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POC Auric Cut

- published April 2017

89

2017

RATINGS

Comfort
9
Weight
7
Breathability
9
Ease of Use
7
Features
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

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THE GOOD

  • Full-coverage ear flaps
  • Secure, universal fit (no hotspots)
  • Elaborate venting system

THE BAD

  • No lining on chinstrap
  • Large, slightly clunky

THE VERDICT

The POC Auric Cut had the best ear pads—soft, comfortable, and completely enclosed, but didn’t hinder hearing at all. The helmet also had the most versatile venting system, with three changeable venting points. The fit was secure with no hotspots, but the Auric felt a touch clunky and lacked in style.

FULL REVIEW

The POC Auric Cut is an all-mountain helmet that uses an adjustment system for fit and a multi-venting system to prevent fogged goggles. 

Comfort
The POC Auric Cut had the most comfortable, full-coverage ear pads that let no wind in, yet still allowed users to hear. There were no pressure points when tightening the adjustable fit system, which helped create a thorough, secure fit. 

Weight
Although the heaviest of the helmets tested, the POC Auric Cut did not feel too heavy but was a touch clunky compared to others. The style and weight also did not hinder movement, though it is a more rounded style than others, which had some testers feeling gaps near the top of the head. Overall, the helmet felt secure when tightened with the chinstrap and adjustable-fit system for most testers. 

Breathability
The POC Auric Cut had the most breathability with two different adjustable vent systems. The top system has six vents; the front system has two vents to prevent goggles from fogging up. Both were easy to change with gloves on. The inner liner, which is fully removable along with the ear pads, was not too hot and very breathable. 

Ease of Use
The chinstrap was easy to adjust, but the adjustable fit system was slightly harder to change with gloves on. The goggle clip was also easy to adjust. A variety of goggles fit well with no gap. The helmet did not scuff easily. 

Features
The POC Auric Cut uses a multi-impact EPP liner, that results in a helmet that continues to protect even after multiple impacts, as well as an ABS shell for durability. The Auric Cut has a removable goggle holder, but is not audio compatible.

How We Tested It

The helmets in this test were used among four different female testers (both skiers and snowboarders), during the entire 2016-2017 ski season. Testers rode at Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area, Keystone Resort, Vail Mountain Resort, backcountry in Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Grand Teton National Park. The helmets were used on groomers, in the trees, and in the backcountry in variable snow conditions. 

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our snow goggle testsski tests, and snowboard tests, along with other snow related gear tests

The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.

About the Author

Mattie Schuler

Mattie Schuler

A runner, hiker, yogi, snowboarder, and adventure journalist, Mattie Schuler lives in Boulder, Colorado, where her apartment is slowly being overcome by gear.

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MSRP
LOW PRICE
$180.00
Support Gear Institute. If you make a purchase after clicking on the links above, a portion of the sale helps support this site.

RATINGS

Comfort
9
Weight
7
Breathability
9
Ease of Use
7
Features
7
GEAR INSTITUTE RATING
89

Weight

20.5 oz

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