POC Trabec Helmet Review
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I’m 43 3/4 and I admit that I actually try to look my age when I mountain bike. Lately I’ve noticed teenage girls and grandmothers wearing the same helmet I have. And just when I was thinking, “It’s time for a new helmet,” the POC Trabec Helmet made its way to my doorstep.
The POC Trabec Helmet comes in lots of colors; white, light green, dark blue, back/grey, blue/light blue and the color I now wear, purple. And although I was looking for a new look, right off the bat I wondered if this was the look I was looking for. I’ll be honest, it looks big and I have a little head. Some might say a pin head. But POC (a Swedish company) is in the business of saving lives by providing equipment that protects and serves so who am I to judge a helmet by its size. From the first time I put the helmet on, I knew there was some cool technology (aramid filament is used to reinforce the EPS foam inside the helmet) behind the helmet. POC uses a tough but lightweight material that serves you well as you bomb down the hills and protects your head just in case you don’t clear that jump. The helmets come in XS-S, M-L, XL-XXL. I of course wear an XS-S.
The POC Trabec helmet is designed to go around the head versus on top of the head. It is super comfortable and lightweight. POC not only consults engineers but also neurologists when designing their helmets. Their goal is to reduce the impact just in case you don’t make it all around the bend or down the wooden bridge. Everyone always asks me the same question; “Is it hot?” Nope. The helmet has 16 ventilation slots. Nice and cool. The helmet was designed with enduro and singletrack riders in mind. I wore this helmet in races and for everyday riding; perfect fit.
The bottom line is this: These POC helmets are unique and that’s what I’ve been looking for. As much as I want to look my age on the bike, I also like to stand out a bit. I wore the helmet in a cross country mountain bike race earlier this summer and one of the male spectators said very time I came around; “Nice helmet!”