Thursday, 25 August 2016

Review: Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket

Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket
Your 'Every Ride Carry' - what you carry with you, when you head out on the road or trails, is an incredibly personal choice. It could suggest you're a daring personality; adopting a stripped-back approach, but chancing a mechanical. It could suggest you're adventurous; taking enough supplies for an epic ride. It could suggest you're super organised; when there is a place for everything, and everything in its place.

Adopting a Bellroy wallet as part of your 'Every Ride Carry', suggests minimalism, adventure, organisation, and class. The Bellroy products that I've previously reviewed on the blog quickly won me over, and many of them now feature in my kit layouts for every ride.

The new Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket is one of the most recent additions to the extensive Bellroy wallets range. It is a smart weatherproof pouch; designed to hold phone, cash and cards; all in a protective package.

The wallet is made from waterproof leather, and has a YKK waterproof zipper. It doesn't create a completely waterproof capsule, as there are still open spots on the seams and zipper end; but short of a roll-top waterproof bag, it provides top level weather protection for your valuables within.

Inside, there is room for an iPhone 6s, or even a 6 Plus (with the larger Plus sized phone wallet reviewed/pictured here). There are then two sleeve pockets; one ideal for cash and a house key, the other for bank cards and ID.

The Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket comes in three distinctive colours: Azure Blue, Stony Grey and Burnt Orange. I'm a big fan of the latter of these; it ties in well with a distinctive orange, black and red theme, which is running in my kit wardrobe at present.

Slipping the All-Conditions Phone Pocket into your jersey pocket is a pleasure; both aesthetically, and because of the knowledge that it will keep your kit safe and dry.

An investment in style, simplicity and security. The new All-Conditions Phone Wallet is a great addition to your kit collection.

View the Bellroy range at bellroy.com (Link)

Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Wallet
Plenty of room for an iPhone 6 Plus in this larger Plus sized Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Wallet

Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Wallet
The two sleeves on the Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket are idea for cash, cards and keys

Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket
The YKK Zipper has a great pull tab, which is ideal for full finger gloved hands

Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket
Another superb bit of kit from Bellroy Wallets

Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Wallet
The Burnt Orange Bellroy All-Conditions Phone Pocket goes very well with my new POC AVIP MIPS (reviewed)

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Review: POC Octal AVIP MIPS Helmet

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
My review of the POC RaceDay Octal helmet was a winner; it fast became one of the most viewed and most re-tweeted posts on the blog. The helmet itself, also won me over; with its super lightweight, well-vented and incredibly comfortable design; not to mention its 'alternative' looks, and superb safety rating.

The new POC Octal AVIP MIPS Helmet, looks like it could go one pedal stroke further; providing increased protection, and an even louder colour palette and feature list.



AVIP MIPS Protection System

MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. The design, which constitutes a 'floating' inner shell, aims to reduce the rotational forces on the skull and brain, in the event of an oblique impact to the helmet.

The MIPS system provides even greater safety protection, to what was already an outstanding safety rating for the original Octal RaceDay. The POC Octal series has greater coverage and more protection provision around the temples, than on most other road cycling helmets. The EPS lining is also notably thicker at the more exposed areas of the skull; to give greater impact protection.

To meet the AVIP standard, the Octal AVIP MIPS comes in a bold shiny orange colourway. You also get an ICE ID tag and an AVIP Reflective Sticker Collection included in the box. This is quite probably the safest road helmet on the market.

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
MIPS technology - It's space age!

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
The MIPS system on the POC Octal dramatically reduces the chance of pressure points on the skull, in the event of a crash



Incredible ventilation

For a long time, helmet brands engaged in a "vent war"; where they tried to add more and more vent holes to helmets, to make them lighter and improve airflow. POC stepped away from this approach when they designed the Octal series of helmets. Bucking the trend, they went for fewer, but larger vent holes; the result, is increased airflow, and also claims of improved aerodynamics because of this.

Wearing a POC Octal helmet you get a noticeable feeling of lightness and ventilation. I have worn them in 40 degree heatwaves, and they've provided the best level of cooling of any helmet I've tried.

Comfort in warm conditions is also aided by the Coolbest padding, and the minimalist head cradle used in the POC Octal; both of which help to avoid hot-spots on your skull.

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
Larger vents on the Octal helmets help to improve air through-flow

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
Bold, and incredibly well built. The POC Octal helmet is a superb bit of engineering

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
Large exhaust vents on the POC Octal helmet help to draw out warm air, and create a cooling effect



Superlight fit and feel

Despite being ultra-safe, the POC Octal RaceDay and AVIP MIPS Octal, are both super light.

Weight has been kept to a minimum in all areas; from the straps, to the shell construction. The Octal really does feel featherweight to wear.

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
The super lightweight cradle on the POC Octal helmets helps to reduce weight and improve breathability 

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
The strap design on the POC Octal AVIP Helmet keeps the straps away from your face, until they hit the chin.



Overall

The POC Octal RaceDay helmet was great; the POC Octal AVIP MIPS goes one better. It is safer, louder and more feature packed; and it's orange (enough to make me love it from the first instant).

I've found a new addition to my 'Every Ride Carry/Wear'.

View the range of POC helmets at Wiggle (Link)

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
Neat little features like the 'Eye Garage' on the POC Octal helmets, are a great touch

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
POC Sports products are designed and engineered by POC, in Sweden

POC Octal AVIP MIPS Road Cycling Helmet
The POC Octal AVIP MIPS is my new 'Every Ride Wear'