POC Ventral Tempus MIPS Review - A helmet for riding in the rain, and being seen

Bright, light and comfortable, but not cheap

Male cyclist wearing the POC Ventral Tempus MIPS bike helmet
(Image credit: Tyler Boucher)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A well-thought out helmet specifically designed for inclement conditions that brings visibility to new heights.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent visibility

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    Good protection from the elements

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    Compact shape

Reasons to avoid
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    Expensive compared to many rival helmets

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    Fit may not be for everyone

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Most global sports have defined constants: a field, pitch, or court is a standard size wherever you go. Things are even more homogenous for sports played indoors, where the weather is less of a factor. Cycling isn’t like that. Topography and climate play outsized roles in where and how people ride bicycles; this is one of the things that makes the sport interesting and dynamic.

While the bikes may largely be the same around the world (with the possible exception of fat bikes) the other equipment needed is very different. Clothing and gear that works in the heat of Australia isn’t going to cut it in the winter in northern Sweden, for example. Hence the need for gear that caters to temperature extremes. POC’s Ventral Tempus MIPS is one such piece: a helmet made for wet and cold winter conditions, where being visible is absolutely critical in the low light of high latitudes. We take a look at how it stacks up against the best cycling helmets...

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Tyler Boucher
Freelance Writer

Tyler Boucher is a former (and occasionally still) bike racer across several disciplines. These days, he spends most of his time in the saddle piloting his children around in a cargo bike. His writing has appeared in magazines published in Europe, the UK and North America. He lives in Seattle, Washington.