fit perfectly, but this in a medium did not. I wasn't willing to go large, I just can't see the point of that.

I'm a solid POC guy and love my Octal X, so I tried on an Octal X Spin as well, and it didn't feel right either, so I'm beginning to think it's the Spin padding/configuration.

So I ordered a Raceday, because 10/10 I was certain I would love that. I was correct. It fits like my Octal X, and is actually a little bit lighter. The ventilation in the So Cal summer heat is excellent, and I got it in a color as opposed to my black Octal X, so there's an extra fun factor.

I definitely recommend this helmet as a do-it-all lid. I'm a dirt roadie, I ride pretty much everything except the insane DH stuff (too old for that now).

ALSO, a huge shoutout to my gearhead, Connor Johnson, a dude who is an invaluable asset when it comes to online shopping for gear. If you don't have a gearhead yet, or yours lags, give him a shout at My stoke level with him is RAGING.

I love it!

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

The helmet is suuuper light and is well ventilated. it's also very comfortable and the adjust ability works very well. I will say, at first they seem big visually, but it's not actually too bad. It's a great helmet!

Great fit and comfortable all day

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

I replaced a Giro Ionos with the POC Octal Raceday. I have come to love the fit. I really like the straps as they are routed around my ears. I have rode 5 centuries in heat and cold alike with and without a skullcap. I would recommend this helmet

Avg. ride time: 11h 52m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Perfect, snug fit...plenty of vents

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

Perfect snug fit just like my other POC helmets.

Great Helmet, Lots of Vents

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been using this helmet for about a month now and I really love it. It fits nicely and has a lot of coverage, especially on the back of the helmet behind the ears. It has more coverage there than any helmet I've ever owned. Great ventilation, with lots of large openings, especially in the rear of the helmet to let the air escape. I wore this helmet on a recent two day event where the temps started out cool and got really warm in the later stages of the ride. Worked great in both situations. The helmet, in my opinion, is really good looking, and IU have received several favorable comments on it. I really recommend the POC helmet. Great helmet at a great price from Backcountry. My only minor complaint is that there are adjustment arrows on the inside of the helmet that seem to allow you to reposition the rear retention system a little, but there are no instructions on how to do it, and no way of telling how much adjustment would be allowed. There are two numbers, (1 & 2), showing with back and forth arrows adjacent to the numbers, but I haven't been able to figure out how to make an adjustment. I also checked the POC website and YouTube with no luck. I ordered a size medium and it has a little room for size adjustment on the retention system. I wear a size 7 3/8 hat.

Just gently pull or push on the harness pieces where they enter the helmet itself to move them in or out. They will adjust in clicks, small increments, as indicated by the numbers. The numbering goes up to four, I believe. Higher numbers allow your head to sit deeper in the helmet. I personally love the simple, minimalist system employed by POC in the design of these helmets.

my what vents you have

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

Light, comfortable, looks great. Best of all, very well ventilated. I just picked this helmet up after using KASKs the past few years, and haven't ridden in it just yet, so my rating may change, but trying it on a few times I am really looking forward to using this helmet.

Fantastic helmet!

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

Lightweight, comfortable, great color. I have only ridden with it in the winter over a skull cap so far, but I have no doubt my opinion will remain high in the summer months as well - plenty of ventilation up there. This is my first departure from Giro helmets and I have been very impressed.

Nice fit, style, weight - flimsy harness

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

I really like the weight, fit, and feel of this lid. My main disappointment is in the harness which is what prevents me from five-starring it. Why they'd make this white [instead of gray] is beyond me. This thing is going to get grungy and gross looking in no time flat. It's also made using a thinner web nylon which makes it feel a bit flimsy and cheap. The whole sunglasses docking seems overrated as my Rudys do not seem to find this feature any more useful than on my first $30 entry level Bell. I look forward to the HUGE vents this summer, though I can see there will be sunburn risk on the forehead that isn't a concern smaller venting lids. If you are bald or shave your head you will definitely always want a liner to prevent racing stripe tan lines on your melon! Even those with hair should be mindful of the upper forehead sun exposure. Not everyone appreciates the POC styling but this thing feels amazing and I appreciate the rear head coverage. It does, however, force a very low ponytail rather than being able to pull it through the harness gap on most/many other helmets. I have thinner pin-straight hair and this presents no issue for me, but it could be a factor to consider for those with very thick locks. I would definitely buy another POC despite the harness gripe.

Great Helmet!

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

Fits great and protects my entire head, which not all helmets do well.

Excellent product , highly recommended .

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the best helmet I ever had, feels like you have nothing on your head, very comfortable helmet , worth the money .

True to size.

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Size Bought: Small

I like the product. Confortable and light.

Avg. ride time: 2h 51m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

2nd Helmet As Good As The First

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I really like this helmet, the fit and comfort is amazing. Took a spill in my old one, the helmet protected me as expected, but made a new one necessary. I came straight back to the Octal as my replacement choice. I use this helmet for all disciplines of cycling and have zero complaints.

design flaw

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: small

Helmet fit great. Felt good on my head. However when I put on my oakley sunglasses they hit the back of the helmet. Perhaps the larger size would handle the issue but I don't know. I fit just under the measurements for a small. Had to return and will go to store for proper fitting.

Great in every way but one

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

My POC disappears on my head when I wear it. What greater praise can I offer? I am recovering from a bicycle accident that caused four broken cervical vertebrae, six broken ribs, a broken hand, two skull fractures, and a lost tooth, etc. My helmet, a Smith, saved my life. I'm counting on the POC to do the same. It is lighter and more comfortable than the Smith (which was a good helmet). My only complaint about the POC is the chin strap material. It is so light and thin that it can slip through the adjustment clip. I'll adjust it to a good tension, and by the end of a long ride it's noticeably looser. Not a major problem, but. Anyone have ideas for improving this? I really like this helmet and I'd like it to be perfect.

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

Great fit and weight.

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

Helmet is great. Perfect fit, size adjustment and light weight. I hardly notice it at all. One small quibble is the integrated ‘Eye Garage’ which is designed to hold your glasses. Even with a pair of POC glasses it does not hold them very well and they will come free, even if not riding on rough terrain.

Just great!!!

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Small

Its so light that it doesnt even feel like its on your head. Size true fit. Im so happy yo have choosen poc helmet.

Great looking and fitting helmet

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

I've heard a lot of buzz about this helmet, so I decided to make the purchase. It fits true to size and does not give me that mushroom top look. A couple twists of the adjustment band and it fits great. Light weight with the best ventilation... You can really feel the air move through the top of your head cooling you down a bit. Straps are the best I've seen and used on any helmet, every part is completely adjustable... two thumbs up

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.