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POC is a Swedish company with a strong mission to do the best they can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents for gravity sports athletes. POC represents technological and protective excellence in an understated though nonetheless stylish package. The concepts, technologies, and materials used and implemented for these helmets were developed in close collaboration with POC Lab; POC’s scientific forum that consists of some of the world’s foremost sports medicine experts, brain scientists and specialists in spinal cord injuries. Some of the most cutting-edge technologies can be found in this range, including the groundbreaking MIPS technology, designed to mitigate against rotational brain injury.
Founded in 2005, POC set out to improve ski racing safety. After POC athlete Julia Mancuso won gold in the giant slalom at the 2006 Winter Olympics, the manufacturer's profile grew and diversified to provide protection for all snow-based pursuits.
This uncompromising commitment has taken ski helmet construction to a previously unseen level. Innovative construction techniques have been blended with revolutionary material combinations. The result: some of the best helmets ever produced.
POC's fast growing reputation for quality has been combined with bold unfussy designs. Consequently, POC helmets are one of the most distinctive sights, both on the piste and at top level competitions around the world.
The POC tradition of leading safety through cutting-edge technology continues into 2016-17. Read on to learn more about some of the key themes in this season's range of POC helmets.
POC has worked closely with leading experts in different fields to understand how to develop the most reliable ski and snowboard helmets. They have devised different helmet concepts for several different needs with new ideas and unique situations on how to reduce the force transmitted to the brain in case of a crash.
The Fornix and Fornix Backcountry MIPS models utilise Aramid Bridges to spread impact forces over a larger surface, with the added benefit of improved structural strength and a very lightweight construction with maximised ventilation.
If you’re in search of the toughest helmet then consider the Receptor Backcountry MIPS, whose Multi-Impact EPP liner creates a helmet that will protect your head over and over again.
POC was one of the first helmet manufacturers to utilise the MIPS multi-directional impact protection system. MIPS is used to reduce the rotational forces to the brain in the case of an oblique impact.
A normal helmet is created to absorb vertical impacts very efficiently, but is not as good at the rotational forces. When subjected to an oblique impact, the MIPS system absorbs these forces by allowing a small rotation of the outer shell relative to the liner.
The result is a reduced likelihood of brain injury in the event of impact, meaning MIPS-equipped helmets provide some of the most complete protection available today. MIPS technology is seamlessly integrated into the Fornix Backcountry MIPS and Receptor Backcountry MIPS models.