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POCVentral Air Spin Helmet

$249.95

Item # POC00DI

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Item # POC00DI
Description

Ventral Air Spin Helmet

Drawing inspiration from both the Octal and Ventral, the POC Ventral Air Spin Helmet blends  superior ventilation with optimal aerodynamic performance, giving riders the best features of these two race-proven helmet designs. Factor in the advanced crash protection offered by the fully-wrapped unibody shell, a high-performance EPS foam liner, and the SPIN rotational impact system, and it's easy to see why the Swedish company has already won a prestigious Design and Innovation award for this new helmet.

  • Lightweight helmet offering superior ventilation and protection
  • Innovative airflow design cools around the entire head
  • Helmet shape enhances aerodynamic profile and minimizes drag
  • Spin pads reduce rotational forces from an angled impact
  • Fully-wrapped unibody shell increases helmet safety & integrity
  • EPS foam liner offers low weight and advanced crash protection
  • Adjustable retention system on the rear dials in the fit
  • Eye garage provides secure storage for sunglasses mid-ride

Tech Specs
Shell Materialunibody shell
Impact FoamEPS foam liner, SPIN rotational protection system
Ventilation15 front ventilation ports, internal air channels
Fit Adjustmentrear dial adjustment system
CertificationsCPSC, AS/NZS
Recommended Useroad cycling
Manufacturer Warranty1 year
Size

POC

Helmets
Bike
Size

S

M

L

Fit

Ventral Spin

19.7 - 22in

(50 - 56cm)

21.3 - 23.6in

(54 - 60cm)

22 - 24in

(56 - 61cm)

runs small

Octal

19.7 - 22in

(50 - 56cm)

21.3 - 23.6in

(54 - 60cm)

22 - 24.4in

(56 - 62cm)

true to size

Size

XS / S

M / L

XL / XXL

Fit

Trabec & Tectal
Coron & Corpora
Crane

20.1 - 21.3in

(51 - 54cm)

21.7 - 22.8in

(55 - 58cm)

23.2 - 24.4in

(59 - 62cm)

true to size

Snow
SizeXS / SM / LXL / XXLFit

Auric

20.1 - 21.3in

(51 - 54cm)

21.7 - 22.8in

(55 - 58cm)

23.2 - 24.4in

(59 - 62cm)

round fit

Fornix & POCito
Artic SL Spin

20.1 - 21.3in

(51 - 54cm)

21.7 - 22.8in

(55 - 58cm)

23.2 - 24.4in

(59 - 62cm)

true to size

Skull Orbic Comp Spin

20.1 - 21.3in

(51 - 54cm)

21.7 - 22.8in

(55 - 58cm)

23.2 - 24.4in

(59 - 62cm)

runs larger than non-Spin versions

How to Measure:
Measure the circumference of your head around the widest point.

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 4

Almost perfect, but...

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 2"
Weight
165 lbs

This is my third POC road helmet. I like the style, the colors, the venting, the feel. The one thing that is frustrating is the different sizing. A large Octal is not the same size as a large Ventral. And while the difference is small and probably negligible for most, it has led me to having to order the medium and large sizes each time and try them out, because one will fit and one wont and it isn't uniform across the board. I have a medium octal which fits great and a large ventral air spin right which fits pretty well. I tried a large ventral spin and it rocked around all over the place. So, its a medium ventral and a large ventral air. Go figure.

>Rating: 4

Observation on size

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Height
5` 11"
Weight
190 lbs

I have an POC Octal (L), purchased in 2018, which fits me well. Ordered the Ventral Air Spin in Large, based on my skull measurement of approx 60.5 cm, as the POC sizing guidance claims Large should fit up to 61 cm. Not so much. Helmet is too small, so returning and will try the Giro Aether. I do not think it is a question of skull shape versus circumference, as the helmet was tight at my temples and at anterior and posterior aspects of my head. It just runs small in terms of circumference, which resulted in the superior aspect of my skull not even touching the top of the interior. if you are anything north of 59.5, I'd stay away from this model. I love POC so giving it four stars given the issue does not involve a technical flaw with the helmet. Great customer service, as always, from CC. You guys are killing it. Thanks, Riley!

