Iï¿½ve had an Octal for a couple of years and love it. Light and airy and you forget you have it on. The fit system is easy and works great. Bought this orange version for my son and he loves it. The bright orange color looks good and is highly visible. I can now easily spot him when mountain biking in the woods!
Just rode with it for the second time and it fits great aerates great. Feels very aerodynamic. My wife tried it on and now i just ordered one for her. Been along time since I ordered a helmet but after seeing the TDF riders wearing them decided sight unseen to go with it. Bought the Zinc Orange to match the color of my Bike.
This helmet ticks all the boxes: light weight, super comfortable, nice venting, looks good,
If I can add anything else to the heaps of praise this helmet earns from me its that of the nearly TEN helmets (Bell, Specialized, Kask, Giro, etc.) I've bought over the past decade+ of enthusiastic pedaling, this is easily the best of the bunch.
Good job, POC!
Having clunked my head on concrete andor pavement on at least two occasions amid crashes, nobody needs to sell me on the importance of a good helmet. So, I don't mind spending on a decent quality lid and have in my time bought at least ten of them.
This one, the POC Octal might just be the best one I've ever had. It checks all the boxes light weight, (very) comfortable, aero, great ventilation. The icing on the cake is that it (in my opinion) looks good. Different from the rest of the herd, but good.
I highly recommend it.
While light and comfortable, this helmet will make your head look HUGE. I'm a big dude (6'4, 200) , so being Aero AF was never a strength in the first place. This helmet suits me well for that same reason - great for cruising, climbing, joy riding, but won't be using it in a Time Trial any time soon.
This helmet replaced another brand after a crash. I've been very pleased with this helmet. Haven't crash tested it and really don't intend to - ha ha. Air flow is great and it's very adjustable. I bought another one at a good price for a backupwinter helmet.
This is a well-designed helmet. It's light, really comfortable, and extremely well ventilated. The downside for me despite POC is a Swedish company, this helmet is made in China (as most products today). I wonder if besides all safety standards this product pass environmental and labor minimum requirements.
It may cost a little more than others but last Thursday a friend left his bike at speed and landed on the helmet. It did exactly for what you wear a helmet to do - it cracked the shell and split the lining in two. But his head was undamaged other than a small bruise on his cheek.
We are leaving for a ride this morning instead of his funeral. This helmet is cheap at twice the price.
The helmet has great adjustability and ventilation. I have no problem adjusting between riding with a hat or not. Looks are a love-hate type thing but I happen to love the look. Incredibly light compared to a Lazer helmet I was using before.
The med fits my 58 cm slightly oval head perfectly. This is a first for me. I suspect anyone with a 59-60 head would find the med fit too tight.
The straps sit nice and flat but do vibrate on rapid descents. It's a small annoyance.
I bought this helmet after a meaningful crash and wanted to have a helmet that gave me confidence. As I live in a warm climate the ventilation was a huge bonus. I'm happy with the feeling of security this helmet gives. It does feel like I have a shoe box on my head rather than the sleek feeling of my prior Giro helmets. But I can live with that. Let's hope that I don't find out how it does in a crash but the brand is definitely focused on safety and that's what I need.
I got this helmet as a replacement for an aging Giro Atmos helmet. I had my eye on POC products for a while because I like the aesthetic.
This helmet is light weight and very breathable. It does have larger material sections at the brow and temples for added impact protection which I had to get used to at first but I appreciate.
In high speed yaw angle winds (20mph) I have noticed that the larger vents can tend to catch the wind and can jostle my head a little bit as I descend. This had never happened to me with other helmets I have owned. I am willing to live with it because I like to climb and I need the venting more so than aero features.
I wear a size large for my big melon - wearing a buff or cycling cap underneath has not been an issue.
It was time to replace my 5-year old helmet after my head slammed into the ground following an accident with an automobile. I chose the POC Octal and am very happy with my decision. Excellent fit (my head measured exactly in the middle of the medium size range), great retention system that is easy to adjust, and a very nice chin strap. This helmet is lightweight and comfortable. I also like the rubber grips that hold my sunglasses on topfront when I am not wearing them on my face.
Light, well ventilated, great coverage...comfortable. What's not to love? My only gripe is that due to its design, Velominati Rule 37, sunglasses must be worn over helmet straps, is impossible to comply with. I'll make an exception for this great lid.
I've used Gyro and Specialized helmets for years but really like the fit of this helmet.
The space to hold glasses is convenient and it is really light on my head and the large ports allow great cooling for me on hot rides.
I bought this to replace a faded Catlike Mixino helmet that I bought in fluorescent pink. When I received the POC Octal helmet in fluorescent pink, there was a disclaimer from the manufacturer stating that the color could fade. Great...we shall see how stable the color is. However, I have ridden over 1000 miles over the past 2 months with the helmet, and the color seems stable. My only complaint is that I have difficulty putting my ponytail through the back because the port where my ponytail goes is narrower than in most helmets.
Extremely comfortable, great protection (my other POC helmet probably saved my life at least prevented certain sever injury).
My only negative is that the white webbing has yellowed quickly so appears to be dirty in comparison to the white helmet..
I decided it was time to switch and try something else instead of my Catlike Mixino. I had heard good things about the POC Octal and I noticed the sizing might fit me better. I was a large in the Catlike and the POC helmet looked like a medium would be a better fit. The POC medium is a perfect fit while the Catlike was a little awkward. On longer rides I used to get pressure on my forehead from the Catlike and with the POC helmet it's like I'm not wearing anything. It's comfortable, highly adjustable and works well with my sunglasses. I've been using to for about 6 weeks now and I have no complaints.
I got this helmet for my husband, after having used one myself for a season. It is one of the most comfortable bike helmet I have ever owned (The only other helmet that rivals the POC is my Troy Lee A1 that I use for mountain biking). I have no pressure points in the POC, and the ventilation is incredible.
With a fit this nice and snug in the summer months, I was a little worried that wearing a winter hat under it would be uncomfortable. Turns out it's not a problem at all. When it's cold and really windy, I usually use a windproof low profile hat, and I don't even notice that. If it's raining or snowing, I fit a headband plus a cycling hat (for the visor) under it just fine. I sometimes get a little bit of a pressure point on my forehead with that combo, but seriously, who can complain with that much stuff crammed in there?
If you're worried about fitting your sunglasses under it, because of the increased coverage in the back, I wouldn't sweat it. At least try it out. I have the worst case scenario combo (long arms on glasses designed to do most of the gripping in the back), and at first I thought I would have to get new glasses. But after a few wears, I got it figured out and it's just fine.