The POC Auric Cut had the best ear pads—soft, comfortable, and completely enclosed, but didn’t hinder hearing at all. The helmet also had the most versatile venting system, with three changeable venting points. The fit was secure with no hotspots, but the Auric felt a touch clunky and lacked in style.
The POC Auric Cut is an all-mountain helmet that uses an adjustment system for fit and a multi-venting system to prevent fogged goggles.
Comfort The POC Auric Cut had the most comfortable, full-coverage ear pads that let no wind in, yet still allowed users to hear. There were no pressure points when tightening the adjustable fit system, which helped create a thorough, secure fit.
Weight Although the heaviest of the helmets tested, the POC Auric Cut did not feel too heavy but was a touch clunky compared to others. The style and weight also did not hinder movement, though it is a more rounded style than others, which had some testers feeling gaps near the top of the head. Overall, the helmet felt secure when tightened with the chinstrap and adjustable-fit system for most testers.
Breathability The POC Auric Cut had the most breathability with two different adjustable vent systems. The top system has six vents; the front system has two vents to prevent goggles from fogging up. Both were easy to change with gloves on. The inner liner, which is fully removable along with the ear pads, was not too hot and very breathable.
Ease of Use The chinstrap was easy to adjust, but the adjustable fit system was slightly harder to change with gloves on. The goggle clip was also easy to adjust. A variety of goggles fit well with no gap. The helmet did not scuff easily.
Features The POC Auric Cut uses a multi-impact EPP liner, that results in a helmet that continues to protect even after multiple impacts, as well as an ABS shell for durability. The Auric Cut has a removable goggle holder, but is not audio compatible.