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Item # POC0131

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In addition the polycarbonate shell and the standard Aramid net within the EPS foam, the POC Trabec Race MIPS Helmet gets an expanded Aramid net to help reduce helmet breakup in the event of a major crash, as well as MIPS technology, which allows the helmet’s core to rotate slightly relative to its shell. It’s a technology inspired by the cranium's own structure, the gist of which being that different layers move independently of each other to redirect rotational forces.

Additionally, the Trabec extends much further down the neck and the sides of your head than other helmets, which means more coverage. POC’s aramid structure inside the foam, which holds the foam together in the event of an impact like rebar in concrete, and the super-tough polycarbonate shell that disperses impact force across the EPS foam, are the helmet equivalent of a seven-inch bike you can pedal anywhere.

  • An enduro lid for stylish shredding
  • MIPS technology redirects energy in certain crashes
  • In-mold construction for low-weight impact absorption
  • Seam-free shell minimizes structural weaknesses
  • EPS core is reinforced with Aramid filaments
  • Aerodynamic channel system ensures efficient airflow

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year
Recommended Use:
mountain bike
Full Face:
yes, adjustable
Fit Adjustment:
adjustable fit system
16 vents
Impact Foam:
Shell Material:

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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Looks and feels amazing

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: XS/S

Came super fast, nice packaging. Love the color, looks like a real quality helmet, but unfortunately it didn't fit my head. :( I have a round shaped head so I found the sides of my head had hot spots above my ears upon trying it on. I really wanted to wear it but the fit wasn't right for me.

Avg. ride time: 11m per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

MIPS Upgrade

    I've got a Trabec already that 's great and figured it was time to upgrade to the MIPS version. Similarly pleased so far!

    Avg. ride time: 34m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    No one likes head injuries

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My lady has worn this helmet for a couple of seasons and replaced it after a gnarly crash. The MIPS did its job. She was so impressed she replaced it with the same helmet.

    Avg. ride time: 2h 12m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Where Function and Design Come Together

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

    Always wear a helmet -- you never know when IT is going to happen. This is not a place I try to save money either. My kids (6, 10 & 12) and I swear by these when we mountain bike. POC is committed to making some of the safest equipment available -- and the addition of the MIPS layer in this model only adds confidence and protection. After a few of what otherwise could have been life-changing wrecks, we were able to carry on largely unscathed apart from some quality trail rash.

    These are highly adjustable and the visor makes things a bit easier with that early-morning sun. And true to all things POC, the sharp design/colors is an added bonus.


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

    Great helmet. Fit and weight are just right. Wish it was flat black + white vs. soooooooo shiny.

    Safety first.

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The first thing I noticed about the POC Trabec is that it does’t look like most other mountain bike helmets. Its shell wraps all the way around the back of the head, and its vents are fewer, and more spaced than on most current helmets.
    Out of the box, the Trabec is clearly a quality piece of kit. It comes with its own draw-string storage bag, like a quality motorcycle helmet. The Race model is hella shiny, and looks slightly like a prop from a sci-fi movie; something future riot police might wear. The image on POC’s website, which looks suspiciously like a 3D render.

    Fits small

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This helmet has been a great helmet for cooler days on the bike. I did notice that it fits a little small though. I enjoy the extra protection it offers in comparison to some of my other helmets.

    Life Saver on Downieville Downhill.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This helmet is pure bomber. For those of you that are familiar with Downieville, I went into the rock garden section at high speed and I was correcting my line to take the faster left side. My front wheel slipped into a rock crevice and I slammed head first into a tomahawk ridge of granite. I had no warning, and I thought I broke my jaw and teeth. Fortunate I did not, I just cut the area above my upper lip.

    I was not even dizzy and jumped on the bike right away and raced to the bottom to get the cut washed out and fixed up. It occurred to me that I must of struck my forehead pretty hard and the next day l looked at my helmet. I was blown away! The plastic was cracked and when I peeled it back, ther I saw, a 3/4 inch gash in the hard foam. It obviously took a big hit, and I was fine. I felt so lucky and immediately bought the POC Cortex DH MPS helmet and will buy the Trebec race again..