>Rating: 5

Perfection - for me, at least.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
5` 10"
Weight
160 lbs

This is by far the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn. Quite frankly, it completely "disappears" on my head when I'm riding. That is to say, it's so comfortable in every way that I completely forget that I am wearing a helmet. It's one of those things, like a saddle, where it might take a while to hone in on what works best for you, but when you find the right product, it goes *poof* and you never think about it again. For me, this helmet is like that. Like most things, your mileage may vary in terms of fit, but the non-subjective elements of the helmet are all great. The build quality is clearly of a superior grade, and every small detail has been meticulously dialed in. The only downside to this helmet is the price, BUT I feel that is it actually a really great value since it is a truly superior product. Worth every penny, and I'm not a guy who has lots of pennies to spare. Just spend the extra money and get a helmet that will love you back, okay?

>Rating: 5

Nice!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 2"
Weight
200 lbs

Nice, cool and lightweight. This helmet fits me well with just a slight adjustment of the strap. My Rapha glasses fit well in the "garage." I would definitely recommend.

>Rating: 5

Fantastic 'Daily Driver'

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 1"
Weight
175 lbs

This is the helmet that I reach for most days. POC did a great job with venting across the forehead, something that my Specialized & Bontrager helmets struggle with. When I'm doing short, hard efforts; this helmet doesn't drip into my eyes and keeps me cool. On long days out, the lightweight and sunglass grippers keep it comfortable all day long. I can't say enough good things about my Ventral Air! A few notes: - POCs are sized a bit smaller than some other brands - measure your melon. - the padding/venting is designed to float away from the helmet, so don't jam your head into a smaller size

>Rating: 5

A Step up from Giro Synthe IMO

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

Admittedly, I've been a Giro fanboy since riding my first MTB hardtail in the mid 90s. Every cycling helmet I've ever worn was a Giro, but IMO the more organic, curvy Giro look is a bit long in the tooth these days. After having my Synthe for nearly five seasons, it was time to look elsewhere and mix it up. The POC Ventral Air Spin had the low-profile fit I was looking for, with POC's angular styling, AND its proprietary SPIN tech to help reduce angular forces in a crash. Like other reviewers mentioned, the Ventral just fit right out of the box. It's a bit heavier than the Synthe, but once you're wearing it, it disappears on your head. I appreciate the more elegant system to transition the ear straps to the chin buckle—I had no issues with the fixed ear strap being too short, even with a cycling cap on. The elasticized sleeve to retain extra chin strap length is a great touch too, keeps the look super clean. The retention system is nicely adjustable and more robust than Giro's offering, it should be more durable too. The ventilation and sweat absorption on the Ventral are fantastic, and the helmet sits nice and low on your head, falling right above the eyebrow without the dreaded gaper gap between your shades and helmet. I only have a hundred miles or so on the Ventral, but I'm absolutely stoked on it. Definitely worth a shot for a high-end helmet with ultra low-profile looks, and fantastic features.

>Rating: 5

Worth the money

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

Both helmets fit perfectly out of the box. Very comfortable. Disconcerting as the airflow across my hair makes it feel like there is no helmet on. Second helmet was required due to a crash. Cooking oil in a parking lot. Looked like water. Helmet hit hard on the asphalt with my head in it (of course). A little ding on the helmet. I was fine (except for damaged teeth from my jaw banging shut). After waiting a bit to make sure that there was no concussion, I rode on. Two days later I discovered that the retention points has released, protecting my head/neck. Six months later the usual sweat/grime outlined a small crack in the foam where the helmet took the impact. It hurt to replace an expensive helmet that only had a tiny crack in the foam, but it did its job. I like the orange color!

>Rating: 5

love this helmet

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

Used to think my Kask Mojito was the best helmet until I bought this helmet. The ventilation on this helmet is amazing. I had my Mojito for about 6 years, and when I put this helmet on for the first time I was blown away by the ventilation just walking around the house. Great for hot and humid summers we have here in St. Louis. At first I was never a fan of the looks of this helmet seeing it on the pros, but I think it looks awesome in black on me and doesn't have much of the "mushroom" look people talk about. Its comfortable, it fits good and I will continue to recommend this helmet. I went off the measurement recommendations on POC's website and this helmet fits perfect.

>Rating: 5

Don’t let reviews fool you

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

I have been using this helmet now for about a year and absolutely love it. Comfort is absolutely incredible, it’s adjustability is pretty good despite many of the reviews, and the ventilation is out of this world! I think a lot of folks are way to quick to throw a low star review up based on nit-picky stuff, based on their dislike of how an issue was handled, or based on a defective item before they’ve had an opportunity to confirm the flaw in a non-defective item. I have had zero issues with my Zinc AVIP model.

