Review: POC Trabec Race Helmet


Goggle and Glasses Compatibility

Compatibility with both goggles and glasses is excellent.

Extras, Weight and Value

This is a no frills helmet that is designed and manufactured to the highest standards. When you hold and wear one, it is perfectly molded and there’s attention to detail. Protection is solid and it just looks good with so many colors and combinations available.

Bottom Line

Bottom line is it looks great and is manufactured to the highest standards. There three options including:

Trabec – $150 for the standard model.
Trabec Race – $180 for more aramid fibers for added protection.
Trabec Race MIPS – $220 for MIPS technology that adds front to rear rotation to reduce concussion.

Unfortunately, helmet laws prevent the measurement and data claims by the manufacturer for added protection provided by the higher end models. So the buyer has to decide on their safety/price threshold somewhat blindly. And since all the helmets look exactly alike, only the colors differentiate the models.

Rear retention tightening system is somewhat simplistic with no ratcheting wheel. But it does work and it can be operated with one hand with some practice.

It’s not the lightest or the most full-featured helmet around and it is rather expensive. But a distinctive design, attention to quality and a commitment to safety research is making this one of the most popular helmets in the All Mountain scene.

  • Price: $220.00
  • Claimed Weight: 340 grams
  • Measured Weight: 338 grams
  • Number of Vents: 16
  • Visor: Fixed
  • Retention System: Size adjustment system
  • Padding: Gangsta pad

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  • comentatorbot_or0234 says:

    I was worried ventilation would be an issue but bought it anyway. Ventilation is not an issue and I live in a hot climate.

  • rob black says:

    I’ve been running a Trabec Race for a season now and I’ve been more than happy with it. It’s definitely not the best ventilated helmet out there but it’s very comfortable and I like the extra protection. One problem is with the band that fits around the head. it has a tendency to loosen sometimes so it needs constant attention. An adjustment dial would be a welcome addition. It also looks like a big mushroom on my head but I’d rather be safe than fashonable while bombing down a trail. I’d get one again but would definitely spring for the MIPS.

  • Ryan says:

    I’ve had the Trabec Race for just over a year now and absolutely love it. I feel very well protected, it fits way more comfortably on my head than others, and I can easily adjust how snug I want the helmet…which isn’t too tight because it fits so well and stays in place even as I plow through rock gardens and large roots on my rigid 26″.

  • Peter Creagh says:

    I wear my Giro Fuse ski helmet when cycling and this has the same wrap around the head but with more vents being a cycle helmet. If I see one where I live I would definitely buy one if made in my size.

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