If you've ever felt that helmet designers placed too much attention on creating models that were too light and too aero for your tastes, then consider the POC Trabec Helmet. It's designed for mountain bikers or anyone who wants greater coverage over the ears and around the back of the head. The goal was to increase safety without sacrificing comfort and performance.The Trabec fits more like a skateboard helmet, and this way it envelopes more of your skull. The fit can be custom tailored, and since it offers more coverage, the potential for movement when your head strikes the ground is less than smaller helmets with less coverage. Thinking about the way we wreck on trails, there is a greater chance for a variety of trajectory -- forwards, sideways, even backwards. When you get crazy, crazy things happen. So to protect your brain you need to cover your skull.POC builds the Trabec Helmet as a single layer system. It has a polycarbonate shell that acts as the first defense against impact energy. It spreads the impact across a greater area so that the EPS liner can further absorb and soften the blow and protect your brain. Inside the foam core is an aramid net. Its purpose is to hold the foam together and resist chunking under massive, high speed impacts (like rebar in concrete). It's designed as a multi-impact system, so the helmet can survive more than just a few connections with the terra firma.POC punches sixteen large vent holes in the shell, so you'll get plenty of airflow on hot days. An adjustable visor also helps on those sunny days to protect your eyes from glare and bright skies. A size adjustment system at the back allows you to snug it down for a perfect and wiggle free fit.The POC Trabec Helmet is Black/grey and is available in three sizes -- X-Small/Small, Medium/Large, and X-Large/XX-Large. The pads inside are treated with Polygiene. It prevents bacterial growth, is eco-friendly, and is perfectly safe next to your skin. Since the bacteria can't grow on the pads, they'll last longer, require less cleaning, and smell way better.
Strengths: Have had this lid for almost a year now and it is true, it doesn't stink. The antibacterial claim must be true. It *looks* huge when you get it, and it is bigger than most helmets I see out there these days, but it is also extremely light; you don't feel like you're wearing a 50 gallon Stetson. It does vent well and, conversely, seems to provide just enough coverage in winter to allow you to wear just ear warmers and not a full coverage hat. Plus, it looks bada$$. Don't see a lot of them where I am, so that's kinda cool, too.
Now, for the real stuff: I only bought to helmet because I cracked another one on NYE last year in a CY serious crash. That helmet did its job, but, hey, I had to buy another...so I went with the Trabec. Up until a couple of months ago, it hadn't been tested. Then I took a head-first digger, and slammed my head. Fortunately, I didn't break anything like last year, but the head slam was real, and I was dazed. BR the helmet wasn't so much as scratched. I couldn't even find where it hit the ground. And THAT is what a lid is all about. Being ale to continue to use it is a bonus, being able to continue to ride with no cracks in the cabesa is the thing.
Weaknesses: The only negative I will give this helmet, and the only reason I gave it a four chili value rating, is the adjustment system. Two problems there: first is that it seems to phantom adjust during rides, or while chilling between rides; it always gets tighter. Which during the ride, is a pain in the a$$ because you have to use both hands to adjust it; it isn't like the simple, elegant little spinner wheel most helmets out ere have today, it's two little latches that work independently of each other, for each side. You have to use oth hands for the leverage, which means you have to be stopped to adjust. Other than that, flawless piece for your kit.
Thought I said it all? Great helmet, great protection, one minor flaw in the adjustment system.
Strengths: I can feel the air flow! The vents really do work, and when I'm moving I can feel the air rushing over my head. I am already riding in the summer heat. The POC feels light and comfy. It does not feel hot. It feels very light. Basically, it feels as good as, or better than, my regular Giro helmets, but supposedly provides better protection. No, I have not fallen with it. I have never fallen on my head! Yet.... but I'm willing to pay for the "insurance" in case it happens. I get better and ride harder - and I know I'm tempting fate....
Weaknesses: I gave it 5 chilis on value - ASSUMING it does provide superior protection. Better protection is worth the price and makes it a great value. And if this is not true, I guess I'll never know?
Price seems a little high at first. But then again, I am accustomed to buying last years models and don't usually pay retail prices. This time I was willing to pay more for better protection of my most valuable asset. Looks a little bit futuristic - looks "different" from what we're used to seeing. The look grew on me, but I don't wear a helmet to look "pretty" - that's my bike's job!
Great helmet. It provides all the features of other helmets I have used [and tried on], is not heavier and not hotter. AND it supposedly provides superior protection of my cabesa.
The helmet looks like it rides high on your head, but it feels like it "embraces" my head and cover more of the back of my head, giving very full protection. All the other helmets I've used or tried on feel like they sit on top of my head. This one feels like it cradles my head. And I think that's what I want it to do.
Similar Products Used: Lots of Giros, inc. the Giro Animas.
Bike Setup: ALL MOUNTAIN! I ride a 2008 Giant Reign X with "enduro" parts.
a Cross Country Rider
from Centennial, CO, USA
Date Reviewed: February 15, 2012
Strengths: Comfort, not huge or really tall on my head, back of head coverage, looks good.
Weaknesses: I haven't had any issues with this helmet. The vents make different wind noises than other helmets I've used, but I don't notice it anymore.
I was in the market for a helmet with more coverage on the back of the head. I tried two Fox models and a Uvex. They didn't fit my head right. I hadn't even heard of POC when I saw this helmet at an expo booth after a race at Winter Park. I talked the sales rep down to $90 cash, which I still consider to be a lot for a helmet. I am happy with this helmet.