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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

    • Item #POC0118

    Tech Specs

    [outer shell] ABS plastic, polycarbonate, [inner shell] polycarbonate, [lining] EPP (expanded polypropylene)
    Adjustable Vents
    ASTM F2040, CE EN 1077 Class B
    Recommended Use
    big-mountain skiing, backcountry jib sessions
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Simple, Comfortable Helmet

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

    Right off the bat, I believe this helmet runs a bit small in comparison to other brands - I went to a local shop to try on a POC helmet before buying, and I was so glad I did. As it turns out, my head is 59cm, meaning I had to order the XL. I have cycling helmets in a sized small/medium from Lazer, and a medium Catlike, so jumping to XL for POC seemed extreme, but apparently they just run small. The POC helmet fits really great on my head, no doubt about it. There's a removable foam pad for blocking out the vent holes to adjust temperature in the helmet. It's a bit primitive, since most helmets (even the POC Fornix) has a plastic lever that allows you to open and close them.

    Pros: Comfortable fit. Simple, bold graphics. MIPS for safety. RECCO for backcountry folks. No frills - no headphone jacks, no speakers, no wiring, no adjustable dial like Giro's or other brands, no on-the-fly temperature adjustment like the POC Fornix. This is simply a helmet, which to me, is a pro.

    Cons: Goggles clip. I had read this over and over again from previous reviews, but the clip is absolutely useless. It comes unattached in a plastic baggie, you stick it between the styrofoam and the plastic shell on the back - it feels like an afterthought. It feels like it's going to just pop off after a day of riding. It looks horrible. It doesn't really do anything to assist in keeping your goggles in place. Why does it exist, I'm not even sure. Most goggles have sticky patterns on the strap, so I'm guessing this is probably the reason why POC didn't design a helmet clip into the helmet. And honestly, a clip isn't really necessary, since your goggles stay in place pretty well with the sticky pattern

    If you're looking for a quality helmet with no frills, no helmet clip, and you know your head size, this helmet would be a great option.

    Beautiful but low quality

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

    First of all, I'm a fan of POC, I have 2 other helmets (Skull Light and Cortex DH) and this particular helmet is the most beautiful helmet I've seen.

    Secondly, unlike my other POC helmets, this disappointed me in terms of small details:
    - the box was unglued, once I opened it, it fell apart
    - MIPS pin was detached from the helmet, now I'm not sure how securely it's connected to the helmet and how often I will loose it
    - the EPP liner edges are not polished and smooth
    - the liner that covers vent holes was split to layers with no effort
    - useless google clip everyone complains about.

    I hope POC reads this will pay more attention to the quality to retain its customers.

    Great helmet, but not perfect

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I went to this helmet from a Smith Vantage and have been happy so far. The fit is similar and the weight is comparable. It's a nice piece of mind having the MIPS for extra protection and overall quality is very high. There are a couple of quirks; the goggle clip in the back is a little piece of plastic stuck into the foam - sort of a cheap touch for a $260 ski helmet. Also, the vents are plugs, for the price it would be nice to have sliding vents like the Smith helmets. Regardless, the helmet is excellent quality, fits true to size and offers superior protection. If a pricier helmet can keep me even a little safer, its worth it.

    Great helmet, but not perfect

    POC Love

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I wear this every time I hit the slopes, and no complaints yet. Luckily I haven't needed it to protect my cranium yet, but I think it'll do its job it it ever needs to. Great fit, great look, awesome helmet .

    Awesome helmet!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Offers a superb protection for my noggin. I feel very safe with it knowing that I'm wearing the MIPS which is supposed to give you an unparalleled head protection. It's very comfy, stylish and loved the color orange.

    Awesome helmet!

    Only helmet I will wear

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    After enduring multiple concussions in competitors helmets, I will never wear anything else other than the POC Receptor Backcountry. I have taken some pretty big falls in this helmet and hit my head on anything from hardpack ice to tree logs and still have yet to come up seeing double. If you have ever had head injuries and cannot afford any more this is the helmet for you.

    Great helmet!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Love the helmet. Looks and works great. Runs a bit tight but once broken in/ worn a few times the fit is good and comfortable. Used to dislike riding with a helmet now I can't ride without it!

    Great Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got this helmet to replace my Poc Synapse 2.0 and so far I love it. The fit is very similar, I wear a medium here with about a 22 inch circumference head. I alternate wearing it with Poc lobes goggles or the Smith IOX photochromic turbo fan goggles, and both fit great with no gap. The helmet has good ventilation and comes with extra padding to adjust the fit.

