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POC
$219.95 at Backcountry.com

It would be a piece of cake to talk up how awesome the POC Receptor+ Helmet is for cycling. But what if we shift the conversation ...to include skateboarding, skiing, and, hey, let's throw in kayaking -- then what? Same deal. Yes, the POC Receptor+ is not only comfortable enough to do all these things, it's officially certified to protect you while doing them if you do. Versatility is appreciated, sure, but that's not the point of this helmet or any other helmet. The goal is protection, and that's the Receptor+'s greatest feat. The helmet employs a Ventilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration system (or VDSAP), with double-overlapping shells to both enhance high-impact protection and shock absorption while also eliminating object penetration in the event of a messy crash. The multi-impact EPP liner and Aramid Penetration Barrier ensures durability, longevity, and even greater safety in the event of a multi-impact accident. The helmet has a goggle clip, detachable winter lining, and replacement EVA foam padding with plastic ear protectors for watersports, all of which only further underscores the helmet's ability to tackle any sport you may want to. The POC Receptor+ Helmet comes in four sizes, from Small to X-Large, and in the colors Uranium Black, Hydrogen White, Helium Blue, Bohrium Red, and Iron Orange. The helmet is compatible with the POC Communication speaker-equipped neck roll. Read More

POC
POC
$119.95 at Backcountry.com

Dirt jumping and dowhill require more head protection than an in-mold XC helmet can provide. The POC Crane Helmet is a hard shell,... multi-impact freeride helmet with more coverage than an XC helmet, a dent-resistant shell, and a dual density EPS liner... Read More

POC
POC
$79.95 at Backcountry.com

POC designers made a few upgrades to last year's design and the Receptor Flow Bike Helmet was reborn with a slimmer profile, an ad...justable fit, and the same high-quality impact protection. All of these goodies were achieved while lowering the weight of the Receptor Flow so you can concentrate more on what you're doing. Customize the fit of your new favorite helmet to make sure it doesn't knock around when spotting the landing for a nasty 360. Read More

POC
POC
$229.95 $137.97 at Backcountry.com

The POC Cortex Flow helmet is a bit different than its Cortex DH big brother. First of all, it's a single-shell helmet. The exteri...or is made of fiberglass, and the single layer design necessitates a thicker shell. So it's a more durable shell than the carbon fiber on the Cortex DH, but it's also a heavier shell. While it takes external design cues from the Cortex DH, the single shell means the vents channel air directly into the helmet, through holes in the shell that are aligned with a like pattern in the EPP liner. In reality, it ventilates better than the DH version because of this direct flow path for fresh air. The chinguard is positioned just right so that your face is protected well and yet, you can still breathe easily on hot days as you sprint from one berm to the next. The Cortex Flow helmet is a great one and meets all the European and US safety standards. As mentioned, it vents better than its DH big brother. But the DH is a much safer helmet with its double layer construction and MIPS technology. If you've had a concussion or two, or a more serious brain injury and live for high speed excitement, do yourself a favor and go for the DH version of the Cortex Helmet. The POC Cortex Flow helmet comes in Black and White and is available in M/L (55-57cm) and L/XL (58-60cm) sizes. Read our review of the POC Cortex Flow Helmet. Read More

POC
POC
$299.95 $224.96 at Backcountry.com

When looking at the POC Octal Aero Helmet, you probably wouldn't guess that it's part of the brand's first wave of road equipment.... It's simply too feature rich, and too refined to be a freshman effort, right? Well, the brand in question already rewrote the book on snowsports helmets, and then did the same thing in the world of mountain biking. And drawing on the experience of professional teams, as well as passionate racers within its own doors, POC has come up with an aero helmet that's not just fast, but comfortable and surprisingly lightweight -- not to mention incredibly protective. Part of the key to the Octal's protection comes from the way that POC placed protective EPS foam around the wearer's head. As compared to many other featherweight helmets, the Octal offers greater coverage by extending down to cover the back of the head, as well as the temples. As a result, it gives the sensation that it's sitting around your head, rather than being perched on top of it. You might think that this combination of low weight and increased footprint are a recipe for a helmet that's fragile, but the oversized vent skeleton has allowed POC to maintain ample thickness of the EPS foam all the way around your head. It has the added benefit of lending the Octal significant airflow, thanks to the thoughtful vent placement at the front of the helmet. In other words, you won't have to suffer with overheating just because you want to save energy. In addition to the shell shape, there are a host of less noticeable, but no less impressive, details throughout. Take for instance the low-profile click wheel retention strap. It's highly refined, no doubt due to POC's extensive experience in the snowsports arena. Showing similar refinement, the straps are molded directly into the shell. But you'd have a hard time overlooking the aerodynamic shell that encases the Octal Aero. As you probably guessed, it helps to minimize aerodynamic turbulence as air moves around your head, which make... Read More

