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    POC Trabec Race Helmet

    I am considering the POC Trabec Race helmet. Anyone wearing one? How do you like it, or not?

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    I have one and I'm pretty happy with it. It's breezy and cool, as long as you are moving. I also find it very comfortable in general, but have heard that not everyone does. I couldn't find one to try on before I bought it, but got lucky with the fit. I already had a POC skiing helmet, so that probably helped. I would definitely recommend trying one on, before you buy, but that goes without saying.

    I like the quality of their helmets and goggles and personally think that they're worth the price, although I found both of my helmets and pair of goggles on sale. I would pay retail, if I had to though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Flashback View Post
    I am considering the POC Trabec Race helmet. Anyone wearing one? How do you like it, or not?
    Just received my Poc Trabec Race

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    Safety first

    I am considering this helmet because had a bad spill with a Bell helmet after getting 'doored"

    Helmet cracked badly as did my head................concussion

    Is the POC more protection?

    Thanks

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    I have an XL Trabec. Feels more substantial than previous Bell products I've used. Euro styling may not be for everyone, but I like the looks. No complaints so far.

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    I've have had my Trabec for over two months now and I really like it. I haven't crashed on it yet but I'm sure it will hold up fine.
    It's not a cheep helmet but how much is your head worth.

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    Got The POC

    Got it, wore it and love it! Very comfortable and certainly offers more protection than my Giro Phase. The weight is close though. Giro - 377 grams POC - 368 grams. The Giro feels lighter on the head but now my head feels naked after wearing the POC. The Poc was a great choice and worth the price.

    Speaking of POC products, if you are looking at the POC knee pads, they run small. By the chart, I should be a meduim. Nope, had to return them for a large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the wheel View Post
    I am considering this helmet because had a bad spill with a Bell helmet after getting 'doored"

    Helmet cracked badly as did my head................concussion

    Is the POC more protection?

    Thanks
    The POC fits my head very well and covers more of my head than the Bell XC/road helmets I have had. POC also does research on how to protect the head rather than just pass the certification tests.

    I expect the Trabec to do its job well and minimize injury, but a concussion is still very possible.
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    Thanks

    No guarantees when bike riding but really appreciate the response

    I feel very lucky not to be worse so I can't blame the Bell

    The added coverage I think is worth the money and will try the POC on at REI.if they have it

    Is the sizing of the helmet right if you measure the head circumference above the ears.

    Thanks everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by the wheel View Post
    No guarantees when bike riding but really appreciate the response

    I feel very lucky not to be worse so I can't blame the Bell

    The added coverage I think is worth the money and will try the POC on at REI.if they have it

    Is the sizing of the helmet right if you measure the head circumference above the ears.

    Thanks everyone
    Need to try it on.
    Measured head circumference does not take head shape into account. The medium Trabec fits my head shape perfectly. Many other brands with the "same" circumference will not even go on my head.
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    Thanks Shiggy

    Will make sure I try it on before I buy

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    Thanks 1Flashback for info on where you got the POC helmet

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    i have a trabec and love it. but definitely try one on. my trabec is a medium so i ordered a poc receptor in medium without trying it on, won't fit at all. sucks. the trabec fits close to my giro xen but the receptor runs much smaller.

    the trabec is solid though. still no guarantee of no concussion if you crash bad enough, but it's as good as anything out there imho

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    Thanks for info

    I will definitely try it on before I buy

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    I've been eyeing the Trabec for some time now. I can't decide between that or the S3 MT from Spesh.

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    As others have said, try it on. I like Euro styling and have been wearing Urge helmets for a couple years. The Endur-o-matic fits my head perfectly. Tried on the POC and it wasn't even close to fitting me, based on head shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    The POC fits my head very well and covers more of my head than the Bell XC/road helmets I have had. POC also does research on how to protect the head rather than just pass the certification tests.

