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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:
polycarbonate
Impact Foam:
EPS (foam)
Ventilation:
16 vents
Fit Adjustment:
adjustable fit system
Visor:
yes, adjustable
Recommended Use:
cross country, all mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

POC

Helmets
Tempor
  M-LXL-XXL
Head Circumference  21.7 - 22.8in
(55 - 58cm)
23.2 - 24.4in
(59 - 62cm)
Octal, Cerebel
  SML 
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.
 XSSMLXLXXL
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
 XS/SM/LXL/XXL
Head Circumference 20 - 21.3in
(51 - 54cm)
21.5 - 22.8in
(55 - 58cm)
23.3 - 24.4in
(59 - 62cm)
Synapsis, Frontal, Receptor+, Receptor Backcountry
  SMLXL 
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
  S/MM/LL/XL 
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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Poor strap to shell attachment

    Two weeks in to owning this helmet, the strap pulled out of the shell up front and I have ridden it with duct tape for over a year now because they are so expensive.

    I looked on their POC's warranty page and they say I am supposed to contact the retailer, so I called backcountry and they just gave me an email address for POC (fail). I found a phone number for POC in Utah so I called POC about the issue and no one ever decided I was worth calling back.

    Avg. ride time: 6h 13m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    My head protected this helmet in a crash

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

    I love the look of this helmet. The colors, the styling, and it looks like a helmet that would be super safe, given the huge amount of coverage.

    Unfortunately, I found out after a crash that the helmet decided to save itself by letting my head suffer. My front wheel went sideways at the bottom of a long, steep descent and I went over the bars at quite some speed. I knocked my head hard enough that it was a good minute and a half before I knew where I was and what I was doing.

    All that's possible with any helmet, but what stood out for me is this helmet looks completely undamaged. I've crashed in plenty of other helmets (motorcycle, road, and MTB), always with no head injury, but almost always with significant damage to the helmet. The helmet should protect your head by breaking. I cracked a Catlike Whisper in six places after a bad crash but my head was no worse for wear. I went out and bought another Whisper the next day. Unfortunately this POC Trabec Race is going in the garbage and I'm not getting another. Good looks are not worth my health (or possibly my life).

    rookie review

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    give i am new to the mtb scene there probably is not too much importance to my review but i will say i love this helmet!
    it fits right, fits tight and makes me feel extra protected when i am on the track. can confirm the breathability that was mentioned by others. it does get hot and sweaty under this one, yet at the same time it feels like it wont just fall apart when you fall over therefore i don't care if i sweat.
    would buy it again!

    Unanswered Question

    I have this helmet, and it's awesome! One thing: Is it possible to get replacement liners? If so, where? I can't seem to find any online.
    Thanks

    Finally upgraded, very happy I did!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I haven't bought a new bike helmet in a long time. This year, I decided it was finally time. I love the Trabec Helmet! Whether I am riding dirt or road, this guy gets the job done. I haven't taken a digger yet, but I expect any Poc product to hold up. More vents would make the helmet cooler, but would take away the style, so I can deal!

    Avg. ride time: 2h 23m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Love the Trabec

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

    Have used this helmet for a few seasons now and have even replaced it with another Trabec after crashing hard on it. Can say it held up to a huge crash earlier this season, I was super glad I was wearing it! It doesn't breathe as well as other brands do, but I'd prefer the head being covered than breathability, so you just need to choose what features are important to you. Also I love the color options. There, I said it.

    great fit!

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

    Love this helmet. It provides great coverage,lightweight and breathable.
    Highly recommended

    Proven Trail Lid

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Trabec checks off all the boxes for a trail helmet. It's plenty light, adequately well ventilated, fits true to size, and looks good. My two gripes are that the retention system isn't quite as secure as the click wheel you'll find on some other helmets, and I prefer the added coverage at the base of the skull afforded by a TLD A1 or POC's new Tectal.

    Proven Trail Lid

    Junk

    • 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 />

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

    I had the same problem. Two weeks in to owning this helmet, the strap pulled out of the shell up front and I have ridden it with duct tape for over a year now. My wife just wrecked and shattered her helmet which reminded me that having a faulty helmet is a bad idea. This is an expensive piece of junk and I can not recommend anyone riding in it.

    I looked on their POC's warranty page and they say I am supposed to contact the retailer, so I called backcountry and they just gave me an email address for POC (fail). I found a phone number for POC in Utah so I called POC about the issue and no one ever decided I was worth calling back.

    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??

    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: 27m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    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: 10m 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
    Avg. ride time: 27m 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

    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.