POC
POC
$499.95 at Backcountry.com

While speed can be intoxicating, it's never a good idea to lose your head. POC doesn't want you losing your head, so it designed i...ts helmets to be exceptionally safe. The POC Cortex DH helmet is the crown jewel of its work. POC uses the acronym VDSAP for its system (Ventilated Double Shell Anti Penetration). From the outside in, POC's double layer Cortex DH Helmet has a lightweight carbon fiber outer shell. Then there's the Aramid ballistic Penetration Barrier, or APB in POC speak. It's a layer of penetration-resistant Aramid (basically Kevlar, the same as found in bulletproof vests) between the outer shell and the liner shell. Further in, a thin polycarbonate shell covers the EPP liner material. As a result of this trifecta of protection, the outer shell can be thinner than usual, which makes it both lighter and better at absorbing blunt impact energy. With the double-shell design, POC positions the vents so that the ones on the outside of the Cortex DH helmet draw air into channels that flow to the inside vents. This way, the vents next to the skull are not exposed to the outside. There are also ear vents that allow for decent hearing while keeping your ears protected. The chinguard is designed to keep your face and teeth ready for family photos, yet it's far enough away from your mouth and well ventilated so you can breathe easily, even when you have to ride up short climbs. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Cortex DH Helmet is its use of MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) technology. Basically, safety engineers know that most bike crashes deliver your head to the ground, not straight down, but at an angle. These oblique impacts create problems as your helmet hits the ground, sticks, and your brain continues on its original trajectory to a degree. While we have a natural cushioning layer of cerebrospinal fluid that allows some shear between the brain and the skull, POC helmets with MIPS imitate our own fail-safe elements and add anot... Read More

POC
POC
$229.95 $137.97 at Backcountry.com

The POC Cortex Flow helmet is a bit different than its Cortex DH big brother. First of all, it's a single-shell helmet. The exteri...or is made of fiberglass, and the single layer design necessitates a thicker shell. So it's a more durable shell than the carbon fiber on the Cortex DH, but it's also a heavier shell. While it takes external design cues from the Cortex DH, the single shell means the vents channel air directly into the helmet, through holes in the shell that are aligned with a like pattern in the EPP liner. In reality, it ventilates better than the DH version because of this direct flow path for fresh air. The chinguard is positioned just right so that your face is protected well and yet, you can still breathe easily on hot days as you sprint from one berm to the next. The Cortex Flow helmet is a great one and meets all the European and US safety standards. As mentioned, it vents better than its DH big brother. But the DH is a much safer helmet with its double layer construction and MIPS technology. If you've had a concussion or two, or a more serious brain injury and live for high speed excitement, do yourself a favor and go for the DH version of the Cortex Helmet. The POC Cortex Flow helmet comes in Black and White and is available in M/L (55-57cm) and L/XL (58-60cm) sizes. Read our review of the POC Cortex Flow Helmet. Read More

POC
POC
$229.95 at Backcountry.com

The POC Cortex Flow helmet is a bit different than its Cortex DH big brother. First of all, it's a single-shell helmet. The exteri...or is made of fiberglass, and the single layer design necessitates a thicker shell. So it's a more durable shell than the carbon fiber on the Cortex DH, but it's also a heavier shell. While it takes external design cues from the Cortex DH, the single shell means the vents channel air directly into the helmet, through holes in the shell that are aligned with a like pattern in the EPP liner. In reality, it ventilates better than the DH version because of this direct flow path for fresh air. The chinguard is positioned just right so that your face is protected well and yet, you can still breathe easily on hot days as you sprint from one berm to the next. The Cortex Flow helmet is a great one and meets all the European and US safety standards. As mentioned, it vents better than its DH big brother. But the DH is a much safer helmet with its double layer construction and MIPS technology. If you've had a concussion or two, or a more serious brain injury and live for high speed excitement, do yourself a favor and go for the DH version of the Cortex Helmet. The POC Cortex Flow helmet comes in Black and White and is available in M/L (55-57cm) and L/XL (58-60cm) sizes. Read our review of the POC Cortex Flow Helmet. Read More

POC
POC
$119.95 at Backcountry.com

Dirt jumping and dowhill require more head protection than an in-mold XC helmet can provide. The POC Crane Helmet is a hard shell,... multi-impact freeride helmet with more coverage than an XC helmet, a dent-resistant shell, and a dual density EPS liner for added protection and comfort. The Crane fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory-forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So, to protect your brain you need to cover your skull.POC builds the Crane Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma.POC punches eight large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit.The POC Crane Helmet comes in Krypton Blue, Lead Blue, Iodine Green, Bohrium Red, Hydrogen White, and Uranium black and is available in three sizes-Extra Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't grow on the pads, they'll last longer, require less cleaning, and smell way better. Read More

POC
POC
$179.95 at Backcountry.com

POC makes the Trabec Helmet in two models. This Trabec Race Helmet has a greater proliferation of Aramid netting inside the molded... EPS foam core than the standard Trabec. This gives it extra protection. Aside from the color options, this is the only difference between the two. Otherwise, it's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who might want greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Race Helmet is Black/white, Orange/White, and White/orange. It's available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The... Read More

POC
POC
$119.95 $71.97 at Backcountry.com

Dirt jumping and dowhill require more head protection than an in-mold XC helmet can provide. The POC Crane Helmet is a hard shell,... multi-impact freeride helmet with more coverage than an XC helmet, a dent-resistant shell, and a dual density EPS liner for added protection and comfort. The Crane fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory-forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So, to protect your brain you need to cover your skull.POC builds the Crane Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma.POC punches eight large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit.The POC Crane Helmet comes in Krypton Blue, Lead Blue, Iodine Green, Bohrium Red, Hydrogen White, and Uranium black and is available in three sizes-Extra Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't grow on the pads, they'll last longer, require less cleaning, and smell way better. Read More

