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    12 Reviews


    Years ahead.

    The Fornix Backcountry MIPS Helmet is proof that, as usual, the good folks at POC are at the cutting edge of body armor technology. Of course the Fornix comes equipped with a top-shelf adjustable ventilation system and a micro-adjust system that provides a custom fit and feel. The Fornix is also equipped with aramid bridge reinforcements which, due to Aramid's extremely high tensile strength, disperse the force of impact across the entire shell of the helmet to soften the blow. But the real story here is the MIPS system, which might wind up saving your brain from some serious damage.

    Since most impacts to the head occur while you ragdoll down a slope, POC designed the Fornix helmet to protect against hard shocks as well as the brain-jostling that happens during high-speed crashes. Thanks to the award-winning MIPS technology, your vital gray matter doesn’t get jostled nearly as much as with standard helmets. This system employs a small plastic piece that breaks during harsh impacts and allows the outer shell of your helmet to slide over the inner liner when the helmet is struck at an angle. This rotational movement drastically reduces the rotational impact to your brain, thus keeping you safer when you suddenly take a slam while snowboarding or catch a ski tip at the top of a chute.

    • In-mold helmet with EPS liner
    • Internal MIPS system
    • Aramid bridge reinforcements
    • Adjustable ventilation
    • Anti-fog goggle vents
    • Goggle clip
    • Size adjustment system
    • Item #POC0186
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    Design flaw on neck bukle during crash

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I am seasoned skier and mountaineer for the last 20 years. And using a POC helmet i had a serious accident where the neck buckle of my POC helmet fail. By this i had a unvoluntare release of my helmet causing me serious injuries.

    I cant be more disapointed about not only this helmet, but also this brand. I had no answer, no support... after several emails.

    I strongly recomed anyone that is serious about their head to buy another brand with a better buckle system., The one used in POC is cheap and lacks of desing. POC is mostly about fashion.

    I know that is one in a million chance to have an hyperflexion of the neck throwards your chest and cause excess preasure of the buckle and having release of the helmet. BUT, i think nowadays there is a HUGE offer of helmets and people should care about having the one that will remain attached to their head.

    The buckle is the one used in this helmet.

    Be SAFE

    Awesome Helmet

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

    "Love how simple and comfortable this helmet is. FIt is true to size. The helmet is light and has nice features such as the goggle vents, top vents, and most importantly the MIPS system which adds confidence to your sessions down the mt. Padding is super comfy inside too!"

    safety last

      It took me bashing in my head last year to finally pick one of these up. Feel real safe in it, not too cool. In all actuality I love the fit of this helmet and it doesn't look all that bad. Hopefully I don't have to test the MIPS system but I have heard great things about it. Worth the extra bucks to not wake up in a tree well. I have a massive head and the xl/xxl fits great

      Now I'm jealous of my wife's cool helmet

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

      My wife has had the hardest time finding a helmet that fit her head well, was comfortable, and worked well with her goggles. Everything she's used over the years has either not sat right on her head in terms of either sitting too high up, or having too much side to side play while being tight front to back. She put this helmet on and instantly it was obvious it was the right choice for her - it just sat right on her head. She says it's by far the most comfortable helmet she's ever worn.

      She was psyched about the Mips technology, and it just looks cool.

      One thing to know is that the Mips insert slightly changes the fit. I tried to put her helmet on and it was a bit too small, but the same size of this helmet without the Mips fit me just fine.

      Disappointing: Uncomfortable.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I switched from a 12 year old Giro helmet, which was out-dated, heavy, but comfortable. This helmet is much lighter than my old helmet, presumably much safer, but it is not comfortable. The adjustment mechanism began irritating the back of my neck after day 2 of skiing. That is not acceptable for a $200+ helmet. I am disappointed.

      Moreover, this runs quite small. I am a small/medium in most clothing and equipment, e.g. I wear a small in Arcteryx parkas. I don't have a giant head but I needed the XL/XXL in this helmet.

