If you’re not wearing a helmet by now, you’re either not charging that hard or you’re an idiot. Yes, they take up space; they’re still stigmatized by some pros as not cool; a lot of them look goofy. Whatever your ego’s reason, get over it. Introducing the POCAuric Cut Backcountry SPIN Helmet.
Which helmet do you pick. There are endless selections from so many brands it can get a bit overwhelming. But our team here at Mountain Weekly News got the opportunity to check out a bunch, including POC’s new Auric Cut Backcountry SPIN helmet, and when it comes to style, tech specs, company and comfortability, the search is over. This is the best helmet out there for what we — and, we’d imagine, what you — do on a snowboard.
Daddy He once told me son you/ be hard working man
Mama she once told me son you/ do the best you can
Then one day I met a man who came to me and said
Hard work good and hard work fine
BUT FIRST TAKE CARE OF HEAD. – Sublime
POC Auric Cut Backcountry SPIN Helmet Review
How do these brainy Swedes make a helmet that keeps your brain encased? Start with a bomber ABS shell and go from there. Put in a multi-impact EPP liner that keeps its shape so you don’t make your helmet go flat after one big crash. Get nall revolutionary with (patent-pending) SPIN technology that allows special pads to better distribute oblique impact.
What does oblique mean? That means when you overrotate your spin and catch a blow off-axis, the helmet can absorb the blow by rotating, spreading the impact over greater surface area. Same with glancing blows from branches, limbs, rocks (where my helmet-wearing really comes into play). It’s a brilliant solution to an issue suffered by skiers and riders getting after it in directions that are often anything but on-axis.
Add in the Recco reflector in case, you know, you get lost in the backcountry or need to be evacced and you have cutting edge safety sitting snug on your shoulders.
So now you wonder, what, how does it sit on your shoulders?
POC Helmet Fitting
I’ve worn this both during quick downhill tours and all-day resort riding. The EPP liner is not only softer than other liners but holds its shape better than the standard pads I’m used to with other brands. I have one old helmet with big cushy pillows that have packed out, turning into that old pillow on your ratty couch that doesn’t cushion a damn thing. Not POC’s EPP liner.
I love removeable ear flaps for spring riding, when covered ears just get sweaty and itchy. Apparently so does POC.
The size adjuster on the back of the helmet has me dialed in with a Medium-Large — it should be noted that I was an XL in an Anon helmet — with a snug but not painfully tight fit. I was able to flip the ventilators open booting a couloir and it let in just enough wind on the way down to cool but not chill me. Let me add that I am, in fact, very bald.
Finally, you gotta love the style. Some people complain about the massive “POC” emblazoned across the side but I think it’s just the helmet-makers showing pride for their creation. Or maybe they want the world to know they’re passionate about rights for People Of Color. Either way, I like how it has skate styling reminiscent of companies like Pro-Tec, Triple 8, all the cousins of snowboarding (vs. other helmets that take their style from ski helmet companies who seem to want to make some uber crenellated hyperaerodynamic distance biking serious guy dome-covers).
Your Skull, Your Brain and Your Steeze Walk Into a Bar to Invent Protective Gear…
… the first thing they’d make would be the POC Auric Cut Backcountry SPIN helmet. Industry-leading outer-shell, check. Self-healing hi-tech liner, check. Revolutionary cranium-cradling science, check. Bold skate-influenced/non-rando-geek design, check.
Throw in things like a removeable goggle clip and compatibility with their audio communication headset (allowing for you to jam out on the hill and occasionally holler to your partner, “Hey dude, where are you? Should I come down? Did you bring toilet paper?”) and the RECCO and it’s like, man, these people really spent a lot of time thinking about your head.
Which you should do. So goddammit listen to your mom and those nerds in the white coats and wear your helmet. And since you’re now in the market for a helmet, might as well get the best. POC Auric Cut Backcountry SPIN ($220).
If you want to see the importance of head protection, check out Kevin Pearce’s “The Crash Reel,” a film that documents Shaun White’s onetime rival as he recovers from the TBI that took him out of snowboarding professionally. The recovery is painful; but if it weren’t for his Pearce’s helmet, according to doctors, he likely woulda died.