POC Ventral Lite helmet review

As the name suggests, the Ventral Lite is POC's lightest production road bike helmet but has this come at the expense of any creature comforts? Cyclingnews has the verdict

POC Ventral Lite helmet
(Image: © Aaron Borrill)

Cyclingnews Verdict

The POC Ventral Lite is a stripped out, lightweight, superbly fitting helmet that does everything required of a modern lid. While the lack of a slip-plane liner might be offputting to some it's unlikely to inhibit its popularity among the cycling diehards


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    Refined aesthetics and colour palette

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    Impressive build quality

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    High levels of ventilation

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    Personal and unobstructed fit

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    Featherweight properties

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    Uncomplicated strap layout (albeit semi-adjustable)


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    No rotational safety

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The original POC Ventral was launched back in 2018 as an aerodynamic alternative to the company's super-airy-yet-polarising Octal road helmet. It quickly gained traction owing to its impressive fit and performance credentials - most notably its ability to provide effective air ventilation and aerodynamic profiling by harnessing the Venturi effect to reduce turbulence. 

The concept eventually morphed into the Ventral Air, which ditched the smoothed off aero panels in favour of extra ventilation, and now this - the Ventral Lite. Designed to appeal to those who favour lightness and cooling above all else, POC describes the Ventral Lite as a helmet that's been 'engineered to achieve the optimal balance of weight, safety and performance.' 

View the Ventral Lite at POC

View the Ventral Lite at POC

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Aaron Borrill

Aaron was the Tech Editor Cyclingnews between July 2019 and June 2022. He was born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his BA honours at the University of Cape Town before embarking on a career in journalism. Throughout this career, Aaron has spent almost two decades writing about bikes, cars, and anything else with wheels. Prior to joining the Cyclingnews team, his experience spanned a stint as Gear & Digital editor of Bicycling magazine, as well as a time at TopCar as Associate Editor. 

Now based in the UK's Surrey Hills, Aaron's life revolves around bikes. He's a competitive racer, Stravaholic, and Zwift enthusiast. He’s twice ridden the Cape Epic, completed th