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Item # POC006P

The unconventional standard.

POC has won a solid place in our hearts with its unwavering dedication to pushing the leading edge of helmet safety while sticking to a modern and colorful aesthetic that has become the manufacturers unabashed calling card. Love or hate the look, POC has dome protection dialed. The new POC Tectal Helmet might be best described as the natural evolution of the ever popular Trabec helmet. It's Darwinian updates include some features adapted from its road-specific cousin, the Octal, and a design that makes a strong push into the territory of hardcore trail protection.

The overall shape of the Tectal closely resembles the Trabec, with extended rear and side temple coverage providing added protection for vulnerable areas. It borrows the unibody shell construction from the Octal, which serves to increase safety by strengthening the overall structural integrity of the helmet. Fewer seams make for stronger construction, and more confident protection in the event of an impact. While POC doesn't explicitly call it out, we see a bit of the Octal's venting profile across the front of the Tectal as well. Its large, elongated vents provide ample ventilation for cooling your noggin when the temperature and intensity ticks upward.

POC includes its lightweight size adjustment system for a comfortable and customized fit, which we can attest is exceptionally user friendly and easy to adjust single-handedly on the fly with a deft click of the dial. A conveniently adjustable visor marks this helmet as serious about dirt, and provides extra protection from sun, branches, and other trail inconveniences to keep your eyes and lenses clear. As an added touch, the Tectal features a goggle strap retention system for perfect goggle placement on days when you're dropping in on the really gnarly runs.

  • Mountain bike helmet with extensive side and rear coverage
  • One-piece shell for structural integrity
  • Extensive venting for on-trail breathability
  • Goggle retention strap at the back
  • One-handed fit adjustment for ease of use
  • Safety remains the primary tenet of all POC gear

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Impact Foam:
15 vents
Fit Adjustment:
size adjustment system
yes, adjustable
Full Face:
EN 1078, CPSC 12.03, AS/NZ 2063:2008
Claimed Weight:
340 g
Recommended Use:
all-mountain, enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart


Head Circumference  21.7 - 22.8in
(55 - 58cm)
23.2 - 24.4in
(59 - 62cm)
Octal, Cerebel
Head Circumference  19.7 - 22in
(50 - 56cm)
21.3 - 23.6in
(54 - 60cm)
22 - 24.4in
(56 - 62cm)
Skull Orbic Comp, Skull Orbic X, Skull Comp, Super Skull Comp, Skull X, Skull Light, Receptor Bug, Sinuse, Receptor Bug Comm.
Head Circumference 20 - 20.5in
(51 - 52cm)
20.8 - 21.3in
(53 - 54cm)
21.5 - 22in
(55 - 56cm)
22.5 - 22.8in
(57 - 58cm)
23.3 - 23.5in
(59 - 60cm)
24 - 24.4in
(61 - 62cm)
Crane, Fornix, Fornix Backcountry, Skull Light II, Receptor Bug Adjustable, Trabec, Trabec Race, Receptor Flow, Skull Light Women's
Head Circumference 20 - 21.3in
(51 - 54cm)
21.5 - 22.8in
(55 - 58cm)
23.3 - 24.4in
(59 - 62cm)
Synapsis, Frontal, Receptor+, Receptor Backcountry
Head Circumference  20.9 - 21.3in
(53 - 54cm)
21.7 - 22in
(55 - 56cm)
22.4 - 22.8in
(57 - 58cm)
23.2 - 23.6in
(59 - 60cm)
Cortex DH
Head Circumference  20.9 - 21.7in
(53 - 55cm)
21.7 - 22.4in
(55 - 57cm)
22.8 - 23.6in
(58 - 60cm)
How to Measure:
Measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.

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Great concept, did not fit me well

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: S/XS

I bought this upon recommendation from a friend. I tried hers on and it seemed to fit well - and I confirmed the sizing before ordering. However after riding in it, I found it to be extremely uncomfortable. In order to keep the helmet from moving about, I had to clamp it down pretty tightly, which caused the restraint system to dig painfully into the space just above my ears. This was made even worse when using a headlamp. Eventually I figured out that the basic shape just didn't fit me well - it felt like there was too much space in the forehead area. I compared it to my Giro Atmos and the POC is decidedly more "oblong" - the Giro is a little rounder. I thought it was really nicely made, nice and light, loved the pink color...just didn't work for me, so I returned it. My friend has been using her's for a while and still loves it!

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Had a fox flux for years. Loved it. Had more crashes then I should have with the same helmet. Got a new one and thought I'd give Poc a try. Rode the other day and didn't even remember I had a new helmet on until I took it off it is that comfortable. Only thing that sucks is because of how the helmet is designed to sit so low on the back of your head/neck you can't pop your ponytail over the cinch in the back and get your hair off your neck.

Helmets are Cool

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Definitely one of the better dome pieces I've ever owned. I try to keep the noggin armored up at all times, which isn't always easy when you're dressed to impress, but it helps when you can't even tell the thing is there. I always feel a bit more sendy when I know I'm protected.

One thing to note: I had to return my first helmet because the plastic cinch would release when a blow to the back of the helmet was imitated. Because of that, I'm taking away one star and highly recommending you check your piece out before taking it out.

It's pretty awesome.

