POC release the brand new Kortal Race MIPS and Devour

The Kortal Race MIPS, is a brand new all-mountain bike helmet packed full of enhanced safety, innovation and technology. It is also the first-ever helmet to feature the recently unveiled MIPS Integra. The Devour takes a new approach to vision and features POC’s Clarity lens technology. Merged with exceptional eye coverage and protection it has been designed for the needs of modern-day bike riders, off and on road. 

The Kortal Race MIPS and the Devour Clarity, which have recently been awarded Design and Innovation Awards, are available to buy online and instore from today. 

Commenting on the new releases, Oscar Huss, Head of Product, POC, said “Mountain bikes today are more capable than ever, offering everything from XC efficiency going up to DH performance going down. Riders now have a host of new opportunities which we wanted to enhance with a new benchmark in helmet and eyewear protection. With a host of integrated technology, safety solutions and brand new innovations, the Kortal and Devour represent a significant progression in protection and vision. ”

Inspired by the Tectal, which introduced POC’s vision for trail helmets, integrating innovative safety technology into a lightweight and well-ventilated helmet, the Kortal Race MIPS takes POC’s ideas even further. It sets a new benchmark for mountain bike riders at home with the more aggressive and capable all-mountain bikes. The helmet features a brand new design, a patented break away visor system to protect a riders neck, aramid bridges for strength, an NFC Medical ID chip which uses digital technology to allow the helmet to speak for you when you can’t™. A RECCO® Reflector which allows you to be searchable over large areas, particularly in mountainous environments. The Kortal Race MIPS is also the world’s first helmet to use the brand new MIPS Integra system, an almost invisible rotational impact protection system.

To further extend its protection the Kortal Race MIPS is a speed pedelec certified helmet, passing the Dutch NTA8776 standard, which tests helmets at higher impact speeds than standard bicycle use. The helmet peak has several positions to allow for goggle storage underneath while not in use. And naturally is pairs seamlessly with the new Devour Clarity sunglasses and even has a rear ‘eye garage’ for storage. The Kortal, which will feature a reduced list of technology, will also be released alongside the Kortal Race MIPS.

Oscar Huss, Head of Product, POC, continued – “Developing world-leading protection is the very reason POC exists. This, together with our clear mission opens up a whole new world of innovation and opportunity. The Kortal Race MIPS and Devour Clarity have benefited from this approach and feature a host of integrated technology and new ideas that have been recognized with innovation awards. To be acknowledged with these awards is humbling, and it inspires us to keep looking for new solutions and innovations, to always consider the things that have never been done before.”

The Devour sunglasses, developed with exceptional coverage, give a new sense of freedom and flexibility and are as much at home on the road as the trail. The sunglasses feature a fully adjustable nose piece and temples making it easy to find a secure fit for every head shape, and allow the rider to create a more personalized fit. Surface details will be crystal clear thanks to Clarity lens technology which fine-tunes the colour spectrum, and the frame design maximises peripheral vision and allows for significant airflow. Devour Clarity provides complete UV protection (UV400) and features Ri-Pel lens treatment protects from dirt, oil and water, and an anti-scratch coating.

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The Kortal Race MIPS
Exceptional coverage, uninterrupted ventilation, a fully adjustable fit and integrated technology for enhanced safety. The MTB helmet where boundaries no longer apply.
  • Patented breakaway peak – will snap off in a crash to enhance neck protection and reduce the chance of injury.
  • MIPS Integra – the brand new, almost invisible, rotational impact system from MIPS 
  • NFC Medical ID – Store your vital medical info and emergency contacts within the helmet so first responders can instantly get the information they need.
  • RECCO® Reflector – A RECCO® Reflector helps rescue services easily and quickly locate you if something goes wrong.
  • E-bike ready – Developed for use with e-bikes, the Kortal helmet meets the Dutch NTA 8776 e-bike helmet standard.   
  • Goggle compatible – The helmet gives a seamless fit with the POC Ora goggles, which fit underneath the peak when not in use.
  • Eye garge  storage created at the rear of the helmet
  • Adjustable 360° Fit – A 360° adjustment system makes it easy to find a secure, comfortable fit.
  • Uninterrupted Ventilation – Design ensures goggle strap does not cover any ventilation ports.
  • Unibody Shell – The unibody shell enhances the structural integrity of the helmet
  • EPS Liner – A lightweight EPS liner gives optimized protection.
  • Extended Protection – Extended zones around the temples and back of the head give extra protection in risk areas.