    I expect the Trabec to do its job well and minimize injury, but a concussion is still very possible.
    For extra protection, try the Trabec race MIPS. MIPS will reduce the chance of concussion. Mips reduces the rotational forces in a crash by 40%. The rotational forces is a very much involved in causing a concussion.

    http://mipshelmet.com/home

    Also, the race and race mips has extra Aramid bridges to increase helmet strength and reduce risk of penetration. Aramid will also hold the helmet together on your head in a crash with multi-impact hits to your head, even if the EPS core brakes/cracks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilsern View Post
    For extra protection, try the Trabec race MIPS. MIPS will reduce the chance of concussion. Mips reduces the rotational forces in a crash by 40%. The rotational forces is a very much involved in causing a concussion.

    MIPS | People love doing crazy things. Let's keep it that way!

    Also, the race and race mips has extra Aramid bridges to increase helmet strength and reduce risk of penetration. Aramid will also hold the helmet together on your head in a crash with multi-impact hits to your head, even if the EPS core brakes/cracks.
    Better, but a concussion is still very possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilsern View Post
    For extra protection, try the Trabec race MIPS. MIPS will reduce the chance of concussion. Mips reduces the rotational forces in a crash by 40%. The rotational forces is a very much involved in causing a concussion.

    MIPS | People love doing crazy things. Let's keep it that way!

    Also, the race and race mips has extra Aramid bridges to increase helmet strength and reduce risk of penetration. Aramid will also hold the helmet together on your head in a crash with multi-impact hits to your head, even if the EPS core brakes/cracks.
    Thanks for input

    I will get the mips as I believe torsion was a contributor to the bleeding on brain

    Only problem is who has it to try on............my calls haven't found many

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    I think REI might have the POC with MIPS.

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    Rei

    Thanks

    REI does carry and I was told it's an online item

    I am calling around but many REI stores don't have in stock

    Let you know what i find

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    Quote Originally Posted by the wheel View Post
    Thanks

    REI does carry and I was told it's an online item

    I am calling around but many REI stores don't have in stock

    Let you know what i find
    It looks like this company has them in stock. I have never purchased anything from them so I don't know if there any good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock dude View Post
    It looks like this company has them in stock. I have never purchased anything from them so I don't know if there any good.
    POC Trabec Race MIPS
    This site is legit, bought a trabec & they sent me a trabec race

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    Bike bling has them in stock. I also put mine through a good impact test recently. Probably the hardest hit I have ever taken in my 30 years of riding BMX and mountain. Bars caught a rock and threw me down hard enough to dislocate my shoulder and blow a disk in my neck. No mention of a concussion in the ER, but I did have a headache for a few days. Compare that to my crash over memorial day where I actually got my hands out to break my fall, and my elbow, while wearing my Giro. I ended up with a pretty severe concussion. Not scientific but I will say that I am buying another Trabec Race with the MIPS system for my next helmet. I thought the fit was awesome btw.

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    Amazon has them for sale also,

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    Thanks Rock Dude Sohnice Salespunk and others

    From the description of your fall POC is the way to go and will call all the places you suggested.

    Probably can't bike for a few months but I'll get there and I want a good helmet when Im ready to go

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    Quote Originally Posted by the wheel View Post
    Thanks Rock Dude Sohnice Salespunk and others

    From the description of your fall POC is the way to go and will call all the places you suggested.

    Probably can't bike for a few months but I'll get there and I want a good helmet when Im ready to go

    Dave
    If the helmet does not fit, do not use it. Even the best technology can not protect well if the basic fit (without the use of head clamps and "sizing" pads) is poor.
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    Thanks Shiggy

    Any recommendations on how to ensure proper helmet sizing or is it go to the right shop

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    That's a hard one. The best thing is make sure who ever you purchase it from has a good return policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the wheel View Post
    Any recommendations on how to ensure proper helmet sizing or is it go to the right shop
    Try on the helmets. The only way.

    Should be stable on your head without the head clamp or chin strap tightened, I can put my chin on my chest and my helmet stays on.

    No big gaps or tight spots, comfortable.
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    shiggy

    many thanks

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    I've had my Trabec race MIPS on order from REI for a couple of weeks now. Supposedly on back order until October 5th. I hope that holds true as I want it now!

    Also hoping it fits me properly. That is why I ordered from REI so I can easily take it back if necessary.