POC
POC
$89.95 at Backcountry.com

Just like the standard Crane, the POCito Crane Kids' Helmet provides extensive coverage and POC's progressive core construction. T...his award-winning helmet design combines a lower-density inner with a higher-density outer layer. The result is ample cushioning for minor dingers common to youthful antics, yet in the event of a more forceful impact, a higher level of resistance is provided. This design allows the POCito Crane to easily pass stringent CPSC standards. For comfort, wicking pads are soft against the skin, and ample ventilation ensures your little one keeps a cool head. The POC POCito Crane Helmet - Kids' is available in Pocito Orange and comes in two sizes: X-Small/Small and Medium/Large. Read More

POC
POC
$179.95 at Backcountry.com

POC makes the Trabec Helmet in two models. This Trabec Race Helmet has a greater proliferation of Aramid netting inside the molded... EPS foam core than the standard Trabec. This gives it extra protection. Aside from the color options, this is the only difference between the two. Otherwise, it's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who might want greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Race Helmet is Black/white, Orange/White, and White/orange. It's available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The... Read More

POC
POC
$229.95 at Backcountry.com

The POC Trabec Race MIPS Helmet is light, fast, and built to exceed all previous standards of bike-helmet safety. Cutting-edge tec...hnologies like Aramid reinforcements and the MIPS system are designed to keep your gray matter in one non-concussed piece. MIPS technology allows controlled rotation of the helmet shell relative to the core, reducing impact forces to the brain in the event of a crashIn-molded construction for maximum protection at minimal weightEPS core is reinforced with Aramid filaments16 vent holes and aerodynamic channel system ensure efficient airflowPolycarbonate shell uses no seams at exposed areas to optimize structural strength Read More

POC
POC
$179.95 at Backcountry.com

POC makes the Trabec Helmet in two models. This Trabec Race Helmet has a greater proliferation of Aramid netting inside the molded... EPS foam core than the standard Trabec. This gives it extra protection. Aside from the color options, this is the only difference between the two. Otherwise, it's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who might want greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Race Helmet is Black/white, Orange/White, and White/orange. It's available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The... Read More

POC
POC
$269.95 at Backcountry.com

Since 2006, Swedish manufacturer POC has been marketing safety-oriented headwear for snow sports. Later, it branched off into moun...tain biking. Finally in 2014, all those years of snow and mountain bike helmets basically served as R&D for the POC Octal AVIP Helmet, so the result is as functional -- both protection and aerodynamic -- as its looks are controversial. Love it or hate it, the Octal is back for 2015. The Octal's protection starts with the way that POC placed protective EPS foam around the wearer's head. As compared to many other featherweight helmets, the Octal provides greater coverage by extending down to cover the back of the head, as well as the temples. It wraps your head, rather than perching atop it. This combination of low weight and increased footprint don't lead to fragility, though, as the oversized vents allow POC to maintain ample thickness of the EPS foam all the way around your head. The vents also net incredible airflow and aerodynamic benefits, as tested in POC's own WATTS lab. In addition to the shell shape, there are a host of less noticeable, but no less impressive, details throughout. Take for instance the low-profile click wheel retention strap, which is no doubt based on POC's snow sports equipment. Another detail that's easy to overlook until you use it is the Eye Garage. Basically, the sides of the vents where you'll store your glasses have unassuming gripper panels, which help to ensure that your glasses don't go anywhere, even on rough roads. A few final nods to safety that go above and beyond the usual included reflective elements, which help you avoid having to rely on the POC's protection by keeping you visible in low-light conditions, and an ICE tag, which has you covered in case anything untoward does happen. Any cyclist who's been unable to speak up for themselves after a collision or crash can appreciate this. Read More

POC
POC
$119.95 at Backcountry.com

Skate and BMX-influenced helmets are not only stuffy due to lots of padding and minimal venting, the one-size-fits-all lids look a...wkward too. POC's Receptor Commuter may appear like a simple skate lid, but it's brimming with technology engineered to make a daily commute much safer, and stylish. Its light EPS liner absorbs impacts like standard helmets, but it also features an anti-static treatment. This helps quell helmet hair when you arrive at your destination. The liner also wicks perspiration so you're not a sweaty mess when running errands or walking into the office. The outer shell is a durable PC-covered ABS plastic that brushes off scuffs from handling at bike racks -- but, more importantly give the Receptor CSPC impact certification. POC made sure to add plenty of cooling vents, and to ease removal/installation, the Receptor Commuter is equipped with a magnetic-guided FIDLOCK buckle for simple one-hand operation For comfort, POC doesn't count on varying-thickness pads, instead, an adjustable neck pad ensures a snug fit. Adding to that three sizes are available, which also allow for a low-profile helmet -- something other skate-style lids can't claim. The POC Receptor Commuter comes in XS/S, M/L, and XL/XXL sizes, with two color choices; Black or White. Read More

POC
POC
$149.95 $97.47 at Backcountry.com

If you've ever felt that helmet designers placed too much attention on creating models that were too light and too aero for your t...astes, then consider the POC Trabec Helmet. It's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who wants greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Helmet is Black/grey and is available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't gro... Read More

POC
POC
$79.95 at Backcountry.com

POC designers made a few upgrades to last year's design and the Receptor Flow Bike Helmet was reborn with a slimmer profile, an ad...justable fit, and the same high-quality impact protection. All of these goodies were achieved while lowering the weight of the Receptor Flow so you can concentrate more on what you're doing. Customize the fit of your new favorite helmet to make sure it doesn't knock around when spotting the landing for a nasty 360. Read More

