I took the POC Cortex Flow helmet out not expecting anything special. I mean, it’s a helmet. It fit my head. I liked the style of it, so I got it, end of story, right? But when I actually shredded with the helmet on, I realized it was worlds better than my SixSixOne full-face. Basically, with this helmet, I’m able to ride with a higher level of comfort and stay cool.
Unlike my old full-face, the ventilation on the Cortex Flow really works. While hiking jumps in Candy Land on Teton Pass I didn’t need to pull off the helmet to avoid mass amounts of sweat, but was able to hike with the helmet on in 85-degree weather and still be comfortable.
POC uses a standard buckle over a D-ring system that makes it easy to take on and off. The ear chamber system allows for you to fully hear what is going on around you, so your buddies no longer have to shout to have a conversation with you while shredding. All in all, I highly recommend checking out the POC Cortex Flow if you’re looking to upgrade your current bucket protector.
The price tag may be a bit steeper then what you’re looking for, but it’s definitely worth dropping some extra bones on a helmet that works as it should. The helmet is designed for multiple impacts and appears to be able to take a beating. On top of that, POC has “polygiene anti-odor” technology which claims to keep that helmet smelling fresh time and time again. But if you’re not sweating as much as you typically would because of the well-designed ventilation, the polygiene is just an extra perk in case you have a gnarly, rank-ass head.
Photos by Charlie Jonas