POC with a difference, but is the difference worth it? Find out now with Alf's latest review.

PRICE: £125

WEBSITE: POC Receptor Bug Adjustable 2.0

WHAT THEY SAY: "Receptor BUG Adjustable offers award winning design and safety and is equipped with a size adjustment system, making the helmet suitable for even more users. The patented VDSAP system with two overlapping shells protects from sharp objects, while providing ventilation that can be closed for colder days. The advanced outer shell in ABS makes a robust barrier while the in-mold polycarbonate/EPS inner helmet provides shock absorption."

WHAT ALF SAYS: There’s a clue in the name of the Receptor Bug Adjustable as to how it’s different than a lot of POC helmets, by adjusting it quickly and easily via a slider at the back. Not all POC helmets have this facility, which is obviously useful for obtaining a close fit or if you want to wear a beanie under the helmet.

It uses POC’s ‘overlapping shell’ system, with an ABS outer shell designed to protect against sharp objects in the event of a fall, and an in-mould polycarbonate/EPS inner shell for shock absorption. There’s adequate ventilation through eight vents; these can be opened or closed, although you have to remove part of the liner to do so.

The ear pads and neck roll can both be removed on warmer days, and the lining is removable for cleaning. The Receptor Bug Adjustable comes in eleven different colours, from eye-watering acid green to more muted browns and blacks, so you’ll almost certainly find something to suit in what is a very well-built, well-designed helmet.

FOR: Excellent build quality; fully adjustable

AGAINST: Can’t be adjusted on the go; quite heavy

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.

This review first appeared in the November issue of Ski+board - read it online here.