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The best of both worlds.
POC designed the Joint VPD 2.0 DH Elbow Guard to withstand just about any crash. The DH version uses the same incredible VPD material as the standard elbow pad, but adds a flexible hard shell cap to really crank up the protection level. The DH Elbow Guard provides all the safety of a big, burly hard shell pad, but VPD makes it lighter and more comfortable. This will probably be the first elbow pad that you won't hate wearing.
Generally speaking, there are two types of body armor: soft, flexible armor that's designed to be comfortable and hard-shell armor that's designed to absorb huge impacts. As logic would dictate, the soft stuff doesn't protect as well and the hard stuff isn't as comfortable. Well, now there's a third kind of armor–POC VPD. As far as we can tell, it's magic. VPD is a soft, flexible foam material that conforms to the contours of your body. However, in the event of an impact, it hardens instantly to provide the protection of a hard shell. It truly is the best of both worlds. Not only that, but VPD is a true multi-impact armor, so the protection level during your 20th crash is the same as it was during your 1st. This is especially important because a fall can often involve several impacts. You don't want your protection level to drop off over the course of a fall, because that last hit might be the hardest.
VPD is lightweight, soft, and flexible, so it's some of the most comfortable armor that we've tried. Another reason that VPD is so comfortable is efficient airflow. POC riddles its VPD material with vents so air flows freely in and out to keep your skin dry and cool, so you don't roast in the heat of the summer and get that nasty, clammy feeling under your pads. The main body of the elbow guard is abrasion-resistant Kevlar-reinforced stretch fabric. POC also uses a static Crash Retention Strap to keep the guard from slipping out of place. At the elbow itself, POC covers the VPD with a flexible hard shell cap to make the Joint VPD 2.0 DH Elbow Guard tough enough to handle the most brutal digger.
The POC Joint VPD 2.0 DH Elbow Guard comes in Black and is available in Small, Medium, and Large.
- Item #POC0183
- Q & A
POC DH Elbow pads
- Fit: True to size
They stay up and don't move even on the most technical descents with speed.
VPD 2.0 DH Line
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
These are pretty bulky but if you want real protection I highly recommend them. The forearm strap does not stretch and will not allow the pad to slide up you arm as it slides through dirt and gravel (which i've done). They also stay put really well while riding. I can't beleive this is the only pad on the market w a non-stretch strap on the forearm, seems like a no brainer.
Stay in place and offer great coverage
I have always had issues finding pads that stay in place and offer good protection, usually those things don't got hand in hand, thankfully POC has stepped in and filled that void.
The first time I wore these I found them to be a bit uncomfortable but after a couple rides they broke in and actually became really comfortable.
There are a couple of things i would change, one is to have it go a bit lower on the forearm to offer a bit more protection and the other is to make them more breathable. On hot days you are hyper aware that you are wearing these pads. But those two things should not stop you from getting these, the fact that they stay in place and are so comfortable outweighs those issues.
They run kind of small so I would say if you are on the edge, go to the next size up.