During Eurobike 2018 we saw the POC Omne Air helmet for the first time. A helmet that is suitable for both the serious commuter and cyclist. In recent years we have also regularly seen the helmet on the head of Lachlan Morton and other pros, during gravel events. The Omne Air is a helmet that can’t be categorized and with which you can look good on both gravel and the road. Not very long ago, Rapha came up with a limited edition Rapha POC Omne Air helmet and it was up to me to test it.
Limited edition Rapha POC Omne Air
Technically, this helmet is similar to that of POC, but with a Rapha sauce. It’s in the Rapha logo on the side and the colors of the helmet. It is available in Navy Blue, Off White and Carbon Gray. The last gray color is the helmet I tested. It’s not quite gray, but the back is black. Hendrik already said, when he saw the helmet on Eurobike, that you immediately recognize it as a POC helmet. The design is clearly POC, but this Omne Air looks a lot more compact than the Octal and Ventral. On this Rapha edition, the logos on the side have been replaced by those of Rapha. The only POC logo that can be found on the helmet is on the back.
The Omne Air is the most affordable helmet from POC and the price of this Rapha helmet is € 160,- equal to the POC version. The helmet has five large ventilation holes at the front, three large holes on top and two more at the back. These ventilation holes are neatly arranged one behind the other and on the inside of the helmet you can see the space through which the air can flow. In the middle of the helmet, a part of the helmet is closed and in my opinion it is therefore a bit between a closed aero helmet and an open helmet.
SPIN Padding for safety
The helmet has POC’s own silicone SPIN padding. This SPIN padding was developed by POC in 2017 as a counterpart to MIPS and ensures that the helmet can move independently of the head. As a result, the rotation will be absorbed by the helmet upon impact, to better protect your head and neck. Many things have been used with this helmet that you also see with the Ventral Spin helmet. For example, the retention system is the same and the straps are also placed around your ear in the same way. The air channels on the inside are also comparable to the helmets from the top segment. The helmet is made of EPS foam, which has different thicknesses. The two outer ventilation holes can be used as an ‘eye garage’, to clamp your glasses in when you are not using them. The weight of the helmet comes to 315 grams on my scale for size M.
When I put the helmet on, I immediately notice how much I like the SPIN padding from POC. This makes the helmet nice and comfortable and it fits nicely around my head. With the retention system, it is easy to adjust in circumference. It feels like a compact and light helmet, even though it’s not exactly super lightweight. The large openings at the front allow the wind to pass through very easily, which is nice in warmer temperatures. I do notice that, now that autumn is here and the temperatures are dropping, I rather put a cap under my helmet compared to a closed helmet. Not very surprising given the shape, but handy to keep in mind in autumn and winter. I really like the colors of the helmet. Not only this gray and black helmet, but also the blue or white colors look beautiful. And as with almost everything in the cycling world these days, it will sell out quickly.
Poc Omne Air Rapha Limited Edition
Price: € 160,-
Color: Carbon Grey, also available in Off-White and Navy
Available in size S, M (tested) and L
Weight: 315 grams (self-weighed)
more info via Rapha
The Rapha Limited Edition of this POC Omne Air is an affordable top helmet. For € 160 you get a helmet that uses many techniques and developments that you know from the more expensive POC helmets. The use of the SPIN padding gives the helmet extra safety and it is also very comfortable. With the straps and the retention system, it can be easily adjusted to size. The ventilation holes are positioned in such a way that the wind can easily pass through them. It is a nice and compact helmet with a typical POC design and a nice Rapha sauce.