This is my second POC Ventral Air Spin. First one was damaged protecting my head in a crash on some black ice. My head was fine, the helmet not so much, just as designed. This helmet has amazing airflow, the garage for the sunglasses is great, and I couldn't ask for a better fit
How do you determine the value of a helmet? A week ago my wife hit a tree rut in the street hidden in shadows. Her bike flipped out from under her and she when down-hard. She landed on the back of her head where the POC helmet wraps around better than nearly every other helmet. It buckled. It split. But the ER nurse said that the design saved her life, and the nurse was going to buy the same helmet for her daughter and herself as soon as she got home.
For me this was the best value of anything I have ever purchased for cycling. I am now waiting for the same helmet for my daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. I already purchased a replacement for my wife to use when she can start riding again.
This POC (Ventral Air) successfully checks the same boxes that had me raving about it's "lesser" sibling -- the (Octal). It's light, ventilation is good, and it's so damn comfortable. The only think keeping it from earning five stars across the board is the price, which is a bit steep, especially considering the Octal, in my opinion, is easily as good for $50 less.
My bottom line, having tried Giro, Bell, Kask, Bontrager helmets, I'd rate both of my POCs better than the whole lot of them.
This POC helmet fits a bit differently than the helmet I replaced, so the first longish ride was a little uncomfortable as I got a headache from the pressure it put on my forehead (I believe). It just took a little bit of adjustment in forward tilt of it on my head. I don't know why that wasn't intuitive or why it didn't feel natural for me to wear it that way, but it seems to have worked itself out. The shape of the helmet seems to be a bit more round than oval, so this might explain the different feeling of it. Anyway, all is well now and I have completed a handful of centuries wearing the POC Ventral Air SPIN with no problems whatsoever.
The venting is absolutely noticeably cooler. Tennessee summers are brutally hot/humid - like being zipped up in a wet sleeping bag in the blazing sun with hot moist cotton shoved up your nose - truly, it sucks here from mid June to September. I noticed the difference in ventilation to my noggin' immediately when I hit ~20mph or so. It was wonderful.
I got the pure white on white and it really stands out from a visibility aspect. I think it looks sharp and with the fit characteristics figured out now I can wear a cap underneath it on colder mornings this fall/winter. I'm very pleased with this helmet.
It has been difficult to find Helmets over the last 40 years that fit my Pin Head, and look tasteful when riding. POC has done a terrific job in both categories. The ventilation is fantastic! I definitely recommend this Helmet!
I purchased a number of helmets this spring and ended up sticking with this one. By far the best ventilation option that I tried while still offering a comfortable amount of critical area protection.
This helmet offers superb ventilation to get you through hot summer days. Often after rides my head is almost completely dry from the vents at work. Came with a bag to stow my helmet in which was awesome. Def should be considered among your top choices within the given price range.
This helmet is relatively light (about 270g) and fits well. Size medium is comparable to medium helmets from other brands. The helmet provides great ventilation on hot days, I've worn it in temperatures over 100F and have no complaints. Also, AVIP orange is very bright and can be spotted far away in low and normal light conditions.
This was my second POC helmet...I have always love the safety features and weight. It was time for a new helmet so I contacted Biketiresdirect and got a new one within 3 days! Flash forward 2 weeks later and I was involved in a cycling accident. I was struck from behind by a delivery truck traveling at 50 mph. The truck swerved into the bike lane where I was riding hit me and carried me along for several hundred feet before throwing me off onto the side of the road. I suffered a broken arm, 14 broken rib (entire left side), 10 vertebreas... but I had no concussion or any head injuries. The helmet was cracked but it definitely served its purpose. I am recovering well although it is a long recovery...I will be getting a new POC before riding again.
I bought a blaze orange version of the Ventral Air SPIN (already reviewed) and liked it enough to buy a second one in white for raceday. My second one checks all the same boxes lightweight (270g for a medium), fits nicely on my 57cm head, and ventilates well on hot days in the 90F-100F degree range...One gripe that i didn't mention in my first review is the sunglass garage. POC added grippy tape on the inside of two front vents, but the vents don't hold my sunglass arms securely-and I wear POC Do Half Blades. In you are going to stash shades in the helmet, the rear vents fix the sunglass arms more securely in place. This is a minor gripe, overall the Ventral Air Spin is a quality helmet that hopefully adds a bit of concussion protection over other non-MIPS helmets.
Was looking for a helmet for the hot summer days and this helmet fit the bill in all aspects. Looks, fit and ventilation. As the weather is heating up in SoCal, Ive worn this helmet on a number of climbing rides and it has kept the sweat off my face and head cool. The mesh padding and spin feature works as described and its very comfortable. Highly recommend!
The discount from BTD was icing on the cake! BTD is my go to for cycling needs!
The Ventral Air Spin is a nice update to the Octal. Fit is similar, but with a lower profile, better ventilation, and more robust chin strap retainer. I also appreciate that SPIN (POC's MIPS-like anti-concussion technology) is standard so you're not forced to choose between more or less brain protection...My medium size helmet fits my 58cm skull comfortably, and weighs 273g (- 2%). I bought AVIP orange for enhanced visibility on the road, and gosh is it bright-as in road cone bright orange that pops out in low light conditions...One caveat the fixed chin straps ride a tad high on the sides, and might get too close to one's earlobes for comfort. They don't bother me but could be a problem for you depending on head shape and helmet size
I've been waiting for this helmet to go on sale and BTD did not disappoint with the best price.
I had good fit experience with prior POC helmets and this is just as comfortable.
In the past POC helmets were a bit to oversized looking on my head but this trimmed down profile is very stylish.
This helmet is amazing Ive had Several other POC helmets and this one is the best. I wear a 7 58 hat and this thing had plenty of room for my head. The thing is super breathable to.
Been waiting for this helmet to go on sale and bike tires direct came through as usual. Unfortunately the size chart suggest that anyone with a head larger than 61cm (24 inches) should shop for a larger helmet. Hey POC, why would you finally make a $ road specific helmet that isnt made for every cyclist, big or small head?!? Missed it by a 132 of an inch. What a shame!! Thanks bike tires direct for the sale. Maybe next time.)