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    Rei

    Apparently some stores have them but it is an online item

    Good luck

    I'd like to know if the approach they suggest for fit works for you

    thanks

    Dave

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    Quote Originally Posted by the wheel View Post
    Apparently some stores have them but it is an online item

    Good luck

    I'd like to know if the approach they suggest for fit works for you

    thanks

    Dave
    What approach would that be?

    There is no way to fit a production helmet without trying it on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    What approach would that be?

    There is no way to fit a production helmet without trying it on.
    I'm using the approach of buy from a place with a great return policy.

    ben

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    I got my Trabec Race from Hucknroll. I wrapped a tape measure around my melon, and used their size chart. Said the L-XL size was for me, so I went for it.

    Turns out the sizing chart is spot on. FWIW, Giro helmets fit me well and Bell helmets squeeze my head, so think Giro as far as sizing goes.

    I love the extra coverage. The POC helmet is built to last a while, the details show- where other brain buckets have failed me, POC has beefed those areas- like the straps, buckles, cinch band... Plus it comes with an extra set of pads. Couldn't be happier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eurotrash666 View Post
    I got my Trabec Race from Hucknroll. I wrapped a tape measure around my melon, and used their size chart. Said the L-XL size was for me, so I went for it.

    Turns out the sizing chart is spot on. FWIW, Giro helmets fit me well and Bell helmets squeeze my head, so think Giro as far as sizing goes.

    I love the extra coverage. The POC helmet is built to last a while, the details show- where other brain buckets have failed me, POC has beefed those areas- like the straps, buckles, cinch band... Plus it comes with an extra set of pads. Couldn't be happier.
    i agree, my trabec fits like my zen, both mediums. it is a nice helmut. the styling is nique

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    Don't mean to hi-jack your thread, but I am also about to order one (the trabec, not trabec race). My head measures 23.25" (59cm) and am wondering based on anyone's fit here what size you suggest getting? I am at the low end of XL, this is the POC size chart: L 55-58cm, XL 59-62

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurotrash666 View Post
    I got my Trabec Race from Hucknroll. I wrapped a tape measure around my melon, and used their size chart. Said the L-XL size was for me, so I went for it.

    Turns out the sizing chart is spot on. FWIW, Giro helmets fit me well and Bell helmets squeeze my head, so think Giro as far as sizing goes.

    I love the extra coverage. The POC helmet is built to last a while, the details show- where other brain buckets have failed me, POC has beefed those areas- like the straps, buckles, cinch band... Plus it comes with an extra set of pads. Couldn't be happier.
    Now I am confused... So the sizing at H&R is grouped.... I guess then I am the L/XL haha
    All I can do is order it and try it on... thanks for the info

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    Quote Originally Posted by eurotrash666 View Post
    I got my Trabec Race from . I wrapped a tape measure around my melon, and used their size chart. Said the L-XL size was for me, so I went for it.

    Turns out the sizing chart is spot on. FWIW, Giro helmets fit me well and Bell helmets squeeze my head, so think Giro as far as sizing goes.

    I love the extra coverage. The POC helmet is built to last a while, the details show- where other brain buckets have failed me, POC has beefed those areas- like the straps, buckles, cinch band... Plus it comes with an extra set of pads. Couldn't be happier.
    Odd. Giro bike helmets do not fit my head at all, though their snow helmets do.
    Bell helmets usually fit well.

    The POC fits perfectly.
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    Nah, the L/XL is one size. There is no L helmet and XL helmet. It's goofy on their part for not just calling them S, M, L. Get the one your measurments fit into.
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    Thanks everyone, reps all over

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    Great info thanks to all

    The sizing info is usefull ..........I would like to try on one but if it is a good outfit they should return or exchange without a problem.

    Based on my recent head injury...............I think I will go for the MIPS which I believe is the top of the line.

    MIPS adds rotational protection which I believe is useful.

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by zephyrmike View Post
    Don't mean to hi-jack your thread, but I am also about to order one (the trabec, not trabec race). My head measures 23.25" (59cm) and am wondering based on anyone's fit here what size you suggest getting? I am at the low end of XL, this is the POC size chart: L 55-58cm, XL 59-62

    Thanks
    My head is 59cm, and i ended up with the 55-58cm size (M/L). But it does depend on the shape of your head. If you can try on both, it would be the best.