    I dig this helmet. It's got great coverage, but also beathes well and is light enough I don't think about it being on. The pads are easily removed making washing a simple process. I've hit my head going under fallen trees several times and there's no scratches, so the shell is pretty durable.

    My only complaint is that my goggles don't fit too well with the helmet. My goggles are pretty big, so maybe with a smaller set this wouldn't be an issue. (And honestly it's not a huge problem)

    It's pretty awesome.


    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I tried three of these helmets on and found the same issue with the internal cinch system on all of them. If you cinch the helmet tight then pull lightly on the helmet the cinch comes undone. Kind of unsettling when considering this thing only works if it stays on your head. I'm not sure if this is a design flaw or if POC put out a bad batch but I would recommend testing your helmet before deciding to keep it.

    Same with me. I tried two of them. Something is wrong with the helmet retention system. If you go down a size, it's not really such an issue, but it's still off.

    This was the first thing I noticed trying it on.. I returned this helmet and bought another Smith Forefront. Apparently the Tectal Race is better about it. Bummer about it though, liked the fit of the Tectal.

    Nice Helmet Design

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Purchased for AM single track riding. Too large even though I carefully measured and went by the size chart. I returned this and bought the race version one size smaller.

    Oh yeah, Tectal!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL/XXL

    I've been using the Trabec, and thought it was great but I am more pleased with the Tectal. The Tectal breathes better, fits more comfortably (forget that I have it on) and has a visor that has a great range of coverage (out of sight to covering my yes) and stays where I put it. The head cinch isn't as tight as the Trabec but the helmet still stays put surprisingly. I also like the more rounded look than the Trabec's boxier shape. I use while I ride around town and on my 25 mile rides. Lastly, the color (white) is really bright. Thanks for reading.

    Weird sizing, Oakley-incompatible

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Really wanted to like this helmet, but when I found my correct fit, I wasn't able to get the arms of my Oakley XL Blade sunglasses under the little

    Unanswered Question

    Does the matte white finish get super dirty quickly? Does dirt and stains embed in it? They should have made it gloss!!!

    Improved fit over the Trabec

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XS/S

    I've had a POC Trabec for several years and really liked the coverage but the fit was a little loose. The Tectal really improves in this respect with the dial adjuster. I have a small head and the XS/S fits me perfectly. It does sit lower in both the front and back, which took a little getting used to as far as my ponytail and sunglasses. It does feel very secure and doesn't move while riding. The venting is also a huge improvement over the Trabec. Overall, a great helmet!

    Improved fit over the Trabec
    Avg. ride time: 3h 17m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    great xc/trail helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    This helmet has a more coverage in the back, while staying light and breathable. It feels very safe and secure- and is super comfortable-, and the visor is a definite plus and easy to use. My one small problem with it is that it doesn't have great glasses storage, but the benefits of the helmet definitely make up for it.

    Best helmet ever

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Fits like a glove, extremely comfortable. Plus, it looks good. I have purchased several POC helmets for my family and have never been disappointed, but this one is tops.

    Great coverage and comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I purchased the helmet for increased lower coverage in the back and was pleasantly surprised to find the helmet also offers coverage on the forehead. The fit is comfortable with no hot spots and I especially appreciate the 360° wrap adjustable retention cage and strap that keeps the helmet in place.

    Avg. ride time: 4h 55m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Awesome helmet!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XS

    I love the tectal as a MTB helmet because of the added coverage in the back, making it safer for trail use. I also love the look of it too... Seems less "roadie" than the Octal. The adjustable visor and dial are easy to use, and my one complaint is that it doesn't hold glasses. Nonetheless an awesome helmet.

    Coverage where it counts

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    The added coverage in the Tectal is obvious as soon as you put it on. The helmet sits low on my forehead and covers to ear level. Ventilation is key in xc and trail lids, and the Tectal get plenty of it. The vent holes are huge and really get air moving through. The visor is adjustable and in fact removable, and I've used it in nearly every configuration I can come up with. The Tectal is noticeable heavier than its little brother the Octal, but for my mountain bike rides, I always grab the Tectal.

    How did you remove the visor? I tried the hex screw but didn't seem to work.

    Avg. ride time: 6h 1m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Great all around helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    Coming from and XC background I have always raced and rode with really light and breathable helmets so getting the tectal was something very unfamiliar with me. After using it several times I have found the helmet to give a much more secure feel to it but not to compromise with the light and breathable feel of the typical xc helmet. The tectal really is the best of both because it provides comfort and style of a trail helmet while also providing the breathable feel and the lightness of the xc helmet while getting you some style points!! The only thing I have found that I would improve with the helmet is glasses storage. I also run POCs for glasses and I wish the helmet was a little more compatible with them. Nonetheless, a great all around helmet!

    Avg. ride time: 11m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Cool, light, and fast.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    The new Tectal blends the good of both the Trabec and the Octal. Despite the trail nature of the helmet, it stays relatively cool and doesn't have the bulk of many other trail helmets on the market. Coming from an Octal, the minute change in weight and ventilation are made up with extra protection and style.

    The one gripe I have found is glasses storage. There aren't any spaces to place your glasses when you take them off.

    The Tectal is a great helmet for someone looking for the best of both a trail and XC helmet.