- POC Trabec helmet- not impressed
If you’re a British cycling member you could do worse than visiting halfords at manchester fort. They’ve got the Catlike Leaf in there for £55 and they had 20% off when I was in PLUS BC 10% discount. I picked up a catlike whisper roadie lid there last week and it worked out at £56!
They haven’t got them at O.T before you ask.Posted 3 years agofionapSubscriber
I got one a couple of weeks ago from CRC – last year’s model so half-price. Had tried it on previously in one of the chains so I knew it fitted better than the other options I was looking at e.g. Bell.Posted 3 years ago
The build quality on mine is good so maybe Hora got a dodgy one. The fitting system is really robust and secure. The helmet is ridiculously light and the ventilation is much better than it looks, once you’re on the move you can feel the air going over your head (I’m finding it cooler than my old Giro despite that having lots more holes).reedspeedMember
I’ve 2 Trabecs, and my lad has a Macaskill receptor he’s 9, fit and quality is very good, my ony issue is the pads, they fall to bits when you wash em, apart from that, they’re mint.
I crashed 2 years ago in a Met, hit a tree and was knocked out, the helmet smashed so it went in the bin,& that was £85.00…what price do you pay for safety ?..
Cost wise is they’re dear cos they’re the best imoa !,you’ve only got one head, so why cut corners ?.Posted 3 years agojustatheoryMember
The best helmet is the one that fits comfortably. They’re one of those items that choose you, like ski boots and broom sticks.
POC helmets were the most uncomfortable for my head shape, which I was thankful for because they’re ridiculously overpriced.
I’ve just bought an IXS Trail and it fits me perfectly.Posted 3 years ago
Like any helmet it’ll be safe. If POC are making big claims then they need to back the claims up withcrash tests v Flux etc.
Im not arguing fit or safety. Underneath those apple-esque holes its a standard/nowt special helmet. I tried the TLD A1- STUNNINGLY made by comparison. The Poc reminds me of a bogstandard entry-MetPosted 3 years agochiefgrooveguruMember
Like any helmet it’ll be safe.
…safe if you have an accident that fits within the rather meagre requirements official safety testing.
Four things matter with a helmet – crash protection, fit, venting and how it looks superficially so you don’t look like an idiot. If you want something with classy fit and finish, buy a Rolex. Do you actually ride your bike?!Posted 3 years agojimc101Member
Got a Trabec from Cycle Surgery when they had a sale on them a year or so ago, and ended up paying about £60 for it, nice as it is (and it fits very well), it’s no better than any other £60 helmet, and I don’t think I could ever justify paying full retail for one.
No crash replacement discount isn’t good either.Posted 3 years ago
I sent mine straight back, I paid £50 and still wasn’t that impressed- it did feel cheaply made, was surprised by the bulk and weight and it seemed like they’d forgotten most of the padding. OTOH it was PURPLE which was awesome. I got a boring red Striker instead 🙁
It might well protect better than most- POC seem to take it seriously, their hard armour frinstance is genuinely superb, makes everything else I’ve ever seen look badly designed. The coverage is good and MIPS is sound logic too.
But on the other hand, heavy helmets increase dwell time and spinal stress, and while MIPS should reduce rotational forces bulky helmets increase them. So without real testing, who knows?Posted 3 years agoclubbySubscriber
Why would you want loads do padding, all it does is soak up sweat?Posted 3 years ago
At the end of the day they are all made of plastic and polystyrene, there’s not a lot of scope for fancy materials. I’ve had mine 3 years and it’s stood up really well to being worn, sweated in, dropped and kicked around the boot of the car. No peeling or separation of the shell, unlike some helmets I’ve had. Helmets are one product I think its difficult to tell differences in from looking at. From the outside it’s just a lump of polystyrene but there’s a lot more to the design than that. Whether it’s worth the price I don’t know, but I’d rather crash in an expensive helmet than a cheap one.singlespeedstuSubscriber
I don’t want loads of padding. Enough would do. It felt like they’d forgotten to put the back bits in
Sounds like it wasn’t the right helmet for you fit wise.
There’s nothing worse than a helmet that relies on loads of foam pads that make it feel like it fits.
What do you think happens to those pads in an impact?
May as well stick some foam to your head with a pritstick.
😉Posted 3 years ago
Nah, not talking about big thick pads. The entire back of the shell lacks any padding, so no matter what, your head’s in contact with hard foam or plastic. Unless you clench your forehead and hold it on that way 😉
Other helmets use the same level of padding that the POC uses, they just put it in all the places where it’s supposed to contact your head, which is just sensible.
I actually found the POC could move around more easily because smooth plastic and foam holds a helmet less well than a thin pad.Posted 3 years ago
The Trabec that I ordered arrived. I thought I’d give it a thorough ‘try’. First thing to note- there feels like a really hard bit of helmet in the centre/back of your head. As though its missing padding. Looking at Northwinds pic above you can see theres nothing there just a square logo. It feels annoying. Maybe as well as the looks it really is a marmite helmet in every sense.
Heres waiting for my next Flux.Posted 3 years ago
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