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POC Tectal Helmet

$179.95

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Why We Like The Tectal Helmet

If you're still rocking the helmet you got when...well, you can't remember, it's time to toss it and upgrade already. Replace it with something with adult-worthy staying power, like the POC Tectal Helmet. Sure, it won't last forever either, but it's built with host of the most up-to-date technology by the safety-conscious squad over at POC to keep your gray matter safe when you decide to go big.

POC took design elements from two of its most popular helmets to create the Tectal, creating a hybrid with the best features from each. Extensive coverage along the temples and rear of the helmet increases protection to vulnerable areas, while the helmet's unibody design lessens the amount of potential stress points along seams. POC gives considers comfort almost as much as it does safety, and it carved out a range of vents along the Tectal to ensure air stays moving throughout the helmet. Before you head out, a simple one-handed turn of the dial at the back of the helmet allows you to adjust for just the right fit.

  • Mountain bike helmet with extensive side and rear coverage
  • One-piece shell for structural integrity
  • Extensive venting for on-trail breathability
  • One-handed fit adjustment for ease of use
  • Safety remains the primary tenet of all POC gear
  • Item #POC006P

Shell Material
polycarbonate
Impact Foam
EPS
Ventilation
15 vents
Fit Adjustment
size adjustment system
Visor
yes, adjustable
Full Face
no
Certifications
EN 1078, CPSC 12.03, AS/NZ 2063:2008
Claimed Weight
12oz (340g)
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

California Proposition 65

Warning:

This product can expose you to chemicals including N/A, which is known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm and Bisphenol A (BPA), which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 1

The shipping is terrible.

My helmet delivery has been stuck in Las Vegas for six days now. I live in Vegas and OnTrac still hasn't delivered the product. So it takes over six days to get from their center here in Vegas to my house in Vegas? What a joke. I will never ever buy anything from Back Country again. I run a business manufacturing Hemp Snowboard wax and I send everything USPS 2 Day Priority Mail. It costs a couple bucks more, but it's well worth it to the customer. Taking 8 days to ship something one state over from Utah to Nevada is really weak.

Leave you reviews for the product, not shipping reviews. Not helpful.

>Rating: 5

Great, lightweight and breatheable

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L
Height
5` 6.5"
Weight
140 lbs

Awesome helmet. For reference I wear a sz 7 1/4 fitted cap, and the M/L size fit perfect. My head is more of a narrow shape as well. It is breathable and the visor helps block the sun from my eyes. I would recommend it!

>Rating: 3

Odd fit

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size

Read the prior reviews saying it was an odd fit, but gave it a try anyway. The helmet is indeed an odd fit. It pushes forward on the forehead and sits on your eyebrows, so didn't work with any of the 3 sunglasses types I tried. And beyond that, it wasn't as comfortable sitting that far forward. Head sizes and experiences may vary, but this POC option sits much differently than other helmets on my dome.

Hey there! For anyone that sees this and is having the same problem, try adjusting the helmet before you return it or count it out. I was having the same problem, but found a YouTube video that shows you how to adjust the helmet so it fits higher on your head. Once I made the adjustment, it fits perfectly on my head/brow and leaves more room for sunglasses, etc. You can find that video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWcHA-qusxM

>Rating: 4

58.5 cm and the M-L fits great

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
ML
Height
5` 10"
Weight
179 lbs

The size of the helmet is good for my noggin with room to set a little larger for a skull cap underneath covering the ears.Adjustment from the rear is easy and snugs up on to the cranium. All that set aside----Like the fit with a little room. Tight fit with Oakley old school M frame,but not unusable nor uncomfortable. only about 50 miles so time will tell.goggles too may have s few issues as others have mentioned .Does not have goggle re-tension on this model. Travel Well

>Rating: 5

Like a glove

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/l
Height
5` 10"
Weight
173 lbs

Read the reviews but didn’t realize how comfortable this helmet was until I put it on and rode. You don’t even know it’s in and it fits like a glove. Has great coverage a around and my Oakley Flak’s fit perfectly without any issues. Highly recommended

