The ultimate balance of supreme protection, lightweight construction, and adjustable ventilation.

After the wild success of aramid bridge technology in its mountain bike helmets, POC integrated the same technology into the winter Fornix Helmet. Aramid bridge construction offers massive energy dispersion during impact while keeping the helmet shell lightweight and comfortable on your head. As a crowning touch, the Fornix helmet includes an adjustable venting system that pulls hot air and moisture away from your head with lightning speed and ultimate efficiency.

  • Aramid bridge shell construction combines high-tensile aramid strings molded together with an impact-absorbing foam liner
  • Aramid strings add structural stability and allow for maximum dispersion of impact across the entire bridge structure when this helmet takes a hard hit
  • Size adjustment system operates via a twisting dial that either tightens or loosens the inner liner to create the most comfortable fit
  • Sliding vent plate operates the top vents so you can keep them open or closed to regulate temperature
  • Front vents aid the movement of fresh air in and through the helmet in order to keep your goggles fog-free and your head nice and cool
  • Quick-clip buckle and strap are easy to adjust and secure this helmet around your chin
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

POC Helmet Buckle Failure

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am seasoned skier and mountaineer for the last 20 years. And using a POC helmet i had a serious accident where the neck buckle of my POC helmet fail. By this i had a unvoluntare release of my helmet causing me serious injuries.

I cant be more disapointed about not only this helmet, but also this brand. I had no answer, no support... after several emails.

I strongly recomed anyone that is serious about their head to buy another brand with a better buckle system., The one used in POC is cheap and lacks of desing. POC is mostly about fashion.

I know that is one in a million chance to have an hyperflexion of the neck throwards your chest and cause excess preasure of the buckle and having release of the helmet. BUT, i think nowadays there is a HUGE offer of helmets and people should care about having the one that will remain attached to their head.

The buckle is the one used in this helmet.


Great Helmet!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Quality Helmet. Poc has been doing a great job at making helmets that not only look great, but do there job as well. I definitely have taken a few slams while wearing the fornix and it has held up great.

No Complaints

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Fits well, not too bulky that it makes your head hot.

Unanswered Question

Can you please tell me the thickness of this helmet? Is it the same as the MIPS version? How does it compare to the Receptor? Thank you!

Hard hat

    This is a nice helmet. I like that it is simple looking. It pairs well with Oakley flight deck goggles.

    Comfy, poor finishing

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Really nice fit, comfy, forget that I'm wearing it.

    Some shabby construction though which was not what I expected from POC. Chin strap has frayed after a few days and helmet transfers/logo has mostly peeled off, which makes the lid look shabby.

    Is POC quality being compromised by it's growth?

    your a perfectionist. thatz way hip . . !

    It fits!

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    My head measures about 57.5cm +/-, depending on where the measuring tape sits, and the M/L fits perfectly. I was a bit worried about the sizing because POC apparently fits a round head better than an oval one and I'm guessing I'm more in the oval camp. I had the opportunity to briefly try on both the Receptor Bug and Fornix Backcountry in the same size before ordering and my memory is that the Receptor felt roomier than the Fornix whereas the Fornix Backcountry felt snug, particularly around the ear pieces. Not sure if there's an actual difference in internal shape/roundness between the three helmets or if it's just differences in padding but that was my experience.
    I wear Anon M2 goggles and they pair well. No gap.
    Great helmet!

    Super Stoked

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Got this as a gift but have feedback to share: "Tried out a friend's POC helmet last season and loved it - I couldn't stop thinking about how I wanted my own! Stoked to put this to use this season. I got the matte black which is awesome. My head is 22 inches and the M/L fits great even with a thin hat underneath. Works well with my Spy goggles as well."

    Great dome bucket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Light enough to not be a bummer in the back country, burly enough for the resort. I've taken a few dings to the head and now I don't ski without a helmet. I wanted something that could take a beating but is still light and packable enough for touring and this has been great.

    Great helmet for my big noggin.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Fits my round head well. I've got the XL/XXL size in red. Super comfortable. Easy to use the vents. Doesn't make my goggles fog nonstop like my previous helmet did.

    Light but easily blemished and NOT matte

      I wish they'd post actual pictures of the product and not stock because I ordered this thinking it would be a matte black color but it was extremely glossy and product came with scratches and blemishes. The entire helmet seems to be covered with a very thin plastic wrap, making it glossy and obviously easily scratched/damaged. Right now I'm debating as to whether or not to return it but given how flimsy the coating looks on the helmet, I'm inclined to believe that all helmets will have blemishes upon arrival...

      With that said, I'm sure the product will protect your head fine though but don't expect to look fresh on the slopes...

      In my picture, you can see a huge defect which I assume occurred when the plastic coating didn't get put on the helmet correctly during manufacturing... With POC helmets being more expensive than others, I at least expected manufacturing to be on point...

      Light but easily blemished and NOT matte

      Runs really small

        My head is 57" and the M/L was too small up top. I'd recommend sizing up. Overall seems like a great helmet though. Going to get the XL to see how that fits...

        great helmet

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Not sure where the reviews are coming from saying this helmet is warm. I used it on a 15F day and was so cold I had to buy a liner. The helmet is very light and comfortable tho, forget I'm wearing it. Also I ordered the grey and thought they sent me the blue. Just be aware the grey is mostly blue.

        Love this hemet

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Fits great and is warm, but not too warm.

        Here a photo of the POC in the Japanese trees

        Love this hemet

        Perfect Helmet

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        The Fornix is a really well built helmet. Super light weight. Low profile. It's adjustable. The earmuffs are low profile as well. Adjustable vents. Plus it fits perfect with my Anon M2 goggles. I really enjoy riding with this helmet. I always forget it's on. I have tried other brands. None of them can compare to the POC Fornix!

        Perfect Helmet

        Is the white POC Fornix helmet matte or glossy?


        Unanswered Question

        Are the graphics removable? I know the Beats version doesn't have the graphics but I don't need the audio. Can you peel off the graphics on the MIPS or the regular Fornix?

        Unanswered Question

        Do the ear-pads open up, so I can insert audio ear-pads/headphones in them?

        POC Fornix Helmet

        That video is so relaxing!

        Protect ya Neck!

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I've been wearing this for 2 seasons now, and while I will be retiring it after this month, it has been great to me!

        I use the Fornix without the earpiece's, which unfortunately means that I cant use the twisting dial that either tightens or loosens the inner liner, as it is connected to the earpieces. Bummer, but it still offers a great fit for me.

        I have used this helmet with many different goggles, but mostly the Smith I/OS, which creates a great fit and does not leave you with a dreaded "Gaper Gap". It also seems to work well with Oakley Splice's.

        I've put this thing through the wringer (and plenty of trees) and my brain is still in my head so, there ya go!