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Restriction is a dirty word.
We're guessing you're not the biggest fan of being held back with bulky padding, whether that's flicking your bike around a berm at high speeds or pumping through a flowing section of trail. However, you probably still desire a bit more protection than going sans pads, especially on those days when you're riding technical trails with sharp rocks and bigger drops posing a threat to exposed body parts. POC developed the Joint VPD Air Elbow Pads for these scenarios where you need a bit more padding, but don't want to be held back from moving naturally on the trail.
The secret to its flexible design with high levels of protection lies in POC's VPD padding. Standing for visco-elastic polymer dough, VPD remains soft and pliable around your elbow, but then firms up the instant you smack it against an immovable piece rock lining the trail. This way, you'll be able to ride freely and without restriction, plus you'll remain protected from crashes along the way. It's really the perfect pad for someone who normally doesn't wear pads, providing greater protection than nothing at all, but without weighing you down or making you adjust your riding style.
- Lightweight, flexible elbow pads for everyday trail rides
- VPD foam remains soft and pliable, then hardens upon impact
- Crash Retention Strap and neoprene anti-slip grip
- Reinforced stretch fabric is flexible and breathable
- Item #POC00BC
- Q & A
Great pad for pedaling
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
I've yet to take a hard spill in them but have pedaled in hot weather, not felt irritated by them, and they seem to be sufficient for taking the brunt of a hard impact.