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POC Fornix Review
Cons: Drafty but doesn't vent well
Bottom line: A great option for a sweet, in-molded helmet.
The Fornix comes from a company with a long history in protective gear and a wide selection of ski helmets. An in-molded helmet with a size adjustment system, adjustable ventilation, a natural shape, and all the safety standards make the Fornix POC a great all-around helmet.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
At a middle-of-the-road price, by in-molded standards the Fornix competes against the finest that companies like Smith and Giro have to offer in well-made, well-ventilated and safe helmets. POC additionally has added Aramid strings (in the family of Kevlar) into the foam liner, adding strength and structural stability.
Fit and Comfort
It has adequate and well placed padding all the way around the helmet without being too bulky. The padding on the ears creates a nice seal and did not make for any painful pressure points. The Fornix fits slightly rounder heads the best and seemed to run on the slightly smaller size compared to Smith helmets, so be sure to try this helmet on before buying it — and if it doesn't fit, give our Best Buy Award winners Giro Ledge or Smith Maze a try. POC also offers the Fornix with MIPS technology if you feel like upping your safety measures.
Weight and Bulk
The Fornix is the second lightest helmet we tested, second only to the Smith Maze, and is significantly lighter than the other in-molded helmets with size and ventilation adjustability. Its straightforward, skate-inspired style is slim and fits well under most hoods we tried it with.
Although warm at first glance, our testers found this helmet to be a bit draftier than expected. The vents on top closed and sealed well, but there are two large vents at the nape of the neck that are open holes to the back of the head, causing some serious brain freeze with the right wind direction if not worn with a beanie or buff. If you know you run cold and want a helmet you can completely close off to the elements, check our the Smith Variance or Smith Vantage.
Six vents that open and close with one toggle give the top of the helmet adequate ventilation, but didn't seem to pull air in or create a lot of airflow. The goggle vents did seem to effectively push air from the front of the helmet down on top of the goggles. If ventilation is super important to you, it will be worth checking out the Smith Vantage or the Giro Zone.
Tested with Smith and POC goggles, the Fornix created a great seal and left no obvious gap. Without a visor, it's easy to slip the goggles up to rest on the helmet and the goggle clip in the back has a large tab and is easy to use with a gloved hand.
Sleek and understated, the Fornix has an ample-sized logo for good style points.
The Fornix rates well against the other in-molded helmets with convenience features like the Smith Vantage, Smith Variance, or the Giro Zone. If you're willing to spend some extra money and the Fornix fits you well, it would be a great helmet for any climate or type of skiing/riding.
As mentioned above, the Fornix is by no means the cheapest helmet, but it's not the most expensive either — and compared with other similarly featured helmets in our test, its price is middle of the road.
If it fits well and if a little extra airflow on the back of your head won't bother you, then this helmet is a great choice for a well-built lid with size and ventilation adjustability.
— Sam Piper
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