POC Tempor aero helmet - in brief review£315.00

Do wacky looks translate to a winning aero design?

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The POC Tempor may look wacky, but this helmet is designed to integrate with your body, and wind tunnel test results show that it does so extremely effectively. 

  • Pros: Super-fast when you’re super-low
  • Cons: Everything else

On the road you can actually feel that happen too – when you have your head low enough, it goes quiet and your speed lifts. We did a personal best on a local TT course in it, too.

So it's a winner, right? Wrong. You need to have your head extremely low for it to perform at its best, it gets buffeted when you turn or drop your head, its unstable over bumps and, incredibly, above 45mph it lifts and floats around. That’s as disconcerting as it sounds.

The bolts came loose too, and it’s very difficult to get on and off. It’s a classic example of too much CFD (computational fluid dynamics) and wind tunnel development around one aggressive position at one speed, and not enough real-world testing.

Unsurprisingly, Garmin-Sharp are now racing with a much more conventional prototype TT helmet, which will go on sale in a few months.

This article was originally published in Procycling magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Jamie Wilkins

Deputy Editor, Procycling / Editor, Urban Cyclist, Procycling Magazine
Rides fast everywhere, all the time. Jamie started riding age 12, first on mountain bikes, progressing through cross-country and downhill racing (followed by motorcycle road racing and a dark time as a runner). A dedicated roadie since 2007, Jamie has dabbled in road racing, crits and time trials, but has the most fun simply riding hard with a couple of friends, chasing daft average speeds. Needless to say, Jamie values pure performance above all else and loves aero kit. Fiercely honest in his reviews. Has a chain-cleaning fetish.
  • Age: 37
  • Height: 185cm / 6'1"
  • Weight: 71kg / 156lb
  • Waist: 79cm / 31in
  • Chest: 96cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Road
  • Preferred Terrain: Mountains, rolling stuff, flat and windy, hacking through the city…
  • Current Bikes: Ridley Noah SL 20, Scappa Purosangue, Canyon Speedmax 9.0 SL
  • Dream Bike: Canyon Aeroad CF SLX 9.0 LTD, in red, please. And a Pashley Guv'nor.
  • Beer of Choice: Recovering teetotaller, still working this one out
  • Location: Bath, UK

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