15
Jan
2009

Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

1/15/2009 : sicklines
, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

POC Cortex Flow helmet with Iris DH goggles

We got to check out some of POC’s goods back at Interbike this year and were quite impressed. After the show we were able to test out a few of their protective products in the field. We’ll be publishing several articles on their gear as we get adequate testing time. Today’s article will cover the Cortex Flow DH helmet and Iris DH goggles.

About POC:

POC is a Swedish based company located in Saltsjobaden which is outside of Stockholm. They have compiled an organizatoin that includes various engineers, designers, and medical specialists. Together they work to create products for extreme athletes that keep the rider safer by using patent pending techniques to deliver increased rider protecton. By leveraging sports medicine knowledge with advanced materials and construction techniques POC is able to create products that should function better during use as well as offer a higher level of protection.

Cortex Flow DH Helmet

* note this is a prototype version of the Cortex Flow. We’ll add further details about the differences between this prototype and the production version as they are available.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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The Cortex Flow helmet looks much like their Cortex DH helmet but offers more ventilation and uses a fiber glass shell instead of carbon fiber. The Cortex Flow is slightly heavier due to the material difference but offers more durability. The shell of the Cortex DH and Cortex Flow helmets are a bit different than standard helmets. POC has created their helmet with the best of both worlds of helmet shell design (in-mold and hard shell).

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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They call their patented overlapping shell design Ventilated-Double-Shell-Anti-Penetration or VDSAP. It allows POC to create a helmet that offers good ventilation while still offering penetration resistance from rocks and other sharp objects as well as solid impact protection. POC has been able to do this by designing the shells to be offset and created channels between them to allow moisture, heat, and water to escape easily.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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The VDSAP design involves adding a Aramid ballistic penetration layer or APB to the helmet between the outer shell and multi-impact EPP inner liner. By adding this layer to the helmet they could keep the thickness of the helmet shell thinner to reduce weight but still offer protection from sharp objects as well as offer better energy absorption.  The EPP multi-impact liner of the helmet is able to absorb multiple hits during a crash protecting your head throughout the event, not just the first large hit. Not all helmets offer this type of liner and can really help protect your head during multi-impact crashes over helmets with standard in-mold liners.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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The fit of the Cortex Flow is unlike any other downhill helmet we’ve ever tried on. It features thinner pads in the front, rear, and top of the helmet that are quite minimal compared to most DH helmets. As a result it doesn’t fit or feel the same so as always make sure to try it on for proper fit.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

padding detail (click to enlarge)

POC optimized the chin bar to allow for easier breathing while still offering protection. The large opening the front of the helmet helps eliminate fogging and increase airflow through the front of the helmet. The Cortex helmets use a standard D-ring type chin strap.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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Ear chambers were also added to the Cortex helmets in order to allow riders to more easily hear what is going on around them as well as increase balance.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

ear detail (click to enlarge)

POC has kept the styling of the helmet very minimal and basic to match much of the rest of their line. A nice detail is the POC logo sculpted into the adjustable visor.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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The Cortext Flow is available in Black or Putty (shown). The carbon shelled Cortex DH is available in White.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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MSRP: $265

Weight: 1034g

Iris DH Goggle

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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The Iris DH goggle is a smaller fit goggle that fits a little tight around the eyes and nose area. POC designed the size to fit perfectly with their DH helmets. We like a little more roomy goggle to fit a wider variety of face types.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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The DH version of the Iris offers a clear lens with tear away pins for their PE tear-off’s. The Iris Flow is POC’s other goggle that does not feature tear-off knobs but instead features a clear lens with light silver or red mirror effect.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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The Iris DH lens features a polycarbonate outer lens and cellulose propinate inner lens for optimized anti-fog performance. All Iris lenses feature anti-scratch and anti-fog treatment.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

Iris DH lens dual layer detail (click to enlarge)

The face foam is a multi-layer design with Coolmax outer layer for moisture wicking. The Iris DH feels quite comfortable on the face and has extensive venting to prevent heat build up and fogging.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

top venting detail (click to enlarge)

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

bottom venting detail (click to enlarge)

The strap is a non-replaceable design with silicone grippers to keep the goggles secure.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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The Iris DH is available in Orange and White colorways. The Iris Flow is available in Baby Blue, Black, and Grey colorways.

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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MSRP: $100

, Spotlight: POC Cortex Flow Helmet and Iris DH Goggles

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POC’s line of protection products will be available in the spring. A list of retailers can be found under the Wheels section of their website – www.pocsports.com

[POC Cortex Flow Helmet Gallery] [POC Iris DH Goggle Gallery]

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