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Gear Review

4 5

did not earn the starting job

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought one of these in the Black/Grey in M/L (I wear a medium in most helmets and a 7 1/2 or 7 5/8 in fitted ball caps).

I really did not need a new helmet, as I have a nice Bontrager Specter XR that is extremely comfortable and well ventilated. It provides good protection, giving me more coverage than the typical roadie lid, but as I push the limits of my skill set and tire adhesion, I was looking to get something in what I considered the next level up in coverage. I am a XC rider, and a fairly conserative older guy, so truthfully, the Bontrager is more than adequate.

I liked the fit and feel of the Trabec, even though it was slightly heavier than the Bonty (350 grams vs. 310). The weight seemed like a reasonable trade off, but I was also concerned about ventilation and heat buildup, as I am in sunny So Cal, but I got it on sale and figured I would take a chance.

Another feature I liked was what POC advertised as a "multi-impact" system, able to be worn after several crashes (they are going to happen). Lo and behold, on the first ride out, I took a pretty good digger and slid into a tree. The POC paid for itself, as I hit the tree at the back/base of my skull, possibly below where my other helmet ends. I was all in one piece, but the visor was popped off, and my helmet had a good dent in it, so much so that I question the "multi-impact"system feature.

I have worn it a few times since, including on a recent hot day, but I have just not been able to get used to the overall feeling of the helmet. I just like the Specter XR better. It is lighter and cooler, seems to provide almost the same coverage area, and just feels better.

I am going to keep the Trabec in my bag as a backup and as a loaner for friends in need, or just for those days when I feel like wearing it.