POC Tectal Race Helmet
POCTectal Race Helmet

The new race standard.

The snow's melted, the trails have dried out, and you're entering into the sweet spot of the season. Tacky brown pow and temps that haven't reached uncomfortable levels mean its time to grab your gear and get out on the singletrack. Bring POC's Tectal Race Helmet along with you to make sure you stay comfortable and protected while you're rallying over berms and shaking out winter sluggishness.

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.

  • Extended coverage
  • Adjustable visor
  • Size adjustment system
  • Goggle strap
  • 15 vents
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Extremely Comfortable Helmet

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

This helmet fits as if they used my measurements to make the molds. Rear coverage is very good. The liner is soft, comfortable, and absorbs sweat extremely well. The ventilation is also excellent. The only thing to watch out for would be that the underside of the visor is reflective, which can be distracting on rides. Easily cured with a strip of electrical tape!

Great helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So comfortable. We tend to forget we have it on when we walk into a coffee shop. worth every penny.

Unanswered Question

looking for a poc tetcal race black in med you have any coming in soon?

Light & Cute

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great helmet for hot desert days and pedally climbs - it doesn't work with all sunglasses, so make sure they have thin and low-profile arms around your ears, any thick-armed sunglasses will cause major discomfort. Otherwise, the vents are great, the brim adjustable (the little metal adjuster piece falls out often, fyi).

Light & Cute

Great helmet

    This helmet has been great, fits well and feels good.

    Keeps your melon safe and stylish

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Prior to using this POC helmet, I was rocking a Super 2, which I liked, but now I've been shown the light. POC really nailed it with this one. The helmet is super comfortable and very light. From pictures I actually would have thought it would be on the heavier side, but was pleasantly surprised. It has a strap on the back for goggles which I use when I ride left service. Would be cool if it came with MIPS but I feel very safe in it. It's very low profile too and looks great.

    Fits like a dream

      I first purchased a trabec helmet and immediately returned it. It was to wide and felt like a MARIO brother or mushroom head. This helmet on the other hand fits my skinny head much better. The straps are perfect and adjustment dial works great. My only knock on this is he internal padding on the forehead soaks all of the sweat in and then drips on face if I bump. Quite a few helmets do this though.

      New Favorite

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Ended last season by busting open my Bell Super 2. So in looking for a new helmet I had the chance to scoop up the new TLD A2 MIPS. It's a rad helmet by all means but had some pressure points on the top of my noggin.

      POC usually doesn't fit my head to well, but because I liked the look of the helmet I tried on the XL/XXL.... love it!

      This thing is comfy, looks good (*very* important in the MTB community), is light, airy, fits my Julbo Aero shades well, and I definitely trust it to protect my noggin' from the inevitable and numeros endos I'll take this season.

      Only things I don't like about it are that the screw to adjust the visor can come loose and/or fall out (dab of loctite fixes it. If you lose it, POC will send new ones to you) and that goggles have been hard for me to pair with it. I don't blame the helmet for the goggles because I had to size up from what I normally wear, I also haven't tried all of them.

      Seriously so happy I tried this helmet out, I feel so much more comfortable out on the trails.

      Good helmet

        Fits well, most comfortable helmet I could find for my head. Light, well vented. Have not tested it in a crash.

        No mushroom head!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I don't look like toad from mario brothers any more! This thing definitely fits an oval head better than the Trabec. Super light and really well vented, I have been really happy with the helmet so far!

        Massive upgrade from the Trabec

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        If you were to compare this helmet to the older Trabec, you would be blow away. In order to find out if this helmet is the right one for you here are a few pros and cons for you to chew on:

        Pros:
        1) Light weight- This helmet is so light and breathable, all while being protective and safe.
        2) Ventilation- 15 vents makes this helmet feel like a brand new A/C unit installed in your room after going half of a summer with just a mini fan
        3) Style- Much less "bubbly" than the previous rendition POC had with their flagship helmet, the Trabec
        4) Cost Effective- Stands toe-to-toe with some of the best helmets out there for slightly less the price
        5) Goggle & Glasses integration- fits my Smith Vo2 MAX sunglasses and Smith Squad MTB's very well.
        6) Overall Satisfaction- HIGH.

        Cons:
        1) Although it breathes well I still manage to work up a good sweat wearing this (spoiler alert: somewhat of a head sweater out there)
        2) Turn dial design flaw- On the standard Tectal there have been a few issues with the dial sightly adjusting upon being pulled or pushed on. Another reason to go with the Tectal Race!

        Questions about fit, on the fence with a handful of helmets or just wanna chat MTB - Hit me up.

        Massive upgrade from the Trabec

        what is the difference between the tactal race and just tactal, it seems they weigh the same per the website?

        Head feels safe

          This helmet is comfortable and well-ventilated but feels very solid and safe. I love the style of POC helmets.

          Great lid for my noggin

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

          I wanted a helmet that was light and offered good ventilation for the hot Houston weather but still offered top protection and good coverage. The POC Tectal race ticks all the boxes. Incredibly comfortable, barely realise you are wearing it, stands out and is easy to see and fit with minimum (easy) adjustment out of the box.

          What is the difference between the Race and no Race helmets?

          According to pinkbike:

          http://www.pinkbike.com/news/poc-tectal-helmet-review-2016.html

          the Tectal Race adds a goggle retainer strap in back and more reinforcing aramid fibers throughout the shell. The Tectal Race also fits tighter. For a comparison of the fit between the Trabec Race MIPS , Tectal, and Tectal Race see my comment on the Trabec Race MIPS page.

          I contacted POC and a rep said the "Aramid bridges are the same in both helmets." So the only differences are the goggle clip and available colors.

          The ad copy here at Backcountry for the regular Tectal says it has the goggle retention strap as well. So it appears that the only quantifiable difference is the available colors. Fit is cited by some, but that may be perception.

          Poc tectal race

            I just received my new poc tectal race helmet it's the most comfortable mtb helmet I have ever put on it fits perfect, if you need any help ask for Zach lassek at backcountry he is very helpful

            Thanks for the shout out, Bill! Glad you love the helmet man.

            Is the visor removable? No me gusta visors. Light mount?

            Hey Chris,



            Looks like you can just unscrew the visor if you don't want to use it. As far as light mounts, you'd have to use the helmet mount that came with your light, there isn't an integrated light mount. Let me know if you have any other questions!



            Thanks!

            What is the difference between the Tectal race and the standard Tectal? Thanks!

            Best Answer

            The difference you are going to have between the Tectal Race and the standard Tectal is with the Race model you get an integrated google clip and the Aramid bridge around the entire helmet while the Standard has it around the seams.

            Is the black/teal helmet matte or glossy? I can't tell from the photos. Thank you!

            Hey Chris - The Uranium Black/Beryl Green color is glossy. Check out the picture below. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions.

            - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337

            Hey Chris - The Uranium Black/Beryl Green color is glossy. Check out the picture below. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions. 
- Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead - klivingston@backcountry.com - 801-736-4337