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I am looking to buy an Octal in White, Medium..  Any one have one for sale? 

post #2 of 15

Did you ever find one?

 

 

I was looking at Octals here...not my cuppa; I'd much rather have an Air Attack or a Whisper.

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Did you ever find one?

 

 

I was looking at Octals here...not my cuppa; I'd much rather have an Air Attack or a Whisper.

no, looks like they are very slow coming to market in all but the Garmin blue.  I really would like to try one on. At this point, no rush.  

post #4 of 15

I'm in a similar situation with the new Smith.

 

 

In all honesty, I was *far* more impressed with the design and finish of the Trabec than the Octal.   The Octal looked...and felt... rushed.

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I'm in a similar situation with the new Smith.

 

 

In all honesty, I was *far* more impressed with the design and finish of the Trabec than the Octal.   The Octal looked...and felt... rushed.

 

could that be why they are slow to market? Possible rework? 

 

http://road.cc/content/review/114378-poc-octal-helmet

 

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/learn/poc-octal-review

 

What is enticing to me is the safety.  I love my POC MIPS ski helmets (Backcountry) 

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I'm in a similar situation with the new Smith.

 

Are you having a hard time finding one local to try/buy? I'm seeing a lot the forefront around town in local shops.

post #7 of 15
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They have them in Steamboat as well. Its a pretty cool looking helmet. I haven't looked into any added safety; any idea?  

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They have them in Steamboat as well. Its a pretty cool looking helmet. I haven't looked into any added safety; any idea?  

 

Well, the Overtake has the new honeycomb material - Koroyd? as a skullcap design on the inside.    That right there is the sort of energy absorption feature I've been looking for in a helmet, with the advantage of at least looking like  it would ameliorate the type of injury I had in my last helmet (EPS struts crack clean through and impact the head).   The other issues for me are temple protection and does it come down far enough behind the head.    For which I would need to try one.

 

http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/06/bikes-and-tech/first-ride-smiths-new-overtake-road-helmet_333105

 

The current tradeoff -

- Giro's Air Attack is absolutely perfect wrt. fit for me, and it doesn't have singleton exposed EPS struts especially in the temple area  but it a) doesn't have any interior energy absorption feature and b) is likely to go away next season in favor of the Synthe, so good luck finding spare visors 2 years from now.

- Catlike (Kompact/Whisper/Mixino) is correct in the temple area and has some technical features like the aramid fiber that *might* help with cracked-through struts.  

 

I tried most everything else from Bell/Spec/Giro/Lazer.   Kali and Smith are still ???? - most Smith dealers here are snowsport only.


Edited by cantunamunch - 7/18/14 at 10:54am
post #9 of 15
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I have seen some new designs on the TDF.  Should be interesting to see what comes to market that is more than marketing or aesthetics. 

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On the whole, I like the aero trend, quite a bit.     If you're watching the TDF, you will notice one design I don't care for, the Synthe.   It's on BMC, iAM and Katyusha heads.      They look like the arse end of a technicolor frog, esp. in Katyusha colors where that back ring is done in blue.

post #11 of 15
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I like the Specialized helmet and the POC.  I dont think that Kask design is totally new but I like that look of the honeycomb-like design. 

post #12 of 15
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They have them in Steamboat as well. Its a pretty cool looking helmet. I haven't looked into any added safety; any idea?  

Cantunamunch did some safety testing of his own on the POC Mips. 

http://www.epicski.com/t/128169/ahhh-your-first/90#post_1746063

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post
 

They have them in Steamboat as well. Its a pretty cool looking helmet. I haven't looked into any added safety; any idea?  

Cantunamunch did some safety testing of his own on the POC Mips. 

http://www.epicski.com/t/128169/ahhh-your-first/90#post_1746063

 

To be completely accurate, it was a different brand with the MIPS feature.

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To be completely accurate, it was a different brand with the MIPS feature.

Sorry, I just made an assumption.  Have you contacted the "brand" to see if they will give you some kind of rebate towards another helmet in exchange for them using your helmet to investigate?  

I know Bell Helmets used to do that for cracks in motorcycle helmets. 

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To be completely accurate, it was a different brand with the MIPS feature.

Sorry, I just made an assumption.  Have you contacted the "brand" to see if they will give you some kind of rebate towards another helmet in exchange for them using your helmet to investigate?  

I know Bell Helmets used to do that for cracks in motorcycle helmets. 

 

I have and they do.    I will probably take advantage of it but I doubt it will be my primary helmet any more.

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