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    The secret blend.

    Nobody likes wearing bulky knee pads, but sometimes you just have to. Until now, that is. POC Joint VPD Knee Protectors provide the protection of a bulky hardshell knee pad with the slim design and breathability of a soft pad.

    The secret is Visco-Elastic Polymer Dough, or VPD. This modified polyurethane foam is soft and pliable. In a hard impact, however, it instantly hardens into a protective shell. These VPD pads are placed in the front and sides of the knee protector and held in place with stretchy, breathable neoprene. High-abrasion areas are then covered with an abrasion-resistant aramid fabric.

    • Visco-Elastic polymer dough padding
    • Padding at front and sides of knee cap
    • Stretchy, perforated neoprene construction
    • Aramid cloth covering
    • Item #POC0075

    Tech Specs

    aramid, VPD (visco-elastic polymer dough)
    Protection Area
    Recommended Use
    downhill, freeriding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Safety first

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Very pleased with these knee protectors. I have skinny legs so I originally bought these in a size small and they were very tight, got the mediums and fit like a champ. No problems with how they feel on your knees when you're riding. Haven't worn them to much but I got a good feeling these protectors will go the distance and not get worn out, they seem very durable.

    Vital Protection, Durable

      If you have not deduced from the many other reviews, these VPD Knee Protectors are legit. My thigh circumference is 24 inches and I wear a size Large comfortably and they do not slide down during rough, technical descents (an issue I have had with other pads). I do think they are ideal for lift access gravity riding and great to bring along on any mountain bicycling adventure that has a long, consistent descent. They are not the easiest to pedal in mainly because they do not breathe well and during long climbs I usually strap them to my Osprey Raptor Pack. Finally, the aramid cloth covering has survived multiple crashes without any tears. Amazing for any bike protective wear.
      Feel free to contact me directly with any questions about these POC Pads or anything mountain bike related.
      Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead

      Vital Protection, Durable


      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I like the way these pads form to your knees and they never move around or slide down. I can pedal for days and forget that I'm wearing these pads. No hinderance when climbing and good protection for most trail riding. I 've worn these for about 12 rides so far and I would buy them again.

      VPD is RAD! Measure your legs!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These pads are more protection than I was expecting. The VPD material is soft and molds with your body as you heat up and move around, and the coverage around the knee and upper shin is stellar. I'm a lot less fearful charging down some gravely trails when I have these on. They have slid down my legs a little at times, but with the velcro fasteners it takes a quick adjustment to tighten them up around my thigh. Probably more than you need on friendly cross country trails, but I am happy to have these when its cooler or when the trail starts to get rocky. I originally purchased the size small thinking I'm on the smaller end of the riding population, but I should have measured my legs before ordering! Turns out I needed a size Medium and the sizing chart is correct. I'm 5'5" and 140 lbs and the small wouldn't fit over my knee..

      Great Set of Pads!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Pads work great!. I ride all-mountain most of the time. lots of peddling but enjoying the downhill for sure. These pads stay in place to where I forget that they are there. I do sweat but they don't slip down. They have a nice low profile so riding 15mi with them isn't an issue. Also I have pretty thick legs/calfs and the size large fit nice. I'm 203, 5'11"

      Keep them knees right

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Bought these after falling too many times which seemed preventable. I like these pads but wonder if there are better ones. maybe because they're not entirely worn in yet and havent molded but on 100 degree rides in TX, they slip the sweatier I get. Otherwise, they do what they're supposed to, protect you.

      Don't even notice the hits!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I'm pretty new to mountain biking, which means I fall. A lot. Like a lot a lot. Kyle and Geoff convinced me it was time to go with kneepads to lessen the impact as I go tumbling through the woods.

      I decided to go with these POC ones because I liked the style and they looked comfortable. That being said, I'm happy I chose them. After my first ride I declared "Yeah I didn't really need these...". Kyle told me to look at my knees and all of the dirt and twigs on my kneepads was evidence that I very much did need them. Best part was that I didn't feel a single hit.

      These kneepads are stiff and protective but still conform to your leg. The padding is somewhat dense, but they are still light. It may be that I just don't have sweaty knees, but as of now I have yet to drench them in sweat: they stay comfortable. You could ride uphill with them, but I would rather just put them on once I got the top. You'd need to take off your shoes to put them on, but I'm okay with that.

      Getting them seated right can be a bit finnicky due to the grippy silicone, but once they are in place they stay in place. I found the velcro strap to be rather unnecessary because the sleeve itself is good enough holding them up.

