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POC Coron Review

The Coron is a high quality helmet with high price tag.
By: Dustin Schaad ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Apr 20, 2018
Price:  $450 List  |  $337.46 at Competitive Cyclist - 25% Off
Pros:  Unique breakaway visor, multi-impact EPP liner, removable and washable line
Cons:  Cheek pads are difficult to remove while helmet is on, goggle space too large
Manufacturer:   POC
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RANKED
#8 of 10
  • Comfort - 20% 7
  • Visor - 10% 7
  • Weight - 20% 6
  • Ventilation - 10% 7
  • Protection - 20% 9
  • Extras - 10% 7
  • Durability - 10% 8
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Our Verdict

The POC Coron ranks high thanks to its multi-impact EPP liner and high levels of comfort. This lid stacks up well against carbon helmets like the Troy Lee Designs D3 and 100% Aircraft. Depending on what type of riding you do the POC Coron could be the helmet for you. It has a European look to it but carries a bold style like the Bell Full-9. The Coron has a breakaway visor and an accurate fitting system. It also comes with a nice helmet bag.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

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At first glance, the POC Coron threw us off. It has a look of a costume from some sort of futuristic movie. Jokes aside, one thing is for sure; you'll never hear anyone asking what brand helmet you have. POC markets their name quite well by placing the name in big bold letters directly on the side of the helmet. The colorways that POC chose for their line up might not be for everyone, but this helmet features a state of the art protective liner. This liner surpasses any helmet on the market today; it is an advanced fiber material that outperforms previously known shell materials with added benefits when it comes to multi-impact performance, durability, and low weight.

Performance Comparison


Ripping the brown pow in the POC Coron
Ripping the brown pow in the POC Coron

Comfort


All that protection doesn't come at the expense of comfort, though. A channel system guides cooling air around your head while carefully designed ear channels assist with any hearing issues you may have. The chin bar also features awesome ventilation for easy breathing without compromising protection. Another great feature is the Coron's liner is removable and washable, so you can wash out all that dust from chasing your friends and banging laps on the chair all day long.

Side profile of POC Coron
Side profile of POC Coron

Visor


Here is another feature that we've only seen on POC helmets, specifically the Coron.

Side angle of POC Coron
Side angle of POC Coron

The visor is designed to break away if you crash. We believe it. One flaw we see in this design is that the 4 mm bolt needs to be tightened firmly or the visor will move upwards if you're pinning at roughly 40 mph. Seriously.

The substantial visor bolts on the POC.
The substantial visor bolts on the POC.

One of our testers sent it down one of the fastest dirt roads just to test and see if the visor would fly up - it did. No big deal and honestly, many folks might never get going that fast, but we needed to test it out. It will prevent any extra twisting or torsion on your head or neck if you decide to dig the visor into the ground or catch it on a low branch.

The visor is designed to break away in the event of a head-on crash.
The visor is designed to break away in the event of a head-on crash.

Weight


The Coron is not the lightest helmet in the test; it's the second heaviest after the Transfer 9. The Coron weighs in at a whopping 41.2 ounces - heavy, which is for sure felt after riding in a lighter helmet for a few hours. Hopefully, POC fixes this issue in the future.

Ventilation


If you are an enduro rider, the Coron is not the helmet for you - unless you're ok with resting a large lid on your head when climbing.

Front profile POC Coron
Front profile POC Coron


The Coron has small intake and exhaust ports above the brow and under the visor, which are positioned perfectly for direct airflow on the forehead. The vents direct air through channels that pass the full length of the foam liner to the exhaust ports at the back of the helmet. The largemouth-style chin guard should allow plenty of airflow, while the metal and foam meshes should block mud and water.

POC bore vents
POC bore vents

Protection


The Coron is one of the best-designed lids for protection even without having MIPS included. We think that stating that one manufacturer is better than the other, is tough - MIPS is tested and proven, but that doesn't mean there aren't other great designs out there. POC is one of the companies that has taken protection to another level. The Coron incorporates a new type of shell material, M-FORGE & reg; which is an advanced fiber material that outperforms previously known shell materials with added benefits regarding multi-impact performance, durability and low weight.

The M-FORGE shell is paired with a multi-impact EPP liner for performance over time and in rough use. According to POC, the difference between EPP and EPS (Expanded Polystyrene — what most manufacturers use) is that EPS absorbs energy by plastic deformation and EPP does not deform permanently.

Stay focused  the POC offers solid protective properties.
Stay focused, the POC offers solid protective properties.

Extras


The POC Coron comes with additional pads for a precise fit, individually labeled and sticky backed to keep them in position. In case of an emergency, the cheek pads can be removed while the helmet is fitted, and plastic pins slot and slide them back into the same place every time. The main portion of the inner liner can be removed, and machine washed, it uses hidden plastic buttons and clips for secure placement. The Coron uses a classic double-D buckle with a press stud to secure excess webbing.

POC Coron Helmet bag with extra chin pads - side entry style
POC Coron Helmet bag with extra chin pads - side entry style

Durability


We didn't experience any durability issues with one exception; the cheek pad plastic clips seem a bit cheap. They seem like they will wear out quickly if taken out often to wash. It might be wise not to over-wash these pads.

POC Coron Plastic clips - seem like they may break off if removed too often
POC Coron Plastic clips - seem like they may break off if removed too often

Best Application


Developed in collaboration with POC team athlete Martin Soderstrom, the Coron helmet offers a high level of protection, ventilation, and comfort. It will assist you in all types of DH and freeride sending and keep your noggin protected at all times!

With the POC Coron  you'll be confident to get a little wild.
With the POC Coron, you'll be confident to get a little wild.

Value


The Coron might be a bit overpriced. It is not carbon fiber, and it is quite heavy. There is no doubt it is a great helmet with amazing features. That said, with such high-end carbon helmets crushing it in our test, we feel that POC needs to lower the $450 price tag to match the product and market.

Conclusion


The Coron was a staple during for riders during our long testing period. This is a popular helmet for good reason. It offers unique features and a superb fit and finish. The multi-impact technology makes the high price tag a reasonable value.

Dustin Schaad

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