The POC Joint VPD Elbow Pads offer serious protection, yet they're designed for situations where full-on body armor seems a bit overkill. Part of the beauty of the Joint VPD pad design is the slim nature, allowing them to be worn easily underneath a jersey -- you can look casual and be safe at the same time.
POC encases a VPD cushion over the elbow joint just inside a tough aramid/lycra material for abrasion resistant, yet lightweight protection. The Joint Elbow Pads are designed so that a bend is the "normal" position, as few of us ride straight-armed for any length of time and it's frustrating to be fighting with your pads while riding. VPD, or visco-elastic polymer dough, is something special. If you work it slowly in your hands, it's soft and conforms easily around shapes. But slam something, like a rock or tree into it, and it becomes instantly hard. And in that instant, comfort becomes protection via some molecular magic. VPD is more comfortable and outperforms other "soft armor" designs in safety testing. After all, that's the point isn't it?
The POC Joint VPD Elbow Pads use one elasticized velcro strap above the elbow to hold them firmly in place. They come in Black and are available in Small, Medium, and Large sizes.
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Rear view of the elbow protector showing breathable fabric, velcro strap and the silicon band to keep the elbow protector up on your arm.
Elbow pads have to be the hardest thing in the world to make well, since no one seems to be able to do it. POC is really close with these, but not quite there. They're super comfortable, but in Whistler breaking bumps, they'll slip down and be hanging around your wrist by the end Freight Train for sure.
I bought a large and like the POC Knee Protectors, they felt a little tight. My arms started to sweat, but the silicon strip in the lining kept the elbow protector in one place.
I don't exactly have chicken arms, but these won't stay in place once they get sweaty. They don't have a lower strap, and the upper strap is too long (can't get it tight enough and still velco. They're going into the back of the closet, and I'm buying some Fox ones. And they're expensive too
Why no sizes other than large?
I'm no neanderthal, I need a pair of smalls for my tiny Swedish man arms!
Just picked up the joint vpd elbow and knee pad from POC. The quality of this armor from POC is very solid and feels great. Having the flexibility and protection from POC makes a huge difference in my opinion. The elbow protector fits perfect but the knee pad seems a bit small. I have smaller calves but my quads are on the bigger side and so I'm going to have to size up to the large as it isn't very easy to pedal with them cutting off blood circulation =)
I highly recommend getting these pads... even if they are a little more expensive I feel the comfort level through flexibility is all worth it. Just make sure you check your sizing.
This is a great Elbow pad. The velcro strap on the top keeps them right where they should be at all times. POC costs a bit more than other brands but they are dedicated to making high quality products. I would recommend these to anyone who wants a solid elbow pad. The Knee Pads are great as well.