      If you're looking for an AM/Trail kneedpad then this are great. They could also be used for some light DH action, but aren't going to be as burly as full shin pads.

      Feel free to contact me!



      Don't even notice the hits!

      Happy Knees

      My buddy did some damage to his knee earlier this season so I decided it was time I invest in protection. I couldn't be happier with these guys. I purchased a size Medium and they fit well, stay in place and don't cause any irritation. I mainly ride XC but when I take on the trails at Deer Valley and the like, I feel much more confident that I am not going to ruin my summer.

      Happy Knees

      Protect those precious knees.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Whether it's a small spill or a big spill, my knees are always a point of impact in some way, so I decided it was time to invest in protecting them. I have enough scars on them already, why add more.

      I actually bought another, cheaper, brand first, but I wasn't satisfied with the fit and comfort level. I have a POC helmet that is very high quality so I went with their knee pads, figuring the same. What a good choice! They fit really well, don't slide down my leg, don't get overly hot and aren't too bulky. Most importantly they keep my knees safe. I really forget they are on after a few minutes of riding. I ride mostly XC and some all-mountain, so I spend a lot of time in the saddle, and I love climbing, so bulky hot knee pads weren't going to work for me. After the ride they are of course soaked with sweat, but dry out pretty quickly and do not stink up my gear bag.

      I really can't recommend them enough. Very high quality materials and fit you'd expect from POC, very much worth the few extra bucks you'll have to spend to get them. I am about 6'1" and 200 lbs. and the large fit me great.

      Update: Over 1 year later and I can say these are very durable. I have had a few spills with them on in the last year, including one that probably would have destroyed my knee had I not been wearing them. I walked away unscathed (well, my knee anyway). I wear them on every ride now, since you can never anticipate when you'll need them, and frankly I forget they're there.

      I did a 6-hour endurance race recently and I as the only guy wearing knee protection. When the race was over a bunch of guys had bloody knees. Not me!


      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      They have saved my knees many of times! I have had a few good wipeouts while on the trail and have never felt any of the (in the knee area anyway) while using thees pads. They do tend to slide down just a little but not enough to keep them from doing their job. All in all, for the price they are a solid knee guard.

      Offer superior protection

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I've only used these about 4 times as I got them late in the season, but my initial review on these are they work and feel great, each time I rode with them it was for 3 hrs and longer and didn't feel any rubbing or discomfort.

      Great product

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I was a little concerned with the sizing since I'm 6'2 and 265 pounds. The lack of an XL was a little concerning. When the product arrived I was able to get them on but they were tight. I decided to give them a try instead of returning them and was very pleased to say by the end of my ride I didn't notice I was still wearing them. They adjusted perfectly during the ride and I ended up wearing them on the ride home because I forgot to take them off.

      I have also fallen with them on and they did a great job. I'm a bit of a new rider so I fall a lot and these have saved my knees.

      Offers Great Protection

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      These knee pads offer a tight fit that will ensure they don't move around. These pads I have noticed to tend to run slightly small. The protect these pads offer are top notch. The foam in the pads feel like memory foam. The foam become softer and more movable as they heat up from your body heat. They absorb and impact really well insuring your knees will be safe. My only complaint is that these don't vent heat all that well. The back of the knee is covered as well which can make these pads very hot and sweaty in middle of summer. However, It seems to be a trade off for full protection. You can't beat the safety and quality of a POC product. I have owned numerous POC products in the past and have yet to be disappointed.

      Nice, but...

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I found them to be quality protection, but have two issues:

      They rub my knee cap while pedaling to the point my skin is raw after 1 1/2 hour ride.

      On one of the pads the stitching is coming undone at the bottom of the VPD pad.

      I really wanted to like them, and got a great deal, but I may go back to the Kyle Straits.

      If you're close, size up

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I was right at the top end measure for the small size based on my thigh (10cm above kneecap). I tried the smalls and they fit too tight around my lower thigh, couldn't get my full range of motion wearing them. Going to give the mediums a go. Protection wise these seem solid, and the top and bottom straps give you some room for adjustment.

      Love em so far

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I have used this pads on just one 25 mile ride ride so far. Have yet to crash but the vpd works like magic when bending and punching the pad. Mine are a bit small but hoping they will stretch out a bit. On the ride I did 3000 ft of climbing all with the pads on. Great flex and did not feel overheated.

      How do you size these? They are not listed...

      How do you size these? They are not listed in the size chart