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Tectal Race Spin Helmet

Enduro season is upon you, the dirt is perfectly tacky, and the temperatures have yet to rise to oppressive levels and you're ready to hit the trail with no holds barred — just make sure to cover your dome first. Making a stylish case for safety, POC's Tectal Race is updated with new Spin technology to boost it into the future, helping dissipate rotational forces from certain styles of crashes, while still backing you up with the impact-absorbing EPS foam and PC shell you've come to know and trust.

POC's new Spin technology works by featuring a robust inner layer on the helmet that sits in between the EPS and your noggin, and allows the helmet to move in any direction in the case of an oblique fall, allowing force to dissipate and be absorbed into the helmet.

Borrowing design inspiration from its Octal and Trabec helmets, POC uses a clean style and unibody construction for the Tectal Race, extending coverage over the back of the head and temples to keep vulnerable areas protected in the event of a crash. Keeping comfort in mind, POC also carves 15 vents and a lengthy system of air channels throughout the Tectal Race so you won't overheat under your lid when you start working hard on a climb. If you need to make a quick fit adjustment on-trail, just spin the dial at the back of the helmet to get the fit you need, and before you head out, tuck your goggles into the goggle strap at the back and adjust the visor to shield your eyes from sun, rain, or the dirt your ride buddy is bound to spray up in front of you.

  • A full-coverage helmet for getting rowdy on the trail
  • Unibody construction gives sturdy protection to your melon
  • New Spin technology helps absorb oblique impacts
  • PC and EPS combine to absorb and dissipate big hits
  • Let your scalp breathe with 15 large vents
  • Adjustable fit dials in for comfort
  • Goggle strap secures into place for muddy enduro days
  • Item #POC00B1

Shell Material
PC
Impact Foam
EPS
Ventilation
15 vents
Fit Adjustment
size adjustment system
Visor
yes, adjustable
Certifications
EN1078, CPSC 12.03, AS/NZ 2063:2008
Recommended Use
cross-country, enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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>Rating: 4

No Wobble. Great Coverage

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L
Height
6` 1"
Weight
160 lbs

Replaced a very old POC Trabec Mips with the Tectal Race Spin. Fit is waaaay better. Trabec always wobbled on my head. Never quite fit right. I have an oval shaped head, so other brands tend to pinch at the front and back. POC's don't. Head measures 22", so right in the middle of the M/L range in POC's Tectal Race Spin size chart. Initially, it fit really low on my brow. The rear harness is adjustable (see video: https://bit.ly/3kjJkAF). Made that adjustment and it fits a little higher on my forehead giving more room for glasses or goggles. POC's Spin, their version of Mips, doesn't surround my head as much as Mips, which is a good thing. Felt like the Mips suspension system smothered my head a bit, but made the helmet overall wobble on my head. Dial on the back is great for subtle adjustments on the fly. The huge vents bring in lots of air. Very happy with the Tectal.

>Rating: 5

Saved me

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

This is the second time I’ve purchased this helmet and will continue. Had a nasty crash into a creek bed (only rocks on the trail) my shoulder hit first but the my head slammed right into a rock. No headaches, soreness or anything but after the crash I looked at the helmet and the SPIN liner had detached and worked just as designed. After that I’ll be a customer for life

>Rating: 5

Saved me

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

This is the second time I’ve purchased this helmet and will continue. Had a nasty crash into a creek bed (only rocks on the trail) my shoulder hit first but the my head slammed right into a rock. No headaches, soreness or anything but after the crash I looked at the helmet and the SPIN liner had detached and worked just as designed. After that I’ll be a customer for life

>Rating: 5

Great fit and ventilation

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

I've always had trouble finding helmets to fit my very large head, this helmet stopped that! Easy adjustability, and lots of it. Super comfortable and breathable on long, hit rides. I'm a POC believer!

>Rating: 5

Great helmet- Fits like a glove!

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

I was worried about sizing since I was between sizing (58 1/2). I went with the m/l and I’m glad that I did. Plenty of room even with a thin skull cap. The tab in the inside rear of the helmet is clutch. I also love how light this thing is!

