Crozier Kimballwrote a review of POC Ventral Air Spin Helmet on September 16, 2019
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.