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Protection without the pain.

POC designed the Joint VPD 2.0 Elbow Guard to take the pain out of wearing armor. POC's VPD material is lightweight and flexible, so the elbow guard is comfortable to wear, even on long XC epics. The Joint VPD 2.0 is also well-ventilated  to keep you dry and cool. Body armor doesn't have to be uncomfortable–POC has proven it.

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 Elbow Guard comes in Black and is available in Small, Medium, and Large.

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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?

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Is this a set of two?

Big forearms

Big forearms

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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...