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The POC Coron Air SPIN MTB Helmet, Crash Tested and Approved [Review]

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Fortunately, we don’t get to truly test the protective properties of every helmet we review.. But for me, the Coron Air Spin from POC was one of the lucky, or rather unlucky, ones. On a recent trip to ride my favorite steep slopes in La Thuile, Italy, I managed to squarely head check a tree while wearing this minty colored melon bucket. I was excitedly trying to clear a set of roots on my third descent when I fist-bumped a tree mid-air and ponged into the next adjacent spruce trunk.

After untangling myself from a patch of smaller trees I did a self-assessment and determined that I was okay to slow roll to the bottom of the trail. Then, despite me feeling A-okay, a friend went over the concussion checklist with me to be sure. All clear! I made it out with a few minor cuts and a gnarly bruise where my ankle was caught between the top tube and handlebar. Ride on.

This colorway makes me want to eat bubblegum flavored sorbet.

While I can’t say for sure that this full face helmet from POC saved me from a concussion on its own, I can say that my head and neck didn’t hurt after a full speed stop that was entirely absorbed by my dome and an innocent tree.

The fit and functionality inside and outside the Coron Air SPIN (available online at JensonUSA and Competitive Cyclist) are spot on, as you might expect from a helmet developed with professional enduro racers like Martin Söderström and Robin Wallner. The seemingly solid fiberglass shell has fourteen intake vents and six exhaust vents, providing ample airflow on hotter days. I have ridden in this lid through temps exceeding 80° F (26.6° C) and it provides every bit as much airflow as the top competition. The cheek padding is removable should you need to wear it while you climb, and there is ample space to nest your goggles beneath the visor once the descent is over. While the visor only has one position, there is a simple breakaway system to allow it to pop off in a crash instead of breaking. That same breakaway capability means that the visor won’t dictate the direction of your head and neck as you slide across the soil.

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