POC Tectal helmet review£155.00

High-end trail helmet

BikeRadar score4/5

The new Tectal blends design elements from POC’s Octal road helmet with the company’s first half-shell mountain bike helmet, the Trabec

While many riders enjoyed the Trabec, I was not one of them. I found the ventilation poor and I never got along with the non-adjustable visor; it always seemed to be in the way. 

POC claims the Tectal is nearly as well vented as the road-going Octal. There are nine vents across the forehead, three over the crown, and five exhaust vents at the rear. My time on the trail confirms POC's claims. Air flows easily through the helmet, making it one of the better vented trail helmets I’ve tested.

Five vents at the rear of the helmet allow air to move through the Tectal
Five vents at the rear of the helmet allow air to move through the Tectal

In addition to being more airy than the Trabec, the Tectal is also lighter, with a very respectable weight of 340g.

The Tectal also resolves my visor complaints. The visor can easily be adjusted out of the wearer’s line of sight. The anodized pivots and setscrew that hold the visor in place give this helmet a high-end look.

The Tectal has an adjustable visor. An anodized screw holds the visor in the preferred position: The Tectal has an adjustable visor. An anodized screw holds the visor in the preferred position
The Tectal has an adjustable visor. An anodized screw holds the visor in the preferred position: The Tectal has an adjustable visor. An anodized screw holds the visor in the preferred position

Coverage is very good. The Tectal sits reassuringly low around the wearer’s head, providing protection around the temples and base of the skull.

There’s no MIPS system in this helmet, though POC does use an Aramid fiber grid for protection and incorporates the Recco reflector system, which is used by first responders to locate lost or injured riders.

The Tectal offers excellent coverage
The Tectal offers excellent coverage

While the price puts it at the high end of the spectrum, the Tectal is stylish, well vented and provides ample coverage.

Josh Patterson

Tech Editor, US
Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Age: 35
  • Height: 170cm / 5'7"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 72cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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