    Great Helmet

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

    Bought this helmet after my fourth concussion.. when I realized my brain was more valuable than the cost of any helmet out there. I wanted to make sure I had the best protection possible. Also wanted a multi-impact helmet so I don't have to get a new one every time I smack my hard pretty hard. I fit perfectly in a large ProTec B2 Snow, so I initially ordered this helmet in a large. It was too small so I had to go for the XL, which fits perfect. I have a much more egg shaped head than a circular one, which is why my head did not fit in the Large (despite being within the correct measurement range on the POC size chart)

    The MIPS shear pin fell out once when the helmet was in my boot bag (i think due to aggressive handling of the bag by a fellow skier) and without the pin in you could really see how the shell moves independently of the lining upon impact. I would say the shell rotates on the liner about 1.5 inches - really cool. The pin was easily replaced with the ones that come in the helmet box.

    I have EG2 goggles that I am wearing under the helmet (because the goggle clip is a waste) and they fit great. No goggle gap at all.

    Great Helmet

    Great Helmet

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

    Well my ski season is just kicking off so I just have a few initial impressions on the helmet, so to start the helmet runs a bit tight but as most helmets do the soft foam will pack out. the tightness of the helmet isn't uncomfortable in anyway just noticible. The actual finish of the helmet is ultra glossy and looks like it belongs in a museum but sadly it appears to show scratches and fingerprints really easily which isn't a big deal but it could be better with a matted finish. In the box you get a basically useless goggle clip which is removable anyways so thats no big deal, a microfiber helmet bag (like the ones you see for goggles), a series of pamphlets on RECCO and MIPS and a bag with a replacement MIPS pin set and a helmet fit kit. The neck roll is very comfortable and comes with a RECCO reflector installed, which is a nice touch. The MIPS system, is noticeable right when you pick it up because if you press against the outer or inner shell you can notice the shells slide just a bit. obviously in a bigger shock the foam pin would break causing a larger shift reducing impact. overall the helmet is great but ill be looking at doing a more in depth review as the season goes on and PS the helmet fits great with Smith I/O's

    UPDATE: Ive been using the helmet for a few weeks now skiing in some really wacky weather, it would go from being in the 20's on the north peak to negative temperatures in the shade and wind and the helmet was never really cold when paired with a thin head tube or something that covered the top of your head. the way the ventilation works is actually so good that you can get brain freezes when moving quick without one, which i learned when it was -9 degrees but thats totally avoidable with a head tube or buff. the helmet fir really well with I/O7s and other smith goggles like the I/O so I would assume most medium to large fir goggles that have a curved top will fit perfectly

    POC problem solve well by BC & POC

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    POC Receptor Backcountry – BC and POC took care of it.

    Congratulations to Backcountry and POC for following-up and solving my dissatisfaction about the POC Receptor Backcountry poor product manufacturing quality.

    Earlier, I received a POC BR and was shocked by the poor quality of manufacturing because Velcro fasteners were both missing or misplaced in the helmet liner. I posted and copied POC about my disappointment. POC-NA (UT) replied to my e-mail with 24-hours and provided a contact phone number to a sales-service manager (fast and impressive response. Thanks, Ryan); POC asked questions and pledged to make my purchase right, and requested a follow-up about my satisfaction about the replacement item.

    My re-ordered POC arrived quickly from BC and included the high quality POC helmet that I expected from the premium priced-feature product. I am excited about the MIPS technology and wish the best for POC’s success.

    Thanks – you’re developing a loyal customer.

    Update: Used POC BC several times. Great helmet: comfort, weight and window. Picked-up POC goggles that also have great quality and fit, and provide best fit for PCO helmet. I'm in!

    Swedish engineering undermined in China

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Was so excited to finally get one of these today at the premium price for a little extra brain insurance. . On unboxing, the grommet which holds the MIPS pin was lying loose in the box. This is under a glued on piece of center rubber, not supposed to be loose even if the pin was broken. I took the rubber out to inspect the MIPS element and it just fell out the back of the helmet (yellow Mips pin). I could see a small chink near there as well.

    Goes to show that the best engineered product in the world is of no use if its not put together well.

    Unhappy camper.

    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 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...

    I've done a lot of research on the MIPS technology and it's a great concept. But because it's new, there isn't a lot of 3rd party research into the real-world applications of the product. Your experience is only one trial, but it's good enough for me! I'm glad you're okay man! SOLD!

    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.

    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

    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.