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    I have a m/l mips that I have not used. I will sell it anyone wants it.

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    My wife and I have been wearing the Trabec race for about a year now. Great helmet.
    We used the sizing chart from HucknRoll. Fit was perfect. Best helmet I have ever used. Air flow is far better than expected.
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    Big Trabec fan here

    Like Shiggy, I have a Bell head - their lids fit me perfectly, Giros (and Fox) pinch the front & back and leave gaps on the sides. I had been told once that this was by design, since Bell & Giro are under the same ownership roof they tailor one line to football-shaped heads and the other to Charlie Brown... I'm a football, apparently.

    I ordered a Trabec Race last year before they were readily available, and had to take a similar 'order and hope for the best' leap of faith; luckily, mine fit like a proverbial glove straight out of the box. I can't recall what size I got, but it was what the POC fit chart recommended.

    Over the last year I've managed to bounce my head off of various hard objects, from low branch hits (some severe enough to knock sunglasses off my face and/or bite my tongue) to full-on yard sales. The helmet is showing some surface scratches and whatnot, but structurally looks perfect; as eurotrash noted, the high wear items & areas are built to last.

    Beyond the fit and function though, what really shocked me (pleasantly) has been the ventilation. I figured with the relatively small square openings that I'd have to suffer on hot days, compared w/ the hogged-out Bell X-Rays, Giro Xens, Fox Fluxs, etc. I'd grown accustomed to. Instead, the POC seems at least as cool, if not slightly better than those others. I noticed early on that after every ride I'd sport the Flock of Seagulls hairdo when I removed the lid, even lower-speed tech stuff seems to generate enough airflow to suck hair out.

    As a side note, I also ordered their VPD elbow & knee pads when I got the helmet, and those are world-class as well; my only beef would be that the elastic straps on the elbow pads looks like they were sized for Hulk Hogan, as many others have noted. But from what I understand the stuff they're shipping now have been shortened up a bit in that department. Other than that minor gripe, which is easily remedied by simply shortening up the straps with some thread (or staples if you're so inclined), the pads are incredibly comfortable - once the dough is up to body temp they feel like simple arm/knee warmers, on rides under 80F or so I just leave them on all the time. Like the helmet, I've had ample opportunity to test the pads out in real world conditions and they've done the job extremely well, from sharp impacts to a couple of long, fast slides across granite; they don't slip, the material has yet to tear or wear through anywhere (although the lettering has peeled off in places), and they've survived multiple machine washes.

    I typically wear out protective stuff every year or so (I ride five days a week, every week), and while POC stuff ain't cheap, I am a firm believer in getting what you pay for (and paying what you think your head's worth for helmets). When it's time to replace this Trabec, I'll be looking at the MIPS version and very little (if anything) else.

    I'm so impressed with the helmet and pads that now I'm looking at some of POC's other apparel... a pair of Flow shorts may be next, time to look for some reviews...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nilsern View Post
    My head is 59cm, and i ended up with the 55-58cm size (M/L). But it does depend on the shape of your head. If you can try on both, it would be the best.
    It's not tight at all?


    Quote Originally Posted by utarch00 View Post
    I have a m/l mips that I have not used. I will sell it anyone wants it.
    How much??

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    I have a decision to make. I tried ordering from REI and after about two months of waiting on back order they cancelled my order. Ordered from allsportprotection today, showed in stock, now they are saying they sold the last one yesterday.

    I wanted the White and Black Race MIPS version. I live in Arizona, and black in the desert is usually a bad choice. They are saying they have the black color available, so now I'm torn. Do I go ahead and order the black and risk suffering in the heat or do I just scrub the idea and wait until next Spring when they expect to have new stock?

    I'm wondering if the color matter at all on a helmet like this. Afterall, there is a thick layer of foam between your head and the exterior layer of the helmet. I know my judgement says it would still be warmer in black than it would be in white...

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    Yes the black will get a little hotter than the white but if you realy need a new helmet I wouldn't let the color stop you. I don't think that Poc made a lot of the Race MIPS so they have been hard to find.

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