POC
POC
$79.95 at Backcountry.com

The POC Crane Pure MacAskill Helmet rightfully provides coverage for street trials, which also means it'll provide plenty for park... as well. And if you're concerned about the Crane Pure being another stuffy skate lid, ample ventilation and wicking pads ensure overheating isn't an option. However, what really sets apart POC's award-winning helmet design from the masses is progressive core construction. It combines a lower-density inner with a higher-density outer layer. This provides ample cushioning for minor dingers but, in the event of a more forceful impact, a higher level of resistance -- and it allows the Crane Pure to easily pass CPSC standards. The POC Crane Pure MacAskill Helmet is available in Uranium Black and comes in three sizes: X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. Read More

POC
POC
$299.95 $224.96 at Backcountry.com

When looking at the POC Octal Aero Helmet, you probably wouldn't guess that it's part of the brand's first wave of road equipment.... It's simply too feature rich, and too refined to be a freshman effort, right? Well, the brand in question already rewrote the book on snowsports helmets, and then did the same thing in the world of mountain biking. And drawing on the experience of professional teams, as well as passionate racers within its own doors, POC has come up with an aero helmet that's not just fast, but comfortable and surprisingly lightweight -- not to mention incredibly protective. Part of the key to the Octal's protection comes from the way that POC placed protective EPS foam around the wearer's head. As compared to many other featherweight helmets, the Octal offers greater coverage by extending down to cover the back of the head, as well as the temples. As a result, it gives the sensation that it's sitting around your head, rather than being perched on top of it. You might think that this combination of low weight and increased footprint are a recipe for a helmet that's fragile, but the oversized vent skeleton has allowed POC to maintain ample thickness of the EPS foam all the way around your head. It has the added benefit of lending the Octal significant airflow, thanks to the thoughtful vent placement at the front of the helmet. In other words, you won't have to suffer with overheating just because you want to save energy. In addition to the shell shape, there are a host of less noticeable, but no less impressive, details throughout. Take for instance the low-profile click wheel retention strap. It's highly refined, no doubt due to POC's extensive experience in the snowsports arena. Showing similar refinement, the straps are molded directly into the shell. But you'd have a hard time overlooking the aerodynamic shell that encases the Octal Aero. As you probably guessed, it helps to minimize aerodynamic turbulence as air moves around your head, which make... Read More

POC
POC
$149.95 at Backcountry.com

If you've ever felt that helmet designers placed too much attention on creating models that were too light and too aero for your t...astes, then consider the POC Trabec Helmet. It's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who wants greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Helmet is Black/grey and is available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't gro... Read More

POC
POC
$149.95 at Backcountry.com

If you've ever felt that helmet designers placed too much attention on creating models that were too light and too aero for your t...astes, then consider the POC Trabec Helmet. It's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who wants greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Helmet is Black/grey and is available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't gro... Read More

POC
POC
$79.95 at Backcountry.com

POC designers made a few upgrades to last year's design and the Receptor Flow Bike Helmet was reborn with a slimmer profile, an ad...justable fit, and the same high-quality impact protection. All of these goodies were achieved while lowering the weight of the Receptor Flow so you can concentrate more on what you're doing. Customize the fit of your new favorite helmet to make sure it doesn't knock around when spotting the landing for a nasty 360. Read More

POC
POC
$499.95 at Backcountry.com

While speed can be intoxicating, it's never a good idea to lose your head. POC doesn't want you losing your head, so it designed i...ts helmets to be exceptionally safe. The POC Cortex DH helmet is the crown jewel of its work. POC uses the acronym VDSAP for its system (Ventilated Double Shell Anti Penetration). From the outside in, POC's double layer Cortex DH Helmet has a lightweight carbon fiber outer shell. Then there's the Aramid ballistic Penetration Barrier, or APB in POC speak. It's a layer of penetration-resistant Aramid (basically Kevlar, the same as found in bulletproof vests) between the outer shell and the liner shell. Further in, a thin polycarbonate shell covers the EPP liner material. As a result of this trifecta of protection, the outer shell can be thinner than usual, which makes it both lighter and better at absorbing blunt impact energy. With the double-shell design, POC positions the vents so that the ones on the outside of the Cortex DH helmet draw air into channels that flow to the inside vents. This way, the vents next to the skull are not exposed to the outside. There are also ear vents that allow for decent hearing while keeping your ears protected. The chinguard is designed to keep your face and teeth ready for family photos, yet it's far enough away from your mouth and well ventilated so you can breathe easily, even when you have to ride up short climbs. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Cortex DH Helmet is its use of MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) technology. Basically, safety engineers know that most bike crashes deliver your head to the ground, not straight down, but at an angle. These oblique impacts create problems as your helmet hits the ground, sticks, and your brain continues on its original trajectory to a degree. While we have a natural cushioning layer of cerebrospinal fluid that allows some shear between the brain and the skull, POC helmets with MIPS imitate our own fail-safe elements and add anot... Read More

POC
POC
$249.95 $149.97 at Backcountry.com

The POC Cortex Flow helmet is a bit different than its Cortex DH big brother. First of all, it's a single-shell helmet. The exteri...or is made of fiberglass, and the single layer design necessitates a thicker shell. So it's a more durable shell than the carbon fiber on the Cortex DH, but it's also a heavier shell. While it takes external design cues from the Cortex DH, the single shell means the vents channel air directly into the helmet, through holes in the shell that are aligned with a like pattern in the EPP liner. In reality, it ventilates better than the DH version because of this direct flow path for fresh air. The chinguard is positioned just right so that your face is protected well and yet, you can still breathe easily on hot days as you sprint from one berm to the next. The Cortex Flow helmet is a great one and meets all the European and US safety standards. As mentioned, it vents better than its DH big brother. But the DH is a much safer helmet with its double layer construction and MIPS technology. If you've had a concussion or two, or a more serious brain injury and live for high speed excitement, do yourself a favor and go for the DH version of the Cortex Helmet. The POC Cortex Flow helmet comes in Black and White and is available in M/L (55-57cm) and L/XL (58-60cm) sizes. Read our review of the POC Cortex Flow Helmet. Read More

