Randoms: New Helmets & Apparel From POC, Thule's RoundTrip Duffel, KOO Goggles - Pond Beaver 2020

Apr 14, 2020 at 13:43
by Mike Kazimer  
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POC's Tectal Race Spin NFC helmet is able to store pertinent medical and emergency contact information.

POC's Tectal Race SPIN NFC Helmet

POC's Tectal Race SPIN NFC helmet, which was first shown at last year's Eurobike, is now available. It's the addition of the NFC acronym that sets the helmet apart from the standard Tectal helmet. That acronym, which stands for Near Field Communication, indicates that it's possible to store your medical information and emergency contact details in the helmet. Yes, a sticker could accomplish a similar goal, but the NFC Medical ID chip can hold much more detailed information, and you don't need to worry about the data getting smudged and unreadable from sweat or rain.

The ID chip is readable via smartphone, and doesn't require any cell service or wi-fi in order to work. MSRP: $250 USD.


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POC

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POCito Omne SPIN

POCito Omne SPIN Helmet

The POCito Omne SPIN helmet was designed specifically for younger riders, with four extra-bright color options and a large reflective strip on the back of the helmet for maximum visibility. The helmet is equipped with POC's SPIN silicone pad system, and uses a twist dial to adjust the fit. Available in two sizes, XS and S, the helmet retails for $90 USD.


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Designed for hotter days, POC's Essential Enduro 3/4 Light jersey is made from a lightweight mesh material, with a fit that's intended to provide enough room for body armor underneath. The $70 jersey is available in three colors in sizes XS-XXL.

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The Resistance Enduro Shorts are on the pricier side of things, but they're reinforced with Vectran, a tough, tear and abrasion resistant fabric that should keep them in one piece much longer than a pair of thrift store Dickies. They're also designed specifically for mountain biking, with enough room for knee pads, a velcro waist band, two zippered size pockets, and a DWR finish. MSRP: $160.


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Thule's RoundTrip Bike Duffel

Thule's 55L RoundTrip Bike Duffel uses a different system than most for gear management, with individual cell pockets to stash your jerseys, shorts, and accessories in so they're easy to find with a quick glance. You can pop open the left side if you decide you don't want to use the cell pockets and, while you can't remove it entirely, you can secure it out of the way on the right side of the bag.

There's also a dedicated shoe pocket on the outside that is lined with tarpaulin for easy cleaning and a large helmet compartment. The lid of the bag doubles as a laundry hamper with a large zippered pocket and you can carry the bag on your shoulder with the cross-body shoulder strap.

It's $159.95 and comes in two colors.


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KOO Edge Goggles

KOO is the eyewear-oriented offshoot of KASK helmets, and shown here is their Edge goggle. There are four different lens tints available ranging from clear to dark mirrored blue, and changing lenses only takes a matter of seconds. Simply push down on a small lever on the right side of the frame and the lens can easily be removed and swapped for a different tint.

The fit is comfortable, and they'll work well with most full-face or half-shell helmets. There are vents at the top and bottom of the frame to promote airflow, although my rides with them haven't been entirely fog free - I think additional ventilation on the lens itself or at the front of the frame would help. Overall, I'd say these are better suited for fast DH laps over rides where there's pedaling and slower speeds involved.

The price is $129 as shown with a clear lens, or $149 for one of the mirrored lens options.








