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by Shane Stokes
March 3, 2018
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POC claims that its brand new Ventral aero road helmet, released to the public on Thursday, is both faster against the wind and offers better ventilation than any other POC helmet. The secret to the design, according to POC, is the use of carefully crafted frontal air intakes, which serve to lead air through the helmet rather than around it. The back of the helmet is aerodynamically optimized as well, designed to reduce turbulence and maintain linear airflow.
POC’s previous aero lid, the Octal Aero, was just an Octal with a shell over it and a tiny hole poked in the front. Needless to say it didn’t breathe well at all. POC claims that the Ventral is both more aerodynamic and cooler – an impressive feat, if we take the company at its word.
The Ventral incorporates POC’s rotational impact protection system, which it calls SPIN. The design, which is similar in concept to MIPS, is intended to help prevent head injuries caused by oblique impacts.
A size medium weighs a claimed 248 grams, and availability online is set for March 2nd. Prices are 299 Euro / $290 USD. Initially, the helmet will only be available with CE (European) and CPSC (U.S.) certification, but AS and NZS 2063 certification will be available at a later date.
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