>Rating: 4

Great Helmet, but lacks ventilation

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
m/l
Weight
170 lbs

Rarely, do I get to test a helmet by crashing, but had a recent OTB where I hit my head. I didn't suffer a concussion (helmet won't help with that), but did avoid any abrasions to the head or significant injury. Helmet didn't even crack, just dented. I'm still replacing it and I loved this helmet so much I'm buying it again, but in the SPIN version for added safety. Pros: If this fits your head it's one of the most comfortable helmets I've ever owned. You can adjust the how low or high the helmet sits on your head in the back - at first I thought it fit terribly until I messed with that. You barely notice you're wearing it. Extra Pads: no need to order extra pads if they get stinky or worn out. Awkward with goggles: wearing goggles with it is fine, but storing them is hard cos the visor doesn't go far back enough Ample space for mounting a light for night riding. Adjustable visor with robust metal adjustment knobs/screws Cons: Ventilation - it's way better than some full coverage MTB helmet's I've owned, but still extremely hot especially when compared to Poc's road helmet. I find myself dripping in sweat even in the Winter and it pools in the forehead pad so it just drips onto the bars. It wasn't enough to kill the helmet experience for me, but would love a cooler helmet.

>Rating: 5

Great fit

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L

Bought the size per their size chart and it fit great. I had an IXS trail Evo before that just didn’t quite work with my head shape, squeezed my forehead just a touch; don’t have that issue at all with this one. Like the coverage, though it doesn’t leave much room for a pony tail, maybe pigtails will be key. No issues with the helmet and wearing large sunglasses I ended up returning this one because I failed to realize this model didn’t have SPIN, but buying the exact same size in the Tectal Race SPIN. Hard to want to spend so much on a helmet, but the quality of the POC over other helmets I’ve had was really clear.

>Rating: 3

Good but has it's cons

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
M/L
Height
5` 7"
Weight
135 lbs

Not a MIPS helmet. I've now had this helmet for about 6 months & the one thing I can tell you that is a constant issue is pairing glasses with it. I have been struggling to find glasses that will fit under my helmet & not hurt my nose, ears, etc. It seems the way the helmet frames your head it pushes your glasses up & you risk getting a black eye, or they hurt my ears in the back. I've heard people tell me to buy the POC Crave glasses as the company says they're compatible. They're also $260 for sunglasses & don't come with an extra moon lens. Long story short I'm already wanting a new helmet because I can't find sunglasses or clear frames to wear on rides. We have horrible bugs & they get in your eyes. I need eye protection so if that is important to you, I'd suggest steering away from this helmet unless you want to spend even more money on their sunglasses. Each extra lens is $60. I've done my research. Also POC has middle sizing so the M/L is much looser than I'd hope. I'm a true medium.

>Rating: 5

Perfect fit for a neanderthal skull!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs large
Size Bought
M/L
Height
6` 00"
Weight
190 lbs

I have a hard time finding helmets that fit since I'm typically between sizes at (59.5 cm). Everyone is different, but I was able to size down into a M/L (55-58) and it fits very comfortably. I'm usually a XL/XXL in most helmets but the Poc just works for me and my head shape. It looks good and the straps are super comfortable.

>Rating: 5

POC Tectal - White

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Size Bought
XL/XXL
Height
6` 2"
Weight
185 lbs

Love the helmet! Quality is tops. Wanted "extra" neck and temple protection and maximum venting for riding on warm/hot days that the Tectal offers. I usually wear XL/XXL and ordered this size. It was too large. I would exchange it on Backcounty but the M/L is not available in white. Backcountry customer service and friendliness are the best. Sorry I have to return. Will purchase M/L somewhere. I wear XXL in Bell motorcycle helmet.

>Rating: 3

Great Quality - Didn't Fit me

Size Bought
xl/xxl
Height
6` 4"
Weight
195 lbs

The helmet appears to be of really high quality. Like some other reviewers, the helmet sat really low on my head, low enough to be uncomfortable. The interior plastic bits that tighten on your head actually touched the top of my ears, and that would get really uncomfortable on any ride of any length. I'm shipping it back, not because it is low quality, but because it didn't fit me.

I had exactly the same experience. Bummer because otherwise it's a phenomenal helmet--it just irritates the tops of your ears.