POC
POC
$79.95 at Backcountry.com

The POC Crane Pure MacAskill Helmet rightfully provides coverage for street trials, which also means it'll provide plenty for park... as well. And if you're concerned about the Crane Pure being another stuffy skate lid, ample ventilation and wicking pads ensure overheating isn't an option. However, what really sets apart POC's award-winning helmet design from the masses is progressive core construction. It combines a lower-density inner with a higher-density outer layer. This provides ample cushioning for minor dingers but, in the event of a more forceful impact, a higher level of resistance -- and it allows the Crane Pure to easily pass CPSC standards. The POC Crane Pure MacAskill Helmet is available in Uranium Black and comes in three sizes: X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. Read More

POC
POC
$89.95 at Backcountry.com

Just like the standard Crane, the POCito Crane Kids' Helmet provides extensive coverage and POC's progressive core construction. T...his award-winning helmet design combines a lower-density inner with a higher-density outer layer. The result is ample cushioning for minor dingers common to youthful antics, yet in the event of a more forceful impact, a higher level of resistance is provided. This design allows the POCito Crane to easily pass stringent CPSC standards. For comfort, wicking pads are soft against the skin, and ample ventilation ensures your little one keeps a cool head. The POC POCito Crane Helmet - Kids' is available in Pocito Orange and comes in two sizes: X-Small/Small and Medium/Large. Read More

POC
POC
$149.95 at Backcountry.com

If you've ever felt that helmet designers placed too much attention on creating models that were too light and too aero for your t...astes, then consider the POC Trabec Helmet. It's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who wants greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Helmet is Black/grey and is available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't gro... Read More

POC
POC
$269.95 $229.46 at Backcountry.com

The brain trust at POC pretty much rewrote the book on mountain bike protection only a few short years ago, and with the Octal Hel...met, POC is about to do the same thing for road riders. In keeping with its history of innovative designs, POC built the Octal to maximize protection, while maintaining a feathery weight. And while weight was a consideration, protecting your head in the event of a crash was paramount. The handful of awards it's already racked up are just further proof that POC isn't messing around, and people are taking notice. Part of the key to the Octal's protection comes from the way that POC placed protective EPS foam around the wearer's head. As compared to many other featherweight helmets, the Octal provides greater coverage by extending down to cover the back of the head, as well as the temples. As a result, it gives the sensation that it's sitting around your head, rather than being perched on top of it. You might think that this combination of low weight and increased footprint are a recipe for a helmet that's fragile, but the oversized vents have allowed POC to maintain ample thickness of the EPS foam all the way around your head. It has the added benefit of lending the Octal incredible airflow, which is all the more noticeable when you're working up a sweat. In addition to the shell shape, there are a host of less noticeable, but no less impressive, details throughout. Take for instance the low-profile click wheel retention strap. It's highly refined, no doubt due to POC's extensive experience in the snowsports arena. Showing similar refinement, the straps are molded directly into the shell. And one detail that's easy to overlook until you use it is the Eye Garage. Basically, the sides of the vents where you'll store your glasses have unassuming gripper panels, which help to ensure that your glasses don't go anywhere, even on rough roads. It's the type of feature that makes it clear that no detail was overlooked. So while the Octal may be... Read More

POC
POC
$229.95 at Backcountry.com

The POC Cortex Flow helmet is a bit different than its Cortex DH big brother. First of all, it's a single-shell helmet. The exteri...or is made of fiberglass, and the single layer design necessitates a thicker shell. So it's a more durable shell than the carbon fiber on the Cortex DH, but it's also a heavier shell. While it takes external design cues from the Cortex DH, the single shell means the vents channel air directly into the helmet, through holes in the shell that are aligned with a like pattern in the EPP liner. In reality, it ventilates better than the DH version because of this direct flow path for fresh air. The chinguard is positioned just right so that your face is protected well and yet, you can still breathe easily on hot days as you sprint from one berm to the next. The Cortex Flow helmet is a great one and meets all the European and US safety standards. As mentioned, it vents better than its DH big brother. But the DH is a much safer helmet with its double layer construction and MIPS technology. If you've had a concussion or two, or a more serious brain injury and live for high speed excitement, do yourself a favor and go for the DH version of the Cortex Helmet. The POC Cortex Flow helmet comes in Black and White and is available in M/L (55-57cm) and L/XL (58-60cm) sizes. Read our review of the POC Cortex Flow Helmet. Read More

