POC ski helmets: Different helmet concepts for different needs
POC ski helmets incorporate different technologies to accommodate specific needs. For example, the POC Skull X ski racing helmet uses a semi-hardshell design that combines the advantages of traditional in-mold and hardshell helmets. This semi-hardshell helmet uses a layer of expanded polypropylene (EPP) instead of the traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS). EPP does not deform permanently on impact and is, therefore, suitable to absorb repetitive shocks, such as a downhill racer might encounter from hitting gates at high speed.
Ventilated Double-Shell Anti-Penetration
- POC has developed what it calls a "double-shell helmet," which transfers the quality of APB technology into a fully ventilated system, leading to the Ventilated Double-Shell Anti-Penetration (VDSAP) POC ski helmet. VDSAP offers double shells, laced offset for maximum penetration resistance plus channels in between to release heat and moisture. The inner shell is an extremely thin in-mold shell while the hard outer shell is made from ABS and PC. All POC Receptor ski helmets and POC Cortex DH ski helmets use VDSAP technology.
A multi-directional impact protection system helmet is quite a mouthful; we prefer the acronym MIPS. MIPS technology
absorbs both vertical impacts (in the event that you fall directly on your head) and oblique impacts (in the more likely event that your head takes a rotational blow). MIPS imitates the brain's method of protecting itself by giving POC helmets with MIPS their own low-friction layer between the ABS/PC outer shell and the PC liner. When subjected to an oblique impact, the low-friction layer allows a small rotation of the shell relative to the liner, which reduces the force of the impact on the brain. The POC Receptor Backcountry ski helmet
features MIPS technology.
A company devoted to innovation
POC is a young Swedish company whose mission is to do all it can to save lives and reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sport athletes by developing and renewing what personal protection is all about. POC combines sophisticated engineering with spare Scandinavian styling to produce what are arguably some of the best-looking, high-tech protective gear on the planet. The company has won numerous international design awards. In terms of safety, one award in particular stands out. Volvo, possibly the most safety-conscious company in the world, awarded POC its Grand Prize in the category of Active Safety as part of their prestigious annual Volvo ISPO Sports Design Award competition. POC also has a partnership with Polygiene AB to include Polygiene odor control wipes in POC ski helmets, bike helmets, and body armor.