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An advanced helmet for advanced freeskiers.

Since most impacts to the head occur while you ragdoll down a slope, POC designed the Receptor Backcountry Helmet to protect against hard shocks as well as the brain-jostling that happens during high-speed crashes. Thanks to the award-winning MIPS technology, your vital gray matter doesn’t get jostled nearly as much as with standard helmets.

  • MIPS technology employs a small plastic piece that breaks during harsh impacts and allows the liner and outer shell to rotate separately, which reduces the stress of ragdolling on your brain
  • Tough ABS/PC outer hardshell withstands encounters with rocks and branches, and an aramid barrier between the shell and PC liner further reduces shock
  • Equipped with RECCO avalanche rescue system in case of an emergency


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5 5

Trust this Helmet!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Been skiing for 35 years...Owned this helmet for the last two...Two major accidents, broken tibia both times, major surgery...no concussion...Previous to that destroyed a Smith Vantage with expected outcome, major concussion...These POC guys do safety, we are a family of six...we own eight POC helmets (ok, three of them are mine :), Bike helmet is next on the list!!!!
And BTW, goggles stayed on without the clip both times...

looking for black large in this helmet. ...

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looking for black large in this helmet. Any chance you'll be getting anymore in?

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It doesn't look like POC will be sending us anymore of these anytime soon.

Any more sizes coming in soon?

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Any more sizes coming in soon?

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It doesn't look like POC will be sending us anymore of these anytime soon.

4 5

POC Receptor Backcountry

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After a recent head on collision with a block of ice while skiing (in a Poc Synapsis which worked perfectly) I replaced my broken POC with the Receptor Backcountry. It's a little heavier but you can see where the extra protection is coming from. In theory the MIPS will offer a greater level of protection than a regular helmet. I'm deducting a star because the google clip just sucks and there is no excuse for that. I've duct taped the goggle strap instead.

is this adjustable from the back with a...

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is this adjustable from the back with a dial the way the pocito kids' helmets are?

4 5

So far so good

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

This helmet fits my head well and I think the most important thing when shopping for a helmet is the fit. It's key to try it on before you buy. My head measured slightly in between sizes and I opted for the smaller size. Pads packed out slightly after wearing a few times and it still feels good. I wear my helmet when touring and haven't used it with the vents closed yet and probably won't. Only had it out on cool days so far and its worked well at keeping my head at a comfortable temperature. The goggle clip is pretty much useless, it sits too low on the helmet and slides into the helmet from the bottom up. If you use goggles that have some type of non slip on the inside of the strap you shouldn't have a problem unless you slam hard, tomahawk, or something like that. The interface between this helmet and my Iris goggles is seamless...Nobody wants gaper gap.

So far so good

The Formex POC is less expensive. it...

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The Formex POC is less expensive. it says it is not audio compatible. is the POC Receptor Backcountry audio compatible, and have y'all fixed the goggles strap issue? I am interested in MIPS. Why is the baccountry more expensive? What's better about it?

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Regarding the difference between the `ordinary' Receptor and the backcountry one, the latter seems to have the RECCO avalanche rescue system as well as MISP technology for further safety.

3 5

Goggle clip useless

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

I ordered the POC Receptor Backcountry and a Smith Vantage and ended up keeping the Smith and returning this one. I liked the styling of the POC better, but I had trouble paying $50 more knowing that I would likely have to reposition my goggles, etc., if I wiped out. Just makes zero sense to me why they'd do that. Otherwise, I would've stuck with the POC. But the Smith Vantage was better bang for the buck.

Is the white helmet a glossy/shiny paint...

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Is the white helmet a glossy/shiny paint or is it a matte paint? I can't tell from any pictures

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Yes glossy

5 5

Initial impressions

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

So I just got this in the mail and took it up to Breck this weekend (not enough for backcountry yet in CO), and I really like this helmet a lot. I am not going to say it is more comfortable than my Smith, and it is certainly not warmer, because it isn't plain and simple. What benefits it does provide is it has the MIPS (huge bonus) and it is multi impact, which as an avid backcountry skier, I really appreciate. So how do I get around the warmth and comfort? Right now I am wearing a light headband around my ears which makes up for the warmth issue. That worked beautifully and a little rearrangement of the padding on the inside accommodates the headband and ensures I still have a snug fit because if your helmet does not seat properly, you lose all of the protective benes. The chin strap is very soft under the chin and the helmet itself seats nicely, so no complaints there. Goggles fit great over this one. I roll with some Smith IOs and they fit perfect. aside from the above mentioned this is an absolutely awesome buy. I am happy that I won't have to replace this one for quite a while. I hope this helps some of you out.

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I also want to mention this helmet runs small so if your in between definitely size up!

