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Item # POC0105

A new approach to protection.

POC makes the Trabec Helmet in two models. This Trabec Race Helmet has a greater proliferation of Aramid netting inside the molded EPS foam core than the standard Trabec. This gives it extra protection. Aside from the color options, this is the only difference between the two. Otherwise, it's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who might want greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance.

The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull.

POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma.

POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit.

The POC Trabec Race Helmet is Black/white, Orange/White, and White/orange. It's available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't grow on the pads, they'll last longer, require less cleaning, and smell way better.

  • 16 large vents for ventilation without compromising protection
  • Polycarbonate shell with no seams in high-exposure areas
  • Aramid-reinforced EPS core for added durability
  • Adjustable visor protects your eyes from rain, sun, mud, and branches

  • Expanded Aramid net inside EPS foam layer
  • Super-tough polycarbonate shell
  • 16 vent holes
  • Adjustable visor
  • Extended protection over typical helmets
  • Adjustable fit system

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Impact Foam:
EPS (foam)
16 vents
Fit Adjustment:
adjustable fit system
yes, adjustable
Recommended Use:
cross country, all mountain
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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Anyone know if the visor is removable?

1 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Have a stable of high end bikes and about as many helmets. In an effort to save weight, this manufacturer has compromised quality and safety. One the first ride, one of the strap attachment pulled out of the helmet clips and when I as attempted to reattach, it would just pull out. The velco tabs that restrain the pads are already coming loose and all this and all this after one use. Let me preface this review with the fact that I maintain all my bikes and gear in immaculate condition and have more bike tools than most bike shops. Surprises me Backcountry would even carry this helmet.<br ></article><br /><br /><br /><br />

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Is there a better alternative that is better constructed or better velcro, which is easy to augment with .50 cent strips BTW

5 5

Great Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Had the helmet for about a year now. Fits great. I have a larger head and the L/XL fits nice.

5 5

Great Fit/ Additional Protection

I've ridden with this helmet for about a month. I like the additional protection from the longer sides and the fit is great.

Okey folks, I'm going to retire the Good'OL Giro Helios that I use for road and xc. Now, I'm Thinking about purchasing a TRABEC RACE. Should I pay the extra for the MIPS version? Is it worth the extra shillings in the end??

Responded on

MIPS is where helmet technology is headed. I'd say yes, it is definitely worth it. POC was one of the first to come out with using MIPS technology, but now there are a handful of other co's utilizing it as well, including Giro. Find your price point / style of helmet, and you'll be set.

Avg. ride time: 6m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.
4 5

First impressions are great

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I have a 54.5 head and went with a M/L, this is the best fitting helmet I have ever owned (I usually fit best in Giro size M). Ventilation is really fantastic (my head actually got cold!). It is not a small helmet but it has that POC look, which I like. I will not that this helmet has comprehensive coverage around the side of the head (see photo) and will not fit all sunglasses (my Tifosis didn't work too well).

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

Keeping it cool and covered

Keeping it cool and covered
5 5

POC Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

So far so good. Super comfy. Really like the additional coverage.

5 5

Good helmet

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great helmet fit well just a little warm for the trpic weather but in general I would recommend it!!

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

I am right on the edge of XS/SM and M/L (54.5 head) - any suggestions on which way to go?

Best Answer Responded on

On my experience I'd go with the size up, you can always exchange the item as well if you don't like the fit.

Superior Dome Protection

Provided that protection you need for those tight turns.

Superior Dome Protection
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I wish, This trail is located at Snowbird Utah.

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Sweet that is my old stomping grounds! I have lived in central texas for the last 14 years. Awesome trails but i miss the mountains.

5 5

Protect yo Neck

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What else can I say other than POC is producing some solid dome pieces. Love this helmet took a slammer into atree head first and the helmet with stood the impact, a great helmet that's worth the price. I wear a 7 5/8's in New Era hats I ordered a XL/XXL and it fits me wonderfully

5 5

Great MTB Helmet!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have a small head and initially got XS/S which was too small. That surprised me since I usually use small for helmets! Returned it for a M/L which fits perfectly. The adjustment system takes a sec to get used to. Overall the build quality is excellent, love the lower coverage. Well vented, nice bright orange to make sure you are visible to other traffic participants.

I would recommend this helmet!

5 5

Great Protection for Your Dome

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great lightweight helmet that offers more protection than a normal bike helmet. Can't beat the safety and quality of a POC product. It is super comfortable to wear with great venting. Great cinch mechanism on the back of the helmet to provide a tight fit. Great helmet with an Enduro look.

5 5

Great helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I wanted more protection and this helmet does the job. I'd suggest you get one if you want to upgrade from a regular bike helmet

4 5

Pretty good helmet

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Four stars. Lightweight, but it sits pretty high on your dome; not the coolest looking lid, but that's not why people buy helmets....right? Anyway, I took a hard slam in my Giro Hex a couple years back and cracked it in three places. Upon reading about different helmets I decided on the Trabec Race. So it does sit high, but it is light, the lining is antimicrobial, and after two years of hard riding does not smell even remotely bad.

The adjustment system is a big minus... for me. The Hex had a simple roller that tightened / loosened the frame. The POC has a system that works fine, but really requires both hands - you have to pinch two small tabs on the back which allow you to tighten / loosen the frame. So the downside is that it is very difficult to adjust on the go - you can get used to pinching with one hand, but it's terribly difficult. Also, the frame prevented me from wearing my Tifosi glasses until I tweaked out the fit to where the helmet is sitting a smidge further forward than I would prefer.

BUT I can attest to it's efficacy - I have taken one pretty good head slam and both my melon and my helmet came out unscathed. And that's what it's all about in the end. Can't give it five becausde it is over-priced and the frame adjustment feature is not where I would like it to be, but it is a damn good lid.