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POC Receptor Backcountry MIPS Helmet

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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

    ASTM F2040, CE EN 1077 Class B
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    Super Comfortable

      I retired my smith helmet after the 15/16 season and wanted to try something new. This helmet is unbelievably comfortable. The helmet runs small, but after getting the right size I couldn't be happier.

      The goggle clip sucks, but isn't something I'd utilize normally so I wasn't to bummed about it.

      I am sold with the MIPS technology. If there is anything I can do to help mitigate head injuries I will gladly shell out a few extra bucks.

      It also doesn't hurt that it is a pretty sweet looking helmet.

      Super Comfortable

      Can I ask, did your helmet come with vent plugs for the front and back vents? Mine only came with plugs for the front vents and POC is suggesting that there are no plugs for the back vents. Winter in Vermont may disagree with them. Thanks.

      Mine didn't come with a plug for the back vents. When it gets too cold in CO and WY I take out most of the padding and wear it over a Arcteryx Phase AR beanie. It isn't ideal, but it gets the job done. Also, the helmet is quite heavy. I would buy it again, but I would think twice about it.

      High marks

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      "I wanted to update my helmet as I have had it for 5 seasons. I was interested in the technology that maximizes the protection from concussion. I was a little concerned about the fit as it was non adjustable, but it fit great and matched my goggles. I have worn it on very cold and snow days, as well as warm sunny days, worked great on both. I give it high marks."

      Favorite Helmet

        I just recently switched over from Smith helmets to Poc helmets and I am very pleased with the decision. I love the skate styled helmets. This helmet is very warm, stylish, and comfortable. Added plus with the MIPS technology. I would definitely recommend this helmet to anyone in the market for a new one.

        A customer of mine's helmet review

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        " I had purchased a POC receptor over the summer and was having a bit of a time fitting goggles with it. i wanted to try the Marker and Smith to see if they fit better with my existing gear. Each of those helmets-Markerand Smith-were a bit too loose. I am used to a race helmet and traditionally free ski in a hat. So it has been difficult to get accustomed to the soft lined free ride helmets. I do like how lightweight and comfortable they are; I just feel they would be too bouncy on the hill, for me.
        That being said, the Oakley line miner fit great with the POC. and the prism Lens is amazing. It has taken a ling time and a lot of money but i have finally put together a great kit for all conditions! Thank you BACKCOUNTRY. "

        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!

        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???



        Se te mete la nieve entre las gafas y el casco?

        Yo ahora uso un Giro Sean que tiene una viserita que impide eso. El tema es que las crowbar tienen ese loguito de Oakley arriba y a veces es como que va peg�ndole al borde del casco.que talle usas!???

        Mi marulo mide unos 57 - 57.5 cm as� que supongo soy L...

        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.

        Laura, you mention you owned a "Receptor Bug", do you not own it anymore because you upgrade or don't like what POC has to offer? Also my bud bought the Plus+ he's having fitment issues with Oakley canopy set ups , any input?

        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!

        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?

        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...

        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.