I measure 58 cm, but long and narrow. Own...

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I measure 58 cm, but long and narrow. Own a Skull Light, L, that needs replacing. But bought my kid a Receptor + , S, that I can get into. Tight fit, but doable. So that suggests a M. Do the Receptors fit really differently than the Skull or Comp series?

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POC lists the same sizing for those models

http://www.pocsports.com/en/content/view/Snow_size_guide

Is this a fully adjustable helmet, or are...

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Is this a fully adjustable helmet, or are you limited? I am back and forth from smalls and mediums, if I am on the in between should I go up and or down with this?

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No, it's not adjustable. Use the sizing guide and measure carefully. I was on the edge and went for smaller size, because it's so important it fits snugly. There is no point paying for all this protection and then having your skull bang around inside it..

Unanswered Question

how does the Receptor Backcountry with...

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how does the Receptor Backcountry with MIPS compare to the normal Receptor in terms of the thickness of the foam ? Does one have a lower profile than the other?

hello, i have the dre communications...

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hello, i have the dre communications system from my old POC receptor bug communication helmet. if I buy the POC receptor back country, can i put in the dre neck band and earpieces that I got last year? thanks.

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got this from POC's page on the DRE Communication Neckroll;

Compatible with Receptor BUG, Receptor +, Receptor Backcountry and all Receptor Pro Models.

got this from POC's page on the DRE Communication Neckroll;  <br/>  <br/> Compatible with Receptor BUG, Receptor +, Receptor Backcountry and all Receptor Pro Models.
POC Receptor Backcountry Helmet

POC Receptor Backcountry Helmet

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AN ADVANCED HELMET FOR ADVANCED FREESKIERS.

Does anybody have any experience with the...

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Does anybody have any experience with the helmet in a rescue and/or beacon search scenario? Particularly, I'm wondering if the RECCO system could possibly interfere with additional beacon signals.

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Hey,

Without getting off into a whole big techie bunch of esoteric BS, no, there aren't any interference issues. Different types of systems on different frequencies. Recco doesn't transmit , but it's read at about 915 MHz. I guess it would be fairly accurate to call it passive. Active transmitters like avalanche beacons use a standard 457MHz, and PLBs use 426 MHz to signal the Copas/Sarsat system, then 121.5 MHz when the localized ground or air teams want to tune in on the location of the beacon signal more closely.

Use all three systems at once with confidence that they'll all do their jobs...bring snacks and have a SAR party when everyone shows up.

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From what I've heard, most SAR's don't carry the gear to detect this. They are more inclined to have a beacon receiver. I don't count on it to do anything for me.

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agreeing with bilp408302, recco is more of an inbounds system: used to search for people not wearing beacons.

4 5

Best of the bunch, but could use tweaks

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

After a very serious non-ski crash, I was looking for the best alpine skiing protection I could find. One more crash could be my last, but I'm not giving up the sport. I've used it about 10 ski days last season.
Pros
* The technology is the most attractive, nobody else has anything like it. Eclipses all my other comments.
*Has a bit more hard shell protection short of a race helmet.
*Looks cool
* Warm enough
* good fit
* goggles are compatible. mostly.
Have not tried it on our uber-cold (below 0*F days) yet. I've always used my race helmet on those days. We'll see.
*vents are nearly flush - keeps the snow out of the recessess when I take a dump.

Cons
* Goggle clip on back is useless. My gogs don't have rubber on them. So I glued some velcro to the helmet.
* Vent system should be externally adjustable
* Audio system is way too expensive. I'll buy it for half that price.

I'd give it five stars if it fixed the two other cons or gave me a price break on the audio!

5 5

Favorite Skiing helmet

I love this helmet. Before I began buying poc brand helmets, I had lesser quality ones that never really felt solid. This helmet, however, feels bomber. It fits my head really well, and it looks very cool, which is important for a helmet, because if it is ugly and uncomfortable, the likelihood of you wearing it is slim. It is nice and warm when it needs to be, and vents well when it needs to. I love all the backcountry features, and extra safety features this helmet comes with. Fortunately, I haven't had an experience where these extra features have been needed, and hopefully I never will. But, I do feel confident that this helmet will keep my noggin safe in just about everything. I will always buy poc helmets from now on, no longer giro or the other contenders. Great helmet!

5 5

Great helmet

Perhaps my head is narrow, but long front to back, as I have found many helmets "wobble" laterally (left to right) to the extent I'm not sure the provide much protective value. This one, however, fits my noggin perfectly. In addition it is warm, yet provides ample breathing so my head doesn't get too warm.

Assuming all of the safety features of the helmet are true, along with the fit, I have found it to be worth the lofty price.

I would highly recommend and will buy POC for my family upon outgrowing their current helmets.

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