Earlier this week, the Swedes from POC announced two new products for 2015. A new version of their popular Octal road cycling helmet, the Octal AVIP MIPS is due to hit the stores in early 2015 as well as a new eyewear device called the Eye Park.
The Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) featured in the new Octal was developed with scientists and first used in 2010.It is said to reduce the rotational forces to the brain in the event of an impact and therefore offer outstanding protection of the cyclist’s head in case of a crash. As you might have already guessed from its name, the Octal AVIP MIPS is also part of POC’s safety concept AVIP. Standing for Attention, Visibility, Interaction and Protection, the helmet will therefore be available in high visibility colours and comes with a reflective sticker kit and an ICE tag. Together with an updated monocoque design and a low weight of only 215g (Size M), the new Octal will surely be one of the helmets to look out for in 2015.
The Octal AVIP MIPS will make its first appearance in the pro peloton during the second stage of the Vuelta 2014.
Park your glasses! The Eye Park is an eyewear device which aims to help riders coping in low and variable-light conditions. It has been developed together with the Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling Team and consists of two magnets attached to both sunglasses and helmet. So all it needs to take off your glasses is a little push and they will be safely attached to your helmet. Fiddling them into your pocket or handing them to the team car will be a thing of the past.
Like the Octal AVIP MIPS, the Eye Park will hit the shelves in early 2015.