POC
POC
$299.95 at Backcountry.com

When looking at the POC Octal Aero Helmet, you probably wouldn't guess that it's part of the brand's first wave of road equipment.... It's simply too feature rich, and too refined to be a freshman effort, right? Well, the brand in question already rewrote the book on snowsports helmets, and then did the same thing in the world of mountain biking. And drawing on the experience of professional teams, as well as passionate racers within its own doors, POC has come up with an aero helmet that's not just fast, but comfortable and surprisingly lightweight -- not to mention incredibly protective. Part of the key to the Octal's protection comes from the way that POC placed protective EPS foam around the wearer's head. As compared to many other featherweight helmets, the Octal offers greater coverage by extending down to cover the back of the head, as well as the temples. As a result, it gives the sensation that it's sitting around your head, rather than being perched on top of it. You might think that this combination of low weight and increased footprint are a recipe for a helmet that's fragile, but the oversized vent skeleton has allowed POC to maintain ample thickness of the EPS foam all the way around your head. It has the added benefit of lending the Octal significant airflow, thanks to the thoughtful vent placement at the front of the helmet. In other words, you won't have to suffer with overheating just because you want to save energy. In addition to the shell shape, there are a host of less noticeable, but no less impressive, details throughout. Take for instance the low-profile click wheel retention strap. It's highly refined, no doubt due to POC's extensive experience in the snowsports arena. Showing similar refinement, the straps are molded directly into the shell. But you'd have a hard time overlooking the aerodynamic shell that encases the Octal Aero. As you probably guessed, it helps to minimize aerodynamic turbulence as air moves around your head, which make... Read More

POC
POC
$119.95 at Backcountry.com

The POC Receptor Commuter Helmet may look like a stylish, low-profile skate lid, but it's brimming with technology engineered to m...ake your daily commute that much safer. Multi-impact SEPP liner maintains integrity even after a few spillsLiner features Polygiene anti-odor treatmentAramid Penetration Barrier system helps protect against freak accidents involving pointy objectsIn-molded polycarbonate construction for max protection at minimal weightPadding features anti-static treatment to minimize helmet hair Read More

POC
POC
$149.95 $97.47 at Backcountry.com

If you've ever felt that helmet designers placed too much attention on creating models that were too light and too aero for your t...astes, then consider the POC Trabec Helmet. It's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who wants greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Helmet is Black/grey and is available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't gro... Read More

POC
POC
$119.95 $71.97 at Backcountry.com

Dirt jumping and dowhill require more head protection than an in-mold XC helmet can provide. The POC Crane Helmet is a hard shell,... multi-impact freeride helmet with more coverage than an XC helmet, a dent-resistant shell, and a dual density EPS liner for added protection and comfort. The Crane fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory-forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So, to protect your brain you need to cover your skull.POC builds the Crane Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma.POC punches eight large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit.The POC Crane Helmet comes in Krypton Blue, Lead Blue, Iodine Green, Bohrium Red, Hydrogen White, and Uranium black and is available in three sizes-Extra Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't grow on the pads, they'll last longer, require less cleaning, and smell way better. Read More

POC
POC
$239.95 at Backcountry.com

While the high-visibility features included in the Octal AVIP are nice touches, most cyclists already have them built into their k...it: bright colors, reflective elements, and an ID. POC accordingly offers the same expanded coverage, impact resistance, and cooling aerodynamics in the Octal Raceday Helmet at a lower price point. POC has also introduced some new colors, in case white and orange aren't your bag. The Octal Raceday preserves all of the impact functionality of the AVIP, including the protective EPS foam that cradles the wearer's head. It also provides greater coverage by extending over the back of the head and wrapping the temples while keeping the weight under 250 grams. This combination of low weight and increased footprint doesn't lead to fragility, though, as the oversized vents allow POC to maintain ample thickness of the EPS foam all the way around your head. The vents also net incredible airflow and aerodynamic benefits, as tested in POC's own WATTS lab. In addition to the shell shape, there are a host of less noticeable, but no less impressive, details throughout. Take for instance the low-profile click wheel retention strap, which is no doubt based on POC's snow sports equipment. Another detail that's easy to overlook until you use it is the Eye Garage. The sides of the vents where you'll store your glasses have unassuming gripper panels, which help to ensure that your glasses don't go anywhere, even on rough roads. Read More

POC
POC
$219.95 at Backcountry.com

It would be a piece of cake to talk up how awesome the POC Receptor+ Helmet is for cycling. But what if we shift the conversation ...to include skateboarding, skiing, and, hey, let's throw in kayaking -- then what? Same deal. Yes, the POC Receptor+ is not only comfortable enough to do all these things, it's officially certified to protect you while doing them if you do. Versatility is appreciated, sure, but that's not the point of this helmet or any other helmet. The goal is protection, and that's the Receptor+'s greatest feat. The helmet employs a Ventilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration system (or VDSAP), with double-overlapping shells to both enhance high-impact protection and shock absorption while also eliminating object penetration in the event of a messy crash. The multi-impact EPP liner and Aramid Penetration Barrier ensures durability, longevity, and even greater safety in the event of a multi-impact accident. The helmet has a goggle clip, detachable winter lining, and replacement EVA foam padding with plastic ear protectors for watersports, all of which only further underscores the helmet's ability to tackle any sport you may want to. The POC Receptor+ Helmet comes in four sizes, from Small to X-Large, and in the colors Uranium Black, Hydrogen White, Helium Blue, Bohrium Red, and Iron Orange. The helmet is compatible with the POC Communication speaker-equipped neck roll. Read More

