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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.  

  • 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

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 Helmet for trail riding.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This has been a great helmet for running single tracks in the PNW. Ventilation is good and comfortable to wear with eye protection.

Save your head

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have been loving this helmet so far. POC really fits my head well, so those are the helmets I have been using lately. This is a great helmet for just about anything you want to ride, light and breathable enough for XC, but enough protection for enduro.

Perfect Fit but...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Almost everything about the fit of this helmet feels great, except the under chin strap. I have keep it loose because it’s kinda annoying of the placement of it. It seems like it sits too far back from the chin. Other than that it feels great. The quality is definitely what you paid for.

One of my favorite all time helmets

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

Got this helmet after riding the the race version for a year. Has great ventilation and fit larger heads quite well. You will notice that it does sit lower on the brow than some other brands but that is not necisarily a bad thing. The only thing you will be missing out on from the race version is the google strap in the back and the full Aramid fiber grid.

Bomber Helmet!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have loved the fit of this helmet all around! I usually have a hard time finding something that looks proportional with my peanut head, but this helmet has a great fit and look too. The only reason that I would give this 4 stars, is because you do have to watch out with which riding shades you choose to wear. I used to use my Oakley's, but couldn't wear them with this helmet because they were too wide. I found some sunglasses that work though and am stoked with this helmet!

Does this helmet have the MIPS feature? I see it in the older versions but its no longer mentioned in the features.

Hey Mike,

This specific model does not have MIPS. The POC mountain helmet that we currently stock and has MIPS is called the Trabec. I'll give you a shout as well to see if we can nail down a good option!


Amazing product

    I love everything about this helmet except the fact it sits so low on the head and the temple area really drops as to put pressure on the top of most my sunglasses. It is one of the nicest helmets I have owned and I have tried quite a few. I wear a Medium in all brands and this was no exception.

    Kept my head in one peice

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

    Had a 10ft fall directly on my head that knocked me out while wearing this helmet. I received a concussion from this fall, but I don't think any helmet could have prevented me from getting a concussion. I think the helmet did its job of protecting my head from any serious permanent injuries. The helmet looked like new after the crash, but there may have been some slighting cracking in the foam in the interior. I think it is a shame that I will have to retire this helmet so soon after getting it, but I am glad that it did its job.

    Kept my head in one peice

    Great fit and coverage.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Love this helmet! Great fit and covers the back of my head very well. Doesn't look like a mushroom either. Definitely the best MTB helmet I've had.

    Love this lid!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I baught this helmet to replace my older Fox helmet after I took a gnarly digger knocking myself out and breaking my helmet, so naturally it was time for a new lid. I did quite a bit of research and kept coming back to this helmet. It does a great job keeping your head cool with its massive vents and the adjust-ability of the closure system provides for an exact fit. Highly recommend this helmet!

    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: 1h 29m 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.