Yesterday I went down on a trail I ride weekly. It was at the very end of the trail after all the actual technical stuff. I’m not sure what happened, but I veered off trail a little and clipped a bush at speed. It’s pretty amazing how fast a crash happens. Next thing I know, I’m on the ground with a rung bell. Thankfully, the pain went away in a few minutes and other than scraped knees and elbow, I am fine.
On to the Poc Trabec! I initially bought this helmet because it was fairly new to the market and I wanted something cool that would stand out in the crowd. After I received it, I started looking into the mission of safety that POC Sports has. They may not be the lightest or cheap in any way, they strive to be the safest.
This helmet is the least expensive of the Trabec helmets. All the Trabec helmets share an internal Aramid grid to help support the EPS foam. The Trabec Race and Race MIPS helmet extend this grid farther around the helmet to add more protection.
One of the first helmets on the market was the Trabec Race MIPS helmet. POC and other companies believe that oblique impacts to the helmet cause greater injury. Oblique impacts can cause rotationa in the head and brain. The MIPS system allows a small rotation of the shell relative to the liner to minimize this force on the head and brain.
MIPS is not exclusive to POC. Thankfully, other helmet manufactures are implementing MIPS into their products. It will take a few years, but there will be more products with this feature. My wish is that it will make it into less expensive helmets!
Don’t call it a review! Called it disorganized mumblings.
The Poc Trabec sits on the head a little different than any other helmet I have owned. And by on, I really mean around. At least, that is how it feels while wearing it. The helmet retention system wraps around the head and once adjusted doesn’t feel much different than a headband. The retention system itself is a fairly simple sliding ratchet affair. But it works. Gone is any fancy dial system that can fail.
The Trabec has 16 vents, and while they don’t look like much they function very well. My very first ride with the helmet was a rode ride. I took the visor off and went out. I could feel the wind passing through the helmet with ease.
It isn’t the lightest helmet at about 340grams, but when it’s on your head and adjusted you barely notice it. The visor is slightly adjustable and never gets in the way. The helmet works really well with goggles. The shape of the back doesn’t let goggle straps move. Also, you can put the goggles up under the visor if you don’t feel like removing them completely. The straps tuck under the attachment points of the visor so they stay in place.
Post Crash Pictures
I hit the ground hard enough that I had to sit trail side until the pain went away. As far as I can tell, I hit near the temple area just in front of where the visor attaches. There are scratches on the visor. Under the visor there is what appears to be minor rippling in the cover and near the seam. Looking at the foam from inside the helmet I can’t see any damage. Even though I am not sure that it is damaged beyond usability, I will be replacing it.
Thanks POC for making great products.