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POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guard


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    22 Reviews


    Arm yourself appropriately.

    Ripping down flowing singletrack and blistering downhill courses is stupidly fun, but it doesn't come without consequences when you bail off your bike or fall at high speeds. Engineered to soften the blow from crashes, the POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guard protects your knees from impact when you're trail riding and slaying downhill courses. The 3D-molded VPD foam stays pliable when you're riding, stiffening upon impact to absorb the punishment of crashes and trail mishaps. Its perforated design keeps you cool when you're riding, helping to prevent sweat build-up on hot summer rides. Plus, you'll find an elasticized hook-and-loop strap for a secure, adjustable fit. Note that these pads are slim enough to wear under your favorite trail shorts and riding pants.

    • 3D-molded VPD foam protection
    • Perforated design
    • Elasticized hook-and-loop strap
    • Item #POC0182

    Tech Specs

    Protection Area
    Recommended Use
    downhill, cross country, all-mountain
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

    Tech Specs

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    Light and Comfortable!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've now ridden with these about 15 times or so. I find them to be super comfortable and lightweight when you are spending the day descending. I would not ride these as my "everyday" knee pad, more so for a day at the bike park or riding shuttle laps. I'd go with the lightweight version if you are looking for that! They are a bit uncomfortable for the uphill, but they stay put for the day!

    Certainly not light compared to the 661 Rage Hard Knee, which was a great pad (Hey, 661 you are exceedingly dumb for completely changing that pad!) And I use the POC's for long all mountain rides (3+ hours), and for me they are *not* uncomfortable pedaling uphill--quite the opposite: they are super comfortable pedaling uphill. I've done two hour climbs while wearing them without issue. Great pad. Heavier and warmer than the 661 Rage Hard Knee, which I use on alternate days. Both stay in place and do not slip down. I've crashed many times with the Rage Hard Knee, and I've walked away unscathed. The first day I wore the POC's I went down hard in the rocks in Moab, and even though there was a stripe up the middle of the knee pad(presumably from impacting a rock), I didn't feel a thing. Durability is the best I've seen in any knee pad. My POC's are on their third season, and the elastic is just now starting to lose its stretch. No rips or tears in the material, and the stitching is holding up fine.

    Protection is key

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Protect yourself before you wreck yourself. These pads are great and I have already taken some spills with them and they have held up exactly as intended. I went down pretty hard and I didnt feel my knees hit at all but they are still plenty flexible to pedal in and wont bug you too much on longer rides. Highly recommend any of the POC Joint VPD line.

    P.O.C It To Me.

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Great knee pads, awesome price, worth the money. Sums up a couple of highlights about these pads. At first they were very tight even with me being right in the range for a proper fit using the mediums. However after one ride with them being able to heat up and mold to my leg they fit and feel great.

    Will feel to tight at first. Then will loosen up after a ride or so.

    Necessary Apparel

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small

    Taking spills and striking immovable objects is assured in mountain biking. These pads from POC will give you adequate protection should the inevitable occur. They are a bit bulky and very warm, but they take good care of your vulnerable knees. Worth throwing on for park laps or burly trail rides.

    Great pads, might be a little much for XC

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I love these pads. Fit is great and they're not too hot. Don't have anything bad to say about them. If you are looking for something and bike lots of miles you might want o check out the "air" version on them.

    Great fit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Very comfortable for pedaling and all day wear. I wear these for all riding. Have held up great over the last year. Stitching is holding up well. My only complaint is the left knee squeaks a little(pad inside the sleeve) but it's nothing that prevents me from wearing them. One of the most comfortable pair of knee pads I've used.

    the real deal

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I picked these up for days when the VPD Air guards aren't up to the task. Namely bike park days (jumps / features) or DH shuttle runs (roots, rocks). They offer the best protection in the POC lineup without being too heavy. They also feature straps above and below the knee to help keep them secure. The VPD material is amazing stuff, and it's much more comfortable than a hard-shelled guard while offering the same (if not better) protection. I didn't have any fit issues and mine stay put, even when pedaling hard. I went with a medium based on the measurements below / above the knee. These are a little spendy but worth the price!

    Great pads but buyer beware

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've had these pads for about 4 months now, the pads are great with a few is the sizing chart here on Backcountry, which still hasn't been fixed, it shows the above knee circumference to be smaller on the large than the medium...which is clearly wrong, because of that I ordered an XL which ended up way to big and had to return for a smaller size, thankfully Backcountry has an excellent return policy.