>Rating: 5

Exceeded Expectations

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

Purchasing something like a helmet online can be haphazard. However after taking the plunge, my fit is outstanding, along with being the best ventilated helmet I have used; the straps do not irritate me like many past helmets. Quality is clearly observable.

>Rating: 2

Looks Great But Not Comfortable

I had really high hopes for this helmet. When it arrived it definitely looked great but when I tried it on that's when my love for the helmet faded. The padding is poor and when you wear the helmet all I can feel if the hard foam beneath.

>Rating: 5

Overall, an amazing helmet

The helmet feels and looks good. The materials feel extremely high quality and the matte color way looks great. The helmet also feels great on the head and its light weight makes it barely noticeable. Some complaints have mentioned the straps by the ears and I personally did not find them to be a problem at all. To me the straps fit perfectly well and the helmet was easily adjusted. The only downside to the helmet may be the sizing. I have seen other complaints about the bulbous look the helmet has on ones head. This is definitely true that the helmet may be larger around the sides but it could also have to do with improper sizing choices for people’s helmets. This was not a large downside at all and in the larger picture the helmet both felt and looked great

>Rating: 1

do NOT buy this helmet

This helmet is UNSAFE as the dial adjuster does not work properly. On my 2nd helmet. The 1st would loosen up 1-2 ratchets every 15 minutes. The 2nd won't even ratchet/click/lock as of the 2nd time out. And don't bother wasting your time with POC Customer "Service" as they will never return your call or email. I do want to highlight that CC Customer Service has been great.

i disagree on your comment about POC's customer service. i reached out to them via their e-mail contact and received an answer right away. i then had another question which was answered right away with quite a few helpful suggestions in response to my questions.

POC has been just fine in my experience.

>Rating: 2

Bad Fit, Unhelpful Customer Service

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 1"
Weight
185 lbs

Unfortunately cant recommend this helmet, while the helmet was a good fit based on the guidance CC provided, the helmet itself is just huge. Probably the bulkiest helmet I've ever owned, making it uncomfortable to ride it. Although its light, you can just tell its taking up so much room on your head that its awful to ride it. I raised the issue with customer service and given I was outside the 30 day return window, they werent willing to offer me much. Frankly, I expected more when buying a $250 item especially given all the lip service CC gives to its customer service.

Who/what is "CC"?

CC is Competitive Cyclist

>Rating: 5

Phenomenal helmet

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is awesome. Period. However, because it is awesome, it merits a little bit of discussion. At first glance, this helmet appears to be stylish (as road helmets go), yet not too over the top. POC’s helmets have a very distinct shape to them and this one is no exception. The helmet is relatively light as well compared to some helmets at a similar price point. When first trying this on, it is good to note that POC has come through with several methods of adjustment. The helmet can be adjusted at the chin and with the rear dial as usual. The inner framework of the helmet can also be adjusted using the little holes that run front to back on the rear half of the helmet. I personally did not require a ton of finicking with the fit of the helmet and was pretty much able to just throw it on, adjust the rear dial and roll. On first try on, the helmet is very comfortable and feels like a pillow. I have an oval shaped head and feel like this helmet did very well for me. I usually wear a medium or large and I felt like this helmet fit true to size. I used the black color of this helmet and coming from another helmet with a koroyd system in it, I was really looking for a helmet that excelled in ventilation. The Ventral Air Spin did not disappoint. I usually go for helmets in a white color to prevent overheating, but this entire summer, I found that even in a black color, I never felt like the heat was overbearing. In fact there were several times where I actually had to reach up and check to make sure the helmet was there because there was so much wind going through it. The padding held up really well during the time that I used it and I never felt like it was too little or too much. The chin strap had a nice cover on it as well that kept it from digging into my throat. The design of the chin strap also kept it at a reasonable position below the chin so that I didn’t have to constantly fiddle with it. That same design also kept it away from my ears comfortably. Now onto the safety. While this is a road helmet by design (it could be used for XC mountain biking as well), I decided to take it mountain biking with me on a ride. I’m still glad that I did as I happened to have a really nice little digger that day when I wiped out around one of the corners on the track we were riding. I went straight to my shoulder and the whiplash made me hit my head pretty hard. I stood up really dazed from what had happened, thinking I for sure had a concussion. I pulled my helmet off and looked at it and saw that everything on it was completely intact. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that I did not get a concussion that day. Personally, I credit that to the Spin technology in this helmet. If you’re not familiar with Spin or MIPS technology, they are impact dispersion technologies that reduce the chances of getting a concussion from a crash on your helmet. POC created their proprietary Spin technology as answer to MIPS (used by many other companies). And for me, the answer is loud and clear, Spin is every bit as good as MIPS, if not better when it comes to impact dispersion. If you’re considering buying this helmet, I couldn’t recommend one more strongly than the POC Ventral Air Spin. It’s a fantastic helmet that will do exactly what it’s been made for and maybe even more. This is by far the best helmet I’ve used to date. Hands down.

