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Safety first — the story behind POC’s products
Chief Product Officer Oscar Huss walks us through the design process of designing gear for literal life-and-death situations, from breaking down nano-seconds with brain surgeons to keeping a minimalistic design approach.
15 Mar 2022

This is part three of three in a brand study of POC. This part touches upon the meaning of the products.

”No! Don’t go with the start-up for God’s sake!” This was the advice given to the 26-year-old Oscar Huss by career coaches back in the early days of POC. Huss, now Chief Product Officer at the company, says:

— Everyone said ‘no don’t do it, it’s only one in a hundred that becomes something and these entrepreneurs just have a plan,’ and essentially just a small table in a small room outside of Stockholm.

Huss decided to embark on their entrepreneurial journey. What tipped the balance for Huss was the fundamental motivation at the core of the launch product and every other product since — safety and saving lives.

Built for the rigours of daily commuting, the Corpora is highly durable and easy to use in the city.
Ventilation channels ensure air flows through the helmet and combine with openings at the top to
keep your head cool without letting rain in. The helmet’s EPS liner is optimised for city use to create
a very lightweight package, ideal for the everyday ride.

The Supreme Rain Jacket is made using a highly advanced 3-layer waterproof fabric
weighing just 51gsm, the jacket itself weighs 85g yet can withstand the heaviest
rainstorms. The 3-layer waterproof fabric has glued seams and the jacket has at least a
20,000mm water column, giving protection in those moments when the skies open.

— If the brand would have been about selling more helmets with cool graphics, I wouldn’t have signed up for it. But to really go to the core and foundation of how helmets and protection work, really to save lives, that’s a mission that we felt was worth investing in — that was the powerful combination, he explains.

Considering the evolution over the last 17 years, it is clearly the integrity of the products that are at the centre of the POC’s success. Despite being a small company at the beginning, there were no compromises and POC undertook a vast amount of research to understand the science of the helmet, to build an edge.

The Ventral Lite is the latest helmet to join POC’s cycling family, and the lightest it has
ever made. Focused on riders who prioritise weight and ventilation above all else, it has
been highly engineered to achieve the optimal balance of weight, safety and
performance. Alongside the Supreme Rain Jacket, the Ventral Lite is a recipient of a
Design & Innovation Award.

In 2016, POC released its first cut-resistant base layer made of Dyneema®, an
innovative fabric estimated to be 15 times stronger than steel. The Resistance Layer
Jersey works as a protective base layer for skiers and snowboarders. By adding a new
type of Dyneema® with stretch developed specifically for POC, the base layer
incorporates one of the world’s strongest fibres to give laceration protection from sharp
ski edges.
POC’s Chief Product Officer Oscar Huss.

POC’s progress means that more hands are on deck to steer it in the right direction. Unlike the early days, when the core team was kept busy.

— That was an interesting period because we had to pack boxes and do other things to keep the company running. Then the next day you were sitting with the best brain surgeons talking about really high-level things, about every nanosecond of an impact and what goes on in the brain… and then going off to the factory to talk to the toolmakers, so it was really hands-on, Huss says.

Witnessing the enthusiasm and dedication Huss exudes when talking about POC and the expertise inherent in the ever-expanding range of POC products, it’s abundantly clear that the company’s early mission still rings true. The urge to develop the best possible products for safety and saving lives back then is still undimmed today. Reflecting on this Huss says;

— Compared to 2006, we are a big company now, but we keep that entrepreneurship, and we keep exploring, which is key for us.