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POC Octal AVIP MIPS Helmet

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    Light, airy, and safe.

    The POC Octal AVIP MIPS Helmet is more than just a bundle of Swedish design and multilingual acronyms—it’s designed to keep you protected and comfortable so you have one less thing to think about while you’re riding your bike. The secret to the Octal’s airiness is pretty obvious; just take a quick look at the size of those vents. Rather than peppering the shell with a bunch of little vents, the engineers at POC realized they could create a helmet that was just as protective with less material, and the Octal was born.

    MIPS, put simply, is a system that allows the shell of the helmet to move independently from the protective liner, which can help reduce the severity of an angled impact (like most impacts you’d expect to have on a bicycle). It functions in the same way as the brain/cranium does in the human body, with a protective, mobile layer between the two.

    • A cycling helmet that checks off our headwear wish list
    • Shell distributes impact through itself, not into your head
    • Aerodynamic shaping makes wearing a helmet less of a drag
    • Adjustable cradle keeps fit secure and protection in place
    • Highly visible white EPS foam catches road users' attention
    • Padding wicks moisture and fights funky odors
    • Eyewear perch lets you anchor your shades
    • Prominently displays emergency contact information in case of disaster
    • Item #POC003R

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    polycarbonate
    Impact Foam
    EPS
    Ventilation
    14 large vents
    Fit Adjustment
    size adjustment system
    Visor
    no
    Certifications
    EN 1078, CPSC 1203
    Claimed Weight
    [S] 190 g, [M] 195 g, [L] 205 g
    Recommended Use
    cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Swedish, Light and comfy

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I bought this as a gift to a friend. He wanted this helmet so bad because it's sweden made and because it looks rad (his words). He says he has a weird shaped head and this is the only helmet he could feel comfortable with. Although it looks bigger than your regular road bike helmet, he says that it feels very light and offers great grip for the sun glasses. He went for the Orange Large one.

    My favorite helmet

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

    I've used quite a few helmets over the years....and notably the Giro Atmos II for the past 10 years or so. I've had two crashes with the Atmos - first one I hit pavement at around 23 mph and got a concussion. Second one was getting hit by a car nearly head-on, and no concussion (although my side/shoulder seemed to take the brunt of the hit into the windshield). I always hated the buckle/retention system of the Atmos II, but it was lightweight, vented well and looked cool.

    A little over a month ago, I decided my current Atmos II needed a replacement as the shell was starting to separate from the foam core, so I ordered the POC - I had been eyeing the POC, but at full retail, it was a bit pricey....got it on sale, and that was much more manageable. My first impression was that the helmet was pretty big - however, I was surprised at how light it was. It took me no time to dial in the fit to my head, and the straps/retention system is infinitely better than the Giro.

    I've been using the helmet for a little over a month and around 800 miles, and I often say to myself

    This helmet saved my head, face, neck

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

    This helmet is crazy expensive, but I resolved to splurge on head safety after a 12mph crash head first (after my front wheel dropped from the front fork) into pavement wearing an older Giro Ionos hurt my head too much.



    Good thing I did that. just a few weeks later I crashed onto pavement and gravel when cut off by a car at over 21mph. I got back up from that crash with destroyed helmet, shoes, jersey, gloves but no concussion and no neck or shoulder stiffness. The POC scooped up the gravel and kept it from punching into my forehead and temple as it would have done on a traditional helmet. The MIPS and extra low brow did their job and prevented more serious injury. One trip to the emergency with even modest injuries runs well over the cost of this helmet. Consider it good insurance. An analysis of crashes determined that major brain trauma was 50-50 odds at speeds 19mph+ even with a helmet--so wear one, hopefully this one!



    It isn't an aero helmet. It's oversized and aesthetics are an acquired taste. But it does cool your head even at slower speeds. I have mounted the ICE dot crash sensor on the back; which is a feature POC designed into this helmet and available for about $120. It recorded my crash forces, sent a text and a map pin to my wife who was headed out to pick me up while I was still brushing myself off.



    Excellent investment. I highly recommend this helmet over all others. I've never had a crash at such a high speed and incurred so little trauma. I credit the MIPS system with reducing torque on my neck. We never want to crash, but it happens to the best of us given enough time. When it does, you want the POC Octal MIPS on your head.



    PS: POC has a crash replacement program for helmets damaged in crashes within the first year. 50% off list. It's worth contacting them.

    This helmet saved my head, face, neck

    Octal gave its live to save mine.

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

    Bicycle safety has always been super important to me, so makes sense that I used the day-glow Orange POC Octal before it was available in US. I researched it closely and understood why it wasn't available here yet... so I bought the EU version.

    As an avid cyclommuter, I looked forward to riding the 23+ miles to work on average three times a week. In my 8 years at this job I’ve racked up over thirty thousand commuting miles... Check my Strava account. but you'll have to check earlier than 3/30/16, because that's when a drunk driver doing at least 45 mph slammed into me... thank g-d for my POC Octal!

