POC has revealed the Octal AVIP MIPS road cycling helmet. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System and helps reduce the rotational forces to the brain in the event of an angled impact.
The Octal AVIP MIPS is based on the Octal helmet, but has been further developed and equipped with MIPS and weighs 215 grams (Size M). The helmet’s fully wrapped uni-body shell construction functions as a monocoque and enhances its safety properties and construction integrity while maintaining a low weight.
As a part of POC’s AVIP (Attention Visibility Interaction and Protection) concept, the Octal MIPS will be available in high visibility colors and comes with a reflective sticker kit and an ICE tag, which will provide emergency personnel and first responders with medical information, even if the rider is unconscious.
The Octal AVIP MIPS will make its debut in the pro peloton during the second stage of Vuelta a España 2014 that takes place on Sunday, August 24th.
POC has also unveiled Eye Park, which has been developed together with Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling team. Utilizing magnets on the helmet and sunglasses, Eye Park allows riders to push the glasses upwards just enough to see the road in low- and variable-light conditions.