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POC Helmets and Armor

Gorgeous design, superior protection

We know innovative technology gives POC protective gear excellent protective qualities, but what makes POC helmets and other POC gear so darned good looking? Smooth, clean lines? An under-stated design aesthetic? Bold, simple colors? Maybe it's a combination of all these things. We just know that POC helmets, goggles, armor, pads, gloves and clothing give you cutting-edge protection in a great-looking package. Click here to learn more about some of the technology used in POC safety gear.

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What makes POC gear so great?

In reading through the POC's product line, you’ll see a lot of abbreviations like VPD, VDSAP and MIPS. What is that stuff?! It's tech worth knowing about. These are innovations developed by POC to make its gear as protective as possible. Here are the high points.

POC VPD technology

POC VPD (Visco Elastic Polymer Dough) has been used in POC body armor since 2009. POC VPD 2.0 was introduced in 2012. VPD is designed to be soft and pliable but to immediately stiffen upon impact. In doing so, POC VPD absorbs an extreme amount of the energy created by the impact, shielding your body from the full force of the blow. POC VPD is also progressive, meaning that the harder the impact, the more energy, proportionately, is absorbed by the VPD. That makes VPD one of the few compounds on the market that meets the European Union's highest standard for protective motorcycle clothing (CE 1621 Level 2-High Performance).

POC MIPS technology

Statistics show that the most common accident occurs with an oblique (or sliding/sideways) hit to the head, yet most helmets are typically safety tested by dropping them vertically on a rigid surface. POC's 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). This mimics one of the safety systems Mother Nature put into the human head. Your brain is surrounded by a low-friction cushion of cerebrospinal fluid. 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. In short, MIPS technology provides 21st century technology fused with a design innovation from the modern human brain, now in its 160,000th year. POC developed MIPS helmet technology in cooperation with the Royal Institute of Technology and Karolinska Institute of Sweden.

POC and Polygiene - A partnership sweet enough to sniff

POC has a partnership with Polygiene AB to include Polygiene odor control in POC ski helmets, bike helmets, body armor and clothing. Polygiene permanent odor control treatment neutralizes odor by inhibiting the growth of stink-causing bacteria and fungi, helping your sweaty POC protective gear stay fresh. Your investment also lasts longer because the bacteria won’t have the chance to break down the synthetic fibers.

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POC - 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.