With a focus on ‘extreme levels of ventilation, very low weight and high levels of protection’, POC has introduced the latest in its line of performance road bike helmets; the Ventral Air. The helmet is being raced by riders from EF Education First at the Tour Down Under.
Jonas Sjögren, POC CEO said “We have developed a number of advanced performance helmets in recent years. The award-winning Octal, with its class-leading weight and ventilation, was the first we released to meet the challenges of the uncompromising world of the pro peloton, followed quickly by the Cerebel and more recently, the Ventral SPIN.“
He continued, “The objective is always to use science, mixed with our innovation and Swedish heritage, to optimize a riders safety and performance. The Ventral Air is the latest result of our approach. It is an incredibly safe and lightweight high-performance helmet which has a supreme cooling effect over the whole head, perfect for long mountain climbs, riders who prefer a light and highly ventilated helmet or those who regularly ride in hot climates.”
Jonathan Vaughters, CEO, EF Education First, added “Success in professional racing is built on performance; and the Ventral Air, which has been built on the evidence of our tried and tested Octal and Ventral, 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.
“The ability to understand how to maximize the team and rider’s potential is essential and safety and innovation are a major factor in this equation. It’s here where POC’s ability to create products with incredible quality and relevance, especially for the high-performance environment, has always stood out.”
The Ventral Air
The design of the Ventral Air, which recently won a prestigious Design and Innovation Award, has been influenced by the Octal and Ventral. According to POC, the result is a structurally optimized helmet. It features precise ventilation ports and internal channels to control the air intake and release at both high and low speeds. This enhances ventilation as well as the rider’s ability to reduce drag.
The Ventral Air is lightweight yet features a fully wrapped uni-body shell construction for extra security and an EPS liner ,which is optimized for a balance between weight and safety. The helmet also features POC’s patent pending silicone pad system, SPIN (Shearing Pad INside).
A lightweight adjustment system and ergonomic precision strap design offer a flexible fit. The helmet also features a new eye garage for practical storage of bike glasses.
Product and technical features
- Structurally optimized helmet with ventilation ports and internal channels to control the air intake and release at both high and low speeds
- Cooling and ventilation due to ports and innovative internal airflow design
- Unique design optimized with CFD testing for aerodynamic performance and minimal air turbulence
- Features POC’s patent pending silicone pad system, SPIN (Shearing Pad INside)
- High-performance EPS liner with targeted and optimized density to provide a balance of low weight and crash protection.
- Fully wrapped uni-body shell construction to increase safety and helmet integrity.
- Light-weight size adjustment system for a personalized fit.
- Adjustable precision straps anchored to the helmet liner for extra comfort and safety.
- Eye garage to keep sunglasses securely in position when placed on the helmet.
- Used by EF Education First Pro Cycling Team
- Comes in both matt and gloss colours
- Sizes – Small (50-56), Medium (54-59), Large (56-61)
- Weight – 230g CE (size M), 270g in CPSC and AS/NZS (size M)
The Ventral Air will be available to buy in stores and online from March 2019. The RRP is €250 and US$250. The Ventral Air will be available in CE, CPSC and AS/NZS 2063 certification.
POC, a leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armour and apparel, has been awarded more than 60 international safety, design, and innovation awards. Founded in 2005 in Sweden, POC’s mission is to ‘protect lives and reduce the consequences of accidents for athletes and anyone inspired to be one’.