Is Poc's new Ventral Air their coolest-ever cycle helmet?
If you’re going to launch a helmet that offers extreme ventilation, you might as well do it at one of the hottest races in the calendar.
Swedish brand Poc have done just that, choosing the Tour Down Under to unveil the new Ventral Air, which will be gracing the bonces of Team EF Education First for this and subsequent tours. It’s light, (230g) and as the name suggests, really, really well ventilated.
“It’s perfect for long mountain climbs, riders who prefer a light and highly ventilated helmet or those who regularly ride in hot climates,” says Jonas Sögren, CEO of Poc.
The new Poc Ventral Air combines the high ventilation properties of the much-loved Poc Octal with the styling and structure of the Poc Ventral Spin. The result is essentially a Ventral Spin with a lot of vents.
Considering Poc tend to build in safety features first and then think about everything else after, it’s always a bit of a mystery how they manage to make such cool stuff, but it’s still reassuring to know that the Poc Ventral Air is fully equipped with the latest safety developments, including Poc’s version of the Mips system, called Spin (Shearing Pad INside) which is essentially padding that mimics Mips technology.
Poc say it’s also structurally optimised, has a uni-body shell and an EPS liner which provides the perfect balance between weight and safety. To those of us who don’t work in crash test laboratories we think that means it’s pretty tough but also light weight.
The Poc Ventral Air also incorporates some very Poc-esque usefulness too, such as a redesigned “eye garage” for securing glasses on the helmet and soft-touch precision adjustment of straps for maximum comfort.
This is all going to come in quite handy for Team EF Education First, alongside the ventilation qualities.
“This is another performance leap forward for the riders, especially for the very hot days or mountain stages, as it combines the best in weight, ventilation and safety,” says Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of EF Education First.
“Safety and innovation are where POC’s ability to create products with incredible quality and relevance, especially for the high-performance environment, has always stood out.”
For those in any doubt about the helmet’s credentials, it should be reassuring to know that the Poc Ventral Air has already won a 2019 Design and Innovation Award.
Want one? You’re going to have to wait until March, but time does fly, right?
Team EF Education First will also be riding out in a tie-dye pink kit provided by new sponsor Rapha, who say they aim to “disrupt” the pro peloton with their first return to the WorldTour since they ended their kit deal with Team Sky at the end of the 2016 season.