Thursday, January 21


Volvo and Saab were industry leaders for safety, and the Swedish company POC (not sure what that means/stands for) is continuing that tradition. Had never seen this helmet/google/armour brand till last month... you tend to see skiers (esp. racers, and they are the nuttiest) wearing them but now more snowboarders too. Goggle/helmet integration is perfect plus they come in a rainbow assortment of colors schemes; orange, green, black/grey, blue/brown, pink/green?? Maybe that will get Sis out there... Shopping around, the helmets are not out-of-sight expensive though getting up there at around $150-200.

They have a kids line, dubbed POCito, all bright orange, w/ adjustable sizing, and a snap on LED blinker at back, nice touch. RED have stopped making their MT-1 full-face helmet, so if you are into that style (yes, but hard to spit with that thing on...) POC have options.

[Realise getting a little cute w/ the matchy matchy colours here but subject matter is absolutely serious -ed.]

Sidenote; Stratton in southern VT may be one of the most expensive day tickets around but they do offer $5 tickets for under 6's and with the $15 ticket for adult "learner slopes" it means you can spend 2 days teaching the kid to ski or ride for $40... can't beat that w/ a stick. [Disclaimer: used to work at Stratton a decade ago (Bear's Den shout out) but have nothing to do with them now.]
POC is a Swedish company, built on a strong mission; to do everything we can to possibly save lives and to reduce consequences of accidents, for gravity sports athletes, by developing and renewing what personal protection is all about.

The organization involves competences from different fields, such as engineers, material specialists, industrial and graphic designers, neurologists and back specialists.

All our products have been tested by top world gravity sport athletes and then further refined to perfection. The end result is a line of lightweight, high performance gear that offers the ultimate protection against injury thanks to superior impact absorption and penetration resistance. -via POC