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POC Octal Helmet


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    33 Reviews


    More protection for raceday.

    The POC Octal Raceday helmet is something of an anomaly in the market — after all, almost all helmets are designed for racing, but worn for training. POC flips this paradigm on its head a bit by offering a helmet designed for the special rigors of bike racing. The Octal AVIP Helmet has high-visibility, and emergency identification features, but the Raceday forgoes those, under the assumption that you’ll be racing in an area free of cars, and where your emergency contact info will be lodged with the organizers.

    In addition, the Raceday provides a bit more coverage, extending down the low-back of the head more than the AVIP does, in anticipation of the possibility of more frequent crashes while racing. The POC Raceday also features a low-profile click wheel for adjustment, and POC’s Eye Garage for keeping your sunnies perched solidly on your helmet when they’re not in use.

    • Race-specific design
    • More coverage than the Octal AVIP
    • Eye Garage
    • Item #POC002T

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    Impact Foam
    optimized vents
    Fit Adjustment
    size adjustment system with low contact area
    EN 1078, CPSC 12.03
    Claimed Weight
    [medium] 244 g
    Recommended Use
    road cycling, racing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Great fitting & good looking helmet!

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

    This is my second Poc helmet. I've owned basically every brand from Giro, Kask, Catlike, and Specialized. The Poc really fits snuggly, but is not uncomfortable and I especially like the "eye garage" to hold my Oakleys when the sun goes down.

    Safety and Style First

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I don't know if a can helmet make you ride faster, but this one might. I have loved this helmet so much, and it has been very reliable. It is super light, as well as crazy breathable. You'll probably forget that it is even on, that's how comfortable and light it is. The padding in it is really well done too. Looks really sharp and will help you stand out from the crowd. One feature I really like is the

    Stylish (but shiny) helmet

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

    First up: COLOR - I love the color options on this helmet, which attracted me to item, that and the cool, low profile style. Features: Super light weight material, very breathable, great protection for your brain. The chip strap is also has a great feel to it - not too bulky like some other helmets I've used. Only downsides: The finish is glossy, so it's quite bright and shiny (I ordered it in pink). I was expecting it to be more matte from the photos on the website. I don't mind, but something to keep in mind - you're going to literally glow in the dark. Sizing: I measured my dome and was on the upper scale of the small, so I ordered a small. It fits, but it's a little bit snug - had to extend inner shell to the widest setting. In hindsight, I would probably have ordered a size up, so keep that in mind if you're in between sizes.

    Smooth and flowy

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

    POC has changed the helmet design look with this helmet. I love the way it fits and I really enjoy the large ventilation holes. Keeps your help cool on those long summer rides. Has very comfortable chin straps.

    Flowing Locks

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

    I got this helmet for my brother and he had some feedback to share:
    Vents are awesome- I have some thick mohawks at the end of each ride from these huge vents! On that note- probably not the best helmet for winter riding in terms of being too breathable. The color stands out - I've seen these helmets on other riders before and you can tell its a POC helmet from hundreds of yards away. The "inner lid" closure fits well and is quite adjustable- even for my egg shaped head. Wearing a helmet is cool, but POC made it even cooler with the Octal.

    Strap connection point to helmet stupid

      First of all, I like look of helmet but sunglasses (Oakley) had to go under straps and then straps put pressure on the outside arms of sunglasses. This was mentioned by other reviewers but had to see for myself and it is a deal breaker. Helmet also felt slight bulky and heavy. Still it looks good but not for me. Too bad. But now I won't envy those who wear it on group rides.


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      You don't want to test a product like this.....with a real crash....but i just did! Riding in Basel (Switserland) on a rainy day, my bike slides away and I find myself 2 hours later on emergency floor of the Basel hospital. See attached picture of the helmet, I crashed on the right side of my head. The impact has been



      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: L

      Helmet fit my noggin' great. Lots of cooling air for my bald sweat dome. Chin strap = comfy and secure. Sizing- the "L" fits like an "XL/XXL" on the POC Trabec helmet. A few times, I just couldn't get it off my head and then back on with ease. The tensioner got stuck with the helmet on and then when it was off. Scraped some skin off my fingers trying to turn it. It's going back.

      Great helmet - so far

      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      This is a very visible, vibrant helmet. It is also much much cooler (temperature wise) than my old Garneau. Its light, easy to wear, and the minimalist interior restraints are very easy to adjust.

      I worry that with my bald head I may wind up with an interesting tan, so I do wish it had a built in mesh. I have bought a lightweight cap to wear with it, but of course that just recreates the heat issue. But overall, thumbs up!

      Not for the egg head in the family

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Great, well built, beautifully made helmet. However is has more of a round build to it, and as such gives a little extra forehead pressure. If you're a round header this thing is you!

      Still untested.

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

      Fortunately, I'm not yet able to report how well this helmet works for its intended purpose because it hasn't been tested in a crash. (Yet.) The safety ratings tell me that it'll likely do the job, but come on: the real reason POC helmets are so hot is how good they look. And the black on black looks damn good.

      We all need helmets eventually. That fact is a given if you're spending any considerable time in the saddle, so you may as well look good in the meantime.

      Great Helmet!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Size Bought: L

      Had a crash in this helmet. Didn't realize I hit my head until the next day. the road rash hurt too much i guess. then noticed the helmet was scratched up and cracked! The crash happened at about 20-25 mph, so it did its job! i just ordered a new one!

