professorVelowrote a review of POC Ventral Spin Helmet on April 18, 2018
Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have worn Giro helmets for years and I am also the kind of person who generally sticks with what works - which is to say, I seldom change for its own sake. WhenI started looking at new helmets, I knew I wanted updated safety and aerodynamics. I had looked at Giro's offerings. The Synthe had mixed reviews on how MIPS was incorporated and I wasn't sold on the looks of the Vanquish and its integrated shield. I was always interested in POC's safety-first approach to gear and I had a love-hate with their eccentric, vaguely retro style (think Hesjedal's aviators).When the Ventral started appearing in reviews I immediately liked that it wasn't as mushroom-y as their initial range of helmets. I also liked that they had incorporated their latest MIPS iteration. I have no idea if this makes any difference and the plan is not to find out, but more is better in this case.
A couple things of note about this helmet: First, I stuck with Giro because they just fit so well. POC's fit is different to be sure. It comes down further in front, but it doesn't interfere with vision or sunglasses. It did fit me a bit more loosely than my Giro, but again, not to its detriment. Based on the other reviews, I may be in the minority in terms of fit. The next is that the straps are a little different to work with and POC is a little light on instructions. It's sort of a stare at it until the logic becomes clear situation, but you'll get it. The venting seems quite good but I do well in the heat, so I may not be the best guide. Surprisingly, their sunglasses garage idea is waay more fiddly than you would expect - even with their own sunglasses. You have to push them in and down a bit. Beyond that, though, I am really pleased with this helmet. It looks very good. Its aero and safety capabilities I will just take on faith. I have finally found an alternative to Giro.