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Joint VPD Air Elbow Pads

POC's Joint VPD Air Elbow Pads are built for cyclists who see protection as a back-up plan, not an inevitable go-to. They incorporate VPD padding, which may very well be POC's initialism for [High] Velocity Pedaling Demon. The pads don't weigh you down, so your pure XC and climbing speed won't be compromised, but they will catch you in case of a high-speed user error. A neoprene sleeve and hook-and-loop strap secure the pad while pedaling and under impact, so it won't be out of place when disaster comes courting.

  • Lightweight padding for high speed tumbles
  • Flexible neoprene body with a secure strap for snug fit
  • Reinforced stretch fabric breathes well and eliminates chafe
  • Item #POC002N

Material
neoprene, VPD compound
Closure
Crash Retetntion Strap (CRS)
Protection Area
elbow
Certifications
EN 1621-1
Recommended Use
downhill, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Fit tiny arms

Fit:
True to size

I have a hard time finding elbow guard that would fit me. Everything ends up loose. My biceps is 9 inches and this XS fit me perfectly. If I wear this over my sun sleeve then it fit snugly. If your biceps is bigger than 9 inches, I would recommend you go for size S or bigger.

>Rating: 4

Pretty good, if sweaty

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small

I’m using these for flatland skating and they provide plenty of protection for my purposes. The guides on POC’s website suggested I order Medium, which turned out to be comically small. The large ones fit well and I have had no problem with slipping. They have a strap around the bottom that can be cinched down for those who need it. I find this mostly a hassle as it can tangle a little when you’re putting them on. My only complaint is that they make my arms sweat more than my old hardshell ones did.

>Rating: 4

Pretty solid

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

4 stars for lacking certification but they are pretty good. I do not have any issues with overheating or pinching but I know others have. Sizing is fine for me. I would definitely try on different pads and see what works for you.

>Rating: 2

Good POC quality, poor fit/function

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

As other reviewers state, the pads easily slide down. The mediums were too small for me so I got the large. I had to constantly adjust them after every dh run to keep them from totally sliding down to my wrists. I'm on the hunt for some awesome new pads now since I returned these. I'm a big fan of most POC gear, as the quality is top notch. I wish these worked for me. I'm also thinking that a pad that covers more area will serve better in a crash.

>Rating: 2

Hard to secure

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 2"
Weight
175 lbs

Pros: Lightweight and comfortable Cons: On rougher terrain where there is a lot of vibration coming through my arms, the pads tend to slide down to my wrists. I often find myself needing to stop and pull them back up above the elbow.

>Rating: 2

Slid down my first DH ride

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs large

I run medium in all my protective gear. They would slide down quiet a bit in each DH run which was annoying! And they would not fit in my rather loose long sleeve jerseys.

>Rating: 5

Great Low Profile Pads

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

Like the Air knee pads, I love the lower profile of these elbow pads. They stay in position the whole ride. Sizing, however, is smaller than you’d expect. I generally wear medium sizes but the Large fit me best. I haven’t wrecked with them yet so I can’t say how they’ll protect or stay put.

>Rating: 5

Great Pads for Light Weight Protection

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
5` 10"
Weight
150 lbs

Well, I thought I was invincible but ended up with stitches a few too many times in a row. Now I won't hit the trail without these. I just don't want to wear pads but these are super thin and light weight. These run snug and only have a strap on top. They seem like they will work great. I also got the POC gloves and elbow pads. Get them before you ride!

>Rating: 5

Light Weight HiTech Protection

Familiarity:
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Medium
Height
6` 4"
Weight
165 lbs

These are great pads. Super low profile. They do fit pretty snug. Hopefully they will break in a little. I don't want to wear pads but I have seen what happens if you wreck and don't have some extra protection. I like the high tech concept of the VPD staying soft until impact. There are some cool youtube videos about how it works. Almost like it has AI built in. I would highly recommend all POC products and this is the place to get it! Be safe, use protection!

>Rating: 5

Love!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

If you want maximum protection with less bulk and material, these are winners! The other elbow pads I tried, basically covered my entire arm. no thanks. these get the job done and stay put. my little elbows are safe from my guaranteed falls.

>Rating: 1

Not Great

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

The pads are nice and flexible. If they stay in place. I rode a few times with them and they were ok. I was in an enduro race with them and one kept sliding down to my hand, was about to just let it go into the woods so it wouldn't be a distraction anymore. I'm probably going to the Fox sleeve style.