Hey there! For anyone that sees this and is having the same problem, try adjusting the helmet before you return it or count it out. I was having the same problem, but found a YouTube video that shows you how to adjust the helmet so it fits higher on your head. Once I made the adjustment, it fits perfectly on my head/brow and leaves more room for sunglasses, etc. You can find that video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWcHA-qusxM

>Rating: 5

Great fit

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

POCs fit my head well (have a skiing helmet also). Great fit and finish, with plenty of vents. Highly recommend.

>Rating: 5

perfect for a big noggin

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

I'm always hesitant to buy a new helmet, because my head is ridiculously large and helmet sizing is *never* honest. Well I can say that this POC helmet fits my 62cm head perfectly, and even has a little bit of room to spare. No squeezing or pressure anywhere. Can't wait to go shred, I can already tell this is my new goto trail helmet.

>Rating: 3

Weird Sizes

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

The M/L pinched my temples and the XL/XXL wasn't snug enough at the tightest setting. Lovely helmet but there is a sizing gap issue. I put up with the XL for too long. I probably wouldn't get another one from this brand with my weird-sized head. Other brands seem to be fine for me.

>Rating: 4

Almost perfect

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
medium
Weight
167 lbs

I bought this because POC road helmets fit me like a glove. I've been using the octal for a while for XC racing, but as my riding got more technical I decided to switch over to a full coverage MTB helmet .I chose this helmet because I knew it would fit me and I thought the ventilation would be decent. The fit is great and the weight is fine though heavier than a road helmet. The ventilation is better than some MTB helmets, but not as good as I wanted. If I'm going hard I find myself blowing up or drenched in sweat. Unless my rides more downhill than up I'm going with the Octal X. This will make a great helmet once it drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit otherwise it's too hot for me on all but easy rides.

>Rating: 5

Solid Helmet

Great fitting, safe and great looking helmet.

>Rating: 3

Tectal review

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size

The good & the bad: with bad first: 1) the front is too low & interferes with my glasses, so I have to adjust them a lot. 2) the fit is not as comfortable as my other previous helmets & should be re-assessed. (Specialized & Bell Super 3R were much more comfortable.) 3) The visor is not big enough to cover bright sunlight. The size & shape of the visor should be assessed & re-done. The good: 1) Ventilation is excellent. 2) Safety ratings are good. 3) Pads are comfortable & it's nice there's an extra set of pads w/ the helmet. 4) Chin strap is good, perfect length, not too long or short.

>Rating: 5

Best Helmet I've owned!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I tried Troy Lee Design and Smith helmets before and the fit was never just right. I took a gamble and ordered the POC Tectal and it fits me perfect! I also believe it offers more protection coverage than the traditional MTB helmets before entering into the full-face lineup.

>Rating: 5

Great Helmet

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L
Height
5` 11"
Weight
185 lbs

Took a serious spill with the top of my head impacting a tree straight on. This helmet kept me out of the hospital (or worse) for sure. Dented the outer shell but foam appears intact. I honestly doubt I would have walked away had I been wearing a lesser helmet. POC fan for life. Will not wear another brand.

>Rating: 5

My Fav

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Definitely my favorite design from POC. My favorite brand of helmets, and this hasn't been a disappointment. Really great fit and amazing design on this thing, I've never felt safer. Light and durable!

>Rating:

Does this helmet have the MIPS feature? I see it in the older versions but its no longer mentioned in the features.

Hey Mike, This specific model does not have MIPS. The POC mountain helmet that we currently stock and has MIPS is called the Trabec. I'll give you a shout as well to see if we can nail down a good option! -Kody

>Rating:

Does the matte white finish get super dirty quickly? Does dirt and stains embed in it? They should have made it gloss!!!

>Rating:

Hey, What is the difference between the POC tectal and tectal race? There's a $20 something price difference and the only thing I see are different color schemes. Thanks, Ben

Hey Ben - The POC Tectal Race Helmet (Item #POC006O) comes with the goggle clip but the POC Tectal does not.

>Rating:

I just received my POC Tectal helmet. It doesn't include the google strap on the back of the helmet like the one advertised on your site. Can someone confirm that it does or does not include the google strap as pictured above?

Hey Matthew - You are correct that the standard POC Tectal pictured above does not include the goggle clip. I had this verified by our Warehouse and we are in the process of updating the info on the website. The POC Tectal Race Helmet (Item #POC006O) does have the goggle clip. Feel free to contact me directly if you would like to set up an exchange or with any additional questions. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337