      Nice backcountry brain bucket! ! !

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      As far as the brain protection science goes, I know the number of lives saved by helmets is far from encouraging. That being said, this is the lightest, most comfortable helmet I've ever owned. It works well when I'm descending in the backcountry ... it disappears on your head! It also vents well and a few times I skinned up with it on (you still don't want to get too aerobic with it b/c you'll sweat in it for sure) and it was fairly well vented.

      Now, I hope to never have to use the helmet for its intended purpose, but the science behind the MIPS appears to be solid. I could see catching an edge and going head first into something. If any helmet has a chance of saving my grey matter, this one does. It also looks pretty sick in the blue color ... simple, sleek POC design! ! !

      Look. One should still opt for a helmet regardless of how dismal are the statistics for saving lives. And if you're gonna wear a helmet, why not one that is stylish, light, and breathable! And the science is at least on the cutting edge of what's available right now.

      Life saver

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Took an aggressive cliff line and caught an edge a few quick turns after landing - hit a tree and probably wouldn't have survived to write this review if I wasn't wearing this helmet.

      Sounds dramatic, but I can't overstate how grateful I am for this helmet and MIPS technology. I'd never wear anything else.

      My first ski helmet

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is my first ski helmet so I have nothing to compare to. I measured my head and just gambled on ordering online. It fits perfectly as far as I can tell. It's comfortable, even when tightened. It keeps me plenty warm, so much that I have used the vents and they help cool noticeably.

      I also got the POC Fovea goggles to make sure I got a good fit between the helmet and the goggles. Obviously they fit perfectly.

      I got the white helmet and it is glossy, not matte despite what the picture give an indication of.

      As I said I have nothing to compare it to but I have no complaints about anything so far. I've only used it for a week.

      Great product

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      After running my race helmet through some hard falls over the past few years, I figured it was time for a new helmet. I first looked at the POC Receptor. However, I found that the Receptor was a little too short front to back. The Fornix has just a little bit more space front to back, and that made all the difference, fit wise. I would describe the fit as snug but comfortable...truly like a glove.

      The Fornix Backcountry is warm in the wind, has great venting for warmer days, and is so far holding up well. It is also one of the lighter helmets on the market, which is a plus.

      I would say my only complaint is the fit adjustment dial...I feel that it loosens just a little over the course of the day, and needs re-tightening. No biggie, but maybe something for them to look at for next year.

      Overall, a great product.

      This helmet put up a great fight this season, and came out victorious after meeting a large, iced-over tree limb. Escaped with a small dent and a headache, but could have been much worse! I will say, though, that the lack of a multiple-impact ABS shell is a little annoying, though the thin polycabonate (think bike helmet) shell probably helped lessen the blow. I think this is a worth-wile trade off.

      Sweet helmet!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      So, a little back story here.

      This summer I suffered a pretty major concussion while mountain biking at Whistler and decided that I needed some extra protection for the upcoming winter season.

      My search obviously started with POC, as they are definitely one of the top in the sports protection industry, and I saw that they had the new MIPS technology integrated in their helmets.

      I was debating between the Fornix MIPS or the Receptor Bug MIPS, and decided to go with the Fornix, as it was significantly lighter and had the adjustable tab on the back.


      -Light! this helmet is so freaking light, you'll barely notice it's on your head

      -Adjustable back allows you to position the helmet snug on your head

      -MIPS! Extra brain protection? Yes please



      -None so far


      -I have not taken any significant hits to the head with this helmet (and I hope not to,) so I cannot comment on how it works during impacts.

      Does this helmet have a neck roll that will unzip, in order to accommodate drop in head phones?

      The neck roll can be swapped out for the POC Beats comm roll, so I would think that you could use your own headphones (depending on their size, of course). This might mean you loose the ear covers...which is fine for warm days but cold days would be a little rough on the ears.