    Originally I had purchased a Smith Vantage helmet before getting my POC Receptor Backcountry helmet, and got it out for one run when I caught an edge at the bottom of a run being careless in my riding and went backwards and smacked the back of it, that impact alone was enough to destroy that Smith Vantage completely cracked into 2 pieces. I switched over to the POC Receptor Backcountry based on a suggestion from a buddy I snowboard with who owns one and have loved it since.I dont even bother with that goggle clip as my goggles stay on the helmet pretty well without it, but honestly if you really wanted it to stay in place you could epoxy it down pretty easily.

    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.

    Unanswered Question

    What size and model of POC goggles will best fit an XL receptor backcountry? I'd try some on at my local shop but no one has more than one or two models of POC goggles.

    Unanswered Question

    Will the receptor backcountry helmet have a different fit to a recepeter adjustable helmet. Having tried the receptor bug adjustable helmet, none of the helmets sizes fitted me. I was just wondering if its just as safe to fit the helmet with padding rather the adjustable disk system? Thank you !!

    My head measures right at 23 inches. Would you go with a L or XL? Thanks!

    Hey R Jordan,

    I would recommend you go with the POC Receptor Backcountry Helmet in an XL. The Large will most likely be too small. If for some reason the XL is way too big, I can always help you exchange it at no cost. Feel free to contact me directly with any more questions about POC Helmets or if you are interested in setting up an order.

    Does the inner of the Helmet to look like this or did something missed on from manufacturer ?. i do not have any other liner piece or soft foam pad to ad on.... Just wondering.... what would be on those other Velcro fasteners in the middle ?

    BTW this is the only photo to be found on internet about the inside of this helmet.

    Anyone pairing these with Oakley CROWBARS???


    De nada .. ;),

    57 - 57.5 es tambi�n mi medida y es perfecta para L, creo que te aliviara saber esto ya que yo di un salto al vac�o no sabiendo si necesitaba xl o L... Es definitivamente L para tu medida. �

    No, no tengo problemas de Gap, si te fijas quedan justo al ras, y siguen la linea. perfecto, no pegan con el logo por que este sobresale por delante del corte del casco .., el problema puede venir mas por la longitud de tu cara , pero si las Crowbar ya te calzan bien y no te molestan en las fosas nasales (estar demasiado abajo apoyadas )va a estar ok .

    No dudes en Hacerme cualquier otra pregunta ..

    I already have canopy and airwave, but never ride with helmet. So the questions were more directed at the helmets, thank you for timely response. If you own either, any person input? Also in your opinion what is the better purchase, with money not being a factor?

    Best Answer

    Oh ok gotcha. I had a receptor bug - same helmet without any cool features - and the Shane McConkey Canopy. Loved that combo- fits great.

    I've demoed the plus and the backcountry, but don't currently own either. Basically the Backcountry is the Plus, with those extra features. Between the two, I would go with the Backcountry. That MIPS technology is REALLY cool - it significantly reduces forces on the brain from oblique impact. I think the added protection is fully worth that slightly higher price.

    RECCO is a cool addition to the Backcountry as well, although it definitely is NOT an adequate substitute for a beacon.

    A couple other things - POC helmets seem to run on the smaller side. Also, the Backcountry is reportedly about 40 grams heavier than the Plus.

    Bottom line, you can't really put a price tag on your brain. MIPS technology is scientifically proven to increase protection, so I would definitely go with that one.

    Major differences besides MIPS and recco between backcountry and plus? Also compatibility with Oakley airwaves or oakley canopy style set up?

    Best Answer

    Hey Hot Snow,

    The Receptor Backcountry MIPS is based on the Receptor + shell and core, and has double shells, a multi-impact EPP liner and an Aramid Penetration Barrier. It also has Recco, like you said.

    Other than that, they look identical side by side and fit the same.

    POC helmets are made to integrate perfectly with POC goggles, but most helmets will fit fine with most goggles. I really like the Canopy with this helmet! Both of those are MASSIVE, so be sure you are into that before you go with that kit. Also, the new frameless Flight Deck will be a similar fit to the Canopy. Hopefully that helps!

    looking for black large in this helmet. ...

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

    The Formex POC is less expensive. it...

    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?

    Best Answer

    The receptor backcountry is compatible with the audio beats package. Though it is more money is a TBI that could lead to psychosis worth it? Working on a TBI inpatient unit take it from me, it is worth extra money for added protection.

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

    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?

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

    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?

    Unanswered Question

    how does the Receptor Backcountry with...

    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...

    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.

    Does anybody have any experience with the...

    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.

    Best Answer


    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.