All of POC’s products have been tested by top world gravity sport athletes and then further refined to perfection. Their athlete friends love to go flat out but without suffering cuts, bruises and headaches, or in the worst cases, risking back or brain damage as a result of crashes that sadly happens to even the best athletes due to the nature of the sport. The end result is a line of lightweight, high performance gear that offers the ultimate protection against injury thanks to superior impact absorption and penetration resistance.
From an aesthetic point of view, POC products all carry a distinct style that unifies them as a single entity. From their simple product design geometry, using soft oval shapes and offset surfaces to reflect their purpose of protection, to using ultra-bright colours in satin finishes to complement the high quality impact-absorbant materials and portray a sense of excitement. It is a truly unique style, with hints of authentic European contemporary design studios such as Alessi or Philippe Starck. Hence, each and every POC product (from their helmets to goggles) is instantly and undeniably recognisable as being ‘POC’ without even having to see the logo.
The move to develop RISTA (the Swedish word for carve) embodies POC’s creed to produce high adrenaline products that have safety and protection in total awareness. Being able to sit inside a streamlined vessel and carve down ski slopes with the ultimate peace of mind for personal protection allows the target users to experience a whole new level of gravity fueled excitement; enabling them to accelerate to new speeds down steeper gradients than ever experienced before.
As previously stated, the demographic for this vehicle is existing users of POC protection products; including skiers, snowboarders and moutain-bike riders. They are adrenaline junkies who are always looking for a way to go faster, harder or steeper, yet are experienced enough to know the risks and equip themselves accordingly to reduce their chance of inherent injury or death.
The specifications of the vehicle are as follows:
- Must be able to carry at least one person
- Ability to transport ski equipment
- Powered by a future method of propulsion that is symbolic of the brand and the vehicle
Ergonomics of the vehicle should be considered including appropriate packaging with sight and reach angles. This package should then be taken into a three dimensional digital modelling program such as Autodesk Alias, and modelled from orthogonal reference planes. Realistic renderings of the vehicle in its environment can then be developed and presented accordingly as the deliverables of this project.
Tim was born is Stockholm, and today he splits his year between living in Östersund (October-May) and Melbourne (June-September) to make the most of both hemispheres’ winters. It’s easy to see why his skin is so pale. Tim’s home mountain is Åre, which is where he lives and trains. During the winter season, he travels all over Europe to compete in FIS World Cup events (located in Germany, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Sweden, Austria and even Iceland just to name a few). Tim travels to Australia in the European Summer to continue to train and further compete in FIS events in Australia and NZ.
Due to his occupation, Tim uses POC products at a professional level, and requires the absolute best in impact protection from high speed slalom ski racing (it helps that he holds a sponsorship from the Swedish brand). He always wears a helmet paired with goggels, as well as shin braces and slalom guards during races. Being a true Swede, Tim is the ultimate ambassador for POC; endorsing the Swedish brand with as much effort as they do to reduce his risk of injury.
Like all Swedes, Tim is a huge fan of electronic music, particularly trance and hence Eric Prydz. In his own time, he makes his own tracks. And like all Swedes who ski, Tim is addicted to snus (Swedish powdered tobacco). You won’t catch him without one under his top lip on the left side. He currently drives a white Subaru Outback and is in a relationship with the daughter of a well known Victorian politician.
The cockpit had room for only one person, making this vehicle all about the driving experience, and giving a single driver ultimate control over pushing the vehicle to and beyond the driver’s comfort zone (without the presence of an anxious passenger holding them back). The driver would lie on their back, supported in carefully constructed harness seating to absorb any impacts, and to keep protection as the highest priority. Exterior styling akin with POC helmets and armour, such as using recessed surfaces with large draft angles, opened up the possibility of having multiple transperant areas supported between a skeletal frame, increasing the overall visibility and sight lines for the driver.
It also has the ability to go off-piste into the endless terrain of snow and ice. It uses the latest in impact absorbtion and penetration resistance in the construction of its body to keep the user protected during high speed collisions, and to evoke a higher sense of immunity to encourage the driver to reach new levels of gravity fuled excitement as they accelerate to higher speeds down steeper gradients that ever experienced before.
Driving is acheived using dual grip handles to control the camber of the skis and the angle of a gyroscope located in the suspended driver capsule to adjust the weight distribution and keep the vehicle stable. Ingress and egress into the vehicle is acheived as shown.
The final solution is a super lightweight, aerodynamic structure that can acheive terminal speeds down steep slopes, whilst maintaining a plausible safety margin for the driver thanks to its material composition and configuration.