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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

Shell Material
polycarbonate
Impact Foam
EPS
Ventilation
optimized vents
Fit Adjustment
size adjustment system with low contact area
Visor
no
Certifications
EN 1078, CPSC 12.03
Claimed Weight
[medium] 244 g
Recommended Use
road cycling, racing
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

California Proposition 65

Warning:

Reproductive Harm - P65Warnings.ca.gov

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Feels Like It's Not There

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
S/M
Height
6` 1"
Weight
160 lbs

I have an oval head with a slight crown at the top and the Octal Raceday fits it perfectly. I had a hard time with Giro helmets, because of the crown. Bell helmets fit well, but I really like the modern POC helmet look. My head measures 22", so I went with the medium. Maybe could have gone with a small, but I like the extra room room to be able to wear a cap on cool rides. I like how thin the straps are too. They conform very comfortably to the side of my face and chin. Haven't had any problems with them slipping in the buckle.

>Rating: 5

Passed the Test

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
small
Height
5` 11"
Weight
185 lbs

I’ve had this helmet for a few years now. It’s been so light that I often forgot I was wearing it and the wheel-clamp-thingy on the back ensures a perfectly snug fit. I’ve read some negative reviews about the chin-strap, but honestly the clamp is the champ. That’s all we’ll and good but yesterday it passed the ultimate test. I went over the bars at-speed after my front wheel got bogged in a pavement groove. my whole right side is covered in bruises and road rash, but my head doesn’t even have a bruise. I attached the photo to show how there was quite the impact. Suffice to say I’ll be buying another POC helmet. Thanks for keeping my melon intact!

I’ve
>Rating: 5

It works

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

Didn't want to put this helmet to the test, but ended up getting hit by a car today, and was able to get up and walk away because of this thing. Obviously I'm buying another one.

Didn't
>Rating: 1

Faulty Chin Strap

Size Bought
Medium
Weight
170 lbs

I purchased the Octal Raceday Helmet for several reasons, safety being one the main points. Upon receiving the helmet I sized the chin strap according to my head size. Took off on my first ride and in less than 10 minutes the chin strap loosened to the point where the helmet was no longer secure on my head. Tightened it multiple times on my ride to no avail. It would never stay fastened. Contacted Competitive Cyclist and returned the helmet for a replacement. The second helmet had the exact same issue. The chin strap would not stay fastened. I then proceed to contact POC directly on the issue, but received little to no help from them. I wanted to make POC aware that they may have a potential defect with the helmet along with a safety issue, but got no where on that note. Thankfully Competitive Cyclist was more than accommodating during the issue and had me return the second defect helmet. This time I replaced it with another brand that was suggested by customer service and it has worked wonderfully. Even the fit of the new helmet worked out better for my head shape. Thank you for all of your help CC!

>Rating: 2

Non-adjustable straps

The upper portion of strap has a fixed length and was too small for my ears. I'm returning for something with more adjustability.

>Rating: 5

Looks good, feels good, saves your skull

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large

Liked this helmet a lot, but loved it after a pretty bad high side crash caused by loose chipseal. Landed on my side and my head struck the pavement, the helmet did its job perfectly and prevented any injury. Ordered a replacement the same day.

Liked
>Rating: 5

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

>Rating: 3

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.

>Rating: 5

Scary!

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!

>Rating: 5

Excellent helmet

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

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

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

Perfect fit and very good coverage

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

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.

This is a great review. Thank you Edward

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 4

Nice Helmet

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

It's pretty comfortable, lightweight and looks amazing. It fits as expected. Overall It's a good choice

>Rating: 5

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.

Thank you Drew! This is a great review and is so helpful for our community.

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

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 cojohnson@backcountry.com. My stoke level with him is RAGING.

>Rating: 5

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!

>Rating: 5

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

>Rating: 5

Perfect, snug fit...plenty of vents

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Large
Height
6` 2"
Weight
205 lbs

Perfect snug fit just like my other POC helmets.

>Rating:

Can the chin straps and internal padding be replaced? Does CC carry? Thanks! Gordon

>Rating:

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.

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 pocsports.com. 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.

They hold my Oakley Jawbreakers well. One time they did fall down but it was my fault as I didn't have them in the rubber stopper part that holds the sunglasses.

>Rating:

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

>Rating:

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!

After reading Kevin's post and looking at my helmet, it does look Navy Black. At first glance it does look Matt Black though. Pickiness aside, I like the color :)