      Great helmet, check sunglass fit

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've been a Bell and Giro fan for years. Did a migration to a POC Trabec on the mountain bike. Thought I would give POC a try in the road space.

      Got a pretty decent deal from BC, so I thought I would order one. Measured my head (as POC seems a bit funky with their sizing) and concluded, I'm right between sizes. Perfect.

      My head is a 59cm, so ordered the Medium. Fits really well for my head shape. It's about 40 grams lighter than my old Giro too. Funny how I can feel the difference on my head.

      The retention system works pretty well, similar to a lobelock or noodleratchet, or bunbuckle...whatever.

      The ventilation is pretty good, but I don't live where it's particularly hot or humid, so not a big variable in my purchase decision. I also wear a headsweats brand skull cap, and this helmet worked well with it.

      The eyegarage (two small plastic strips in two front helmet vents) allows you to place your sunglasses to the vents of your helmet. It actually works relatively well, and glasses stay put, but obviously, the sunglass temples need to actually touch the small plastic part inside the vent. Not sure all will, so try it with your own eyewear to be sure.

      The helmet strap length isn't really adjustable and the side buckles don't really move up and down the straps. That didn't seem to impact the fit for me, just an observation.

      On to the helmet straps...the only thing I didn't like was a lack of attention to design details for accommodating for sunglasses. If your glasses (mine are Oakley Jawbone) go outside the straps (as they should, boyz and gurlz) they won't really stay on your face, and with a bit of jaw movement the straps will somewhat dislodge your glasses. If you place your sun glasses inside the straps, and then tighten the ratchet, it pushes the earpieces into your head just above your ears. I think that is a really poor design.

      For example, look at the design of other helmets. Their straps run through the helmet and exit close to your face, so your glasses can go on the outside of the straps. If you look at a POC helmet, the strap exits in the middle of the material. This creates a big gap. (I have indicated as such on the below pic.) So your sunglasses may not go on the outside, and may need to go inside your straps. So potentially, your will fit neither inside or outside particularly well. My Jawbones are OK, but not ideal.

      POC glasses had to accommodate as their temple is stepped out. Great if you want POC glasses, but they are too "monobrow" for me.

      Overall a good helmet, but be sure to give it a trial run with your selected eyewear. It wasn't a complete deal breaker for me, but that type of compatibility seems like an important detail that the product managers missed.

      Great helmet, check sunglass fit

      Fantastic fit and styling

        This helmet is awesome. Outside of the really clean styling and design functionality, is got great airflow and nice fit adjustability. The micro adjustability of the chin strap is totally unique and well, awesome.

        It looks a bit bulky than other helmets on, but you can tell it's built for protection. The only down-side is that the white straps get dirty pretty quickly, especially when you incorporate sunscreen into your regime.

        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

        Hi Bradley,
        Some of the reviews say the helmet straps aren't properly designed to work with sunglasses, that the fit is awkward and either too loose or too tight (depending on whether the arm pieces are fit inside or outside the straps). I have Oakley jawbreakers and I'm wondering if you think its a snug fit.

        I have used Rudy Project Noyz and Smith Pivlock sunglasses with this helmet, and both have been fantastic. My only knock is that they do not work well underneath the helmet straps (not super pro); you have to put the sunglasses directly against your head and let the straps run on top. That is my only complaint; this will remain true with Oakleys.

        I'm interested in this helmet, but I want to know if it will hold my Oakley Radars in the eye garage.

        Nate, it's a great helmet. Here is the twist -- the "Eye Garage" is a catchy name and should be a requirement for all helmets. I own both the POC DO Blade and several Oakley Radars. Believe it or not the POC Blade eyewear (same company as helmet) DO NOT stay in the eye garage. They fall out very easily. Unreal. I just wear them on the back of my head, or in this case have just stopped wearing them. On the other hand, lucky for you the Oakley Radar's do fit very nicely and I'd suggest you get this skid lid.

        Best Answer

        When I first read Noah's comments here about the "Eye Garage" interfacing with the POC DO Blades very poorly, I had another tab open with a cart full of stuff over at Two of the many items were the POC Octal Raceday helmet and the POC DO Blade glasses. After reading his comments, my jaw dropped with disbelief and I contacted POC and asked them to verify if this was true or not. They responded much like I did, but did nothing to check on it. I ended up getting the glasses with the lid and BOY was Noah right! The glasses fall right out of the helmet. The arms of the glasses flare out for 1.5 inches after the lenses to fit over the straps on the Octal Raceday helmet. Also, for me, at least, wearing a small Octal Raceday helmet. The ends of the arms on the glasses hit the helmet, unless I tilt it so the front edge of the helmet is almost touching my eyebrows, which in turn really makes a cramped fit for the glasses on both ends. Furthermore, I decided to get their headband. What a joke! The headband looks like they cut up some pantyhose, dyed them blue and slapped their logo on it. There is no absorptive material at the forehead. Admittedly, I do sweat a lot, but I rode today with weather only in the 60s and I had sweat pouring down my face onto the glasses. The glasses are supposed to have hydrophobic properties. Meh, not really. While I do really like the lid, for it's comfortable fit and ventilation, I think they went really cheap on the straps. For something this price, it should have adjustments for around the ears. Also, the fabric on the straps is super thin and loosens as I ride. This has also happened with other helmets I've tried, but not to this degree.

        Is the "nickel blue" actually blue, or is it black as it appears in the photo?