POC
POC
$229.95 at Backcountry.com

The POC Cortex Flow helmet is a bit different than its Cortex DH big brother. First of all, it's a single-shell helmet. The exteri...or is made of fiberglass, and the single layer design necessitates a thicker shell. So it's a more durable shell than the carbon fiber on the Cortex DH, but it's also a heavier shell. While it takes external design cues from the Cortex DH, the single shell means the vents channel air directly into the helmet, through holes in the shell that are aligned with a like pattern in the EPP liner. In reality, it ventilates better than the DH version because of this direct flow path for fresh air. The chinguard is positioned just right so that your face is protected well and yet, you can still breathe easily on hot days as you sprint from one berm to the next. The Cortex Flow helmet is a great one and meets all the European and US safety standards. As mentioned, it vents better than its DH big brother. But the DH is a much safer helmet with its double layer construction and MIPS technology. If you've had a concussion or two, or a more serious brain injury and live for high speed excitement, do yourself a favor and go for the DH version of the Cortex Helmet. The POC Cortex Flow helmet comes in Black and White and is available in M/L (55-57cm) and L/XL (58-60cm) sizes. Read our review of the POC Cortex Flow Helmet. Read More

POC
POC
$119.95 at Backcountry.com

The POC Receptor Commuter Helmet may look like a stylish, low-profile skate lid, but it's brimming with technology engineered to m...ake your daily commute that much safer. Multi-impact SEPP liner maintains integrity even after a few spillsLiner features Polygiene anti-odor treatmentAramid Penetration Barrier system helps protect against freak accidents involving pointy objectsIn-molded polycarbonate construction for max protection at minimal weightPadding features anti-static treatment to minimize helmet hair Read More

POC
POC
$79.95 at Backcountry.com

POC designers made a few upgrades to last year's design and the Receptor Flow Bike Helmet was reborn with a slimmer profile, an ad...justable fit, and the same high-quality impact protection. All of these goodies were achieved while lowering the weight of the Receptor Flow so you can concentrate more on what you're doing. Customize the fit of your new favorite helmet to make sure it doesn't knock around when spotting the landing for a nasty 360. Read More

POC
POC
$269.95 at Backcountry.com

Since 2006, Swedish manufacturer POC has been marketing safety-oriented headwear for snow sports. Later, it branched off into moun...tain biking. Finally in 2014, all those years of snow and mountain bike helmets basically served as R&D for the POC Octal AVIP Helmet, so the result is as functional -- both protection and aerodynamic -- as its looks are controversial. Love it or hate it, the Octal is back for 2015. The Octal's protection starts with the way that POC placed protective EPS foam around the wearer's head. As compared to many other featherweight helmets, the Octal provides greater coverage by extending down to cover the back of the head, as well as the temples. It wraps your head, rather than perching atop it. This combination of low weight and increased footprint don't lead to fragility, though, as the oversized vents allow POC to maintain ample thickness of the EPS foam all the way around your head. The vents also net incredible airflow and aerodynamic benefits, as tested in POC's own WATTS lab. In addition to the shell shape, there are a host of less noticeable, but no less impressive, details throughout. Take for instance the low-profile click wheel retention strap, which is no doubt based on POC's snow sports equipment. Another detail that's easy to overlook until you use it is the Eye Garage. Basically, the sides of the vents where you'll store your glasses have unassuming gripper panels, which help to ensure that your glasses don't go anywhere, even on rough roads. A few final nods to safety that go above and beyond the usual included reflective elements, which help you avoid having to rely on the POC's protection by keeping you visible in low-light conditions, and an ICE tag, which has you covered in case anything untoward does happen. Any cyclist who's been unable to speak up for themselves after a collision or crash can appreciate this. Read More

POC
POC
$299.95 at Backcountry.com

When looking at the POC Octal Aero Helmet, you probably wouldn't guess that it's part of the brand's first wave of road equipment.... It's simply too feature rich, and too refined to be a freshman effort, right? Well, the brand in question already rewrote the book on snowsports helmets, and then did the same thing in the world of mountain biking. And drawing on the experience of professional teams, as well as passionate racers within its own doors, POC has come up with an aero helmet that's not just fast, but comfortable and surprisingly lightweight -- not to mention incredibly protective. Part of the key to the Octal's protection comes from the way that POC placed protective EPS foam around the wearer's head. As compared to many other featherweight helmets, the Octal offers greater coverage by extending down to cover the back of the head, as well as the temples. As a result, it gives the sensation that it's sitting around your head, rather than being perched on top of it. You might think that this combination of low weight and increased footprint are a recipe for a helmet that's fragile, but the oversized vent skeleton has allowed POC to maintain ample thickness of the EPS foam all the way around your head. It has the added benefit of lending the Octal significant airflow, thanks to the thoughtful vent placement at the front of the helmet. In other words, you won't have to suffer with overheating just because you want to save energy. In addition to the shell shape, there are a host of less noticeable, but no less impressive, details throughout. Take for instance the low-profile click wheel retention strap. It's highly refined, no doubt due to POC's extensive experience in the snowsports arena. Showing similar refinement, the straps are molded directly into the shell. But you'd have a hard time overlooking the aerodynamic shell that encases the Octal Aero. As you probably guessed, it helps to minimize aerodynamic turbulence as air moves around your head, which make... Read More