    That crash could have been my last, or at least a serous skull fracture or brain injury. The helmet saved me and I'm grateful. Please pass this review on to POC.


    My man took a rough fall up at Deer Valley, only thing that saved him was this helmet! He's had multiple previous concussions from skiing, and said that he's hit his head half as hard as this time and has gotten a concussion- but he walked away from this one head injury free!



    Absolutely worth it.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I have two other POC helmets- one ski, and one bike commuter- and I hands down believe they are the best on the market. I picked this one up for mountain biking, and it's perfect. Super lightweight, easy to dial in the fit with the included padding- my head measures at about 57.5cm and the M/L is perfect for me, especially with a headband. I like the small visor- it does pop off if you get a hard enough hit, which is great so it doesn't break. And above all else, I love the protection that it offers. The MIPS tech is super bomb- makes a lot more sense to me especially for biking! Saved my guy from getting another concussion this past weekend- thanks helmet. Best model on the market in my opinion!

    Absolutely worth it.

    Favorite MTB Helmet!

      POC was originally a little known company out of Sweden that set out to do one thing, make the best helmet protection for athletes by questioning the status quo in regards to what is considered a safe helmet. The problem with most modern day helmets is they are good at direct impact injuries. Imagine head butting a tree, that’s a direct impact injury. However, most injuries (especially in the outdoor world) are rotational and not direct. Imagine riding your bike and suddenly your front wheel dives into a massive hole. Your mass in most situations doesn’t hit a wall and stop suddenly, your head may hit but your body in a violent display of physics keeps moving. This is where MIPS comes in.

      The Trabec Race MIPS solves the rotational problem by distributing you impact in a rotational injury. How is this accomplished? Surprisingly by a simple plastic lightweight cage that’s intended to imitate your brains way of protecting itself in a rotational injury. Studies show it works and hey, that’s pretty cool in my book to give my most valued asset a fighting chance against my activities.

      The helmet itself does not claim to be the most breathable, it does not claim to be the lightest, and it certainly doesn’t claim to be bro’er then thou (I’m looking at you Giro & Smith) but what it does claim to be is the best open face helmet protection money can buy for your bike. POC will stand by this and I will as well with two wrecks. The helmet did as it was suppose to, I only walked away with cracked helmets and no concussions.

      Sizing - As far as sizing the M/L will work with most normal sized adult male heads. If you think you have a super small head (note the small looks tiny) or a massive noggin size up or down but for the most part the sizing has a massive range and will accommodate most.

      Color - An age old question we get is will the white produce less heat then the black color? Science proves that due to the thickness of protection on most helmets there is no discernible temperature change with a white vs black helmet. Unlike a simple black shirt, a helmet is very thick and will not translate heat directly to your head.

      Favorite MTB Helmet!

      Poor Quality Manufacturing

        Ordered this helmet twice and both time the strap was not attached to the helmet. Its a snap/click system that wasn't engaging. Not going for a third time and returned it. Will try another MIPs helmet from another manufacturer.

        Hi Brain, Did POC address the problem or even Back Country what did they tell you if you don't mind sharing if they said anything at all.

        I also had quality issues with mine. POC uses crappy glue for the internal pads. Brand new from the box and they were detached.
        Backcountry was great. They exchanged it.
        The 2nd one also had that issue. They exchanged it again.
        The third one also had the issue and I ended up glueing it myself.
        At the time there weren't many MIPS bike helmets. Now that there are, I will be getting a different brand.

        Avg. ride time: 3h 39m per week
        • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

        Nice helmet. Very comfortable and cool.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I was a little apprehensive spending this much on a helmet, but I have to say it is very comfortable and nicely fitting. I have a fairly big head (7 1/2 hat size) and the XL/XXL fits perfect. The MIPS is supposed to be good for impact, and feels very durable, but I thankfully haven't had to impact test it yet. My old helmet was just a road helmet and I wanted to get something more mountain specific. Took a bit to get used to the larger size compared to the road helmet, but I do feel more protected. It also vents nicely. My old helmet would heat up a lot on long hot climbs, but the POC doesn't at all. All in all I am very happy with the purchase, and I may get a road biking specific POC helmet as well, I just have to save up a while ;)

        Great, protective mountain bike helmet

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I bought this helmet after suffering a concussion from a less-protective helmet. Luckily I haven't had any hard falls yet with this helmet, but with the MIPS system I know I will be protected. The helmet is very comfortable and the chin stay in much more comfortable on my jaw than any other helmet I have used.

