POC Octal Raceday helmet review

High on function and safety — if you can handle the look

Helmets
The helmet sits a little high and wide on my head.

The helmet sits a little high and wide on my head (click to enlarge).

The helmet’s 240-gram weight is middle of the pack in the realm of higher end lids. Giro’s Synthe is 5 grams heavier, while the Kask Protone is about 20 grams less.

POC also scores points for its “eye garage”, where two high-friction tabs inside the front of the helmet’s outboard vents help secure sunglasses when not in use. Security wise the system worked well, with nary a slip. However, glasses with longer temples may bump the back of the shell.

Safety is where the Octal really shines, though. It meets the various certifications, and also comes with an ICE Dot tag. To use, simply download the ICE Dot app, scan the tag, then input your critical information. If something does happen out on the road, first responders can access that information by either scanning the tag or texting a PIN to the number located on the back of the helmet. Just make sure to keep your profile current, as it will expire after a certain length of time.

Twenty-one oversized vents make this one of the best vented helmets we've ever tested.

Twenty-one oversized vents make this one of the best vented helmets we’ve ever tested (click to enlarge).

The Octal also provides a slightly larger footprint of protection via its extended sides, which are roughly ¾ of an inch longer than several comparable high-end helmets we measured. The Octal also covers about a ¼ inch more fore-aft space of its wearers head. Whether that will make a hugely significant difference in a crash is hard to say, but it certainly can’t hurt.

Bottom line, if you’re not overly concerned with looks or aerodynamic implications, the POC Octal Raceday helmet is a superb choice for protecting your most valuable asset.

For more info please visit www.pocsports.com.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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