>Rating: 5

Amazing and worth it!

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L
Weight
200 lbs

The fit is perfect and fits like a ball cap. Very light weight compared to my old helmet. Very Happy with this :)

>Rating: 2

Sizing issue

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL/XXL & M/L
Height
5` 11"
Weight
200 lbs

Same as some others have mentioned...originally ordered the XL/XXL and had to tighten it all the way and it still felt a tiny bit too big. When I jumped up/down it would hit my glasses and just didn't feel right. Returned it for a M/L or whatever the next smaller size was and I couldn't even get that one on my head. Returned AGAIN and this time I got the Troy Lee A2 MIPS and it fits perfectly, no glasses smacking, and the XL/XXL still leaves me room for adjustment unlike the POC (regardless of the vertical adjustment setting, the ring part was just a tad too big on me in the tightest setting). I'll write a full review on the Troy Lee after I actually for a ride. Giving this POC 2 b/c even though it looks well constructed their advertised sizing doesn't compare to other manufacturers. I am VERY happy with Competitive Cyclists return policy...I finally found the right helmet after 2 hassle free returns!

>Rating: 4

Amazing!

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL
Height
5` 8"
Weight
220 lbs

The fit is great! Not as light as my specialized ambush helmet but feel better and higher quality. I usually wear large in the specialized, I had to orde the XL in Poc. There are reviews on how this helmet kinda has a weird fit and it falls forward but there is a cool adjustment inside the helmet that makes it very adjustable. I highly recommend this helmet

>Rating: 5

Great Helmet But not on My Head

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it
Fit:
Runs small

Loved this helmet, its made very well, looks cool, etc. But in size M/L (what I wear in a Giro) it was way too tight on my temples, but fit okay otherwise. Exchanged for a XL/XXL which was way too big! My head is 58.4 cm. but i guess wider than deep.. Cant derate the helmet because of my strange head. Waiting to try the Smith Forefront 2 MIPS which I have ordered. Competitive Cyclist has been great with the returns!

Received the Smith Forefront 2 a few days early. Found the fit to be perfect right out of the box. Fits like a glove. Will provide a reviews once I use it for a while.

>Rating: 5

Excellent helmet

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L

I really like this helmet: very comfortable (forget it’s on), well ventilated, and stable. But above all, I had a bad OTB, landed on my head hard at speed, big dent in helmet... and I was fine. I’ve had concussions before with lesser impacts using other helmets. Maybe it was just luck and/or the specifics of this recent impact. Maybe it was this specific helmet/Spin. Either way, I just ordered another one.

>Rating: 2

Sits too low and pushes glasses down

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Size Bought
XL/XLL
Height
6` 1"
Weight
180 lbs

This is my first POC helmet bought for trail/XC MTB riding. Ridden with it a few times. It vents well, looks ok but I find the sizing weird for my head. M/L was too tight yet the XL/XXL sits too low and pushes down on my glasses. I've tried adjusting the interior but didn't find this made much difference. Ultimately I find the helmet uncomfortable and annoying as I spend too much time pushing the helmet up and pushing my glasses up. The POC has done its time and I'm looking for another new helmet.

Bummer as I had the same issue. While the helmet appears to be a great helmet, I have a wide but I guess flat head with 58.4cm circumference. While it was okay otherwise, the M/L pressed very tightly against my temples. I now have the XL which I will be returning because it is to big, sitting to low on my head and extending to far past the back of my head and the retention is maxed at the smallest setting. I have always worn a M Giro comfortably. The return process with Competitive C was easily and pleasant.

I had the same issue initially. I have a 59-60cm head and the M/L didn't fit my head (the width was too narrow). POC support showed me there is a vertical adjustment inside the helmet so that it doesn't sit too low (it was originally touching my eyebrows). After fixing the depth adjustment, the helmet fits great. I found this youtube video explaining it, see section 2 (0:38 seconds mark): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWcHA-qusxM

>Rating: 3

just feels weird with goggles.

