POC Fornix and POC Receptor Bug 2.0 Helmet Dual Product Review // Ski Reviews
The majority of our gear reviews here at SkiEssentials.com focus on the actual skis we sell. And why not? It’s the most obvious piece of equipment to pay attention to out of everything we use. It is, after all, called skiing, so I suppose the skis are pretty important. Every once in a while, however, we like to switch things up and focus on another piece of equipment that might not be as glamorous as those new 2017 skis from Brand X that was the first company to bond carbon fiber to kale leaves for optimal performance on firm snow at exceptionally low calorie levels… blah, blah, blah (we’re kidding, ski technology is a good thing). In this case I have the opportunity to focus on a product that’s very important to me personally, and that product is helmets. Specifically, POC helmets. SkiEssentials.com just received a whole bunch of 2016 POC Fornix and Receptor Bug 2.0 helmets and we thought we’d take a closer look at what makes them so special and why we can whole heartedly recommend them to any and all skiers.
First of all, a little history about myself, as you may be wondering why I claim POC helmets are so important to me. Today marks two years since I had a very abrupt collision with a tree at Stowe Mountain Resort. It was a classic case of not paying attention. I was looking over my shoulder at someone behind me while skiing a green circle crossover trail at relatively high speeds. The next thing I knew I was waking up lying next to a 10 inch diameter birch tree about 15 feet off the trail. Long story short, without ever seeing it coming, I skied off trail and ran directly into the tree. The impact snapped my right femur like a twig and put about a 4 inch diameter dent in my Fornix just over my right temple. There is a range of statistics out there, but they all seem to hover around a stat of about 2,000 PSI needed to break a femur the way I did, while much less is required to crack your skull. I attribute my ability to still write articles like this one to my POC Fornix helmet. If I had not been wearing a helmet, or even if I had been wearing an inferior helmet, who knows what would have happened.
SkiEssentials just brought in two POC helmets that we’ve never carried before. We’re extremely excited to be expanding our product offering from a great brand like POC. The two new helmets we’re now offering (among a ton of new goggles) are the Fornix and the Receptor Bug 2.0 Adjustable. As we already have my back story of the Fornix, we’ll start there. You already know the story of my collision, but why was the Fornix one of the best helmets I could have been wearing? POC is a company that is rooted in safety. Everything they make is specifically designed to be as safe as possible for a specific application. If you’re the type of skier who risks big falls (i.e. big mountain skiers, aggressive park skiers, or those who ski fast in the trees) you should consider picking up a Fornix, and here’s why:
The Fornix uses POC’s Aramid Bridges design. Aramid is an incredibly strong fiber that’s often used in aerospace and military applications including ballistic-rated body armor. POC takes this material and runs “bridges” or connected strips through the core of the helmet. This provides incredible impact resistance and during powerful collisions helps disperse energy over a much larger surface area. I feel very strongly that these Aramid Bridges helped save my life. My POC Fornix successfully dispersed over 2,000 PSI of force, which is actually visible when looking at the helmet from my collision. So, if you are the type of skier that risks a serious collision, we strongly recommend the Fornix.
We mentioned that POC is rooted in safety and designs their helmets for use in specific applications. When we switch gears and take a look at the Receptor Bug 2.0 Adjustable helmet that becomes very evident. The key technology in the Receptor Bug 2.0 Adjustable helmet is POC’s Ventilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration system, or VDSAP. VDSAP is made up of two ventilated shells that are offset for maximum penetration protection. On a typical ski helmet the ventilation system leaves your head exposed to sharp objects like tree branches, poles, etc. By using two offset overlapping shells POC has eliminated the exposed head problem while retaining proper air flow and ventilation. So who is the Receptor Bug for, you might ask? A wide range of skiers, from recreational skiers all the way up to avid tree skiers and alpine racers. Even if you’re a beginner or intermediate skier who is typically pretty cautious, you never know when you might need the increased penetration protection. There’s no downside whatsoever, so there’s really no reason not to have it.
Avid tree skiers will love the fact that tree branches no longer have access to their head. Especially for those of us on the east coast, we often use our head to clear branches while skiing at relatively high speeds through the woods. The last thing you would want is nice centimeter diameter tree branch poking through your helmet vents while you’re shredding a fresh line down your favorite pitch in the woods. With the Receptor Bug 2.0 Adjustable you can confidently still use your head as your main branch clearing method; just make sure you keep your goggles on too.
Alpine slalom racers are also big fans of this helmet technology, although for them the helmet name changes. POC’s Sinuse SL helmet is essentially the Receptor Bug with an attached chin guard. If you’ve ever spent time training slalom gates you know that your gear can take a beating from the impact with gates. Although it would be hard to a slalom gate to get through a helmet vent, the Sinuse SL makes it impossible, and it’s nice knowing you have the extra protection while skiing aggressively.
And there we have it. We’re really happy to be carrying both the Fornix and Receptor Bug 2.0 Adjustable helmets from POC. Hopefully this article has given you a better sense of why there are so many high performing athletes in the ski and snowboard world who swear by POC helmets. Head safety is not something to take lightly. Skiing is a high speed, dangerous sport, and it’s important to ensure you’re as safe as possible out there. As far as helmets go, there isn’t much out there that can do a better job than POC.