Weight – 
Kortal Race MIPS
All standards – (EN1078, CPSC 1203, AS-NZS, NTA 8776) S – 390g, M – 390g, L- 470g

Kortal –                                                                            
All standards – (EN1078, CPSC 1203, AS-NZS, NTA 8776) S – 360g, M – 380g, L- 440g
            
Availability
Available now online and selected retail stores. RRP – Kortal Race MIPS €250, Kortal €200.
 

Devour Clarity
 
Devour
Crisp, sharp, uncluttered vision is the gateway to performance and an ability to react to dangers. Let your sight guide you, the detail is there if you can see it. Devour it all.

  • Clarity lens – Clarity lens technology, developed in partnership with Carl Zeiss, gives optimum control of the color spectrum for unparalleled vision on the trails.
  • Exceptional field of view – the lens design gives a large field of view, providing riders with lots of visual information and a better ability to react.
  • Adjustable temples (length and grip) – The length and grip of the temples can easily be adjusted for a personalized fit on any head shape.
  • Adjustable nose piece – A soft, adjustable nose piece in grippy rubber provides a precise and secure fit.
  • Ri-Pel treatment – the Ri-Pel hydrophobic and oleophobic treatment protect from dirt, water, sweat, salt, oil and dust.
  • Anti-scratch  – An anti-scratch treatment reduces the risk of surface damage for clearer vision.
  • Interchangeable lens – The lens changing is easy with a simple mechanism making it easier to exchange lenses when light conditions change.
  • Complete UV Protection (UV400) – complete protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
  • Soft carrying pouch – The pouch can also be used as a polishing cloth.

Availability
Available now online and selected retail stores. RRP – €250


Notes to editors
About POC
POC, a leading manufacturer of helmets, eyewear, body armor and apparel, has been awarded more than 70 international safety, design, and innovation awards. Founded in 2005 in Sweden, POC’s mission is to ‘protect lives and reduce the consequences of accidents for athletes and anyone inspired to be one’. www.pocsports.com

About the Design and Innovation Award – 

The Design & Innovation Award (DI.A) is more than a decoration. It’s the only award with real product tests, in-depth reviews and critically founded verdicts. DI.A provides guidance in an ever more differentiated market, flooded with new products and would-be trends, giving its seal of approval and setting a benchmark for the most exceptional products in the outdoor, bike and fitness sectors, as well as serving as a catalyst for future innovations. Find out more here.

POC’s Whole helmet concept™
Advances in science and research consistently reveal the brain’s awe-inspiring complexity and role in shaping who we are. It is central to our wellbeing, it makes us unique, it drives us, but it is also delicate, fragile and needs protecting. It hurts when you break a bone, but in most cases, it will heal. Damage the brain and the outcome is altogether less certain. That is why we created our unique whole helmet concept™ to development and testing, where each feature, component, shape and material is designed specifically to work together. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts and our whole helmet concept™ with innovative materials, integrated electronics and rider optimized details is designed to work long before, during and after an impact is felt so we can enhance safety and protect any user.

All media assets available –  here

Other resources – 
MIPS
NFC –
Recco – be searchable
POC-MIPS collaboration – original release – Oct 2019

Contact

Damian Phillips
POC, Head of global PR and communication, Stockholm
damian.phillips@pocsports.com
mobile: +46 702 77 69 44