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    Octal Raceday Helmet

    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.

    • The helmet that changed how the industry designs racing lids
    • Race-specific design doesn't hold back when you aren't
    • Multi-material shell improves ability to absorb impacts
    • Provides more coverage than the Octal AVIP
    • Vents provide cooling airflow and improve aerodynamics
    • Designed to complement POC's Race Day apparel
    • Eye Garage keeps your glasses secure when you're slugging up a climb
    • 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

    California Proposition 65


    Reproductive Harm -

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    Exactly what a Helmet should be

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This helmet is perfect. Fits so plush with my head, is very lite and comfortable. The airflow is perfect. I ability to customize the chin straps and how snug the helmet fits on the head is incredible. Love POC

    Chin Strap constantly loosens

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If the chin strap stayed adjusted, I‘d give four or perhaps five stars. However, it does not. It constantly comes loose and needs to be tightened. It is as if the strap material is too thin for the buckles. Very frustrating.


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

    It's so lite that I had to touch it a few times to make sure it was still there while riding. For the first time I didn't sweat much because of the excessive ventilation. After this I'm not sure I can go back to any other brand. Thank you POC!

    Excellent helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    This is the best helmet I have ever owned. Quality construction, great airflow and very comfortable to wear.

    I love POC HELMETS

      Back in September 2018 I had a bad wreak with a car that turned in front of me. I was whering a POC OCTAL; I was taken to the ER. No broken bones;’but as always In a crash I hit my head and it was hard. POB HELMET saved my life, I will never where another helmet. I now where a POC OCTAL X. I love it.

      Perfect fit and very good coverage

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 6'1"
      • Weight: 175lbs

      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.

      My go to Hot Summer Helmet

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

      When the temperatures rise and the the humidity is high this helmet vents and cools better than any I've ever had. I agree with the POC design philosophy to bulk up the head in key areas. I can see where it's a bulky look for some. But if the head ever hits the pavement, those tired old typical swept back/top covering helmets you see with most manufacturers seem like unsubstantial protection for your whole head to me. The eyeglass garage grips are fantastic! It's something that all helmets should have. I feel very confident putting expensive specs in them every every time. The helmet is also very lightweight. You’ll forget you are wearing it. I got the white color for the visibility.

      Florescent pink gets you noticed

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I needed a helmet that people would see after a driver hit me, and holy jesus ef christ. This thing is *bright*. People see it. It fits great, has a ton of coverage (more than anything else I've worn), amazing ventilation, and they've done good stuff with the straps: POC runs the straps inside the foam, not under it, so the straps don't really rub on the side of your face.

      Great fit. Light. Well ventilated.

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Have always worn POC helmets for skiing, so I thought I would try their bike helmets.

      The fit was perfect, especially with the adjustment knob. It was so perfect and light, that on the first ride I thought I forgot my helmet a few miles into the ride.

      I went with a medium helmet because I also wear a medium POC ski helmet and it fits great.

      Excellent road helmet with fantastic ventilation and protection.

      An innovative fitting helmet

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

      A really nice and comfortably fitting helmet that's under $100! I love the head sizing knob in the back of the helmet which allows for surrounding protection of the head and not just in back of the head.

      dirt roadie

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I ordered a POC Ventral Spin helmet and was totally stoked for it, but it didn't fit, it was too small. and in a weird way. The ear straps barely fit over my ears and it was more the tightness of the harness and pads along my forehead that put pressure on my head, rather than the overall shell size.

      Anyway, my grape is about 58-58.5 cm for reference, and a medium in all other POC helmets fit perfectly, but this in a medium did not. I wasn't willing to go large, I just can't see the point of that.

      I'm a solid POC guy and love my Octal X, so I tried on an Octal X Spin as well, and it didn't feel right either, so I'm beginning to think it's the Spin padding/configuration.

      So I ordered a Raceday, because 10/10 I was certain I would love that. I was correct. It fits like my Octal X, and is actually a little bit lighter. The ventilation in the So Cal summer heat is excellent, and I got it in a color as opposed to my black Octal X, so there's an extra fun factor.

