Swedish cycling brand POC has long been known for pushing the boundaries of design in cycling, both visually, with sunglasses that often look more at home on the runway than on the roadway, and in terms of enhancing safety. The latest innovation from the company is a helmet with a self-powered integrated taillight: the Omne Eternal.
For all the improvements POC has made to helmet safety, the safest helmet remains the one that prevents you from getting in an accident in the first place. That’s the idea behind POC’s whole helmet concept, making helmets that not only protect the brain from accidents, but prevent accidents at all. And bike lights remain one of the most effective ways of being seen.
The Omne Eternal takes out all the variables that might prevent you from bringing a light on a ride, whether it be forgetting to bring it with you, forgetting to charge it, or simply forgetting to turn it on. It integrates Powerfoyle, an innovative light-harvesting material that can convert any light source, natural or artificial, into electricity to power the integrated taillight. That means no more cables, and no more forgetting to charge your light. And the blinking red light activates when the helmet is put in low light conditions, so no more forgetting to turn on your light. As long as you have your helmet with you, you’ll have the added protection of a taillight.
The best innovations are the ones that make things appear simple. But behind the simplicity is complex tech. POC has been working with Exeger, the company behind the solar cell Powerfoyle material, since 2019, testing a variety of helmet designs before arriving at the Omne Eternal. And the final product is one that appears to very seamlessly integrate the solar cell technology. It looks like a high-end commuting-style helmet; at a glance, or even upon clsoe inspection, you would never know that it features a solar charging system.
The powerfoyle material can charge in most light conditions. The best sources of light are natural, direct daylight, with ambient daylight near a window and overcast days also providing good sources of charge. But even if those are unavailable, the material can impressively still charge using artificial light.
Even with the innovative light and charging system, the helmet maintains a sleek look, with lots of ventilation channels to keep your head cool. It also features other POC innovations, like SPIN (Shearing Pad INside) pads, which protect the head against the initial forces of impacts (similar to the MIPS protection system), as well as an optimized-density EPS liner.
For now, we’ll have to wait to get a closer look at this new helmet. It won’t hit stores until fall, and will be available in limited quantities at release. It will release initially in a matte black color, with a price tag of $250.
More info: na.pocsports.com