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POCTectal Race Spin Helmet

$219.95

Item # POC00B1

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Item # POC00B1
Description

Why We Like The Tectal Race Spin Helmet

Enduro season is upon you, the dirt is perfectly tacky, and the temperatures have yet to rise to oppressive levels and you're ready to hit the trail with no holds barred — just make sure to cover your dome first. Making a stylish case for safety, POC's Tectal Race is updated with new Spin technology to boost it into the future, helping dissipate rotational forces from certain styles of crashes, while still backing you up with the impact-absorbing EPS foam and PC shell you've come to know and trust.

POC's new Spin technology works by featuring a robust inner layer on the helmet that sits in between the EPS and your noggin, and allows the helmet to move in any direction in the case of an oblique fall, allowing force to dissipate and be absorbed into the helmet.

Borrowing design inspiration from its Octal and Trabec helmets, POC uses a clean style and unibody construction for the Tectal Race, extending coverage over the back of the head and temples to keep vulnerable areas protected in the event of a crash. Keeping comfort in mind, POC also carves 15 vents and a lengthy system of air channels throughout the Tectal Race so you won't overheat under your lid when you start working hard on a climb. If you need to make a quick fit adjustment on-trail, just spin the dial at the back of the helmet to get the fit you need, and before you head out, tuck your goggles into the goggle strap at the back and adjust the visor to shield your eyes from sun, rain, or the dirt your ride buddy is bound to spray up in front of you.

  • A full-coverage helmet for getting rowdy on the trail
  • Unibody construction gives sturdy protection to your melon
  • New Spin technology helps absorb oblique impacts
  • PC and EPS combine to absorb and dissipate big hits
  • Let your scalp breathe with 15 large vents
  • Adjustable fit dials in for comfort
  • Goggle strap secures into place for muddy enduro days

Tech Specs
Shell MaterialPC
Impact FoamEPS
Ventilation15 vents
Fit Adjustmentsize adjustment system
Visoryes, adjustable
CertificationsEN1078, CPSC 12.03, AS/NZ 2063:2008
Recommended Usecross-country, 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
POCito Crane MIPS

20.1 - 21.3in

(51 - 54cm)

21.7 - 22.8in

(55 - 58cm)

23.2 - 24.4in

(59 - 62cm)

true to size

Size

XS

S

M

Fit

POCito Omne

18.9 - 20.5in

(48 - 52cm)

19.7 - 22in

(50 - 56cm)

21.3 - 23.2in

(54 - 59cm)

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

Very pleased

Size Bought
Small
Height
5` 10"
Weight
165 lbs

Great service and fast delivery. Love the fit feels super secure and light.

>Rating: 5

Excellent

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
XS/S

Super comfortable, great ventilation, lightweight, excellent coverage without feeling bulky anywhere. Harness and chin strap are comfy and don’t mess with ears or glasses. Nice visor and gap-free goggle compatibility. So good I use it for road riding and ski tours as well. Of note, I typically wear a medium helmet in other brands (Giro, Specialized) and went with the XS/S size here. Still enough room to wear a buff or light beanie comfortably. I recommend trying it on first if you have the option... but this really goes for all helmets.

Super
>Rating: 5

Excellent

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
XS/S

Super comfortable, great ventilation, lightweight, excellent coverage without feeling bulky anywhere. Harness and chin strap are comfy and don’t mess with ears or glasses. Nice visor and gap-free goggle compatibility. So good I use it for road riding and ski tours as well. Of note, I typically wear a medium helmet in other brands (Giro, Specialized) and went with the XS/S size here. Still enough room to wear a buff or light beanie comfortably. I recommend trying it on first if you have the option... but this really goes for all helmets.

Super
>Rating: 5

Excellent

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
XS/S

Super comfortable, great ventilation, lightweight, excellent coverage without feeling bulky anywhere. Harness and chin strap are comfy and don’t mess with ears or glasses. Nice visor and gap-free goggle compatibility. So good I use it for road riding and ski tours as well. Of note, I typically wear a medium helmet in other brands (Giro, Specialized) and went with the XS/S size here. Still enough room to wear a buff or light beanie comfortably. I recommend trying it on first if you have the option... but this really goes for all helmets.

