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Can the POC Skull Light helmet be used for biking? Or is it meant for biking?

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I have a POC Skull Light helmet, and it's main use is obviously skiing/snowboarding as it has ear covers.  The ear covers are removable though, so that's why I'm wondering if it could then be used for mountain biking.  Without the ear covers, it looks to me like a normal helmet, but I can't seem to find anywhere that explicitly says it can be used for biking.  Maybe it's not safe for biking or something, I really don't know.  That's what I'm trying to find out.

Thanks in advance!

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Originally Posted by Ferrari353 View Post

I have a POC Skull Light helmet, and it's main use is obviously skiing/snowboarding as it has ear covers.  The ear covers are removable though, so that's why I'm wondering if it could then be used for mountain biking.  Without the ear covers, it looks to me like a normal helmet, but I can't seem to find anywhere that explicitly says it can be used for biking. 

 

 There are some differences between the EN 1077 (ski) and the EN 1078 standard (bike).  For example,  the bike standard includes testing impacts against a "kerbstone" shaped anvil - EN 1077 does not.

 

Let's say all that is not really critical for you - the next question is comfort.   Ask yourself if you really, really want MTB-levels of sweat inside your (unvented!) snowboard helmet.       If you were a roadie, there would also be the issue of weight and having to crick your neck up, but you've probably got a more upright position on your MTB.  

 

A cheapo bike helmet or even a cheapo Protec-type multisport helmet would be more comfortable.    An actual honest-goodness POC bike helmet would meet the 1078 standard -and- be more comfortable.

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 There are some differences between the EN 1077 (ski) and the EN 1078 standard (bike).  For example,  the bike standard includes testing impacts against a "kerbstone" shaped anvil - EN 1077 does not.

 

Let's say all that is not really critical for you - the next question is comfort.   Ask yourself if you really, really want MTB-levels of sweat inside your (unvented!) snowboard helmet.       If you were a roadie, there would also be the issue of weight and having to crick your neck up, but you've probably got a more upright position on your MTB.  

 

A cheapo bike helmet or even a cheapo Protec-type multisport helmet would be more comfortable.    An actual honest-goodness POC bike helmet would meet the 1078 standard -and- be more comfortable.

Is sweat the only comfort problem?

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Is sweat the only comfort problem?

 

That's kind of in the "You tell us" category of knowledge.  

 

  I wouldn't want to wear my snow helmets on my bikes -  it would be hot, drastically uncomfortable in my riding position, and I'd never get them unstinky again - and I don't know what your circumstances are that you want to do this in the first place.

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That's kind of in the "You tell us" category of knowledge.  

 

  I wouldn't want to wear my snow helmets on my bikes -  it would be hot, drastically uncomfortable in my riding position, and I'd never get them unstinky again - and I don't know what your circumstances are that you want to do this in the first place.

Well I wanted to do it because I have a crappy bike helmet, but a nice ski helmet so I figured maybe the ski helmet might be better than the crappy bike helmet, but I guess not.  I'll just keep on wearing the bike helmet then.  Thanks for the info!

post #6 of 17

No, too much sweat (unless you bike in snowy winters).  You can get a new bike helmet for a price of a lift ticket, and a top of the line bike helmet for a price of two lift tix.  POC does make a multisport helmet that you can potentially use for biking, but it is relatively heavy and "fugly".  

post #7 of 17

I have a fairly high end Rudy Project bike helmet with lots of vents and even that can cause some sweat.  There is no way any snowsports helmet can provide enough ventilation to be even remotely comfortable, plus there is the high probability of sweat running into your eyes and messing up your vision.  Places like Sierra Trading Post, Department of Goods, Performance and Nashbar have bike helmets at discounted prices all the time.

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I seem to recall that these designs are optimized for force reduction - i.e. certain types of impacts are usually experienced in a cycling mishap vs skiing mishap. While there may be some overlap in protection I'd rather have a lid that is purpose-built. That being said, using a skiing helmet for cycling would be better than no helmet at all but try to buy a cycling helmet for riding.

I also read (might have been here on EpicSki) that you should replace the helmet every 3 years or so whether or not you experience impacts. The materials lose some of their impact-absorption qualities over time. That couple of Newtons or force reduction could be the difference between a nasty headache or a TBI.

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No, too much sweat (unless you bike in snowy winters).  You can get a new bike helmet for a price of a lift ticket, and a top of the line bike helmet for a price of two lift tix.  POC does make a multisport helmet that you can potentially use for biking, but it is relatively heavy and "fugly".  

 

Are you suggesting he give up one or two days of skiing in exchange for comfort on the bike? It seems like a big price to pay when you put it that way. frown.gif

post #10 of 17

I only bicycle in my ski helmet when it's snowing, because my goggles don't fit well with my  bike helmet. The heat retention of the helmet can be offset by wearing a lighter insulating layer.

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Are you suggesting he give up one or two days of skiing in exchange for comfort on the bike? It seems like a big price to pay when you put it that way. frown.gif

It doesn't make a difference anyway since I have a season pass to my mountain, but I'll probably just keep using the crappy bike helmet that I have since ski season is almost here.  Then I'll get a good bike helmet when mountain biking starts up again.

post #12 of 17

I forgot my bike helmet two weeks ago in Aspen.  I was going to ride some lift served and they won't let you on the lift with out one. So I grabbed my lightest, spring skiing helmet. 

It worked fine for DHing!  But riding XC back into town, it was way too hot!

post #13 of 17

Hmmm.... not too concerned how my bike helment looks, but concerned how it functions (Giro Atmos). Pretty sure I read somewhere that you loose 30% of your body heat through your head (makes sense as the brain uses more blood than any other organ. The sweating under a ski helmet will be due to inefficent evaporation; your body temp will climb and you will suffer muscle cramps earlier (cramps are a result of overheaded muscles).  So look good and overheat your engine or use a well vetilated helmet designed for aerobic activity (like bike riding).

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Okay, the time has come for me to get a bike helmet.  The helmet I have is old and I need a new one.  Can anyone recommend something good for XC/All Mountain riding for under $50?

Thanks!

post #15 of 17

That is probably best answered by you going to a box store and shopping sales - Giro, Bell, Serfas all have decent helmets that go down to that price point on a box store sale.     

 

I have been so impressed with the durability of Lazer helmets this past year that I would probably toss in another $30-$40 bucks into that kitty and get one of those. 

post #16 of 17

It might already be too late, but this time of year the bigger sports stores like REI are moving out their (summer) biking gear in favor of snow gear. Pick up some deep discounts on end of season bike stuff.

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It might already be too late, but this time of year the bigger sports stores like REI are moving out their (summer) biking gear in favor of snow gear. Pick up some deep discounts on end of season bike stuff.

Would they have stuff listed online or in stores only? I think there's an REI near me.

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