It seems like every manufacturer wants to describe their best mountain bike helmets - regardless of discipline - as all-day comfortable, and that was POC’s aim with the Coron Air SPIN. The Swedish company wanted to combine proper full-face protection with wearability that would make this a go-to helmet for long enduro riders as well as downhill mountain biking.
Have they achieved it? Largely, yes.
The clean, conservative looks of the POC Coron Air SPIN belie some innovative approaches from the Swedish manufacturer.
One standout feature is that under the outer fiberglass shell, the main shock-absorbing layer is made of expanded polypropylene (EPP) rather than the much more common expanded polystyrene (EPS). While the two materials look similar and provide protection by compressing, EPP doesn’t deform permanently under impact, which means that it can continue to provide protection after multiple impacts.
Obviously, there’ll be a limit, and after a big crash or a crash with external damage to the helmet, you’ll probably want to replace it, but it takes away the worry that small, everyday dings will reduce the effectiveness of your lid.
Another way that POC do things differently is with SPIN. This is an interesting approach to reducing the rotational forces on the brain that the head could experience in an impact. Instead of having a slightly rotatable layer in the helmet like MIPS, the removable padding within the POC helmet contains silicone inserts. This means that even when the pads are compressed (as in a crash), one face of the pad can still rotate against the other. It also makes for really comfortable feeling pads and avoids the potential for creaking that some riders report with MIPS
Other safety features include a breakaway visor and an emergency cheek pad release.
Design and aesthetics
Even though the ventilation probably isn’t quite the standout feature that POC proclaims (due to limited vents and a fine mesh covering), the Coron Air SPIN promises to be a very livable-with helmet. The SPIN padding is really comfortable. There’s good space around the mouth to breathe, and the special design around the earpads does seem to help with hearing and reduce any sense of disorientation, as POC intended.
As a bonus, removing the quick-release cheek pads for long climbs significantly increases ventilation, and you don’t even need to take the helmet off to do so.
The helmet plays particularly nicely with POC’s own ORA goggles and looks great too. Even though the visor isn’t adjustable, there’s plenty of space beneath it to store goggles when they’re not needed.
The Coron Air Spin comes with easily removable pads for washing and a set of smaller custom fit pads that can be fixed behind the main pads to tweak the fit wherever you need it.
For everyday usability, the edges of the EPP inner are protected against abrasion, and the chin strap is secured with a regular plastic clip, which is quicker to use than D-rings, if possibly not quite as secure.
The POC Coron Air Spin is an agreeable full-face helmet. It’s comfortable, with a great sense of protection and some innovative design and safety features, all at a reasonable price. Aesthetically its trademark POC with calculated shaping and clean lines, the look isn't as dividing as it once was although POC design has always appealed to us and the Coron is no different. POC offers the Coron Air Spin in three colors: Hydrogen White (as pictured), Actinium Pink/Uranium Black Matt and Moonstone Grey/Uranium Black Matt.
If you’re feeling flush, there’s a carbon version too that’s $450/£400, shares the same ventilation and fit but shaves 100g off.
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Tech Specs: POC Coron Air SPIN
- Price: $275 / £260
- Weight: 1,124g (size M-L)
- Sizes: 3 (XS-S, M-L, XL-XXL)
- Outer: Fiberglass
- Inner: EPP (expanded polypropylene)
- Vents: 18
- Rotational protection: SPIN
- Colors: 3