Awesome helmet in so many ways
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Medium
Overall I'm quite pleased with this helmet. Most importantly, it has excellent safety features. This is something I haven't tested first hand (thank God) but I do like that POC aims to make the safest helmets in the industry. If I could add one thing, I would suggest that POC make the back portion of the helmet more reflective, even if only using reflective stickers, so as to stand out more to traffic coming from behind. It has a unique look to it that I find appealing, and the fit is just right for me: resting perfectly around my head giving it a secure, cradled feeling. So far I've found the ventilation to be very good, although I've yet to test it on scorching 95 degree days with high humidity and no wind. (Though to be fair, I suppose nothing works ideally in such conditions.)
My biggest complaint is that it does not hold sunglasses very well. In other helmets, I'm able to flip my sunglasses upside down, insert, and voila! Never had a problem and they always felt very secure. I don't often remove my sunglasses; however, I sometimes prefer to do so on long or steep climbs when I need a bit more air on my face. Unfortunately, neither Oakley Sutra nor Roka GP will stay put very well on the POC. I've tried various positions and different vents (both upside down and right side up) but to no avail. They kept creeping out a few centimeters and it was only the grips on the side of the sunglasses arms themselves that kept them from falling out. Needless to say, I take off my sunglasses much less frequently because of this. Again, not the end of the world as I do tend to ride with my sunglasses on 90% of the time, but it is a big enough annoyance to dock a star and suggest that POC incorporate a slightly different shape of those two vents in order to better hold sunglasses.