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Tougher than nails.
Back when we were kids, people used to stick a batter's helmet on their heads and wrap some old carpet around their legs and call it bike padding. Times change, though, and what used to considered gnarly riding would now get you laughed off the children's pump track, so repurposed helmets and old rugs just don't cut it anymore when it comes to protection. POC's Joint VPD 2.0 DH Long Knee Guards, though, are designed to keep up with the ever-rowdier trajectory of DH riding.
Don't get the VPD 2.0 DH Long confused with the regular VPD 2.0, or the shorter VPD 2.0 DH, though. The DH Long version has the same stretchy neoprene sleeve and hook-and-loop closure strap, but it brings in a hard shell to provide extra protection and less friction against the ground, so you slide rather than shred when you fall onto your knees and shins.
Both VPD pads also share the same VPD padding, which is soft and flexible until impact, at which point it hardens almost instantly to absorb the impact that your knees would otherwise take, but the Long provides more shin protection, which you'll love if your legs look like hamburger meat after taking countless shots from pedals and rocks. The upshot? If you're planning on getting gnarly, the VPD 2.0 DH Long Knee Guard is an investment your legs will thank you for making.
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Awesome Downhill/Jumping pads
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
These POC downhill pads are excellent for use in bike parks, fast downhill riding, and techy riding where you aren't planning on tons of cardio pumping pedaling. I wouldn't choose these pads for scenarios where you know you are going for mileage. I've used these at Big Bear downhill park in California, and they performed beautifully, without moving thanks to the interior neoprene strips. I prefer them against the skin, but with a snug long sleeves, they are easy to get placed and they stay put just as good. After several spills wearing these, they show some wear on the plastic, which is to be expected, but the sleeve still looks great, no wear on the material, and have held up after countless rides. The comfort continues to surprise me, in a variety of temperatures. if over 85 degrees, and pedaling in the desert, I would say these wont be your coolest option. I am 5'6", fairly square a muscular build and I purchased size large, with little room to spare. Based off of POCs size chart, it is worth staying on the safe side and ordering larger.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Great protection purchased for AM single track. Can wear all day even in summer heat. Stays in place even with a lot of pedaling and does not move. Several falls and so far so good, pads protected well and didn't move. Runs small.