If you follow pro road cycling, you've most likely seen the award winning Octal helmet being worn by one of the most renowned teams in the pro peloton; Team Garmin-Sharp. Engineered to be the next model in road cycling helmet safety, the POC Octal boats optimal ventilation, comfort and weighs less than 200 grams. The EPS liner is tactically thicker in more exposed areas and is covered by the outer PC shell, while the temples and back of the head acquire more coverage to further improve safety. The monocoque unibody shell construction greatly enhances the protection properties and construction reliability of the Octal while keeping weight to a minimum.
Unlike the more common road helmets, the Octal employs a unique approach to letting air make its rounds. Instead of many small vents, the Octal has fewer, yet bigger vents for an overall larger open surface area at the front, which in combination with the optimized interior design, allows more air to flow through the helmet. To further enhance the cooling abilities and comfort, the Octal features internal Coolbest padding that helps reduce the temperatures in the interface between your head and your helmet, while the insanely light size adjustment system ensures a comfortable, yet secure fit.
POC illustrates their attention to the small details through the built-in eye garage that allows you to keep your shades securely in position when placed on the helmet; something any true roadie will appreciate. To top it all off, the distinctive, refreshingly-modern look of the Octal is like nothing your roads have seen before.
Note: Each Octal helmet features an ICE (In Case of Emergency) Tag. The way the ICE Tag works is if an accident occurs and the rider is knocked unconscious, scanning the tag or sending a text with your unique code will allow medical personnel, or passers-by, to identify the victim and get correct medical information such as blood group or allergies that can be vital for correct care.
POC Octal Raceday Features
High performance EPS liner, optimized in density
Fully wrapping unibody shell construction
Superior ventilation, using POC's innovative ventilation design
Size adjustment system, designed with low contact area
Straps molded into liner
Temperature regulating Coolbest padding
Color combinations and reflective patches for enhanced visibility
Eye garage to keep your sunglasses securely in position when placed on the helmet
Scannable ICE tag
Sizes: Small (50-56 cm), Medium (54-60 cm), Large (56-62 cm)
I bought this helmet to use both on and offroad, didn't want the full enduro helmet or XC helmet plus as well as an expensive road lid so went for something to do both functions. Huge vents would be bad for sharp branches/rocks so prob best suited for road only use.
Strap chafes a bit, hoping it just needs to be broken in. looks great. went with the white. if you can step up to the high vis. makes a huge difference in low light road use
PROS: Good Ventilation, Highly Adjustable, Comfortable Fit, Lightweight
CONS: Strap Chafes
BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Warm Weather, Long Rides, Road Biking, Short Rides
The style of this helmet is what makes it to stand out from others. It looks weird in the beginning but you will get used to it. The cons for me was that the color of the actual helmet differs from the picture on POC's website and also the sticker on the box. It is pictured more or less as Magenta but is actually bright pink. I had to sell it.
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