POC
POC
$269.95 $229.46 at Backcountry.com

The brain trust at POC pretty much rewrote the book on mountain bike protection only a few short years ago, and with the Octal Hel...met, POC is about to do the same thing for road riders. In keeping with its history of innovative designs, POC built the Octal to maximize protection, while maintaining a feathery weight. And while weight was a consideration, protecting your head in the event of a crash was paramount. The handful of awards it's already racked up are just further proof that POC isn't messing around, and people are taking notice. Part of the key to the Octal's protection comes from the way that POC placed protective EPS foam around the wearer's head. As compared to many other featherweight helmets, the Octal provides greater coverage by extending down to cover the back of the head, as well as the temples. As a result, it gives the sensation that it's sitting around your head, rather than being perched on top of it. You might think that this combination of low weight and increased footprint are a recipe for a helmet that's fragile, but the oversized vents have allowed POC to maintain ample thickness of the EPS foam all the way around your head. It has the added benefit of lending the Octal incredible airflow, which is all the more noticeable when you're working up a sweat. In addition to the shell shape, there are a host of less noticeable, but no less impressive, details throughout. Take for instance the low-profile click wheel retention strap. It's highly refined, no doubt due to POC's extensive experience in the snowsports arena. Showing similar refinement, the straps are molded directly into the shell. And one detail that's easy to overlook until you use it is the Eye Garage. Basically, the sides of the vents where you'll store your glasses have unassuming gripper panels, which help to ensure that your glasses don't go anywhere, even on rough roads. It's the type of feature that makes it clear that no detail was overlooked. So while the Octal may be... Read More

POC
POC
$179.95 at Backcountry.com

POC makes the Trabec Helmet in two models. This Trabec Race Helmet has a greater proliferation of Aramid netting inside the molded... EPS foam core than the standard Trabec. This gives it extra protection. Aside from the color options, this is the only difference between the two. Otherwise, it's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who might want greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Race Helmet is Black/white, Orange/White, and White/orange. It's available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The... Read More

POC
POC
$179.95 at Backcountry.com

POC makes the Trabec Helmet in two models. This Trabec Race Helmet has a greater proliferation of Aramid netting inside the molded... EPS foam core than the standard Trabec. This gives it extra protection. Aside from the color options, this is the only difference between the two. Otherwise, it's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who might want greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Race Helmet is Black/white, Orange/White, and White/orange. It's available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The... Read More

POC
POC
$119.95 at Backcountry.com

The POC Receptor Commuter Helmet may look like a stylish, low-profile skate lid, but it's brimming with technology engineered to m...ake your daily commute that much safer. Multi-impact SEPP liner maintains integrity even after a few spillsLiner features Polygiene anti-odor treatmentAramid Penetration Barrier system helps protect against freak accidents involving pointy objectsIn-molded polycarbonate construction for max protection at minimal weightPadding features anti-static treatment to minimize helmet hair Read More

POC
POC
$119.95 at Backcountry.com

Dirt jumping and dowhill require more head protection than an in-mold XC helmet can provide. The POC Crane Helmet is a hard shell,... multi-impact freeride helmet with more coverage than an XC helmet, a dent-resistant shell, and a dual density EPS liner for added protection and comfort. The Crane fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory-forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So, to protect your brain you need to cover your skull.POC builds the Crane Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma.POC punches eight large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit.The POC Crane Helmet comes in Krypton Blue, Lead Blue, Iodine Green, Bohrium Red, Hydrogen White, and Uranium black and is available in three sizes-Extra Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't grow on the pads, they'll last longer, require less cleaning, and smell way better. Read More

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POC
$179.95 at Backcountry.com

POC makes the Trabec Helmet in two models. This Trabec Race Helmet has a greater proliferation of Aramid netting inside the molded... EPS foam core than the standard Trabec. This gives it extra protection. Aside from the color options, this is the only difference between the two. Otherwise, it's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who might want greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance. The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull. POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma. POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit. The POC Trabec Race Helmet is Black/white, Orange/White, and White/orange. It's available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The... Read More

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POC
$229.95 at Backcountry.com

The POC Cortex Flow helmet is a bit different than its Cortex DH big brother. First of all, it's a single-shell helmet. The exteri...or is made of fiberglass, and the single layer design necessitates a thicker shell. So it's a more durable shell than the carbon fiber on the Cortex DH, but it's also a heavier shell. While it takes external design cues from the Cortex DH, the single shell means the vents channel air directly into the helmet, through holes in the shell that are aligned with a like pattern in the EPP liner. In reality, it ventilates better than the DH version because of this direct flow path for fresh air. The chinguard is positioned just right so that your face is protected well and yet, you can still breathe easily on hot days as you sprint from one berm to the next. The Cortex Flow helmet is a great one and meets all the European and US safety standards. As mentioned, it vents better than its DH big brother. But the DH is a much safer helmet with its double layer construction and MIPS technology. If you've had a concussion or two, or a more serious brain injury and live for high speed excitement, do yourself a favor and go for the DH version of the Cortex Helmet. The POC Cortex Flow helmet comes in Black and White and is available in M/L (55-57cm) and L/XL (58-60cm) sizes. Read our review of the POC Cortex Flow Helmet. Read More

POC
POC
$119.95 at Backcountry.com

Dirt jumping and dowhill require more head protection than an in-mold XC helmet can provide. The POC Crane Helmet is a hard shell,... multi-impact freeride helmet with more coverage than an XC helmet, a dent-resistant shell, and a dual density EPS liner for added protection and comfort. The Crane fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory-forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So, to protect your brain you need to cover your skull.POC builds the Crane Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma.POC punches eight large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit.The POC Crane Helmet comes in Krypton Blue, Lead Blue, Iodine Green, Bohrium Red, Hydrogen White, and Uranium black and is available in three sizes-Extra Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't grow on the pads, they'll last longer, require less cleaning, and smell way better. Read More

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