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POCTectal Helmet

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Item # POC006P

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Item # POC006P
Description

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.  

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

California Proposition 65

Warning:

This product can expose you to chemicals including Bisphenol A (BPA), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

Tech Specs
Shell Materialpolycarbonate
Impact FoamEPS
Ventilation15 vents
Fit Adjustmentsize adjustment system
Visoryes, adjustable
Full Faceno
CertificationsEN 1078, CPSC 12.03, AS/NZ 2063:2008
Recommended Useall-mountain, enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty1 year
Size

POC

Helmets
Bike
Size

S

M

L

Fit

Ventral Spin

19.7 - 22in

(50 - 56cm)

21.3 - 23.6in

(54 - 60cm)

22 - 24in

(56 - 61cm)

runs small

Octal

19.7 - 22in

(50 - 56cm)

21.3 - 23.6in

(54 - 60cm)

22 - 24.4in

(56 - 62cm)

true to size

Size

XS / S

M / L

XL / XXL

Fit

Trabec & Tectal
Coron & Corpora
Crane

20.1 - 21.3in

(51 - 54cm)

21.7 - 22.8in

(55 - 58cm)

23.2 - 24.4in

(59 - 62cm)

true to size

Snow
SizeXS / SM / LXL / XXLFit

Auric

20.1 - 21.3in

(51 - 54cm)

21.7 - 22.8in

(55 - 58cm)

23.2 - 24.4in

(59 - 62cm)

round fit

Fornix & POCito
Artic SL Spin

20.1 - 21.3in

(51 - 54cm)

21.7 - 22.8in

(55 - 58cm)

23.2 - 24.4in

(59 - 62cm)

true to size

Skull Orbic Comp Spin

20.1 - 21.3in

(51 - 54cm)

21.7 - 22.8in

(55 - 58cm)

23.2 - 24.4in

(59 - 62cm)

runs larger than non-Spin versions

How to Measure:
Measure the circumference of your head around the widest point.

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Great fit

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L

Bought the size per their size chart and it fit great. I had an IXS trail Evo before that just didn’t quite work with my head shape, squeezed my forehead just a touch; don’t have that issue at all with this one. Like the coverage, though it doesn’t leave much room for a pony tail, maybe pigtails will be key. No issues with the helmet and wearing large sunglasses I ended up returning this one because I failed to realize this model didn’t have SPIN, but buying the exact same size in the Tectal Race SPIN. Hard to want to spend so much on a helmet, but the quality of the POC over other helmets I’ve had was really clear.

>Rating: 3

Good but has it's cons

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
M/L
Height
5` 7"
Weight
135 lbs

Not a MIPS helmet. I've now had this helmet for about 6 months & the one thing I can tell you that is a constant issue is pairing glasses with it. I have been struggling to find glasses that will fit under my helmet & not hurt my nose, ears, etc. It seems the way the helmet frames your head it pushes your glasses up & you risk getting a black eye, or they hurt my ears in the back. I've heard people tell me to buy the POC Crave glasses as the company says they're compatible. They're also $260 for sunglasses & don't come with an extra moon lens. Long story short I'm already wanting a new helmet because I can't find sunglasses or clear frames to wear on rides. We have horrible bugs & they get in your eyes. I need eye protection so if that is important to you, I'd suggest steering away from this helmet unless you want to spend even more money on their sunglasses. Each extra lens is $60. I've done my research. Also POC has middle sizing so the M/L is much looser than I'd hope. I'm a true medium.

>Rating: 5

Perfect fit for a neanderthal skull!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
M/L
Height
6` 00"
Weight
190 lbs

I have a hard time finding helmets that fit since I'm typically between sizes at (59.5 cm). Everyone is different, but I was able to size down into a M/L (55-58) and it fits very comfortably. I'm usually a XL/XXL in most helmets but the Poc just works for me and my head shape. It looks good and the straps are super comfortable.

>Rating: 5

POC Tectal - White

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Size Bought
XL/XXL
Height
6` 2"
Weight
185 lbs

Love the helmet! Quality is tops. Wanted "extra" neck and temple protection and maximum venting for riding on warm/hot days that the Tectal offers. I usually wear XL/XXL and ordered this size. It was too large. I would exchange it on Backcounty but the M/L is not available in white. Backcountry customer service and friendliness are the best. Sorry I have to return. Will purchase M/L somewhere. I wear XXL in Bell motorcycle helmet.

>Rating: 3

Great Quality - Didn't Fit me

Size Bought
xl/xxl
Height
6` 4"
Weight
195 lbs

The helmet appears to be of really high quality. Like some other reviewers, the helmet sat really low on my head, low enough to be uncomfortable. The interior plastic bits that tighten on your head actually touched the top of my ears, and that would get really uncomfortable on any ride of any length. I'm shipping it back, not because it is low quality, but because it didn't fit me.

