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Gear Review

5 5

Hated these at first, but notice 5 stars

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It seems the better I get on my bike the more protection I need. I've loved everything POC I've ever worn. WHen I got these I instantly put them on and dropped to my knees a few times and was really excited to use them they also do really form to your knees after they warm up. After 10min into the first ride they were pinching behind my knees real bad. I got a size small and don't even really strap my straps and it fits like a glove. I have tiny legs im 5'8 140 my calf is size small and my thigh was smaller than the small size but I didn't have any issues with it slipping. So by the end of the ride they were at my ankles. I was determined to give them a chance so I wore them another 3-4 times riding a few hours each time and they were starting to fit better but behind just my left knee it kept pinching so I figured it was me not the pads. I had a race and I was shocked during the race I didn't notice them at all (could be due to racing idk) but I was amazed and ever since then when I wear these I never notice there on untill I smack my knee and I'm like oh yea thanks poc! Give them a chance they'll be the best knee pad you've worn!

UPDATE: I've had these bad boys for over a year now and can still say they are amazing, when we go ride local xc trails you'd think I'd leave them at home but I take em on every ride. I rode yesterday and noticed a HORRIBLE stench from the kneepads so last night I put them in the washer on cold and now they look and smell new. Just like all of my other poc gear I see myself having these for years to come!!

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So these stretch out over time? I just got meds and was thinking I should have got the lrg.

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I wouldn't say they 'stretch' but more form to your leg. It's hard to explain, for me the tightness is still the same from when I got them. There like a well broken in baseball glove, they eventually form to you. ( I don't even use the straps I only velcro them to get them out of the way)

I've used these for about a year and can say that they haven't stretched much and whatever was causing the pinching behind my knee worked itself out. If they feel good I'd keep them, if they feel real tight i would think about sizing up.

Hope that helped ya decide.