POC Trabec Race MIPS
With a knack for hip Swedish design, POC Sports has swept the mountain bike scene with its helmets. Riders of all types are sporting the intelligently designed protection for a variety of disciplines.
The latest innovation from POC sees the integration of the MIPS (multi-directional impact system) into a few of the company’s top-selling helmets. The bells and whistles found on the MIPS version of the Trabec Race increase its price from $179 to $200, but the protection benefits of the new version are worth it. The MIPS is designed specifically to greatly reduce potential brain trauma from a cranial impact.
“The new MIPS technology mimics one of the safety systems which already exist in the human head. When the head is subjected to an oblique impact, the brain can slide along a membrane on the inner surface of the skull, which reduces the forces transmitted to the brain,” explains Nat Ross of POC. “In a helmet equipped with MIPS technology, the shell and the liner are separated by a low friction layer. When subjected to an oblique impact, the low friction layer allows for a small rotation of the shell in relation to the liner. Experimental tests show a significant reduction of the forces to the brain.”
For additional protection, a Kevlar liner wraps the outer surface of the helmet. Sandwiched between the polycarbonate outer shell and EPS liner foam, the aramid fiber (Kevlar) greatly increases the helmet’s durability and protective properties.
Offering extended peace of mind over just a traditional helmet, the MIPS system also creates a snug-fitting inner enclosure that wraps your head like a fitted cap. Simple straps with minimal plastic give the helmet a clean look, but it has limited chinstrap adjustments. Affixed to the outer shell rather than internally, like other helmets, the strap system does little to single-handedly snug the helmet to your head but an easily adjustable rear retention system creates a snug fit. Once adjusted to your personal preference, the helmet fits well.
Weighing in at 393 grams, the MIPS Trabec Race is not the lightest helmet on the market, but very well could be the safest. It fits very comfortably, which makes the extra weight less of an issue.
Though the Trabec Race features only a few small vents, ventilation is enhanced utilizing internal flow channels that allow air to circulate through the helmet, over your head and out the rear vents. Though not quite as ventilated as some high-end road and XC lids, ventilation is sufficient considering the helmet’s added protective properties.
POC’s creative blend of style, functionality, and safety makes POC’s Trabec Race MIPS helmet a winner in our book.