I had exactly the same experience. Bummer because otherwise it's a phenomenal helmet--it just irritates the tops of your ears.

>Rating: 5

Great fit

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

POCs fit my head well (have a skiing helmet also). Great fit and finish, with plenty of vents. Highly recommend.

>Rating: 5

perfect for a big noggin

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

I'm always hesitant to buy a new helmet, because my head is ridiculously large and helmet sizing is *never* honest. Well I can say that this POC helmet fits my 62cm head perfectly, and even has a little bit of room to spare. No squeezing or pressure anywhere. Can't wait to go shred, I can already tell this is my new goto trail helmet.

>Rating: 3

Weird Sizes

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The M/L pinched my temples and the XL/XXL wasn't snug enough at the tightest setting. Lovely helmet but there is a sizing gap issue. I put up with the XL for too long. I probably wouldn't get another one from this brand with my weird-sized head. Other brands seem to be fine for me.

>Rating: 4

Almost perfect

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
medium
Weight
167 lbs

I bought this because POC road helmets fit me like a glove. I've been using the octal for a while for XC racing, but as my riding got more technical I decided to switch over to a full coverage MTB helmet .I chose this helmet because I knew it would fit me and I thought the ventilation would be decent. The fit is great and the weight is fine though heavier than a road helmet. The ventilation is better than some MTB helmets, but not as good as I wanted. If I'm going hard I find myself blowing up or drenched in sweat. Unless my rides more downhill than up I'm going with the Octal X. This will make a great helmet once it drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit otherwise it's too hot for me on all but easy rides.

>Rating: 5

Solid Helmet

Great fitting, safe and great looking helmet.

>Rating: 3

Tectal review

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

The good & the bad: with bad first: 1) the front is too low & interferes with my glasses, so I have to adjust them a lot. 2) the fit is not as comfortable as my other previous helmets & should be re-assessed. (Specialized & Bell Super 3R were much more comfortable.) 3) The visor is not big enough to cover bright sunlight. The size & shape of the visor should be assessed & re-done. The good: 1) Ventilation is excellent. 2) Safety ratings are good. 3) Pads are comfortable & it's nice there's an extra set of pads w/ the helmet. 4) Chin strap is good, perfect length, not too long or short.

>Rating: 5

Best Helmet I've owned!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I tried Troy Lee Design and Smith helmets before and the fit was never just right. I took a gamble and ordered the POC Tectal and it fits me perfect! I also believe it offers more protection coverage than the traditional MTB helmets before entering into the full-face lineup.

>Rating: 5

Great Helmet

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L
Height
5` 11"
Weight
185 lbs

Took a serious spill with the top of my head impacting a tree straight on. This helmet kept me out of the hospital (or worse) for sure. Dented the outer shell but foam appears intact. I honestly doubt I would have walked away had I been wearing a lesser helmet. POC fan for life. Will not wear another brand.

>Rating: 5

My Fav

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Definitely my favorite design from POC. My favorite brand of helmets, and this hasn't been a disappointment. Really great fit and amazing design on this thing, I've never felt safer. Light and durable!

>Rating: 3

Fits too low over forehead, miss Trabec

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

I have loved my Trabec Race MIPS for many years but it was time for a replacement. The Tectal sits much lower onto your forehead. I was surprised how far down my forehead that the front goes, basically squishing my eyebrows and forehead skin down towards my eyes. You'll see that many reviewers are saying that it sits so low it's hard to fit some sunglasses. I wish it sat higher in on my head.

+1. My Trabec needs to be retired so I confidently ordered the new Tectal. It makes me look/feel like a neanderthal. It literally covers my eyebrows!

>Rating: 5

Great fit & style

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

This is my first time purchasing a POC helmet and I love the fit, (light) weight and style. The mat black is sharp.

>Rating: 5

a poc place

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

currently 4 poc helmets in our home, and 3 prior, if that tells you something. We've got two of the tectal's now, just a great helmet. Fit is really nice, super coverage, love the comfort over the long haul. highly recommended.

>Rating: 5

POC stands for safety

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

Bought this as a gift for a friend and I know others who use it. POC puts safety first and I wouldn't trust my friends welfare to anyone else. Comfortable, looks good, and solidly built. Look at their new Spin technology for even better protection. Spin is POC's proprietary version of MIPS.

>Rating: 5

Saved my life!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
160 lbs

Took a silly fall at Moab, landed on my right temple. Shell dented but EVA foam appears intact. No kidding, would have meant at least a trip to the ICU. All decent helmets work well, but this one is a far superior product. Think about it...we spend thousands on carbon bling, we shouldn't skimp on head protection! I'm a POC fan for life.

Took
>Rating: 4

POC helmets rule

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This helmet provides awesome coverage for the back of my head which is nice. The construction and quality is top. The next upgrade will be the new SPIN technology.