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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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As advertised

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

The helmet is lightweight, vents very well and covers the occipital and parietal areas of the head way better than those road bike lookin' skimpy beanie caps. It is pricey...but when it comes to protecting your noggin, you'd be a fool to cheap out. I'll also comment that my measured head circumference had me in the XL range, but I ordered the Med/Lrg b/c the CC customer service told me Euro brand helmets fit a more oblong head shape. Turned out the Med/Lrg fit like it was molded for me.

Great helmet, but Oakleys barely fit

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

Just getting in to mtb to add to my road riding, and looked around for a helmet that wasn't huge or sit high on my head.
Giro had good stuff, but in my size it felt like it left the side of my head exposed a bit and looked a bit small. Next size up was too big.
Bell, whom I love for road helmets, had a few models that fit well but were *enormous* on my noggen. Looks aren't everything, I know, but they do count so I kept looking.

Poof - the POC showed up and I tried it on. Perfect! Sits right height, comfy, fits my head shape, looks the right size and the white color is a strange pure white that I dig.
First ride with this told me two things right off, one good and one bad.
1 - in 100 degree heat, I was sweating hard, but helmet wasn't overheating me at all. It's well vented even at slow speeds and I didn't even think about my head being hot (despite needing to pour water over the rest of me to cool down!)
2 - sadly, my Oakley flak jackets do not fit very well with this helmet. You can tuck them in and fidget them into a spot where they stay and don't bug, but it's not just about putting them on and riding. Put them on? Fidget fidget fidget. Glasses move a bit cuz you bumped them? Fidget fidget fidget.

So in the end I like this helmet a bunch, and I'll keep fidgeting to make the glasses work because of least until it gets too annoying. Just be warned if you're looking that this could be an issue if you're Oakley loyal like me.

Must Have

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I recently picked this helmet up after having a Smith ForeFront for the longest time. I like how this helmet looks and performs better than my previous Smith model. There is great ventilation for when I'm doing XC riding and enough protection for when I'm DHing or doing some Enduro riding. The sizing was true to size in my experience.

Impeded my sunglasses

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

correct size for my measurements, but the temple coverage of the helmet made my Smith PivLok glasses unwearable.

Sizing is awkward for smaller heads

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got this for my step-mom and she wasn't too thrilled with how bulky this was on her. She said it fit great when she tried it on in the store, but with her glasses on the helmet doesn't fit anymore and has a weird gap at the sides of her face. She also thought the visor was a pain to adjust. She loves the thaum/red color (it had a purple hint to it) though.

Just not what i was looking for

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I was looking for a helmet that had better coverage for the base of my neck and behind my ears. Not sure why, but just felt like the helmet sat high on my head and wasn't secure. I decided to return it and go with a Bell instead.

Gave as Gift - Total Hit

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

Gave this as a gift to my dear friend who had recently cracked his helmet. It has everything and more that he's wanting. Sleek design, comfortable support, and the technology to protect you when it really counts. Worth every cent.

Avg. ride time: 2h 44m per week
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Another great POC product

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fit wise, I have a large head that is kind of egg shaped. Helmets I've used in the past are a POC Trabec and Bell Super (1st gen, no chinbar). Both of those fit me very well and gave their lives protecting my head in big crashes. I've also used a Smith Rover MIPS which fit very well, but lacks an adjustable visor which went from meh to enough to change helmets on a recent ride. To note, a POC Trabec w/ MIPS did not fit, a Smith Forefront w/ MIPS didn't fit either, the Bell Super 2R MIPS and 3R MIPS didn't fit and that was without even trying the chinbar piece. Basically I tried on almost all of the high end helmets in the largest size that BC offers and the POC Tectal and Smith Rover MIPS fit the best.

As for performance? I hope to not crash that hard again to need a replacement anytime soon. But I trust POC to do what it can to protect my head.

Other key wins. The adjustable visor is great. It fits my large head well without making it look even bigger. The vents on the Tectal work great, helpful here in the summer heat of Utah. And the orange color is actually quite cool, but it is on the shinier side definitely not a matte orange. The ear loops for the helmet strap are excellent to not bother you, amazing how small things like that matter. And the retention system comments others have made don't affect mine, and that was with at middle or at the low setting, low being what I left it on.

Best of the best

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

I've had a number of helmets in my time with Competitive from Bell, Giro, Fox, and Kali, all have kept my senses intact. The Tectal is the one that fit best, topped in style points, and breathed the most. I've got a slightly oblong shaped head, and the Tectal fits it perfectly. The large venting keeps things cool, and I haven't had any issues with the easy adjustable retention dial. My one small gripe is the visor adjustment screw. At fist it would come loose and even fell out once, thankfully in my gear bag. I took some need nose pliers, and cranked it down tight, and haven't had an issue since.

Best of the best

Serves and Protects

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

This helmet fits my head very well in a small and I haven't had any issues with the cinch. The fit is very secure and the helmet looks sharp-- even on my pinhead. It's also super lightweight.

Protection that feels Good

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is an amazing update to the helmet I have been using for the past decade or so, and the fit and feel of it are superb. The over-all fit is great and roomy, with a boa tightening system that allows you to get the fit just right for your activity. It has great ventilation and my head has yet to over-heat wearing it. The chin-strap is soft and supple, not irritating the skin and feeling like it was not even there. A cool feature of this helmet is that adjustable visor, which helps with blocking out the sun.

Fits perfectly

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

I finally got to use this helmet this last weekend. It didn't get too hot and fit perfectly

Fits like a glove!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet fits super comfy. For some reason my head doesn't fit in POC ski helmets, but this helmet is really comfy. Breathes really well on hot days, and is easy to adjust mid ride. Happy w/my purchase


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

Light and slick looking. Fits my head nice and snug which I have found hard to find in a helmet. All the pads are easily removable for cleaning or replacing.


  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL/XXL

i have a round head and not all helmets fit me. I tried the trabec before this one, and it was TOO OVAL and gave me lots of pressure points on the side. Tectal fits much better as it's more round than trabec. the helmet adjustment system is genius, i now have Octal and Tectal both great helmets, Octal is ever rounder.

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.