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52 Comments

  • 59 0
 It looks like the best way to avoid fogging and increase ventilation on those Koo goggles is to just remove that clear plastic bit on the front. Problem solved.
  • 4 3
 Kask /koo seems to be a funny brand ... Cant see them doing anything better than the competition, yet they are more expensive
Also, the helmets are ugly
  • 2 3
 @Stokedonthis: comes the day when I ride down a hill with a half lid and goggles.. what s the point of that, besides looking a total fool?
  • 4 0
 Over here, Koo is a brand of tinned fruit!
  • 3 0
 @saladdodger: Hey, some of us were around in the early 90's when not only was goggles and half shells a thing, but also having face masks attached to the bottom of the goggles.... It'll totally make a comeback at some point.
dirtmountainbike.com/news/the-return-of-the-full-face-mask.html
  • 2 0
 @saladdodger: if i dont wear a goggle i loose my contact lenses when riding fast -just saying
  • 5 0
 @optimumnotmaximum: Maybe try closing your eyes then. Jeez, do I have to do all the thinking for you lot?
  • 2 0
 @bigtim: or even better skip lenses and goggles altogether, woods look mostly the same anyways.
  • 1 0
 @Stokedonthis: yeah I don't know why I would pay $130 for these goggles when I could pay close to half for equal/better performing goggles with a mirror lens AND a clear lens from %100.
  • 1 0
 @bigtim: Yes helmet, Oakley goggles + half mask and a JT Mouthtrap, there was no other way to roll.
  • 28 0
 Thule bag is pretty slick...
  • 8 0
 I've got to say I'm a sucker for bags with lots of organisational features. Thule has really stepped right up to the plate as they've entered the bag game.
  • 2 0
 Exactly my thought. *AddedToWishlist*
  • 1 0
 And twice the price of Pedal Industries Raceday bag.
  • 1 0
 i have the dakine bag, and the shoe compartment is better on this one. those compartments should be removable, tho. they eat up tons of space pushed do the side.
  • 2 1
 Yep, bike theifs be getting all my stuff in one go.
  • 4 0
 @CycleKrieg: Here's the math chum.

Thule 55L = 3350 cubic inches or 22.33 cubic inches per dollar
RaceDay = 1850 cubic inches or 25.93 cubic inches per dollar
RaceDay XL = 3510 cubic inches or 39.00 cubic inches

I would take the RaceDay XL or the Thule simply because they both made colored interiors so I can find the 732 black items I own that I can't find inside any of my other duffels without pulling at least 697 items out first.
  • 1 0
 I was scrolling to see if anyone else clicked on this article just to see the bag lol
  • 1 0
 Where do you put a hydration pack?
  • 1 0
 I have a £9 Decathlon (not sure if they are in North America) soccer/general sports duffel that does the job.
  • 14 0
 Now you can annoy the guy with POC helmet by asking for wifi password.
  • 2 0
 Tectal Race Spin is a helluva name if you're dyslexic.
  • 4 0
 I own two poc riding shorts for 3 yrs. They get machine washed after every ride and there is not a single lose thread. I copped them in sale for 75€ each and was Well worth it
  • 3 0
 $125 for some goggles that don't vent well? I've been on both ends of this and the best pair I've found are still the 100% Strata, I've only had 1 fog experience with those and it was a rainy muddy enduro race day. $25.
  • 4 1
 Can you make a M and L in that "kids" helmet POC? Oh, and keep it at the same price point.
  • 4 0
 Those are some KOO googles... No? Ok I'll Leave
  • 3 0
 Sorry POC, but since I've been quarantined at home with my refrigerator, horizontal stripes are out for a while, at least.
  • 3 0
 That white POC helmet reminds me of Salomon 747R bindings.
  • 1 0
 POC has alpine roots so sure can be a place for inspiration.
  • 3 0
 150 dollar goggles lol frig off!
  • 2 0
 Googles? koo.koo..koo...?
  • 4 0
 I am the Egg Man, WOO, he is the Walrus, WOO, koo koo kee choo!
  • 3 0
 Koo = King of Ooo
  • 1 0
 POC. Yet another company where my noggin fits perfectly between available sizes.
  • 1 0
 POC's Tectal Race SPIN NFC Helmet - now with included private medical insurance number!
  • 1 0
 Only if the thule bag had a built in chamois cream bladder. 2021?
  • 1 0
 Why don't kids get as many vents?
  • 1 0
 I own the Thule bag, it is really nice.
  • 1 0
 That bag looks great.
  • 1 3
 Wonder what the replacement cost of a lens is for those POC goggles?
  • 1 0
 20€
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