POC, the ski and cycling helmet manufacturer, has launched the Octal AVIP MIPS road helmet ahead of the Vuelta a Espana in conjunction with team Garmin-Sharp.
Available to the public early next year the new Octal AVIP MIPS is an updated version of the original award-winning POC Octal helmet, and is said to provide better coverage and protection over the temples and the back of the head, with denser material in strategic places.
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AVIP (Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection) is, according to POC, the most ambitious initiative to date, promoting safety for road cyclists, which was created by a selection of scientists and members of the health and technology industries. Along with the MIPS, created in 2010, a Multi-directional Impact Protection System designed to help reduce rotational forces to the brain in an event of an impact.
As well as the safety systems in place, the suggested weight of 215g (size medium) could save you neck ache, whilst teamed with POC’s sunglasses, the new Eye Park allows you to quickly push and hold the sunglasses above your eye line, in case of quick changing light conditions, something that the pro peloton is faced with a lot.