    The next issue I noticed just recently while cleaning the pads, a flaw that explains why I've had slippage on one pad. One of the rubber strips above the knee appears to be sewn inside out, so it's a smoother surface than the more aggressive textured strips, which leads to the knee pad slipping above the knee while riding. Unfortunately after 4 months of use not sure if there's anything I can do about that issue, just bad quality control on what would otherwise be an amazing product.

    Great pads but buyer beware

    Very good

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Overall, very solid knee guards. Just keep in mind that you are pretty much always making some sort of compromise with knee guards. Either super heavy duty hard-shells that suck and are annoying, or light weight enduro guards that you can ride forever in but shred easily. These are in between.

    Pros: Heavy duty construction - I've scrapped these against plenty of rocks and they show almost no wear.
    Protection - The pads work very well. I've banged my knee several times without pain or injury. The rest of the material is very sturdy and resists abrasions.

    Cons: Feel - the interior of the material is pretty rough, and extended pedaling leaves my knees a bit raw.
    Price - these things are pretty much twice the price of comparable knee pads, not really sure if they're worth the extra cost or not.

    ended up being too small...

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    ordered these in size small based on the size chart (I'm 14in over the knee), but the fit was too tight - I couldn't even get the kneepads in place over my knees (let alone expect to be able to move my legs in them). These are also a a little bulkier than I expected based on the description. Not sure if I 'll be trying these again in a different size. They are very lightweight and seem well-constructed though.

    Killer Knee Pads

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These pads are awesome. Super comfy, easy to pedal in, and best of all they STAY ON. I've had these things for several months now and haven't had any issues; no sagging or stretching out. Sometimes i forget that they are on after a ride. A bit more expensive than others out there, but worth the money in my opinion and i would definitely recommend to others.

    Great Pads!!!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These pads are super comfortable, and allow full range of motion while peddling. I have been using them while I get used to clipless peddles, so there have been a few times I tipped over with the bike still attached. They have been great at protecting the old knees. The only complaint that I have is that the run small. I am measured smack in the middle of the medium, but those were way too tight. Large fits well though. All in all I would highly recommend these.

    Hard to tell how it fits unless you try

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I got the XL size and it fits well. I got the L for elbows as XL would be too lose. Too bad there is no place around me to try before buying. I had to order all sizes and then return half of them.

    Get newer version.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are good but there's no padding on the top of the knee. POC has a newer version, that i don't see listed here, that has separate vpd padding on the top and burlier straps. Get those!

    Tim, did you order these? do they have separate panel of padding on top? The ones I'm referring to are still the 2.0's. Mine are a few years old now and I saw some in a bike shop last year that had the extra srtip of padding on top. It's hard to tell but on pocs website the pics of these have a slightly wider top strap. As long as backcountry isn't still selling back stock of the old ones, I would imagine these would be the new version.. although the pic is of the old ones.

    Sick pads

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are the first knee pads I've owned so I can't compare them with other brands. However, they are exactly as described. Light, extremely flexible and they fit according to the size chart. I ride in Asia and during the summer months it is extremely humid. These pads do heat up and get sweaty, but I found that they do stay in place. They've already saved me a few times.

    They are totally worth the price.

    Awesome pads

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These are extremely protective, comfortable and breathable. The VPD acts almost like memory form and molds around your knee so they fit nice and snug but not overly tight. I use them on downhill trails and they have protected me very well. I highly recommend this product, nice work POC!

    Great-but a bit too "great" for XC-trail

      Far better quality than 661, superb design. But for XC-trail use, with lots of climbing and miles of pedaling, a bit on the heavy side. Striaght out of box and trying them on, then scale comparison even to the 661 DH D30s, could see all of the above. Wish POC had a "Lite" version for use with my 100mm SID M429er! Was hoping to the replace the lower quality 661 XC pads, not the DHs.

      Unanswered Question

      On the size chart for Joint VPD Knee, are the inch measurements listed correct for the 10 cm above knee cap circumference? Small is listed as 14-6 to 16.1 in., medium is listed as 16.1 to 17.7 in., but large is listed as 15 to 16.5 in., which would make it smaller than the medium? It seems like this must be wrong. I don't want to order this gift without knowing that I'm ordering the correct size.

      Does this come as a pair or is this a...

      Does this come as a pair or is this a single?

      What should be the mesurement for the abow...

      What should be the mesurement for the abow and bellow of the knee for this sizes? (X-large)