Review POC Auric Cut Ski & Snowboard Helmet

When we planned our review trip to Hintertux we were sure we wanted the opportunity to review a set of protective gear. We reached out to POC, a Swedish manufacturer of high-end protective material. We have reviewed their products before and were looking forward to the newest of their material. Unboxing the POC Auric Cut and the Lobes goggles that went along with the helmet was a pleasure; just well designed, wel built products. Please be sure to check the review of the POC Lobes goggles as well.

Review circumstances

We spent three intensive days on the glacier. With -20 celsius, high winds, a bit of sun, a lot of clouds and heavy snow on the last day the circumstances were challenging to say the least. So I was thrilled to have a good helmet on my head. And it turns out I would need it.

But before we get into how the POC Auric Cut saved me from a concussion, just some technical info about the helmet. The most important materials are the ABS outer shell and the multi-impact EPP liner. EPP of Expanded PolyPropylene, is a material that recovers its initial form after impact, a very important point providing more durability to the helmet. EPP helmets are a bit more expensive than EPS helmets, but generally you have to throw out EPS helmets because the Expanded PolyStyrene deforms permanently at impact and loses its impact absorbing properties.

POC Auric CutComfort and fit

The helmet fits well and is comfortable to wear. The adjustment systems ensures you can set it to the size of your head, though I found the adjustment wheel a bit difficult to handle. But once it was set it was set well. The padding for the ears provide extra protection and warmth. They are actually removable, and I can imagine you could wear this helmet for skateboarding or mountainbiking (street or park) as well. Gonna try that out one of these days.

I did not really need the ventilation, (because it was freezing cold) but it is good to know the various ventilation vents are adjustable, and the vents at the front of the helmet help the ventilation of your goggles. These seemed to work rather well in combination with the POC Lobes.


POC Auric Cut boardWe don’t normally try to proactively test the protective qualities of protective gear; so we just have to get “lucky” to experience that. The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and the pudding hit me in the back of my head something awful. In the form of a snowboard I was carrying on my back during a descent.

Because we had eight snowboards with us during the review trip, we took multiple boards up the mountains and had to bring them down as well. So on a number of occasions I strapped the extra boards to my back and descended. On one of these descents during a back side carve I lost grip and slid onto my ass. The board on my back hit the snow violently and hammered my head with one vicious thump and three of four subsequent thwacks. I was dazed for a few moments and had a momentary head ache, but after taking a some minutes to regain my composure I was off again with no lasting effects. So really happy with the impact absorption performance and happy that it was an EPP helmet that I could continue to wear.

[vc_message icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-shopping-basket”]The POC Auric Cut retails at € 170,-. Great value for money seeing as it is an EPP helmet. You can buy it directly through the POC website or find a store near you.[/vc_message]

Review overzicht

Comfort / Fit
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The Auric Cut Pro is comfortable to wear and provides good protection against impact. It kept my head warm on a number of very cold days as well.
Mark Stokmans
Mark Stokmans
Since I can remember I have been very active in many different sports: started with baseball, tennis and riding later hockey, football, running and aikido. In addition, since twelve years old I've been into actionports: at first windsurfing, later climbing, inline skating, snowboarding, mountain biking. With the first action cams coming onto the market I've been making action sports videos. Furthermore, I've worked in the sports industry since 1990, sports marketing, media and live TV and until the end of 2016 at the Dutch Olympic Committee. Besides being partner in GearLimits I work as a digital freelancer. Based in the Netherlands, Married with Children (11 and 13 years old)


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The Auric Cut Pro is comfortable to wear and provides good protection against impact. It kept my head warm on a number of very cold days as well.Review POC Auric Cut Ski & Snowboard Helmet