Adam H.wrote a review of POC Ventral Air Spin Helmet on August 5, 2020
Familiarity: I've used it several times
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.