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Protect and hydrate.
The POC VPD 2.0 Spine Pack 25 gives you everything you'll need for any mountain biking adventure. This pack comes complete with VPD 2.0 back protection for those moments when things go shell-side-down, hydration compatibility to keep you going on hot days, and tons of pockets and storage to hold your phone, mid-ride candy corn snacks, and any other ride necessities.
POC's VPD armor has all the comfy qualities of soft and flexible armor with the strength of hard-shell. It's soft and flexible to move with you as you ride, and hardens instantly in the event of an impact for consistent protection across multiple hits.
- VPD 2.0 back protection system
- Hydration compatible
- Ergonomic shoulder straps
- Heavy-duty elastic waistband
- Item #POC0178
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The quality of the pack is excellent and compared to a full on backpack that I used to wear snowboarding this one is a whole lot lighter given that it is smaller and store less items. There is a good amount of medium and small pockets to store misc items which comes in handy for storing my gopro accessories and replacement batteries when shooting on the slopes. Helmet pouch is a nice novelty but not the easiest to use so I just strap my helmet to one of the side straps for when not wearing. I bought a camel bak insulated bladder to use with the pack and it integrates nicely and fits into the bag well. Back protection is adequate, it doesnt offer as much protection as the POC Ergo spine protector that I had, but having this pack on is a lot more stream lined and comfortable as compared to a full on back protector.
A very roomy bag
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
POC makes great stuff. This is one of them, despite a few things that might throw you off guard if you are not expecting them. First of all, read carefully, because this does not come with a bladder or hose...supply your own choice. Secondly, the backpack is colossal compared to most hydration packs. It has a system/pocket to hold a full faced helmet on the outside of the pack, but you could almost put one on the inside. And a jacket. And food. And an SLR. An a chihuahua. Bottom line: if you want a lightweight streamlined bag, this vacuous baby isn't for you. It's for real men who like the ability to haul 30lbs on their back for an all day epic should they choose. The material seems really tough; I think I would prefer this as a carry-on that I use as a hydration pack..but not one I grab for an hour long ride.