>Rating: 5

Lightweight protection

Familiarity:
I've used it several times
Fit:
True to size

I personally use the joint VPD 2.0 but my girlfriend did not want something that bulky so I got here these and this is what she had to say: These knee pads will definitely provide protection although they are lighter weight, so they are much less of a burden to throw in a backpack for the uphill sections of rides. The stretchy neoprene fabric and quick adjustable strap makes it easy to put these pads on, which is important when your buddies are waiting on ya. Overall I’d give them a thumbs up!

>Rating: 4

Pretty Darn Perfect Elbow Protection

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

As much as I don't care for any padding when biking, these fit well, are arid and comfortable. I have only worn them a few times, but haven't had any problems with them slipping to my wrists or stretching out. For an elbow pad, I still have plenty of movement capabilities to move my arms, and appreciate the extra protection they offer as who knows when that rear wheel is going to come out on a tight corner and your elbow is going to be there for the support.

>Rating: 4

Best for XC

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I will agree with prior post about them being small. But my caveat would be that lasts for 2-3 uses and then they stretch out to be pretty spot on. I got M, and being 5'10 170, the fit great. I would say that slippage is not an issue. I haven't had to test them in a crash but I would suspect they would hold well to anything that doesn't involve rocks... Only downside in my opinion is that they don't breathe real well...FYI if you sweat like a piggy...

>Rating: 4

No More Bruised Elbows!

Once I finally got into mountain biking last year, I learned rather quickly that it wasn't very forgiving... Bone bruise to the elbow, plenty of blood- it was time to step up the game and invest in a good pair of elbow pads. I had purchased the VPD Air knee pads prior, and LOVED how low profile and comfortable they were. These are the same! The fit is again on point- I went by the sizing chart and measured in between a S and M, and got the smaller so I didn't run into the slip issue. As of yet, no issue with them sliding down, though it's a minor struggle to pull them on (definitely worth it though). In the end, they look good, they feel good, and they WORK!

>Rating: 4

Almost perfect

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These elbow pads are great, they are comfortable, low profile, and hardly noticeable. The only down I side I have encountered with them is that they tend to slide down very easily. This doesn't happen all the time only on really hot days, so in the end the benefits really outweigh the one slight negative. All in all great product!

>Rating: 5

Tips for a good fit

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

Bought these when my last pads (TLD E-Lite, Size: L) started slipping down. I am a 6'4", 190# with small bones, thin arms, ride 70+ miles per week XC/trail. Bought the size:M in these elbow pads and wore them today for the first time. When I tried them on at home I was concerned - they felt tight...I stretched em out by hand a little. Today they were absolutely perfect. Wore them with the matching VPD Air knee pads. Both feel snug when you first pull them on at home. Even on the trail for the first minute you feel them. But then they go away completely. Very comfortable. Good looking to. Haven't crashed in em yet though, so...

>Rating: 4

Looks weird

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

I haven't used these yet but trying them on they looked really silly. I'll still use them since I'm not to worried about that since they are comfortable. They run small. I bought a medium and they fit great. I'm 5' 3" and weigh 120.

Excellent Review! You have NOTHING relative to 'review' since you haven't used them yet, but still offered up that 'they look really silly'. Never mind the fact that you obviously saw them before you made the purchase yet somehow weren't able to decide how they looked before you got 'em home, they look 90% like most other elbow/knee pads on the market. They're black with white block lettering. By themselves they may look bland, but they certainly don't look 'silly'. That leaves your arms....

>Rating: 2

Slips to wrists

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
Large
Weight
175 lbs

Had these for a few months. They originally worked well, however after a couple of cold water washing and riding rocky, bumpy terrain (after all this is the terrain you would ride if you are wearing pads) these pads literally slipped down around my wrists. Having to stop and pull them back up every few miles. So frustrating. If they had a strap above the elbow rather than JUST below the elbow I think this would help to prevent the problem. Any way called competitive for a replacement or refund...sorry you have exceeded our return timeline. They asked me to call POC directly... I did and after some explanation and persuasion they upgraded my elbow pads to the POC joint VPD 2.0 Elbow Guard. These have the upper strap and lower strap. Just finished a pretty intense ride and these pads did not budge a bit and were extremely comfortable! Thanks to POC for helping me out. I wish competitive would have identified the flaw and design and helped me but it all worked out.

>Rating: 2

Runs small

Fit:
Runs small
Height
5` 9"
Weight
175 lbs

I medium built with small arms,medium size wont even fit! It stays up to my forearms.

>Rating:

does this come with both elbow pads? or only one?

Hey Robin - The price is for both Joint VPD Air Elbow Pads, they come as a pair. Feel free to contact me directly with any additional questions. - Kyle L. - Expert Gearhead