    My Strava entry on that date goes into details of my injuries... The helmet is in pieces but my head isn't, not to say I didn't receive any head injury. Would have been hard not to... the drunk first threw me into her windshield (the metal around the windshield was bent-in from the impact), then over her roof and onto the pavement at a fairly high rate of speed as displayed by the road rash over most my body.

    I awoke late the following day in the hospital with my family around me. Thanks to my POC, there was an 8" cut to my scalp but nothing more severe.

    Now eight months later, I'm staring at my new POC Octal MIPS helmet (orange of course) bought from CC during the TdF Countdown Sale as motivation. Why another Octal? You already know the most important reason... But not the only reason I like it: In Florida it gets HOT in the summer, the helmet you choose can make or "brake" your ride. Brake, as in keep you from pushing hard cause ’it makes you too damn hot!

    I’ve had the S-Works/Specialized Prevail, so for comparison:
    FIT
    If a Specialized fits your head then the Octal should as well. The straps aren’t quite as adjustable but never had a problem getting a secure, comfortable fit around the ears.

    BE COOL
    To beat the heat it must have large vents, the Octal does and they're shaped properly to catch the wind... but still I'd give it 2nd place, it's slightly less cool than the Prevail but you’ll still feel the wind in your hair and it’s comfortable and cool enough NOT to make feel like you have to take it off at rest stops.

    DURABILITY
    This helmet uses a single knob in back to control the sizing as well as two adjustable ribs on the plastic frame. The knob concerned me because I've had other helmets using this system which broke... but with over twenty thousand miles of unapologetic heavy sweaty use, I never had a problem with the Octal .

    KEEPS YOU COVERED
    The Octal also provides better (more) coverage around the sides and back... makes sense to me since we more frequently hit the sides, not the top of our helmets on a fall. I also imagine this feature mitigating cuts in a crash with lots of sharp debris, glass, etc. I’ve also found some large glasses don’t fit properly with a lower helmet so beware.

    PERFECT?
    Never... but MIPS should be one step closer.
    What’s my biggest complaint with the Octal? If you've read the reviews, I can confirm that the ecologically friendly dye they use fades quickly in the Florida sun. However, if you don't compare it to a new one, or look under the bottom ;-), it can be hard to tell.


    What else do I recommend for safety?
    1) Bright jerseys and lots of reflective elements if you ride at night.
    2) Newer high lumen lights, use 24/7... no excuses!
    (I especially like handlebar-end tail lights, bikes look bigger... hint hint CC)
    3) A backpack or other back protection. I used a Shimano T30, with foam layers for the laptop section and the change of clothes I carried, it saved my spine. How do I know? Below the backpack, my non-protected pelvis and sacrum were shattered and broken in multiple pieces.
    Need another reason to wear a backpack? Motorists respect you more! My experience is that drivers pass with greater clearance and safety when they think you’re coming/going to work and not just another recreation cyclist getting in their way!

    STAY SAFE!

    Octal gave its live to save mine.

    A WISE INVESTMENT...

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

    I wanted to try a helmet with the MIPS technology and chose the POC Octal. First one had a defective adjustment mechanism and CC was excellent in sending a new replacement helmet. Adjustment mechanism seems fine on the new replacement. I've put about 200 miles on the helmet with no real complaints. After the first ride, I forgot it was on my head. Very comfortable even wearing an Assos FuguCap_S7 underneath the helmet and straps feel light and secure against the skin. Visibility side to side is excellent. I have noticed more wind noise wearing the Octal compared to my Lazer Z1, especially speeds above 20+ mph, wind noise is noticeable but not annoying. Lazer Z1 seems ever so slightly more comfortable than the POC Octal Mips. Adjustment mechanism functions fine but it could be a bit more robust, like the adjustment on the Lazer helmet. Can only wear glasses under the straps, not over. Overall a very nice, safe helmet design with MIPS integration.

    Size medium in the POC Octal Mips fits me same as size medium in the Lazer Z1.

    Overall it's a great dome protector

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Obviously your noggin is the most important part of your body so don't fall short on protecting it. This helmet is great, fits and breathes well! Adjusting was a snap and I would suggest this to anyone. Colors are attractive and vibrant as well.

    Saved from a crash

    • Fit: True to size

    Usually don't write reviews but couldn't pass up the chance to extol the virtues of this helmet. On a recent ride blew a front tire coming off a downhill at 21+, bike went out and head snapped back. Walked away with a mild concussion. This helmet is phenomenal



    Saved from a crash

    It worth the money

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

    great helmet. I love the fit and overall color. Shape can be polarizing, but that is for everybody else to decide. However, if I ever crash, I would rather have my head in one of these. I speak of experience. Yesterday, a pothole snapped my front wheel while taking drink, and I wend down. I had some road rash, but the extra bulk of the helmet and the MIPS system saved my head and face. I had similar crashes in other helmet and usually, I get some headache afterward and far more skin rash on my face. Now, except for one little bruise above the L eyebrow ( I guess from the helmet edge as my head rotated compared to the helmet), I have nothing.

