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POC Joint VPD 2.0 Shin Pads

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    Riding without shin pads will leave you banged up, bruised, bloody, and will make passers-by wonder if you're walking around downtown with a gnarly case of leg leprosy, so the POC Joint VPD 2.0 Shin Pads are really an investment in social decency. They’re comfortable, too, courtesy of a stretchy inner sleeve and elastic hook-and-loop strap that keep your pads glued to your shins, rather than flapping around your ankles. And, of course, they'll keep your shins from getting shredded, with flexible VPD 2.0 padding that's soft until impact, at which moment it hardens up to provide serious hard-shell protection with a pedal-friendly soft-shell feel. The outer fabric is reinforced with Kevlar to help fight off abrasion, and the shin pad is designed to interface with POC knee pads, if you're looking to really armor up.

    • 3D-molded VPD 2.0 padding
    • Kevlar-reinforced fabric
    • Stretchy inner sleeve
    • Elastic hook-and-loop strap
    • Item #POC0137

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [pad] VPD (visco-elastic polymer dough)
    Closure
    hook-and-loop
    Protection Area
    shins
    Recommended Use
    downhill
    Manufacturer Warranty
    1 year

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    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I ride in Houston, which means relatively flat, technical, rooty, and scraggly trails. After an eight year hiatus and in my early thirties, I decided to buy a sweet trail bike and get back at it. Needless to say, I'm heavier, slower, and huskier (for now), and have eaten it a number of times. Last week was the worst, when I came back with thigh to angle gashes, cuts, scratches, you name it, after a few endos, bedtimes, etc. Enough about me...

    I'm titling my review this way because if you're like me, you love riding, but hate the worry that you're going to beef it and put yourself out of work.

    I did some research on the bike mags, and found very good things about the POC's. Ditto other buyer reviews. Wanting more coverage than the knee articulation, I decided to check out the long knee pads. I was worried about flexibility, excess coverage, bulk, and general dorkiness.

    Two days of riding in, I can say the following:
    - Ten minutes into your first ride, you forget you're wearing them. They also stretch out (they'll be a little small out of the box) just a bit, which is perfect.
    - Protection is top notch: my knees still covered in heavy bruising from the previous week, I laid the bike down once or twice on light rock beds and didn't feel a thing. Not exaggerating, they felt like a pillow of high-viscosity goo.
    - They don't ride down. You have two straps to keep them in place. Even in humid Houston, there's no slipping/sliding down your leg.
    - They look kind of bad-ass.

    Warning: I'm 6'3

    They definitely protect your shins

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small

    Personally I think they are a bit bulky and over powered for a trail pad. I also believe that if you're riding downhill, you should just rock a full knee/shin pad. That all being said, If you ride trail and downhill and don't want to buy two sets of pads then buying these with the VPD 2.0 knee pad would be an excellent option.

    comfortable once you find the right size

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    aside from their large logo placement, POC makes great products, and these shin guards were no exception. it was difficult finding my size using the online guide even from their website so I ended up requesting all three sizes to try. I'm 5'6" with a shin length of approximately 16.5" and a calf width of approximately 15.5" and went with the medium with plenty of room to "grow" via the velcro straps. the small fit my calf width just the same, but I went with the longer medium since I was going to put these over the knee pads anyway.



    like I said originally, their product logo is kind of annoying being that I have the knee and these shins the POC logo kind of stands out.

    does anyone know if these will pair well with thePOC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guard?

    Can't really find a good sizing guide. ...

    Can't really find a good sizing guide. POC website just shows the length of the pad but doesn't have recommended calf circumference ranges. I am 6'1" and 14.5" calf. Medium or Large?