        Nice Helmet

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I bought this helmet because I suffered multiple concussions over the past few years and want all the protection I can get, after reading about the MIPS technology I figured it was worth a shot to give this a try.

        It fits me great and I don't even notice the helmet when I am riding, my head circumference is 22in and the M/L fits just fine

        Love it - once I got the right size

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        My head is 23 1/4" which is between the M/L and XL/XXL size guides on the Size? popup here, but closer to the XL/XXL, so I ordered that. It was way too big. The M/L fits perfectly, with the adjustable band set right in the middle. So I believe these helmets run a little larger than the sizing guide. My wife also got a M/L and loves the fit - her head is 23".

        It's the most comfortable bicycle helmet I've ever worn - snug, but without pressure points that get uncomfortable after a few hours. It's a bit heavier than the Giro I was wearing, but not objectionably so. The ventilation is great - very welcome on hot days.

        I'd recommend it highly even if it didn't have Mips (Multi-directional Impact �Protection System).

        Thanks for the sizing info. I wish I had read it before I ordered. :(

        I measured my head and got 59cm(23 1/4"). Ha! So, I ordered the XL/XXL but it was too big. I had to cinch the chin strap down so much that I had to slide the plastic junction on one side up under my ear to make room for the chin buckle being so off center. But, with the plastic junction right under my ear, the strap in front of my ear hits my ear--which is really annoying! I'll return for a M/L.

        Argh. The M/L was too small. When I opened the box, I could tell right away the helmet was too small. I thought they sent me a Small size by accident, but the helmet had an M/L sticker on it. I tried it on, and it wouldn't go around my skull--too small. I'll have to try a different brand.

        Hey, for anyone that has the same problem as me, POC has an answer: the POC Tectal Helmet. There is no sizing information available on POC's website for the POC Tectal Helmet, but I tried on an M/L and it fits well. The strap system is also much better than on any other helmet I've owned (they all used the same strap system).

        I also tried on the POC Tectal Race. As far as I've been able to discover, the Race version adds a goggle retainer on the back, and the shell material has reinforcing aramid fibers throughout. See here for details:

        Confoundingly, the two Tectal versions do not fit the same. The Tectal Race is slightly smaller than the Tectal, so the Tectal Race fits tighter. I could just barely pull an M/L Tectal Race down over my head. The back, bottom edge of the helmet was a tight fit over the top back of my skull, but once the back edge of the helmet cleared that point, the helmet nestled down over my skull.

        Because of the tight fit, the Tectal Race tilted upwards slightly more than the Tectal when in place on my head. I found that slight upward tilt advantageous because it gave me some clearance for my sunglasses, while the front edge of the Tectal helmet touched my sunglasses. I like the slightly less restrictive fit of the Tectal better, but I like the way my sunglasses have slightly more room while wearing the Tectal Race. It might be possible to adjust the straps on the Tectal to make it tilt slightly upwards like the Tectal Race.

        Update: I tried wearing a Headsweats (a thin wicking layer) under the M/L POC Tectal Race, and I couldn't get the helmet over my head. On the other hand, with a Headsweats on my head the M/L POC Tectal fit snugly, and the snugger fit oriented the helmet in such a way that I had just enough clearance for my sunglasses. So, I bought the M/L POC Tectal.

        POC Trabec Helmet

          I've tried on my fair share of helmets and the inside fit on this thing is so perfect. There is a full inside cage system that makes sure your helmet is sitting correctly on your head. This helmet runs true to size. The breathability is comparable to other helmets I own, but lets be honest here- you're going to sweat your ass off biking so why not look good / better with this on your head.