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Edward Olanow

Edward Olanow

New York, NY

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Edward Olanow

Edward Olanowwrote a review of on October 18, 2018

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have been on the hunt for a helmet that fits securely, is light weight, and offered truly superior peripheral coverage. The latter became a priority after getting hit broadside by a car over the summer.

For reference, my head circumference is 57.5 cm and apparently oval-shaped. As a result, most manufacturers recommend a medium. However, other manufacturers appear to create helmets (including Giro Aether and Kask Protone) for round-er heads and the result has been a lot of pressure on my forehead. Sizing up to a large is not my preference because the helmet feels too loose.

Enter the Poc Octal. First the design is excellent. I really love how it remains super light and yet the designers/engineers ensured that it covers all of the important bits on one's head...which is to say most of it. Second, the fit is spectacular for me. It is clearly designed for oval heads over round heads, so buyers take note. The fit is further improved by the low profile tension strap adjustment at the rear of the helmet...but candidly, the fit is so good that I barely need it.

Net net, this is a great helmet that fits well, is light, offers some nice features (like the eye garage), and is presumably quite safe. I can't recommend it highly enough.



Edward Olanow

Edward Olanowwrote a review of on December 15, 2015

2 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The cages just grip way, way, way too tightly, especially if you use Camelbak water bottles. They sort of go in smoothly with a bunch of downforce, but then they just don't release at all. I tried every approach: straight up, tilt to the side, etc. Alas, I almost felt like it would rip the cage off the carbon frame...or worse, I would crash. I even thought that they would loosen up after a while...but alas, they didn't. So, despite loving the look and craftsmanship of the bottles, they just aren't the right approach for me.