High quality, poor audio choice
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: True to size
This helmet is very well constructed and looks pretty good. As I understand it from talking to the Gearheads, the SPIN technology is also top of the line when it comes to concussion protection, perhaps even superior to MIPS. The helmet is very comfortable around the head, though the ear pieces are pretty tight - I think they do this in part to ensure that your ears stay warm. The odd part about this helmet is the audio compatibility: it's only compatible with POC brand audio, not 3rd party, such as Smith or Sweet Protection,, and the POC audio is difficult to find aftermarket. Not many places sell it (Backcountry does not, at least currently), it's expensive, and there's very little information about how it works on the POC website (for example, are there any controls for volume or power on the outside, like for other brands? Who knows?). I also can't find an aftermarket bluetooth audio. I'm not a fan of the proprietary audio, and I appreciate how most of the other helmet brands out there let you add your own audio. That said, if you are going to require proprietary audio, it should be easier to purchase. Were it not for this issue, I'd likely keep this helmet, but as is it's a no go for me. I don't ride with audio often, but the flexibility to have music on the lift is something I've become accustomed to.