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POC Tectal Mountain Bike Helmet Review: Why It’s My FAVORITE Helmet

When you are riding down the trail you have a lot to think about: which line to take, when to shift down, where you’re going to stop for a milkshake after this epic ride is over.  You don’t want your helmet taking up any of your precious brain power, but you do want it to protect your noggin. 

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This is why I like the POC Tectal — the lightweight construction has plenty of ventilation to keep my head cool, the straps are comfortable, and there are no weird pressure points.  Added bonus: the built-in adjustable visor helps keep the sun out of my eyes, so there’s another thing I don’t have to worry about.

After two decades of mountain biking, the POC Tectal is the only helmet I’ve ever purchased more than once.  I have two: one in white and one in pink, and my husband rocks the Tectal as well.

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Review in a Nutshell


  • Full coverage
  • Comfortable, easily adjustable straps
  • No pressure points
  • Includes Recco reflector
  • Adjustable visor
  • Fun colors


  • Larger profile
  • No MIPS technology
  • Hard to wear with a pony-tail
  • Visor screw falls out easily


  • 343 grams
  • EPS liner, Outer PC shell

Price & Where To Buy:

POC Tectal Video Review


Usually when I try a new helmet on in the bike shop, it feels great.  I go ride for an hour or two, and it still feels great.  But then, at hour 3 or 4 (or 24) it suddenly starts to hurt somewhere, slightly annoying at first until finally it hurts enough to take an ibuprofen. 

With the POC Tectal, I’ve never had any “pressure point” issues.  And based on comments from other friends, riders, and fellow reviewers, it seems that other people would agree.

Same goes for the straps.  I might be challenged, but I often struggle to get straps positioned correctly around my ears, so that either I look like a total dork or they are rubbing my ears just enough to drive me crazy. 

The straps on the POC Tectal, thankfully, have a marvelous no-adjustment-required splitter around the ears that keep things looking tidy and feeling comfortable.  All helmets should have this design for their straps.

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The helmet loosens or tightens via a fit dial at the rear.  It is easy to operate, even one-handed and with gloves on, should you choose to adjust it while cruising down the trail.

The one issue I do have with the Tectal – that I haven’t seen in any of the male-written reviews out there – is the pony-tail problem.  Because of the deep-coverage that the Tectal provides, there isn’t any room for a ponytail. 

I end up having to do a low pony or braid which I don’t love because of the heat/sweat factor, but it is a worthwhile trade-off for the comfort and safety of the Tectal.

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Whether or not you like the looks of the POC Tectal is largely a matter of personal preference.  The profile is larger than other helmets, so if you like a slimmer shell, pass on by.  Personally I think the Tectal looks rad – it has a hard-core enduro look that will make you look pro even if you’re just cruising down the blue runs at the bike park.

POC Tectal Helmet

The other thing I like about POC helmets is the wide variety of colors that they come in.  Don’t offer your favorite color? 

Wait a month and they probably will. They seem to switch up the colors quite frequently.

I also found that the color on the Tectal stays true. Even after a couple years of use, this helmet has stayed colorfast. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my pink POC Trabec.


As you would expect in this price range, the POC Tectal has an adjustable visor.  (Unfortunately the screw has a tendency of falling out, which I’ve had happen several times). 

That said, even when missing said screw, the visor works well – raising up if you choose to wear goggles, and lowering for times of full-sun. POC also offers a replacement screw kit for $5 so you’re not totally out of luck.

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So the POC Tectal is comfortable, it shades your eyes, and it looks good — but what about safety?  After all that’s what a helmet is supposed to be about, right? 

Fortunately, the Tectal will do a good job in saving your noggin in the event of a crash.  The PC outer shell and EPS liner meet all of those standard certs: EN 1078, CPSC 12.03, AS/NZ 2063:2008.

The really cool part of the Tectal is the built-in Recco reflector.  In the unfortunate event that you should become lost or hurt, the Recco reflector bounces a directional signal that can be located by rescuers carrying a Recco detector. 

Of course, it is unlikely that you will ever need it, but if you often ride solo or venture out in the backcountry, the Recco reflector is a good insurance policy.

The one surprising safety miss on the POC Tectal is MIPS.  At this pricepoint and technology-level, you would expect the Tectal to come with MIPS, but it doesn’t. 

If you think that MIPS is nothing more than a marketing gimic, which many people do, this won’t be any big loss – but for folks wanting the safest helmet money can buy, this could be the deciding factor to choose a different lid.

POC Tectal

Bottom-Line: MY Favorite Helmet

The POC Tectal is my helmet of choice.  Even after trying several other mountain bike helmets, I keep coming back to the Tectal – primarily due to its extreme comfort.  If at some point, the Tectal comes in a MIPS version, I’ll switch to that; until, then I’ll keep buying the Tectal in all its array of colors.

Compare to Other Great Mountain Bike Helmets

Not sure if the POC Tectal is right for you?  We’ve created a list of our favorite mountain bike helmets.  See our other recommendations and see how the POC Tectal stacks up against them.

About The Reviewer

kristen bonkoski

Kristen Bonkoski is the founder and owner of Femme Cyclist.

An avid cyclist for a few decades now, she took to cycling during her late teen years — a time when she needed something to help boost her self-esteem and confidence.

Mission accomplished, the sport has become an important part of her life.  Kristen’s favorite disciplines are mountain biking and bike commuting, although you can also find her cranking out a century on her road bike and touring with her husband and son.  If it has to do with two wheels, she enjoys doing it.

Kristen is a certified USA Cycling coach, and she runs Rascal Rides, a website about biking with kids.

IG: @femme_cyclist

2 thoughts on “POC Tectal Mountain Bike Helmet Review: Why It’s My FAVORITE Helmet”

  1. Hello –

    The concept of “a marvelous no-adjustment-required splitter around the ears that keep things looking tidy and feeling comfortable” as you have described is only marvelous if the straps happen to fit your particular anatomy. Strap splitters need to be adjustable. It’s a great helmet, but this has been written about in extensive reviews, and the company has even acknowledged this as a design consideration that will be corrected. Thanks.

  2. Thanks for a review from the female perspective! Bought my own, based on your article. What colour is the helmet your husband has?


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