POC Helmets & Armor 2010-2011

30 Apr, 2010

Skiing and snowboarding can have consequences on the mountain but POC tries to reduce accidents by developing gear that helps protect our bodies on the slopes.  POC has set the standard with protective gear thats lightweight, high performance and offers the ultimate protection against injury thanks to superior impact absorption and penetration resistance.  Each of their products from the helmets to body armor offer a variety of technical features to keep you safer on the mountain.

For 2011, they continue to offer their line of helmets, body armor, goggles, gloves and are adding sunglasses to the line.  Here’s a couple of products from the 2010-2011 line they have coming out.

POC Receptor BUG helmet

Features: To make the receptor BUG helmet, we’ve taken the most advanced multi-purpose helmet out there, the Receptor + and altered it especially for snow sports. The patented system with double overlapping shells lets air in and heat out and protects from sharp objects. Ventilation can also be closed for cold days. An advanced outer shell makes for a tough and durable construction and provided excellent protection with help from the in-mold liner in polycarbonate and EPS. The included “bankers brim” boosts the style.

Sizes: XS-XXL

POC Synapsis 2.0 Helmet

Features:  The synapsis helmet is developed to be ultra light, without sacrificing safety.  In version 2.0, synapsis is updated with a turnring adjustment system for improved fit.  The unique manufacturing process of the synapsis 2.0 makes it possible to make a very light helmet, still certified according the CE-1077 as well as ASTM standards.  This has been achieved by using POC’s patent pending ballistic anti penetration barrier (APB).  In the injection process, the aramid is placed between the thin outer shell and the liner.  This makes the helmet withstand penetration despite its low weight.  The optional visor is included.

Sizes:  S/M, L/XL

POC Frontal Helmet

Features:  A free ride helmet with the main focus on ventilation.  The solution combines three different ventilation systems in a hybrid of hard shell and in mold helmet.  At the front there is the POC patented VDSAP, a double shell solution where air is transported between two layers of shell, to avoid direct wind and to withstand penetration from sharp objects.  At the back, there are ventilation holes for the helmet to function as a chimney, where air is pulled from the front to the rear.  Finally, there are six ventilation holes that can be adjusted from the outside.  The helmet has been developed in close collaboration with Jon Olsson.

Sizes:  S/M, L/XL

POC Spine Ergo BUG Body Armor

Features:  The basic construction is borrowed from our groundbreaking spine ergo protector.  The ergonomic shape and high level of protection is unchanged from the original while the cushion is made of comfortable and flexible EVA.  The spine ergo BUG is compatible with cervical and coccyx modules to extend the protective areas.

Sizes:  XS/S, M, M/XL

POC Spine VPD Vest Body Armor

Features:  There are various ways to wear a back protector, this is the option that gives you the greatest flexibility and freedom of movement.  Choose how to wear it, with or without the removable waistband.  WPD (visco-elastic-polymer-dough) has amazing energy absorbing properties.  The material is extremely agile and soft but as energy or force is applied, the material stiffens and becomes rock hard.  The back protector is inserted in a washable vest and easily removable.

Sizes:  All sizes XS/S, M, L/XL are available in regular and slim fit.

POC Spine VPD Tee Body Armor

Features:  A short sleeve jacket with shoulder-cups, breast plates and a back protector.  One of the few certified at level 2 (“high performance”) of the motor cycle standard EN 1621-2.  This back protector concept is made of visco-elastic-polymer-dough (VPD) that gives a high level of protection as well as a unique capability to adapt its shape to your body.  The ambition has been to support mobility and comfort, incorporating the highest possible level of spinal and torso protection.

Sizes:  XS/S, M, L/XL

POC Iris BUG goggle

Features:  Triple-layer face foam, advanced polycarbonate/cellulose propionate double-lens that look stunning has a soft conforming polyurethane frame and high quality straps with silicone on the inside for grip.  Iris BUG has all the features you can expect from a pair of POC goggles.  Lenses are anti-fog and anti-scratch treated.  One size.

POC Lobes goggle

Features:  The lobes goggle comes with a huge lens to optimize the field of view.  To minimize optical distortion the lobes lens is a perfectly shaped spherical surface.  The lens is made of polycarbonate, perfectly tapered in thickness and cut to shape using computerized numerical control.  Another, thinner, sheet of cellulose propionate is applied to the inside.  Lenses are anti-fog and anti-scratch treated.  One size

POC Cornea goggle

Features:  The patent pending cornea is based on the POC innovation of attaching the lens on the outside of the frame, to enlarge the field of view.  Cornea has extension bars which gives a much better fit to the face.  The lens is perfectly shaped, injected cylindrical PC screen for superb optical qualities.  To avoid steaming the inner lens is made of CP and laminated exactly parallel to the outer lens.  Lenses are anti-fog and anti-scratch treated.  One size.

POC Sunglasses

POC Eye Was Sunglasses

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  1. Christian
    April 30, 2010

    hmm … I always saw the ski racer types sporting the POC wear, so I just associated them with that crowd.

  2. Kimchi
    April 30, 2010

    That VPD stuff is amazing but it’s unfortunate that they haven’t upgraded the design. I tried the Armor T out a couple times and the inability to customize fit at different points limits it. It doesn’t stay in place unless you fit the particular body parameters POC has in mind. Much prefer the Forcefield Flite Harness I picked up.

    Their helmets are sweet, though.

  3. April 30, 2010

    Christian, they are definitely more popular on the ski side and do have racing helmets but that’s not featured on this blog. Protective gear can go either way, ski or snowboard.

    Kimchi, great to hear your experience with the body armor. I wondered how it would adapt to different body types and I like the idea…especially if you plan to go big, more protection to ensure a safe outcome.

  4. Andrew
    April 30, 2010

    I heard the POC stuff is great in terms of safety design, like the helmet is designed to shatter and not your head. Of course I heard this from my ski racer friend. I saw a guy in the Receptor BUG in green this season and I thought it looked pretty dope, might have to pick one up for next season. I bought a Smith helmet this year but it is so bulky and I can’t hear anyone.

  5. Brek Leines
    April 30, 2010

    Bern all day man! Light comfy and I can hear great. Protects ur dome too! I hve the hard hat apposed to the helmet and like it better. my head doesnt hurt as much after i smash it on things ha!

  6. May 17, 2010

    I hope those things are not just for the looks and fashion, But I think they might sell in Dalia.

  7. Kay
    March 07, 2011

    Hey Shay I just had a question I’m hoping you can answer. I wear Dragon DXS goggles and I really want to get a pair of those POC Iris Bugs. How do they compare in sizes?