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Item # POC008Q

The Octal goes off-road.

POC's road-focused Octal has become a favorite among the XC crowd for its blend of light weight, unique styling, and protection. Road helmets are never quite a perfect match for off road applications though, so POC tweaked the design a bit to create the Octal X Helmet and give XC racers the lightweight, trail-worthy helmet they've been looking for.

As with the road version, the Octal X boasts extended coverage over the back of the head and at the temples for added protection no matter what surface you're riding on. True to its dirt-focused intention, the Octal X's shell extends to cover more of the liner foam than the Octal, which improves overall durability against errant trail debris without sacrificing lightweight functionality.

  • POC brings Octal styling to the dirt
  • Lightweight and durable EPS shell construction
  • Aramid bridge tech reinforces the helmet structure for added protection
  • Extended helmet shell provides coverage for foam liner
  • Large vents promote cooling airflow
  • Size adjustment system dials in the fit
  • Eye garage securely holds most sunglasses

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
EPS
Ventilation:
large vents
Fit Adjustment:
size adjustment system
Claimed Weight:
[small] 250g, [medium] 270g, [large] 300g
Recommended Use:
cross-country, mountain bike
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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Great Helmet!

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

I gave this as a gift to my nephew, and he loves it. The fit is great and it's super light. Vents work well and cool off nicely, and the hi-vis color is awesome!

Feels like you arent wearing a helmet!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was a little weary at first of POC octal helmets because they are so big and give you a mushroom head look but as soon as I put on this helmet, I was sold. It is remarkably lightweight and SO breathable. It fits my head really well and doesnt feel big or mushroom head like. I also especially like the silicone grippers on the inside vents that hold your sunnies there when you aren't wearing them. This works super well and holds the sunnies in place even when I tilt my head down, Coffee shop stop approved!! I also dig all the extra safety features that POC has to offer. Gives me extra peace of mind knowing that I am protecting my noggin with the best helmet on the market. Here's a photo from a 100+ degree ride wearing this helmet and feeling nice and ventilated! I dig this helmet!

Feels like you arent wearing a helmet!
Unanswered Question

Is the Reson Blue really a grey color? Hard to tell by the photos...

High Quality

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

This new POC Octal X is a great option for those who have used the Octal helmet, but have been looking for a little more protection without sacrificing comfort or breathability. The straps on this are nice and heavy duty, so they won't wear out or tear in the event of a crash. I noticed that the actual shell of the helmet covers more area than the original Octal does, thus making it a bit more protective. All the favorite features and design of the Octal, in a new, dirt oriented package.