POC earns Grand Award for the Skull Orbic Comp H.I. MIPS.

Popular Science has recognized POC, a leading manufacturer of skiing and cycling helmets, apparel and accessories, as a “Best of What’s New” Grand Award winner for the Skull Orbic Comp H.I. MIPS ski racing helmet. The world’s largest science and technology magazine recognizes the new Helmet Integrity (H.I.) system in its December 2014 issue.

“Being recognized by Popular Science for the Skull Orbic Comp H.I. MIPS helmet is a milestone and a true honor,” says Stefan Ytterborn, POC CEO and founder. “With POC’s mission of doing the best we can to possibly save lives and to reduce the consequences of accidents, we have an obligation to never stop improving and serving our users better and more accurate.”

“The Skull Orbic Comp H.I. MIPS is our most recent generation of ski racing helmets, using a number of new innovations, better managing violence and increasing protection, particularly emphasizing the unique needs and situations for some of the world’s most demanding ski racing athletes.”

The Skull Orbic Comp H.I. MIPS features a collection of stress-strain sensors distributed over the liner that record, collect and memorize any deformation. If an impact—or a combination of impacts—exceeds the predefined level, an indicator light turns from green to red, meaning that the helmet should be replaced.

The helmet utilizes the patented Multi-direction Impact Protection System (MIPS) to reduce rotational violence in a crash as well as a multi-impact EPP liner. The helmet also has a layer of POC's VPD 2.0 compound in the front, which allows gates to be deflected with reduced energy transmission to the head.

“For 27 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us—those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of whatʼs possible in the future,” states Cliff Ransom, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The Best of Whatʼs New Award is the magazineʼs top honor, and the 100 winners—chosen from among thousands of entrants—each a revolution in its field.”

Previously, the Skull Orbic Comp H.I. MIPS was named Gold Winner in the Ski Segment/Helmet Category at the ISPO Awards in Munich.

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