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Flexible, durable, comfortable.

It used to be that if you wanted real protection from boulders and trees, you were stuck with plastic-cap armor that you strapped onto your limbs with rough hook-and-loop straps. Needless to say, it wasn’t the easiest to ride in, and it would chafe like crazy. Those times are long gone, thankfully, and the latest generation of armor, like the POC Joint VPD 2.0 Elbow Guard, has arrived.

VPD is a soft-until-you-hit-it armor that’s flexible and easy to ride while wearing, but it hardens on impact to protect your bones from injury. And, in place of those horrible straps of old is a spandex sleeve that slides right up your arm, keeping the armor in place, wicking moisture, and not causing injury to your skin. You’ll still find top and bottom straps, but they’re reinforcements, instead of primary retention.

  • VPD armor is soft until impact, then hardens to protect
  • Spandex sleeve
  • Hook-and-loop straps top and bottom for extra security

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3 5

Great protection, but not the best fit..

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These worked great on cross country, but kept slipping when I went riding a true downhill course at Sunrise Ski Park, AZ. I had to stop all of the time to readjust. The only time I got them to stay up, the forearm part cut off blood circulation, then my hands and arms would go numb.

The forearm straps are the problem. They are in the wrong place ( too far down the arm) and not flexible - and are also awkward to tighten because they have no give, and are poorly designed.

What's interesting is that, unlike the forearm strap, the bicep strap is designed to flex, but is too long and cannot be tightened enough.

So, why rate them 3 stars? Well, because I did crash 3 times, and my elbows were totally protected, but lucky, I readjusted these right before each crash.

2 5

Runs small, funky fit for women

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Couldn't make this work. Ordered size S per size chart, but too snug to pull up my arm. I'd blame all the arm wrestling, but the Six Six One Rage size S was way loose on these guns.

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Why didn't you try a medium?? To busy arm wrestling?

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Blergh. Good Q. After ordering and returning a slew of too-big smalls in other brands, I lost some momentum. Then I went to an actual store and tried on actual pads! And I got myself a pair of size S G-form that resulted in world peace.

5 5

Good quality

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm right at the end of size large. They fit Ok but not very comfy. They stay on well even w/o straps. A bit thigh fit but better this way than having the XL sliding down. I did try the XL to, but although comfy I had to pull the straps to the max. With wear they would have become too large anyway.

5 5

Confidence Booster

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I feel pretty bulletproof with these on. I've tested them on several crashes, and have walked away from a couple big ones with scratches or less by simply taking the impact with my elbows. Much more comfortable than using hands or shoulders.

The mediums fit me very well (bicep 13", forearm 11") with little tendency to slip during riding. I've worn them on trails with up to 2500' continuous downhill (Dr.'s Park in Crested Butte, Porcupine Rim) and never had to stop to adjust them - granted, I did adjust them when stopped for other reasons.

I don't like to wear them on long uphills because collecting sweat is inevitable. Not de-rating because they vent better than I expected.

Is this a set of two?

Is this a set of two?

Big forearms

Big forearms

i'm a climber and have some bigger forearms. i can close these securely enough, but even with the largest size, there's only barely enough overlap.

4 5

Well Protected

I use my knee pads more frequently than these, but they're great to have in my car or pack when needed. I think that difference really has to do with my style of riding and the terrain I ride (nothing too intense: XC and lift-accessed intermediate to advanced trails, but few jumps or features). My elbows just don't feel as exposed as my knees, but I'm sure that will change as my riding progresses. The pads themselves fit great and the VPD technology is particularly impressive.

4 5

Invest in your Joint Health

A lot of people that wear knee pads don't wear elbow pads, and i guess that's cool for them. I like the extra piece of mind having elbow pads. Also, I scrape my arms up often enough in a crash that I figure it's only a matter of time before more than a scrape is coming.

POC VPD material is really cool. it's flexible and actually conforms to your body after it warms up. However, in the split second of an impact, it firms up and deflects/absorbs the blow. I've only had one casual wreck with them, but my elbow felt great. I have confidence these will protect from anything short of hitting a sharp point of a rock straight on. I figure they breathe a little better than the DH version because they don't have the hard plastic layer.

Only reason they get 4 stars is because they're warm and i'm holding out for more breathability. Some day...