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Expanded Aramid net plus MIPS technology.

If you’re looking at the POC Trabec series, you’re on the right track. These are some of the most-protective helmets on the market today, and you’ll find them atop riders around the world. The Trabec is made in a few different versions, and this one, the Race MIPS, is perhaps the most protective of them all. In addition the polycarbonate shell and the standard Aramid net within the EPS foam, the Race MIPS 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 way the cranium protects the brain, via a layer of cerebrospinal fluid that allows your skull and your brain to move at different rates, thus protecting the brain from the worst of an impact.

Additionally, the Trabec extends much further down the neck and the sides of your head than other helmets, which means better protection even at the most basic level. 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 to reduce the amount of impact your dome has to handle, are the helmet equivalent of a seven-inch bike you can pedal anywhere.

  • MIPS technology
  • Expanded Aramid net inside EPS foam layer
  • Super-tough polycarbonate shell
  • 16 vent holes
  • Adjustable visor
  • Extended protection over typical helmets
  • Adjustable fit system

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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.


      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.

      Hopefully Wont Have to Use it

      My good friend Alex rocking the helmet on Rush.


      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).


      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.


        Love this helmet

        • Familiarity:I've used it several times

        The one thing that attracted me to this helmet was the fit. I always purchase a medium and m/l fit perfect. It is well ventilated despite the appearance. Straps are kept inside the helmets structure which give the helmet a super clean look. Love it so far!


        Trabec Race MIPS sizing is not accurate

        • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

        My head size is 56 cm. So when I ordered the POC Trabec Race Mips Helmet, I ordered the med/lrg which states it fits heads that are between 55 and 58 cm. When the helmet arrived, it wouldn't fit on my head even with the adjustment fully opened. I returned this item, and then ordered the xl/xxl which states it fits heads that are between 59-62 cm. When the helmet arrived, it was too large for my head even with the adjustment fully closed. I returned this item too. I really wanted to like this helmet due to it's safety features and styling.


        Fits different that the regular Trabec

        • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

        I have a small head, size 7, 21 7/8. This puts me right in between small and medium on most helmets. I tried on a regular Trabec Race locally and a small was a good comfortable fit when almost expanded to its max. When I got the Trabec Race Mips, it was too small. The mips liner takes up space in the normal helmet, and doesn't allow for the helmet to fit as far down on your head as the normal Trabec. The mips lining is a full head cradle, and either the liner itself doesn't allow for the helmet to fully seat on the head or my head was not a perfect match to the mips mold so the helmet felt more suspended above my head than actually wearing it. It also had a tendency to grab your hair as you push it on your head and yank it. I really wanted to get something with a concussion resistant design, but the fit just wasn't good for me. I thought about trying a larger helmet, but being that the mips liner was such a different fit than the normal helmet, I decided to pass and got a Troy Lee A1. That is an super comfy fitting helmet and the back of the head coverage is noticeably better.

        Unanswered Question

        Is the fit of POC's Trabec helmet similar...

        Is the fit of POC's Trabec helmet similar to the fit of a Bell or Giro helmet?