The POC Octal Helmet stands out as a distinctive and high quality product. We asked staff rider Kris Collins to give us his feedback on the great piece of kit from the Swedish brand...
Helmet choice is often hard to get right - with so many brands and styles on the market today; making the right choice is not only critical to your style, but more importantly your safety and comfort. After seeing the POC Octal Raceday Helmet make its debut in the World Tour - with Garmin Sharp (now Cannondale-Garmin) [we have the Special Edition POC Cannondale-Garmin Octal Helmet here], I couldn't wait to get my hands on one, and sure enough it didn't disappoint.
Pro level performance
Many different technologies go into making the POC Octal Helmet one of the most comfortable I've worn.
During longer training rides, I often forget it's on my head - with the Small size I wear weighing just 190 grams. POC use an ultralight size adjustment system, allowing you to dial in the fit once it's on. Internal Coolbest padding helps with keeping your head cool on long summer rides. The vent design not only makes the helmet striking in appearance, but also helps even further with cooling.
One of my favourite touches on the Octal helmet has to be the 'Eye Garage' - a purpose built feature in the vents, allowing you to stow your sunglasses securely. This works really well with my POC Do Blade sunglasses - holding them neatly in the helmet on the move.
The 'Test of Time'
Having used this helmet for over 12 months of training and racing, I've been super pleased with it. From training rides in Lanzarote, in 34 degrees; to frosty early season races, rugged up and worn with a cap; this helmet has remained comfortable to the point of being forgettable.
When you're on the bike, and your legs and lungs are screaming (whilst your grinning from ear to ear!), you need to know that your kit will perform and keep you comfortable. The POC Octal Raceday Helmet was there to protect my head at no cost to comfort or performance.
View the POC Octal Raceday Helmet at Wiggle
View the POC Octal Raceday Cannonade-Garmin Special Edition Helmet at Wiggle