      I definitely recommend this helmet as a do-it-all lid. I'm a dirt roadie, I ride pretty much everything except the insane DH stuff (too old for that now).

      ALSO, a huge shoutout to my gearhead, Connor Johnson, a dude who is an invaluable asset when it comes to online shopping for gear. If you don't have a gearhead yet, or yours lags, give him a shout at My stoke level with him is RAGING.

      I love it!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Small
      • Height: 5'3"

      The helmet is suuuper light and is well ventilated. it's also very comfortable and the adjust ability works very well. I will say, at first they seem big visually, but it's not actually too bad. It's a great helmet!

      Great fit and comfortable all day

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

      I replaced a Giro Ionos with the POC Octal Raceday. I have come to love the fit. I really like the straps as they are routed around my ears. I have rode 5 centuries in heat and cold alike with and without a skullcap. I would recommend this helmet

      Great Helmet, Lots of Vents

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have been using this helmet for about a month now and I really love it. It fits nicely and has a lot of coverage, especially on the back of the helmet behind the ears. It has more coverage there than any helmet I've ever owned. Great ventilation, with lots of large openings, especially in the rear of the helmet to let the air escape. I wore this helmet on a recent two day event where the temps started out cool and got really warm in the later stages of the ride. Worked great in both situations. The helmet, in my opinion, is really good looking, and IU have received several favorable comments on it. I really recommend the POC helmet. Great helmet at a great price from Backcountry. My only minor complaint is that there are adjustment arrows on the inside of the helmet that seem to allow you to reposition the rear retention system a little, but there are no instructions on how to do it, and no way of telling how much adjustment would be allowed. There are two numbers, (1 & 2), showing with back and forth arrows adjacent to the numbers, but I haven't been able to figure out how to make an adjustment. I also checked the POC website and YouTube with no luck. I ordered a size medium and it has a little room for size adjustment on the retention system. I wear a size 7 3/8 hat.

      Just gently pull or push on the harness pieces where they enter the helmet itself to move them in or out. They will adjust in clicks, small increments, as indicated by the numbers. The numbering goes up to four, I believe. Higher numbers allow your head to sit deeper in the helmet. I personally love the simple, minimalist system employed by POC in the design of these helmets.

      my what vents you have

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

      Light, comfortable, looks great. Best of all, very well ventilated. I just picked this helmet up after using KASKs the past few years, and haven't ridden in it just yet, so my rating may change, but trying it on a few times I am really looking forward to using this helmet.

      Fantastic helmet!

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

      Lightweight, comfortable, great color. I have only ridden with it in the winter over a skull cap so far, but I have no doubt my opinion will remain high in the summer months as well - plenty of ventilation up there. This is my first departure from Giro helmets and I have been very impressed.

      Nice fit, style, weight - flimsy harness

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Small
      • Height: 5'3"

      I really like the weight, fit, and feel of this lid. My main disappointment is in the harness which is what prevents me from five-starring it. Why they'd make this white [instead of gray] is beyond me. This thing is going to get grungy and gross looking in no time flat. It's also made using a thinner web nylon which makes it feel a bit flimsy and cheap. The whole sunglasses docking seems overrated as my Rudys do not seem to find this feature any more useful than on my first $30 entry level Bell. I look forward to the HUGE vents this summer, though I can see there will be sunburn risk on the forehead that isn't a concern smaller venting lids. If you are bald or shave your head you will definitely always want a liner to prevent racing stripe tan lines on your melon! Even those with hair should be mindful of the upper forehead sun exposure. Not everyone appreciates the POC styling but this thing feels amazing and I appreciate the rear head coverage. It does, however, force a very low ponytail rather than being able to pull it through the harness gap on most/many other helmets. I have thinner pin-straight hair and this presents no issue for me, but it could be a factor to consider for those with very thick locks. I would definitely buy another POC despite the harness gripe.

      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.

      Unanswered Question

      Is the "nickel blue" color actually blue, or is it black? I can't tell based on the photos.

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

      The "Nickel Blue" color name was changed to "Navy Black" by POC. The color name should be updated shortly with the correct naming. The color is as it appears in the photos.

      Thanks for asking!