Super
>Rating: 5

Excellent

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
XS/S

Super comfortable, great ventilation, lightweight, excellent coverage without feeling bulky anywhere. Harness and chin strap are comfy and don’t mess with ears or glasses. Nice visor and gap-free goggle compatibility. So good I use it for road riding and ski tours as well. Of note, I typically wear a medium helmet in other brands (Giro, Specialized) and went with the XS/S size here. Still enough room to wear a buff or light beanie comfortably. I recommend trying it on first if you have the option... but this really goes for all helmets.

Super
>Rating: 5

Super comfortable

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L

Fits great, comfortable, looks good. My headlight mount straps on well. So far so good.

>Rating: 3

Awesome looking helmet but runs small

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
M/L
Height
5` 10"
Weight
215 lbs

A bit too narrow for me. I measure M/L but I think I need the L/XL. But sure is an awesome looking helmet. Update: Received the L/XL. I have made all the adjustments, its sits too low on my head almost on top of my brows. My Giro fits me perfectly but its more than 8 years old. I like the look of the Tectal but how will you use it if it doesnt fit nicely on your head. My heads measurement is slightly over 58 cm so I thought Id get the M/L. Ha! its tight on the sides, adjustmets set to fully open. It will not even slide half way on my head. I think Ill get a different brand.

>Rating: 4

Feels like safety.

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L

I purchased this POC Tectal to replace the "cheap" box store Bell I got with my first bike. I have been gradually increasing my riding skills and taking on more technical terrain. After getting a new bike, I felt it was time to upgrade my safety gear to match. I ride in Central Texas and this provided two major concerns. I needed something with good ventilation due to the significant heat and still reliable during potential impacts on our very rocky terrain. After days of scouring reviews and comparisons for several helmets I went with the POC Tectal. I made the right decision. This helmet it great. I measured my hat size just over 21.5" and I wear glasses. I ordered the M/L and the fit is great. I read some reviews from people reporting issues with glasses being compressed at their temples. I do not experience this issue and my glasses move freely under the side of the helmet. I feel more confident with the lower impact coverage and even fit of the helmet. The padding used for the "SPIN" tech is nice. I could not say if it is comparable or improved to MIPS, but it does provide some torsional movement. I would argue the SPIN pads significantly improve the comfort of the helmet via the gel/silicon material. Ventilation has been good. The Tectal has similar airflow (maybe slightly less) compared to my previous helmet. However, the coverage, safety and features are significantly improved. It has been suitable here in Texas and I accept the trade-offs of coverage vs ventilation. I have not experienced an impact yet, and hope to keep the trend. As it stands, I would buy this again.

>Rating: 4

No Wobble. Great Coverage

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L
Height
6` 1"
Weight
160 lbs

Replaced a very old POC Trabec Mips with the Tectal Race Spin. Fit is waaaay better. Trabec always wobbled on my head. Never quite fit right. I have an oval shaped head, so other brands tend to pinch at the front and back. POC's don't. Head measures 22", so right in the middle of the M/L range in POC's Tectal Race Spin size chart. Initially, it fit really low on my brow. The rear harness is adjustable (see video: https://bit.ly/3kjJkAF). Made that adjustment and it fits a little higher on my forehead giving more room for glasses or goggles. POC's Spin, their version of Mips, doesn't surround my head as much as Mips, which is a good thing. Felt like the Mips suspension system smothered my head a bit, but made the helmet overall wobble on my head. Dial on the back is great for subtle adjustments on the fly. The huge vents bring in lots of air. Very happy with the Tectal.

>Rating: 5

Saved me

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

This is the second time I’ve purchased this helmet and will continue. Had a nasty crash into a creek bed (only rocks on the trail) my shoulder hit first but the my head slammed right into a rock. No headaches, soreness or anything but after the crash I looked at the helmet and the SPIN liner had detached and worked just as designed. After that I’ll be a customer for life

>Rating: 5

Saved me

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

This is the second time I’ve purchased this helmet and will continue. Had a nasty crash into a creek bed (only rocks on the trail) my shoulder hit first but the my head slammed right into a rock. No headaches, soreness or anything but after the crash I looked at the helmet and the SPIN liner had detached and worked just as designed. After that I’ll be a customer for life

>Rating: 5

Great fit and ventilation

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

I've always had trouble finding helmets to fit my very large head, this helmet stopped that! Easy adjustability, and lots of it. Super comfortable and breathable on long, hit rides. I'm a POC believer!

