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Review: POC’s Trabec Helmet Is Comfortable And Looks Great

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POC Trabec

Attracted to the modern, clean styling, I chose the Trabec to protect my head for the entire past riding season.  POC, a Swedish company, has shown that a helmet does not have to look like an alien space craft to be attractive. They have taken that even further by making this example of great industrial design safe and comfortable as well.

Designed for enduro and single track riding, this helmet has a greater coverage around the sides and back of the head. Add in an Aramid filament to reinforce the entire helmet, and specific strength engineering for areas that will more commonly take impacts, and this helmet will give you additional courage to charge ahead. See how it all adds up after the break…

POC Rear View

Sixteen inmolded vents are designed in to give the skate-like helmet the required ventilation of an XC lid. The size adjustment system is designed to wrap around the head, making for a better fit, and the adjustable visor is great for protection. At $150, these features add up to a standard list of expectations for a helmet in this price point. It is available in three sizes, and weighs 340 grams, which is in the middle of other similar competitor’s helmets.

POC Trabec Main Image

The Trabec and I got along pretty well. The fit is excellent, with a very comfortable placement on the head, no strange pressure points, and no movement of the helmet during riding. The visor is sizable, and does a great job keeping the sun out of the eyes. It is adjustable, but I found that it was only held in place by two joints, meaning that friction was expected to keep it in place once adjusted. Unfortunately, the visor rarely ever stayed in the place I requested it, almost always creeping down lower in a few miles of riding. A little double sided tape under the middle tabs fixed that, but made future adjustments more difficult.

Trabec RedSixteen vents is generous, but the upper Midwest can get extremely humid in the middle of summer. The Trabec did a decent job of keeping cool, especially given the size and coverage of the helmet, however I found on the hottest and most humid days I was forced to resort to another brand’s sci-fi fighter jet looking helmet in order to keep riding. With all this sweating, I also found the light gray straps to soil and look grungy after only a few rides, detracting from the otherwise great looks.

Overall the Trabec is a worthy helmet, with great coverage, looks and fit for a decent price. Its not perfect, and not for every ride, but most of us have a few different helmets already, and this one is a great option to have around.

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TuTh Rider
TuTh Rider
8 years ago

Where can I find one of those Great Lakes stickers?

As far as the helmet itself, I am comparing this to the Bell Super. How is the padding on the inside? I have seen reviews indicating that the pads are lacking.

Can you comment on the fit of the Bell Super to this POC?

cleo
cleo
8 years ago

I’ve had this helmet since it first came out and have not looked back. I guess venting is dependent on your own hair/heat issues but I ride in Louisiana as my home-base and have found this to be no hotter than any other helmet I own (95 degrees, 90% humidity). The vents do suck a lot of air and there are ridges in the helmet that allow flow. Once you get to that level of heat, drippage is inevitable. To help, I’ve incorporated the Sweathog as my liner of choice… great addition!

Fit-wise, I loved Giro and use it as my base-case when looking at other brands. The POC lineup (I’ve since bought the Octal for road replacing my faded Atmos) has not left me wanting. Padding is fine on all counts. But… Like a saddle or chamois, helmet fit is a personal thing!

Heffe
Heffe
8 years ago

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-s
-s
8 years ago

I find mine to get hot during the summer. Also, the rear adjuster comes loose on mine.

hellbelly
hellbelly
8 years ago

I had two POC’s (destroyed one, but saved it my head) and now I run a Super. The POC is a very comfortable helmet, but does feel a bit clunky at times. Here in the South it a rare occasion that your head does not roast in ANY helmet. Maybe I just sweat a ton from my head but, nevertheless I like being able to stow my glasses quickly and replace them as needed with little fuss. Leaving them on throughout a ride guarantees they will covered it sweat/grime rendering their visibilty rather poor. The POC has no place for glasses to sit securely. This means they have to be stashed elsewhere and usually results in having to stop inconveniently to find them let alone fumbling to put them on. If POC came up with a way to keep your specs secure on the helmet, then they would rule. Alas, this is where the Bell shines. The Super fits fine, running smaller than the POC, but it holds glasses better than most road helmets. I still have my POC, but the Super is my go to these days.

Antipodean_G
8 years ago

@cleo “I’ve had this helmet since it first came out and have not looked back.” Ditto. Best lid I have ever worn in 30 years of riding and am looking at my second pretty soon.

Riding in Australia, it’s hot, damn hot. Never, and I mean NEVER, had an issue with heat dissipation.

njb
njb
8 years ago

@TuthRider. Most watersports shops around the lakes have em. I get most of mine from the Wet Mitten boardshop in Grand Haven, or Traverse City Michigan. Those guys are rad, theyd mail em.

Tennessee
Tennessee
8 years ago

I’ve been rocking a trabec race for a while and overall I am happy with it. My head is a little small for the medium but it works well enough, especially with a cycling cap worn under it. Living in Arizona, I can always ask for more cool anything but this helmet is adequate in that department. No issue with the visor not staying in place and with it pushed up I get more air in the front vents. My biggest fuss with this helmet is the straps, they just don’t stay tightened. My old bell would never loosen but ever couple of weeks I can move the chin strap past my chin. Granted this helmet gets used every single day but, more than just a pain in my butt, a loose strap is a safety hazard. If I had a wreck 2 weeks after my last adjustment I might be in trouble ..

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