POC Octal helmets provide safety through superior head protection and visibility.
Based on the award winning Octal helmet, Octal MIPS has been further developed and equipped with MIPS technology (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) to reduce the rotational forces to the brain in the case of an oblique impact.
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The Octal helmet provides more coverage and additional protection of the temples and back of the head and the EPS liner is strategically thicker in the most exposed areas. The fully wrapped unibody shell construction functions as a monocoque and enhances the safety properties and construction integrity of the helmet while maintaining a low weight.
POC has approached ventilation in a unique way - instead of using many small vents, Octal has fewer, but larger, ventilation slots. This ventilation design allows more air to flow through the helmet, which also results in improved aerodynamic performance.
The lightweight size adjustment system ensures a comfortable and secure fit while the Coolbest padding helps reduce the temperature in the interface between the helmet and head.
As a part of the AVIP concept, Octal MIPS comes in high visibility colors, with a reflective sticker kit and with an ICE tag.
AVIP stands for Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection and is POC's most ambitious initiative to date, promoting safety for road cyclists.
It is great to witness the growth in road cycling, but this growth also brings to light the risks and safety issues involved in sharing roads with motorists, other cyclists and pedestrians.
In developing AVIP, POC considered how infrastructure is developed for cars, the lack of interaction between road users, respect and understanding among road users and the constant hazard of being run into by a car. Further, half of all casualties on rural roads, and 92% of reported cyclists killed or seriously injured, occur in accidents involve other vehicles, most often a car.
This led POC to consider a platform, which is a true reflection of their mission and brings a new relevance to road cycling. Through their medical and performance forums, POC Lab and WATTS Lab, they investigated and researched different areas to better understand the specific hazards in road cycling and where gains could be made.
They looked deeper into the problem, researching and studying perception, visibility, color and contrast, communication, psychology, digital technology, aerodynamics and more.
AVIP is the result of our work and is our most ambitious initiative to date, promoting safety for road cyclists. It is a vision and concept, which has been created by collaborating with some of the best minds in science, health and technology to redefine the future of road bike safety and performance.
The four core elements that make up AVIP: Attention; Visibility; Interaction and Protection, are designed and developed to work individually as well as in collaboration.
Attention - Is about achieving a simple, but crucial, objective and grabbing others attention to your presence. Attention uses the best possible tools to ensure a cyclist is recognized clearly, and in milli-seconds, by others in traffic through addressing the five senses independently or in combination.
Visibility - Optimizing visibility in a number of different situations and scenarios, including season, weather, time of day, distance, environment and light conditions. Through scientifically understanding how, color, material, contrast, patterns, motion and light interact it provides an insight to develop the best possible visibility and recognition on the road.
Interaction - It is about researching the possibilities and opportunities for communication and technological interaction between a rider, motorists and pedestrians to support proactive safety. Interaction applies new ideas to what can be done with modern technology to allow a rider to worry less about other road users and surroundings and focus solely on riding. Interaction also supports communication with the outside world in post incidents situations where there is a need for rescue or emergency.
Protection - The core of POC’s experience, understanding how to develop physical protection focuses on minimizing the amount of energy being transmitted to the users brain and body. All engineered with innovative technology and a specific user and activity in mind, ultimately optimizing protection without compromising performance.
MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System).
High performance EPS liner, optimized in density.
Fully wrapped unibody PC shell construction.
Superior ventilation, using POC's unique ventilation design.
Low contact size adjustment system.
Straps moulded into liner.
Temperature regulating Coolbest padding.
Colour combinations and reflective patches for enhanced visibility.
Eye garage to keep your sunglasses securely in position when placed on the helmet.
ICE tag included.
AVIP sticker kit for improved visibility.
Weight: Small (210 g), Medium (215 g), Large (225 g)
Founded in 2005, POC is a Swedish company with a strong mission to try and save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes and cyclists. Starting with entries in the ski racing market, POC’s new ideas and solutions to improve safety quickly gained traction. In 2014, POC announced the launch of AVIP - its first specific road bike range. AVIP stands for Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection and is POC’s most ambitious initiative to date, promoting safety for road cyclists.