POC's New Tectal and Coron Helmets
With more protection than a cross-country lid, POC's Trabec was one of the earlier so-called trail helmets on the market when it was introduced years ago. The Swedish company is now following that up with their new Tectal, a trail helmet that actually takes some of its DNA from POC's Octal road lid. That fact is most obvious when you compare the main vent layouts of the two, with the Tectal sporting the same basic pattern as the airy Octal. It also features a similar unibody shell construction, but with the aramid bridges system from the Trabec and even more coverage than its predecessor. You won't find any MIPS technology inside of the Tectal, though, as POC's development cycle means that addition likely won't happen until the second year of the helmet's life.
POC will offer two versions of the new Tectal: the standard model will retail for $190 USD, while the Tectal Race will sell for $210 USD and include a removable camera mount, goggle strap retainer and a Recco Reflector that allows a rescue crew to use a special scanner of sorts that can locate you in the bush from a helicopter. Sizes include XS/S, S/M and M/L, with a S/M said to weigh in at 370 grams.
Those looking for more protection than the Tectal might be stoked to see the Coron, a completely new fullface helmet from POC. It features the same understated styling as Cortex, but is said to be even safer due to the M-Forge shell material that greatly ups the helmet's multi-impact performance compared to its predecessor. POC says that M-Forge has previously only been used in the motorsports world, and that the new shell is able to flex and absorb more impact energy than a more traditional shell, all while still being light and durable. According to POC, the Coron is able to better withstand more day to day abuse than the Cortex without losing its ability to protect your head due to the new shell, but also thanks to the multi-impact EPP liner that's found inside. There's also a new breakaway visor design that, as the description suggests, allows the visor to move out of the way rather than snapping into pieces when you scorpion into the ground.
The Coron retails for $450 USD, and you can expect a MIPS version sometime down the road.