>Rating: 5

Great helmet- Fits like a glove!

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

I was worried about sizing since I was between sizing (58 1/2). I went with the m/l and I’m glad that I did. Plenty of room even with a thin skull cap. The tab in the inside rear of the helmet is clutch. I also love how light this thing is!

>Rating: 5

Amazing and worth it!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L
Weight
200 lbs

The fit is perfect and fits like a ball cap. Very light weight compared to my old helmet. Very Happy with this :)

>Rating: 2

Sizing issue

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL/XXL & M/L
Height
5` 11"
Weight
200 lbs

Same as some others have mentioned...originally ordered the XL/XXL and had to tighten it all the way and it still felt a tiny bit too big. When I jumped up/down it would hit my glasses and just didn't feel right. Returned it for a M/L or whatever the next smaller size was and I couldn't even get that one on my head. Returned AGAIN and this time I got the Troy Lee A2 MIPS and it fits perfectly, no glasses smacking, and the XL/XXL still leaves me room for adjustment unlike the POC (regardless of the vertical adjustment setting, the ring part was just a tad too big on me in the tightest setting). I'll write a full review on the Troy Lee after I actually for a ride. Giving this POC 2 b/c even though it looks well constructed their advertised sizing doesn't compare to other manufacturers. I am VERY happy with Competitive Cyclists return policy...I finally found the right helmet after 2 hassle free returns!

>Rating:

Does this have MIPS?

>Rating: 4

Amazing!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL
Height
5` 8"
Weight
220 lbs

The fit is great! Not as light as my specialized ambush helmet but feel better and higher quality. I usually wear large in the specialized, I had to orde the XL in Poc. There are reviews on how this helmet kinda has a weird fit and it falls forward but there is a cool adjustment inside the helmet that makes it very adjustable. I highly recommend this helmet

>Rating: 5

Great Helmet But not on My Head

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small

Loved this helmet, its made very well, looks cool, etc. But in size M/L (what I wear in a Giro) it was way too tight on my temples, but fit okay otherwise. Exchanged for a XL/XXL which was way too big! My head is 58.4 cm. but i guess wider than deep.. Cant derate the helmet because of my strange head. Waiting to try the Smith Forefront 2 MIPS which I have ordered. Competitive Cyclist has been great with the returns!

Received the Smith Forefront 2 a few days early. Found the fit to be perfect right out of the box. Fits like a glove. Will provide a reviews once I use it for a while.

>Rating: 5

Excellent helmet

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

I really like this helmet: very comfortable (forget it’s on), well ventilated, and stable. But above all, I had a bad OTB, landed on my head hard at speed, big dent in helmet... and I was fine. I’ve had concussions before with lesser impacts using other helmets. Maybe it was just luck and/or the specifics of this recent impact. Maybe it was this specific helmet/Spin. Either way, I just ordered another one.

>Rating: 2

Sits too low and pushes glasses down

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought
XL/XLL
Height
6` 1"
Weight
180 lbs

This is my first POC helmet bought for trail/XC MTB riding. Ridden with it a few times. It vents well, looks ok but I find the sizing weird for my head. M/L was too tight yet the XL/XXL sits too low and pushes down on my glasses. I've tried adjusting the interior but didn't find this made much difference. Ultimately I find the helmet uncomfortable and annoying as I spend too much time pushing the helmet up and pushing my glasses up. The POC has done its time and I'm looking for another new helmet.

Bummer as I had the same issue. While the helmet appears to be a great helmet, I have a wide but I guess flat head with 58.4cm circumference. While it was okay otherwise, the M/L pressed very tightly against my temples. I now have the XL which I will be returning because it is to big, sitting to low on my head and extending to far past the back of my head and the retention is maxed at the smallest setting. I have always worn a M Giro comfortably. The return process with Competitive C was easily and pleasant.

I had the same issue initially. I have a 59-60cm head and the M/L didn't fit my head (the width was too narrow). POC support showed me there is a vertical adjustment inside the helmet so that it doesn't sit too low (it was originally touching my eyebrows). After fixing the depth adjustment, the helmet fits great. I found this youtube video explaining it, see section 2 (0:38 seconds mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWcHA-qusxM