- - POC's New Procen Air Blurs the Lines Between Time Trial and Road

POC’s New Procen Air Blurs the Lines Between Time Trial and Road

POC has decided to blur the lines between time trialing and road with the launch of its new Procen Air helmet, treating enthusiasts to a new lid that provides all of the benefits of a TT helmet, but doesn’t fall foul of the UCI’s regulations.

The Procen Air features a traditional in-mold construction with a 1-piece polycarbonate shell over its EPS foam, while flexible side cowls that partially cover the ears further add to the helmet’s wind-cheating capabilities, yet don’t detract from the rider’s hearing. Moreover, the cowls can be removed for cleaning.

“Optimized for speed, the Procen Air brings the speed benefits of a time trial helmet to performance road cycling, giving the comfort and ventilation needed for a stage race. Influenced by and shaped like POC time trial helmets, the smooth surface of the Procen Air cuts through the air with ease. Ventilation inspired by the Venturi effect provides cooling across the whole head, and the path that the air is forced along through the helmet causes minimal disruption for maximum aero benefits” says POC. 

Elsewhere, the Procen Air is equipped with a removal magnetic visor and three large frontal vents that flow air to an array of five rear exhaust ports for optimal ventilation, while POC’s 360° retention system and lightweight padding provide a proper fit.

“As a further aid to the aerodynamic profile of the helmet, the Procen Air features an integrated visor that can be used instead of traditional sunglasses. With a magnetic attachment and storage system, it’s easy to take the visor off mid-ride and store it at the rear of the helmet. The supplied lens features Clarity Road technology, offering enhanced contrast and color control for optimum vision on the roads. The helmet features integrated ear covers in soft EVA material, further streamlining the shape of the helmet and reducing wind noise. An integrated adjustment system spanning from temple to temple around the back of the head makes it easy to find a comfortable and secure fit for every rider, so you can be sure to maximize your performance in the peloton,” adds POC.

All things considered, POC says the Procen Air’s aerodynamic signature can save 18 watts between speeds of 30 and 60km/h compared to its all-around Ventral model, while still meeting all EN 1078, CPSC, AS and NZS 2063 helmet certifications. However, there’s no MIPS protection option.

Available in three sizes, S 50-56cm, M 54-59cm & L/56-61cm and just two colors, glossy Hydrogen White or matte Uranium Black, the new Procen Air sells for $400, which includes both tinted Clarity Road and clear lenses, a soft helmet bag and a foam protector for storage.

Laboratory ugly? You decide. 




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