POC’s new Ventral Lite ultralight highway helmet places their common Ventral Air Spin on a food regimen to shave off greater than 20% of its weight. Pared again to the security necessities, it took lot of artistic materials work to to POC’s lightest-ever biking helmet, with claimed weights as little as 180g.
We’ve been driving with the brand new lid for the final couple of weeks, and it delivers all of the air flow of the Ventral Air whereas feeling noticeably lighter on the top. Right here’s how they did it…
POC Ventral Lite ultralight vented highway biking helmet
Riders of any iteration of the Ventral Air will discover the look of the brand new POC Ventral Lite acquainted. The general design, profile form, and vent format are for essentially the most half unchanged.
There are only a few refined reshapings round a few of the openings, with a deal with carving away extra materials with out sacrificing security. The true distinction is how rather more of the underlying EPS foam is seen, one thing that’s more durable to tell apart on this matte grey colour.
Tech particulars: What’s new?
Mainly, POC made the Ventral Lite lighter by eradicating as a lot of the in-mold shell as doable. To do this, POC refined the general construction of the in-mold helmet including deeper, extra exact structured ribs within the now thinner polycarbonate outer shell to supply help for the underlying foam.
POC calls out a lighter, decrease density 68g/dm3 (aka 68kg/m3) EPS foam, one other transfer aimed toward getting weight as little as doable, whereas nonetheless sustaining optimum affect safety in a crash.
This seems to be in the direction of the lighter finish of the 50-100kg/m3 density vary typical in most helmets. Much less dense foam will take up extra of the affect forces earlier than they attain your mind, however too delicate and it wouldn’t take up sufficient.
Inside, match and retention get slimmed down, too. Barely noticeable, the straps are stated to be a bit thinner, they usually substitute the prior plastic adjusters with fastened straps sewn in place below the ear. The identical POC dial retention carries over, however now pulls a lighter BOA-like wire that encircles the top 360°.
Padding can also be simplified. No MIPS or SPIN right here, simply gentle, wicking padding that’s fastened to the highest of the helmet with velcro tabs and floating throughout the entrance of the temple, which can enable restricted rotational motion in a glancing affect?
The tip result’s a chiseled shell that definitely makes the brand new Ventral Lite look lighter. POC calls it the lightest helmet they’ve ever produced, whereas reassuring us that it doesn’t sacrifice on security.
“Riders who’re targeted on climbing or journey in hotter situations are extraordinarily acutely aware about weight, air flow, and luxury, which is the place the Ventral Lite, our lightest-ever helmet will excel,” says Oscar Huss, POC’s Head of Product. “We strongly imagine that the most secure helmet is one you select to put on, one which you all the time stay up for carrying… The Ventral Lite will present the safety these riders deserve with out ever noticing it’s there.”
POC calls it a fruits of merging of ultralight and high-performance tech, an idea additionally utilized to their new superlight, 3-layer waterproof Supreme Rain jacket. The underlying concept of each being efficiency so gentle and ethereal, that you just’ll overlook you might be carrying them.
Ventral Lite – First Impressions & Precise Weights
Our ideas on the primary few rides with the brand new Ventral Lite basically boil down to 2 primary conclusions:
One, it truly is loopy gentle. Any helmet below 300g or so feels fairly gentle in your arms. If you put this helmet on over a Buff to remain heat or perhaps a conventional biking cap, you actually can overlook that you’ve got it on.
Two, the helmet is basically well-ventilated. It’s nonetheless very a lot winter right here in Prague, and remains to be a bit too chilly to put on this completely open helmet with none wind-blocking cap beneath. However when summer season comes round, we’ll must put sunscreen on the highest of our head!
How gentle is loopy gentle? The precise weight for our EN/CE-certified measurement Small is simply two grams over POC’s declare at 182g. Evaluate that to the 242g POC Ventral Air Spin NFC, 240g Limar Ultralight+ Lux, and 233g LEM Motiv Air – all of which really feel gentle on our heads.
We acquired our arms on a Medium U.S. CPSC-certified helmet too, which weighed in at 255g. Sorry North American riders, CPSC helmets are often heavier.
As for the match, it’s just about the identical head form as different POC helmets. And the light-weight wire-style retention system micro-adjusts properly, all the way in which across the head. The small wire weaves in & out of a skinny plastic backer behind the pads for a cushty match with none strain factors. There are even 4 positions to regulate how far the dial sits on the again of your head.
POC Ventral Lite – Pricing, choices & availability
The brand new ultralight POC Ventral Lite sells for $275 / 270€, and is available in 5 colours – all grey like our check helmet, or black EPS and black most important shell, with white, black, blue, or inexperienced decrease shells. No brilliant AVIP variations can be found now.
The helmet is out there in separate EN 1078, AS/NZ 2063, and CPSC 12.03 licensed fashions in three sizes (S, M & L). EN fashions are the lightest (S 180g, M 190g & L 210g, respectively), with the AS/NZS fashions subsequent (210g, 230g & 250g), and the US’ CPSC fashions the heaviest (220g, 240g & 270g).
The Ventral Lite is out there now on-line direct from POC, and thru their common retail retailers. It should make its professional peloton racing debut (presumably in brilliant pink) on the heads of EF Training-Nippo riders subsequent week at Paris-Good.