I loved the Trabec Race and owned 3 of them. I bought this helmet with the specific function of fat tire biking in the winter. Love the fit and feel of the tectal helmet. The helmet comes with a built in goggle strap that appealed to me for winter DH. Only issue: (3 Stars) is none of my goggles fit comfortably without pushing down on the bridge of my nose making it hard to breath, or pushing the helmet up off my forehead slightly. I have been using the Bell Super. Its an ugly helmet but served is function with goggles well. Still trying to decide if I'm going to keep the helmet.

I have an 8 y/o Trabec Race, whicjh I love, but I'm going to give it to my son. Wanted to get another Trabec, but apparently it's no longer made. What size Trabec did you have and what size Tectal did you buy? How does the Tectal fit compared to the Trabec?

>Rating: 5

Great lid

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

Tried out a few different mtb helmets and this one is my fav so far. Great coverage around the back of the head, and by the ears. Still maintains good ventilation, and super comfortable. I was worried about the weight compared to a road helmet, but the difference was negligible once you have it on your head. Great to have the added safety of SPIN technology as well. Also I have a big ole noggin, and the M/L fit me great.

>Rating: 5

Great alternative to MIPS

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
M/L

This replaces my non MIPS Troy lee design A1 in M/L. So I went with M/L with this guy and the fit is perfect. I tried on a couple mips helmets in the past but really didn't like the feel of the liner. This is the perfect remedy to that. Has a standard liner with the same protection of MIPS. Marketing or not, I'll spend a few extra bucks to potentially prevent damage to my brain. I also like the Kevlar layer to protect from penetration. Fit and finish is good, and to be honest POC wasn't even on my radar I was looking to get a Smith forefront 2 until I stumbled upon this one. I ride with non cycling specific sunglasses and have zero issues with clearance (Oakley holbrooks, and Smith Outlier Xl's). Can't comment on goggle usage, it has a back strap to hold them, but I doubt the visor when fully raised has enough clearance to store them. Overall love the helmet.

This
>Rating: 4

Cool Helmet

I feel very safe when i tried this, it almost cover my entire head, plus love the color. I always get good comments about the color and the design. I highly recommend this.

Sooo.... what happened to the 5th star then?

>Rating: 5

Comfortable and Breathable

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

This is a great helmet. It was comfortable and breathable. It was easy to adjust to get the perfect fit. The POC spin technology combined with the PC and EPS technology protects the head dissipates the force of impact and absorbs it into the helmet instead of your head.

>Rating: 5

POC helmets rule!

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

Gave this to my husband after he crashed and destroyed his Traebec Race helmet. He likes the look and fit of the Tectal better except seems to have a little issue with his sunglasses fitting just right. The Tectal fits down over his head better than the Traebec did and that must be the issue. Would totally do another one for myself.

>Rating: 5

Great Protection with Style

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This helmet offers great protection in all the right places while maintaining breathability and style. The back of the helmet drops low enough that I feel comfortable pushing the limits on aggressive trails, and the vent design works well enough to allow for long xc epics on warm summer days. The colors are limited on the spin variety of the tectal, but the spin tech seems legit and is certainly worth a few extra $$ if it means a chance at more protection for your noggin!

>Rating: 5

Most Comfortable Helmet

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

I love the Tectal. The shape of helmet fit my head (not too round not too oval) perfectly, and the SPIN pads, as well as adding the extra protection from rotation forces, are very comfortable on the head. The Tectal has awesome ventilation, and great coverage of the back of the head and temples. Also, I think it's one of the best looking helmets on the market.

>Rating: 5

Great Protection with Style

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

This helmet checks all the boxes when it comes to keeping your noggin safe and looks great. I transitioned from the trabec race helmet to tectal, and I think the fit is a bit better for my head with the tectal, especially with its lower back piece (which seems to offer some extra protection to the back of the head and upper neck). Solid helmet all around.

>Rating:

Does this have MIPS?

>Rating:

What are the inner dimensions. I mean large and width dimension on M/L.