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Worth the extra coin...

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

I purchased this from back-country about 2 months ago for the 2012/2013 snowboard season. VERY happy with this product... as per other reviews.. do NOT put this on cold and it operates best when close to the body. Can't speak as to the breathability/heat as I've only been using for snow-sports where it's not an issue. I like the low-profile as I am able to wear it under my hoodie and it's barely noticeable which is nice when doing the Apres at the end of the day. I'm 6'1" and about 180 with longer limbs/slim build and it works great for me.... almost like it was a custom fit. POC... keep up the great work! Very impressed with your product!! I haven't taken to many nasty falls but the few falls that I have I've been happy with the protection!

Worth the extra coin...
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Joe - I've got a similar build to yours, what size did you buy?

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Hey Marp,

I got the L/XL size. That's right... it's Large/XLarge. I'll try to post a pic of the tag but that IS just one size. They combined the Large/XL.

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Seems they may be out of stock on the L/XL at this moment but there is the DH (downhill) version that is basically the exact same thing but has some hard outer-plates on the elbows. It's still VPD but this is more to protect the material from ripping if/when you bail. If your only going to use for winter sports the I'd personally go for the non-DH version but if your thinking of using for any summer/biking stuff then I'd go for the DH. When I bought.. the DH wasn't even out/exist yet so I didn't have that option. As an aside I have the POC DH full-length kneepads and they are awesome along with the VPD 2.0 hip protectors. On light snowboard days I'll only wear the hip protectors but when I'm learning new stuff I'll throw the spine jacket on as well.

I'm totally sold on POC. Fully convinced they are the best out there...for a price. ;-)