Yes, by far the best helmet I have used to date as well. It doesn’t take much riding with this helmet to forget about the price.

Wow, that is the longest consumer review I’ve ever read.

>Rating: 5

POC Ventral Air Spin... AWESOME!!!

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

This helmet is the most comfortable helmet I have ever owned. The twist lock ratchet for snugging up the fit is awesome. I wore this helmet for Ironman, and not once did I need to adjust it, or push it back into place. Over the course of 6.5 hours, the helmet never left my head, and there were not pressure points causing discomfort or headaches. The air vents are HUGE, and provide the most air flow I have experienced short of not wearing a helmet. It is light weight, and I hardly know it is there. I'd buy another one of these in a heartbeat!!!

>Rating: 2

Limited fit options

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small

I wanted the POC Ventral Air Spin but never saw a large to try on at any LBS. Finally, I ordered a large size, like my nicely fitted Bell Gage and other helmets. While the POC circumference was just barely adequate, the straps allow for no adjustment (i.e., lengthening) at the ear. I considered whether I could handle the straps as-is, for like two seconds, but I decided to return the helmet, as I knew that the straps would quickly become annoying. It's certainly too bad, as the helmet is stunning. But if you have a longer face, expect that you might have fit issues with the POC given the lack of any strap adjustability. PS: I contacted POC directly to confirm that it wasn't just operator error and that the straps are indeed designed with no adjustment at the ear.

I had sizing issues too. I wanted to go with medium because my Octal large ran way bigger than I wanted. It’s a bulbous looking helmet and the large sized looked huge. Interestingly, the POC Ventral Spin (non-raceday version) I ordered in Medium should have fit me in the upper range. It was too small on the head and straps. However, when I ordered the same helmet in the medium sized Raceday version it fit me perfectly. Weird right? I’m happy with the helmet. Another substantial feeling helmet from POC that performs well and is lightweight with less of the a bulbous look of the Octal.

>Rating: 5

The first POC did its job.....

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 1"
Weight
190 lbs

I previously owned a POC Octal. Last year I was in a collision with an inattentive driver. My GPS stopped at 25 mph on impact. My head hit and demolished the drivers side steel mirror and roof pillar. The impact side of the helmet was cracked and one of the retention straps snapped. No concussion. When I ordered a replacement helmet there was no debate in my mind what brand I was going to go with. I ordered the Ventral Air Spin as a replacement and it fit out of the box. I live in Phoenix and was very impressed with the Octals ventilation. The Ventral Air Spins ventilation is as good but this one seems to fit better. While I hope no one has to test the protective properties of any helmet I assure you a POC will do its job and do it well at the moment of truth.

>Rating:

Sizing. what head circumference is which size?

Hi Linda, If you click on the size chart, the circumference of your head is listed for this helmet, the Ventral Spin. So if you follow the Ventral Spin circumference measurements you should be able to find your size.

>Rating: 4

This one should be on your short list

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium

I've been wearing the Kask Protone for about 5 years now and it has been my favorite helmet I've used, so this is the benchmark for me to compare the POC to. After 5 years it was time for a new helmet, and I wanted to try something different. I've had my eye on POC for quite some time and after some research the Ventral Spin Air was the one I ordered. I wanted a helmet that was aero, but it's so hot and humid where I live ventilation was key. This does both very well. It feels just as light as my Protone, but ventilation seems a bit better. The fit systems on both are pretty comparable, but I do miss the ECO chinstrap of the Protone. The only negative is the POC is slightly tighter on my head from my temples to my ears. I notice this when I am eating (chewing) at a rest stop, so I would say the fit runs smaller than my Protone. The Spin technology was another big reason I chose this helmet. You won't notice it when you're wearing it, but it's nice to know it's there. Looks are subjective, but I think this looks about as good as a cycling helmet can. I give both helmets a 9 out of 10. The fit of the Protone is slightly better for me, but the POC gets the nod for ventilation and safety.