POC is a household name among pro cyclists, for its well-designed bike helmets that are top-rated for durability, ranked first for ventilation and come out first in variety.
The Swedish brand just unveiled the all-new POC Ventral Air Spin bike helmet that is designed to provide exceptional cooling and lightweight durability so cyclists feel like they’re practically wearing air on the head.
The jack-of-all-trades aero bike helmet has been hard to spot on shelves at the market and it’s easy to see why! In this product guide, we break down all the best features of the POC Ventral Air Spin bike helmet and provide feedback on where it could be better (spoiler alert, there isn’t much to improve).
POC Ventral Air Spin Features Review
Reading the introduction above, you may be tempted to hurry and buy one off the shelf, eyes closed but before you zero in on it, let’s briefly glance at the benefits you’ll get by having the helmet on top of your head!
Shell Material and Safety
The POC Ventral Air Spin bike helmet is constructed using high-quality polycarbonate and engineered in the company’s exclusive unibody-style i.e the PC exterior surrounds the EPS liner from the temples to the back of the helmet.
The unibody shell reduces some of the weight from the polycarbonate without compromising the impact protection of the helmet. Also, having a full-PC exterior prevents any snubs and scratches if the helmet hits the gravel so the helmet looks as good as new every time you wear it.
POC Ventral Air Spin helmet is certified by CPSC by US Standards and AS/NZS.
Size and Fit
The all-in-one POC Ventral Air Spin helmet is available in three different sizes: small, medium and large – fitting head sizes up to 62cm easily.
The adjustable precision straps on the side are designed with a front-to-back triangle webbing that improves the height of the helmet on the head and keeps it from flying off in the wind.
The fitting of the helmet is optimised by a dial adjustment system that surrounds the EPS liner in a ‘halo-like’ style and ends with a dial at the back that can be twisted in small increments to position the helmet in an exact fit on the head.
Design and Aesthetics
The POC Ventral Air Spin helmet has become the talk of town not only due to the impressive array of features but also because of its exclusive colourways and convenient design.
The aero bike helmet has a streamlined low-profile that looks cool on all head shapes and even reduces wind drag to a minimum. Also crash protection is greatly improved with the better coverage of the neck.
The POC Ventral Air Spin goes above and beyond in its aesthetics and provides not one, not five but 13 different colours to choose from and match with your cycling kit.
The best and the foremost feature of the POC Ventral Air Spin bike helmet is its incredible aerodynamics and safe to say, it does not disappoint here either.
The aero bike helmet is constructed of 15 rectangular-shaped vents integrated in the temple, the top and the back of the helmet. They help optimise the airflow at high and low speed riding, keep the head cool in the summer and prevent sweat build-up.
Despite the maximised vent ports, the POC Ventral is actually whisper-quiet on the road and wind whistles are considerably reduced.
The POC Ventral Air Spin bike helmet is designed with two retention straps that can be pulled to adjust the fit around the head. To improve impact protection and sturdiness of the straps, they are stitched with the EPS foam liner. Also, the straps do not catch on to stubble or sweat.
The POC Ventral Air Spin weighs 0.59 lbs which for a bike helmet as bulky as this one is actually quite amazing. It is lightweight, durable and aerodynamic – perfect for day-to-day wear and long-distance riding. Also, when it is dial-adjusted to exact fit, the weight is evenly distributed around the head so it feels even lighter while riding.
The second best feature of the POC Ventral Air bike helmet is its integration of the company’s own SPIN technology which features a padding system designed to absorb shock, sweat and offer comfort. It optimises the positioning of the helmet and softens the blow on impact.
The POC Ventral Air Spin bike helmet ticks off every box necessary for a cool and composed ride on the road; however, it is a bulkier helmet than most aero bike helmets on the market. Also, the ‘eyeglass storage’ on top of the head is quite wide so it doesn’t securely hold on to the glasses.
The POC Ventral Air Spin costs $250 which for an aero bike helmet is expensive but considering the patented-technologies integrated inside and the overall functioning of the helmet, the price tag is well worth it. It fits well on the head too.
Specifications at a Glance
- Exceptional ventilation
- Efficient padding
- Aesthetic design
- Durable PC shell
What We Don’t Like:
- The ‘eyeglasses garage’ is wide
At under $250, the POC Ventral Air Spin bike helmet offers ventilation that matches the speed of wind and still manages to be whisper-quiet! Not to mention, the unibody shell that leaves not a scratch in sight upon impact and the interior SPIN padding that wipes away any sweat buildup – it’s truly an all-in-one aero bike helmet.