New POC Kortal Race gets a MIPS upgrade

POC trail helmet
(Image credit: POC)

The Kortal Race MIPS is a new Swedish safety collaboration, aimed specifically at trail and enduro riders.

POC’s product team has essentially taken the helmet development trajectory established with its Tectal and given it more structure, coverage and the most advanced slip-plane liner available.

The safety architecture of this new POC helmet uses extended material zones in the temple areas and base of the skull, to enhance coverage.

Visors are an important visual comfort aid when riding in summer and to prevent them from adding leverage force onto the neck, in the event of an accident, POC’s Kortal Race MIPS has a patented breakaway peak.

POC Kortal

(Image credit: POC)

Better MIPS 

The big news is inside the new Kortal, it's a MIPS MTB helmet but uses the recently released Integra liner from MIPS. It provides the same shear protection during an angular impact, yet it's nearly invisible and neatly integrated.

Helping you deal with the unfortunate consequences of a rather big crash, the Kortal Race MIPS also features an independent POC NFC Medical ID. By simply using NFC technology, a responding medical team will be able to extract all your necessary information, if you are unconscious.

Some of the clever ergonomic design touches that POC has applied to its new trail helmet include a dedicated eyewear stowage at the rear. Goggle use is also seamless and without annoyance. Riders have adequate room under the peak to store goggles when not in use.

As one would expect from a POC helmet, this new Kortal Race MIPS has excellent safety certification, which includes the latest Dutch NTA 8776 e-bike helmet standard.  

Available in three sizes and five colors, the weight rating for a Kortal Race MIPS is 390g (small and medium) or 470g (large).

Lance Branquinho
Freelance writer

Lance Branquinho is a Namibian-born journalist who graduated to mountain biking after injuries curtailed his trail running. He has a weakness for British steel hardtails, especially those which only run a single gear. As well as Bike Perfect, Lance has written for, and Cycling News.