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Item # POC006O

The new race standard.

POC stands out from the crowd for its modern, colorful aesthetics and an unflappable commitment to pushing the leading edge of helmet safety technology. Some may have issues with the look, but it's impossible to deny that POC has dome protection dialed. The new POC Tectal Race Helmet is an evolution of the much-loved Trabec trail helmet. It also borrows features honed in its road-specific cousin, the Octal, and incorporates eye-catching colors for hardcore protection out on the dirt.

The overall shape of the Tectal Race 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 integrity of the helmet — fewer seams make for more confident protection in the event of an impact. We also see a bit of the Octal's venting profile across the front of the Tectal Race, though POC doesn't explicitly call it out. Those large, elongated air channels provide ample ventilation for cooling your noggin when the temperature and intensity climb.

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. Even on the fly, all it takes is a single-handed click of a dial to tighten up your fit before dropping in. A conveniently adjustable visor marks this helmet as serious about dirt and provides extra protection from sun, branches, and trail debris to keep your eyes and lenses clear. As an added touch, the Tectal Race features a goggle strap retention system at the back of the helmet for perfect goggle placement when the lines get big and you can't risk a wardrobe malfunction.

  • Extended coverage
  • Adjustable visor
  • Size adjustment system
  • Goggle strap
  • 15 vents

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Impact Foam:
15 vents
Fit Adjustment:
size adjustment system
yes, adjustable
Full Face:
EN1078, CPSC 12.03, AS/NZ 2063:2008
Claimed Weight:
340 g
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
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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Massive upgrade from the Trabec

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you were to compare this helmet to the older Trabec, you would be blow away. In order to find out if this helmet is the right one for you here are a few pros and cons for you to chew on:

1) Light weight- This helmet is so light and breathable, all while being protective and safe.
2) Ventilation- 15 vents makes this helmet feel like a brand new A/C unit installed in your room after going half of a summer with just a mini fan
3) Style- Much less "bubbly" than the previous rendition POC had with their flagship helmet, the Trabec
4) Cost Effective- Stands toe-to-toe with some of the best helmets out there for slightly less the price
5) Goggle & Glasses integration- fits my Smith Vo2 MAX sunglasses and Smith Squad MTB's very well.
6) Overall Satisfaction- HIGH.

1) Although it breathes well I still manage to work up a good sweat wearing this (spoiler alert: somewhat of a head sweater out there)
2) Turn dial design flaw- On the standard Tectal there have been a few issues with the dial sightly adjusting upon being pulled or pushed on. Another reason to go with the Tectal Race!

Questions about fit, on the fence with a handful of helmets or just wanna chat MTB - Hit me up.

Massive upgrade from the Trabec

what is the difference between the tactal race and just tactal, it seems they weigh the same per the website?

Avg. ride time: 3h 33m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Great lid for my noggin

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

I wanted a helmet that was light and offered good ventilation for the hot Houston weather but still offered top protection and good coverage. The POC Tectal race ticks all the boxes. Incredibly comfortable, barely realise you are wearing it, stands out and is easy to see and fit with minimum (easy) adjustment out of the box.

What is the difference between the Race and no Race helmets?

According to pinkbike:

the Tectal Race adds a goggle retainer strap in back and more reinforcing aramid fibers throughout the shell. The Tectal Race also fits tighter. For a comparison of the fit between the Trabec Race MIPS , Tectal, and Tectal Race see my comment on the Trabec Race MIPS page.

I contacted POC and a rep said the "Aramid bridges are the same in both helmets." So the only differences are the goggle clip and available colors.

The ad copy here at Backcountry for the regular Tectal says it has the goggle retention strap as well. So it appears that the only quantifiable difference is the available colors. Fit is cited by some, but that may be perception.

Poc tectal race

    I just received my new poc tectal race helmet it's the most comfortable mtb helmet I have ever put on it fits perfect, if you need any help ask for Zach lassek at backcountry he is very helpful

    Thanks for the shout out, Bill! Glad you love the helmet man.

    Is the visor removable? No me gusta visors. Light mount?

    Hey Chris,

    Looks like you can just unscrew the visor if you don't want to use it. As far as light mounts, you'd have to use the helmet mount that came with your light, there isn't an integrated light mount. Let me know if you have any other questions!


    What is the difference between the Tectal race and the standard Tectal? Thanks!

    Best Answer

    The difference you are going to have between the Tectal Race and the standard Tectal is with the Race model you get an integrated google clip and the Aramid bridge around the entire helmet while the Standard has it around the seams.

    Avg. ride time: 1h 31m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Is the black/teal helmet matte or glossy? I can't tell from the photos. Thank you!

    Hey Chris - The Uranium Black/Beryl Green color is glossy. Check out the picture below. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

    - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337

    Hey Chris - The Uranium Black/Beryl Green color is glossy. Check out the picture below. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions. 
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - - 801-736-4337