POC, a Swedish company that was one of the first to adopt the MIPS rotational-impact protection, is now moving away from the technology as it attempts to both simplify and increase the safety of its helmets. Its answer is SPIN or ‘Shearing Pad INside.’ POC has developed silicone-filled pads that allow rotational forces to be absorbed without the use of the extra plastic shell found in MIPS helmets. The pads are placed strategically inside the helmet so that a rider’s head will only be in contact with the pads and not with the shell. This allows for lighter helmets and a closer fit. And the pads will eventually be available as a stand-alone purchase so they can be retrofitted to previous years’ models.
SPIN will be featured in all POC’s popular all-mountain helmet, the Tectal Race at $220, the ultralight cross-country Octal X at $250 and most notably the updated Coron Air. Dropping close to a pound, the 950-gram Coron Air is on the lighter end of certified downhill and enduro full-face helmets. More importantly for the consumer, the 2018 Coron Air is $275—$200 less than the current model.
In conjunction with the release of SPIN, POC has worked with Zeiss to create ‘Clarity’ lens technology, boosting contrast and certain colors, such as browns and greens in the mountain-bike specific models, in order to create a more defined viewing experience. Clarity will be available in the Crave and Do Half Blade glasses and POC’s new Ora Goggle. Pulling from its experience in snow goggles, POC has created the Ora with a flexible, breathable frame that interfaces seamlessly with the Tectal and Coron helmets.