By: Philippe Tremblay | June 11th, 2017
You could say I had the misfortune of extensively testing the POC Octal-X on my first ride wearing it. While normally after a ride in a new helmet I would be thinking of its comfort, ventilation and fit, after this ride I was just thankful I was uninjured.
Riding along a local bike path chatting with a friend, an off-the-leash dog (in an on leash area) ran unexpectedly across the path beelining towards a flock of geese. Fortunately, we were not moving fast and the dog was uninjured just very surprised when my front wheel made contact with it.
I, however, was slightly less lucky and the tumble left me bruised and scratched. That surprised my two riding companions who were worried I had knocked my head on the pavement going down. I had grazed my head on the pavement but the helmet stood up to the test.
The Octal-X borrows its shape and design from the POC Octal but has been beefed up to make it more suitable for riding off road.
When POC first released the Octal, it’s beefy shape made many question the aesthetics of the helmet but it has become commonplace on the heads of world class cyclists and trendy riders.
When POC first released the Octal, it’s beefy shape made many question the aesthetics of the helmet but it has become commonplace on the heads of world class cyclists and trendy riders. You could say it’s now a cool helmet and POC are leaving the aesthetics unchanged as they gear it for riders tackling rougher roads, gravel and cross-country singletrack.
The Octal-X has the features that make the Octal such a great helmet with generous ventilation, low weight (claimed 250 g for the small I was testing) and a unibody shell construction. With an EPS foam core and the added protection offered by aramid bridge technology, the helmet is more robust and better prepared to spread the forces of an impact.