    Pink POC helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: Small

    This helmet looks and feels great! My only complaint about this helmet is that the pink color faded a lot. I was wearing it in the Arizona sun which may have something to do with it but I was still disappointed when it faded to almost white after a month of use. I would highly recommend this helmet but not in the neon colorways.

    Form, Fit, Function

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

    After playing with aero helmets for the past few years, I started becoming disappointed with the level of air flow through the helmet, and sweat in my eyes.

    Enter the Octal; I hate to say that one of my requisites for a lid is the color green, but hey, I'm vain. Not only does it fit superbly, it also looks the part; look good to go fast!

    I am particularly impressed by the coverage and protection of the helmet, combined with the level of air flow; of everything out there right now, I would have to say that this is the best light-weight, ventilated helmet out there.

    For 2016 this will be my road and mountain helmet; I may swap out to an aero version for some races, but this will be my stalwart.

    For additional information, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

    Bradley Gehrig
    Customer Account Manager
    Office: 801–204-4541
    bgehrig@backcountry.com

    cool helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I ordered this in white in a size small. I'm a woman and have a pretty small head (21.5 inches) and the small fits well. The best part is that the helmet allows for a low ponytail - no awkward threading of my ponytail through an opening. I can take my helmet on/off without messing with my hairdo.

    POC

    • Fit: True to size

    This is an awesome helmet. When i first started wearing my new POC it seemed i bit big in looks, but after wearing it for more than a month or so i really love this helmet. It feels very safe and is very comfortable.

    Airy and Comfortable Helmet

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

    I have been having a great time with this helmet a couple. The highlights are:
    - Very well ventilated. My head stays very cool!
    - Well thought out "eye garage" feature adds well spaced vents and rubber grabbers for your sunnies. I use it with Oakley Radars and it works great! I can even bend over and my glasses stay put.
    - Much less padding inside to absorb sweat and get smelly.
    - Comfortable straps.
    - Extremely lightweight
    - Unique look.

    Only things not to like in my mind are:
    - Price.
    - Unique look (personally I like it, but it is different for sure and I see why others may not)

    Great helmet

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I love this new POC helmet it fits great the retention system is great and it is light and cool. The helmet sits on my head so good it does not interfears with my Oklys like others do.

    Comfortable, lightweight

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

    A roadraged bozo pushed me off my bike, busting up my old helmet and messing up my neck. I splurged for this mushroom because it's lightweight (meaning I can ride much longer without my neck getting sore) and its shape allows me to rotate my head and stretch my neck as I ride (there is more range of motion with this helmet than the Giro helmets I've worn in the past).

    Worth Every Dollar - Love it!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    One of the best if not the best lid currently on the market!!! Does anything else need to be said ...

    Comfy - Yes
    Fit - Great
    Weight - Super light
    Ventilation - Awesome

    Here's a link to the MIPS official website if you'd like any further info on the technology going into these helmets. http://www.mips.technology/

    worth every penny

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I wear a 7 1/2 hat and the large fits perfect.Great fit,great looks and great vents.5 stars

    Unanswered Question

    Are all first responders able to access the information from the ICEdot?Or does the ICEdot require special equipment to access data? Meaning some emergency responders such as in small towns may not be able to use the data.

    I have read that the Octal MIPS version has less ventilation than the non-MIPS version. Is that correct, and how noticeable is it?

    I suppose that it is possible given the extra material, but I haven't noticed it. I've ridden with the non MIPS version for almost a year before upgrading. I couldn't tell any difference. Both definitely give a lot of ventilation. With my prior helmets I had to wear a halo sweatband the keep the sweat in check on hot 90+ days. No need with either of these helmets. Plenty of ventilation. I hope this helps.

    Unanswered Question

    I just received a MIPS Octal in White in Size Medium and inside the helmet the sticker says 250 Grams for the weight. Also weird is it has two conflicting dates of manufacture one saying 2014/12 and the other 2014/4. Any insight to these inconsistencies?

    Are the claimed weights listed for the European helmet or those sold in the U.S.? I know there is a difference for the original Octal. Thanks

    You answered above that these come with an ICEdot. I've got an ICEdot already and don't need another. Do you sell the helmet without an ICEdot?



    David

    What is MIPS and what's the difference between this helmet and the regular Octal? Do they look different?

    Hey Tony Lee,

    MIPS or Multi-directional Impact Protection System is a technology designed to reduce rotational forces that can occur during a crash. The inner part of the helmet can move separately from the shell of the helmet reducing rotational forces that could affect the brain during a crash.



    The helmet looks very similar to the non MIPS model. However this model is using white foam instead of black foam. Other than minor coloring differences the helmets will look very similar.

    Does this helmet comes with ICE tag?