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First look: Poc Ventral helmet

2 Mar 2018
Verdict:

A new do-all helmet for all occasions from the Swedish helmet giants

Price: 
€299

Buy the Poc Ventral helmet from Cycle Store here

We are picky bunch us cyclists. Firstly, we want the option of a helmet that is ultra-lightweight, heavily ventilated and comfortable to accompany us on nature's hottest days during the height of summer.

Then we want a helmet that makes us faster. We want wind to pass it by with no trouble, and for it to feed extra watts into our legs.

Now we are dark green with greed, demanding the powers that be to develop helmets that do both, lightweight but aero, fast but comfortable.

Thankfully, the brains trust at Swedish helmet manufacturers Poc have been hard away at work releasing the latest do-all helmet, the Poc Ventral.

Combining some of the aerodynamic capabilities of the Poc Octal aero and the lightweight powers of its climbing sibling the Octal Avip Mips, Poc promises to have developed the perfect combination of aerodynamics, lightness, safety and comfort.

Weighing in at 248g it slots itself nicely in between the aerodynamic Bontrager Ballista and generously-ventilated Lazer Z1 on the scales with an almost identical weight to its bitter rival the Giro Synthe.

Five vents at the front help channel airflow through the helmet rather than over it, improving aerodynamics. Turbulence is also reduced by a 22 degree trailing edge that controls airflow off of the back of the helmet.

With airflow being channeled through the helmet, this will also help with ventilation with waves of cooling air passing between the head and the helmet.

Incorporated into the Ventral is Poc's controversial Spin technology, a safety system that can direct impact away from the head, very similar to that of Mips.

Expect to see this new helmet on the heads of Sep Vanmarcke, Rigoberto Uran and the rest of WorldTour EF-Drapac team throughout the season with Poc being the helmet and kit supplier to the American team.

In terms of looks, Poc has been a bit marmite with its cycling helmets. While there is no denying the bushy tasches of Taylor Phinney and Mitch Docker of EF-Drapac make the fluoro pink Poc Octal look hip, its protruding design doesn't suit every head type.

However, after a roundtable of Cyclist editorial staff tried the Ventral for good measure, it was decided this new lid looked that bit more stylish than the Octal.

The Poc Ventral is available to buy now, costs €299 and comes in nine different colours.

Buy the Poc Ventral helmet from Cycle Store here

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