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POC Hip VPD 2.0 Shorts

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    POC VPD (Visco-Elastic Polymer Dough) makes wearing body armor feel like not wearing body armor, until you crash. Hip VPD 2.0 shorts are actually liner shorts that you can wear under baggies, boardshorts, walkshorts, or even jeans to provide hardshell protection without the bulk or uncomfortable feel of hardshell armor.

    VPD is soft, low profile, and flexible until something hits it. Then it becomes a hard layer of protection instantly. That means the POC Hip VPD shorts are soft and flexible until impact, so they’re completely comfortable all day. The stretchy, ventilated mesh that forms the main body of the shorts provides cooling airflow throughout, to keep you from burning up all day while you ride. VPD panels in the hip and tailbone regions protect the most common impact zones. POC even built a chamois into the Hip VPD shorts to ensure all-day pedaling comfort.

    • VPD protection panels
    • Open mesh main body fabric
    • Built-in chamois
    • Item #POC001V

    Tech Specs

    mesh, VPD
    Recommended Use
    mountain biking

    Tech Specs

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    Good Protection

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XS/S
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    I decided to purchase these after a side fall directly on my hip. Would have saved me a month of discomfort had I had them before my fall. Fit good and provide good protection. There isn't much between your hip and the skin to cushion so this does the trick.

    Good Protection but Chamois is minimal

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I have several POC products and really like them. These shorts had pads in the right place to protect hips and tailbone. However the chamois was really minimal. I ended up returning these.

    Nice protection

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Have worn these on a few shuttle and downhill trips. Overall very nice pair. Fortunately, I have not fallen onto these yet, but at least provides peace of mind. The main pads are not removable for some reason so I hand wash and hang dry just to be safe.

    Not durable

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: medium
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    Really liked them on the first ride, but completely fell apart in the wash. Wish they lasted because they are pretty comfortable to ride in and they saved my ass a few times.

    Huck your meat

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    The POC Hip VPD's are a pretty cool piece of protective gear. I use them for riding bike parks and DH shuttles. The protection they offer is excellent, and the VPD is soft enough that these aren't super bulky under your baggies. That being said, they do feel a bit cumbersome, and because of that I don't wear them for trail rides. The fit is true to size. I can't really comment on the Chamois as I haven't worn them for any long rides.

    Saved my ass...literally....

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This was my first POC VPD 2.0 product and I have only had good experiences with it so far. I originally bought this for skiing and it served me well. I had some nice falls onto ice and some hidden rocks, one fall was from about 10 feet up when my binding released on the hard landing, and my arse was unscathed despite a big impact on my tailbone. I remember bracing for the pain after I landed, with memories of my last "tailboner" fresh in my mind, where I was in so much pain I couldn't even move, let alone collect my skis and get to bottom of the hill. But the agony never came, and I skied away like nothing had happened. That incident alone was worth the price of admission.

    These shorts were not tested much by falls from my bike, but I recently fell doing about 40 kmh on my "all terrain" in line skates on concrete and I think the only parts of my body that weren't injured were covered in VPD 2.0, specifically the long knee/shin guards and the shorts. I ended up with a torn biceps tendon, four broken ribs, a contused lung, road rash all up my right side that looked like hamburger meat, multiple bruises and lacerations, and bleeding in my abdomen, likely from a liver laceration. I'm already on the mend, but I have since ordered the VPD 2.0 jacket to complete my body armour.

    Anyway, they fit well, don't impede flexibility or range of motion, they are light, and they do the job. Highly recommended.

    Very good but could easily be better

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    For reference, I'm a semi-fast cross country mountain biker in Breckenridge, CO, and I ride in about 5 races per summer from 15 miles to 50 miles.

    Every time I've fallen off my mountain bike onto my hips, I end up with a rash that's exactly where these pads are. And I mean exact. POC put some thought into where to put the hip pads; the size and location really are 100% perfect.

    I removed the tailbone protection pad immediately; I have no idea what that's for. Some sport that I don't participate in, obviously. Fortunately it's designed to be removable, so removing it wasn't a big deal.

    The VPD 2.0 material is amazing. At first they feel like a hard shell and I can't imagine pedaling for 2-3 hours with these shorts on, but then the pads soften up from body heat, and before I know it, they fit perfectly to my hips. I rode for about an hour with them this morning, and they feel great. You know the pads are there, but they're not bothersome.

    The built-in chamois is really poor. That puts me in a dilemma: what do I wear with these shorts? Often I like to wear baggy mountain biking shorts, which usually don't have a chamois. So do I wear 3 layers of shorts - the POC VPD 2.0 shorts, plus spandex bike shorts with a good chamois, plus baggy mountain biking shorts? Or do I just live with the bad shamois and wear these under the baggy shorts? I guess time will tell what I like, but I wish they had just put a decent chamois in there. Doesn't seem like too much to ask for a $120 pair of shorts. I think when I'm alone I'll wear them with a good chamois bib short and call it good, but when riding with friends, spandex is a faux pas unless you're in a race. (Yes, I made the rules up.)

    The fabric is good - they feel durable and breathable, though I'm concerned about what having to wear 3 layers of shorts will do to the breathability.

    Bottom line: pricey and flawed, but I'm excited to ride and race with these shorts all summer.

    If you've ever looped out doing a wheelie or manual, you know why a tailbone protector is necessary. I've been laid out on the trail, unable to move because I was in so such pain. Then I had to crawl back to the trailhead because every time I tried to stand up I almost passed out. I thought I broke my back , so I drove straight to the emergency room. It turns out I suffered a sharp blow to my tailbone--no damage, just terrible pain. After leaving the hospital with an injection in my back, I noticed my seat rails were bent at a 90 degree angle. However...the bad chamois is a deal breaker for me.