The Trabec is a well-ventilated in-mold helmet that combines functionality and performance for single track and enduro riders in need of the highest degree of protection. The construction is similar to the trabecular bone structure, which has excellent resistance and durability. The inner EPS core, reinforced with aramid filaments, is tough and resilient and the outer PC shell is constructed with the seams located in the areas of least exposure.
Strengths: adjustable comfortable fit. My noggin feels well protected and like it is marketed it feels it goes around the head instead of ontop of it. Its amazingly light and the vents work awesome.
Weaknesses: with glasses/sunglasses are the earsocks have to go over the strap (not the fastening ones) that secure it around your head. Still comfortable as hell and doesnt affect its functionality or fit in any way.
it is a bit pricey for the top model especially at $220.
Great helmet, i wanted one for a while and im really glad i now have it. i love wearing it and the way it works.
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.
I am considering to buy a second helmet I am thinking to get POC Trabec Race, Trabec Race MIPS Version or Troy Lee A1.
Do you think the POC Trabec MIPS version worth the money and what do you think about the protection level that Troy Lee A1 compared to POC Trabec Race/ MIPS?Read More »
I've been seeing some of these on our trails- can someone weigh-in on their venting riding our high desert trails in summer? How's the fit? thinking about the 50% off sale at backcountry.com. Thx!Read More »
Not my choice for a helmet but I know a lot of guys like them. Good price on chainlove.com. Deal ends at about 10:50 AM.
Maybe it's not a great deal, as they don't look to be moving very quickly.Read More »
Just picked up a Light & Motion SECA 1400 light and a POC Trabec helmet.
Given the helmet's hole layout, I'm having a hard time coming up with a mounting postion that I'm happy with.
If I run the velco strap from side to side, it's not long enough to engage the hook and loop sections of the str ... Read More »