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Item # POC0072


POC protects everything but your ego.

Save the broken hips for when you're 78 years old. The POC Hip VPD Short puts the padding where you need it so you can lay down vapor trails without constantly worrying about the inevitable digger. Flexible VPD padding at the upper thighs, hip bones, and tailbone keeps rocks, roots, and hardpack dirt from ending your day early. Coolmax fabric wicks away moisture and keeps you cool and comfortable while you shred the singletrack.

Size chart


Body Armor
Back Protectors
Body Length 59 - 65in
(150 - 165cm)
65 - 71in
(165 - 180cm)
Pocito Back Protectors
 S L
Body Length 39 - 49in
(39 - 49cm)
  49 - 59in
(49 - 59cm)
Hip Shorts
Waist Circumference 28 - 30in
(71 - 76cm)
31 - 33in
(79 - 84cm)
34 - 36in
(86 - 91cm)
Bone VPD Arm
 S L
Forearm Circumference 7.9 - 10.2in
(20 - 26cm)
  10.6 - 13in
(27 - 33cm)
Bicep Circumference 8.7 - 11in
(22 - 28cm)
  11.4 - 13.8in
(29 - 35cm)
Joint VPD Knee
Calf Circumference 11.8 - 13.4in
(30 - 34cm)
13.4. - 15in
(34 - 38cm)
15 - 16.5in
(38 - 42cm)
10cm Above Knee Cap Circumference 14.6 - 16.1in
(37 - 41cm)
16.1 - 17.7in
(41 - 45cm)
15 - 16.5in
(45 - 49cm)
Joint VPD Shin
Shin Length 6.7in
Bone VPD Leg
 S L
Leg Length 13.8 - 16.9in
(35 - 43cm)
  16.9 - 20.1in
(43 - 51cm)
Joint VPD Elbow
Forearm 7.9 - 9.8in
(20 - 25cm)
9.8 - 11.8in
(25 - 30cm)
11.8 - 13.8in
(30 - 35cm)
Bicep 8.7 - 10.6in
(22 - 27cm)
10.6 - 12.6in
(27 - 32cm)
12.6 - 14.6in
(32 - 37cm)
How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure the circumference of your calf at the widest point.
Knee Cap:
Measure 10cm above the center of the knee cap.
Measure the circumference around your underarms.
Measure around the fullest part of your biceps.
Measure from the center of your ankle bone to the center of your knee cap.
Measure from the center of your ankle bone to the center of your knee cap

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Here's what others have to say...

5 5

No Complaints

Overall Fantastic shorts, pads are in all the right places, they're comfortable, and don't have that diaper effect. Theres not really that much more to say because they're so damn good

4 5

Good armor, questionable durability

I had a few scrapes and bruises from falls on my hips and wanted some low profile armor to help protect me from future falls. Now that I found these, I wish I had them much earlier!

I first tried out SixSixOne's Pro Bomber Short in the small size. It had padding all in the wrong places, "saggy" crotch (too long)--two things that made it impossible to wear and pedal. This is a lot better. It fits closer, has padding in the right spots, and fits well under baggy shorts like Royal Stealth and Jett Raptor.

My only complaint is that the stitching and tags irritate the skin when you first get them. The stitching pokes through the armor part on the inside and is "tied" like stitches you receive for open wounds. It doesn't fit 100% perfectly and hampers pedaling slightly, but very acceptable and seems like it will protect me well enough. I wear typical bike shorts under them and after a few rides, they become fairly comfy and I forget they're there once I start riding.

I think it's a keeper, but it's only the 2nd set I tried. I'm not about to go buy more. I see 661 discontinued the model I had issues with and their new ones look much improved and the Fox Launch looks good too. If any are on sale, I'll jump on them and try them out.

Time will tell whether I crash and damage these enough to warrant another purchase. With them on, I'm much more likely to be daring, especially if I'm chasing or trying to beat a time. Good for training to find limits of new gear or new skills.

Update: I did notice some tears in the mesh fabric after a few rides (no crashes or falls--just dmg from pedaling), such as just above the thigh pad. It doesn't seem mendable with just thread and maybe difficult with a patch due to the mesh construction... they're not seen and the pads stay in the right spots, so I might just wear them even after they get ragged. They should've put some stretch panels around this area.

Update2: Had a few falls, but I think either I'm getting better at falls or this thing helps. At first, purposely falling and rolling around in the living room indicates it'd still hurt just as much to fall on my ass and hips, but in actual accidents on the trails, I've come out scrape and bruise free and they feel like they are barely there once rolling, so I there's really no downsides besides the cost to buy them.

Good armor, questionable durability
4 5

Great Short - Bad Fabric

Overall the short is great. Comfortable. Moveable and the impact padding is in the right place.

One complaint - the fabric has torn at the waistband on two pairs after a few weeks of riding.

4 5

Snaked from my BC.com Review

All right, what we've got here is a close fitting and low profile impact short. The fit is like that of spandex bike shorts, really snug to your hips and legs which keeps all the padding right where it's supposed to be. You'll never see these under your ski/ride pants. You can see them somewhat under my bike shorts (Oakley size Med), but barely. No diaper effect here. The tailbone area is protected by the VPD material, which feels kind of like Playdoh. It's not a stiff or uncomfortable cap style pad and that is much appreciated while sitting on lifts and bikes. The rest of the padding is just a dense foam that sits on all the right places, but isn't very hi-tech. I've used these for both skiing and DH biking and am very pleased with their performance. A couple of good crashes and I'm still un-bruised so they've passed that test. My only gripes are no fly (why would you ever make a dude-anything without a fly?) and the white mesh can be a little fragile. I need to patch up a tear on mine, although I should mention that I have a rep sample (prototype?) and the image above has a weave in the mesh that looks tougher than the construction of mine. The gasket leg is a little snug and left some redness, but nothing serious. All in all, I strongly recommend these since they do fit under your clothing so well and protect where they're supposed to protect.