The POC Joint VPD Elbow Pads offer serious protection, yet they're designed for situations where full-on body armor seems a bit overkill. Part of the beauty of the Joint VPD pad design is the slim nature, allowing them to be worn easily underneath a jersey -- you can look casual and be safe at the same time.
POC encases a VPD cushion over the elbow joint just inside a tough aramid/lycra material for abrasion resistant, yet lightweight protection. The Joint Elbow Pads are designed so that a bend is the "normal" position, as few of us ride straight-armed for any length of time and it's frustrating to be fighting with your pads while riding. VPD, or visco-elastic polymer dough, is something special. If you work it slowly in your hands, it's soft and conforms easily around shapes. But slam something, like a rock or tree into it, and it becomes instantly hard. And in that instant, comfort becomes protection via some molecular magic. VPD is more comfortable and outperforms other "soft armor" designs in safety testing. After all, that's the point isn't it?
The POC Joint VPD Elbow Pads use one elasticized velcro strap above the elbow to hold them firmly in place. They come in Black and are available in Small, Medium, and Large sizes.
VPD (visco-elastic polymer dough)
downhill, freeride mountain biking
59 - 65in (150 - 165cm)
65 - 71in (165 - 180cm)
Pocito Back Protectors
39 - 49in (39 - 49cm)
49 - 59in (49 - 59cm)
28 - 30in (71 - 76cm)
31 - 33in (79 - 84cm)
34 - 36in (86 - 91cm)
Bone VPD Arm
7.9 - 10.2in (20 - 26cm)
10.6 - 13in (27 - 33cm)
8.7 - 11in (22 - 28cm)
11.4 - 13.8in (29 - 35cm)
Joint VPD Knee
11.8 - 13.4in (30 - 34cm)
13.4. - 15in (34 - 38cm)
15 - 16.5in (38 - 42cm)
Knee Cap Circumference
14.6 - 16.1in (37 - 41cm)
16.1 - 17.7in (41 - 45cm)
15 - 16.5in (45 - 49cm)
Joint VPD Shin
Bone VPD Leg
13.8 - 16.9in (35 - 43cm)
16.9 - 20.1in (43 - 51cm)
Joint VPD Elbow
7.9 - 9.8in (20 - 25cm)
9.8 - 11.8in (25 - 30cm)
11.8 - 13.8in (30 - 35cm)
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.
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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Packs well. Stays fitted while riding. Haven't had to really use them yet in a crash (knock on wood!) but seem like it will save some skin. Best suited for Trail/All Mountain use. There are better products for DH riding.
I broke an elbow this past ski season and decided some elbow pads would be a must for mtb this summer. they are true to fit and rarely do i need to adjust them because of sliding purposes. They breath far better than i thought as well, making this some of the best protection i bought in a while.
The POC elbow guards are the only ones I have ever had that stay in place, and do not rub and create sores on my arms... never have to worry about pulling them back up while I am riding, plus they are COMFY! I had a fantastic wreck riding downhill at winter park, and the portion of my arm they were covering is completely unscathed, including without bruising (while everything above and below is quite scathed!) Impressively, the elbow pad itself isn't even damaged, which I don't even understand how that is possible... They did not move when I wrecked, which I cannot say for the elbow pads I have used in the past... thinking I need to invest in some more POC gear!
Elbow pads have to be the hardest thing in the world to make well, since no one seems to be able to do it. POC is really close with these, but not quite there. They're super comfortable, but in Whistler breaking bumps, they'll slip down and be hanging around your wrist by the end Freight Train for sure.
I don't exactly have chicken arms, but these won't stay in place once they get sweaty. They don't have a lower strap, and the upper strap is too long (can't get it tight enough and still velco. They're going into the back of the closet, and I'm buying some Fox ones. And they're expensive too
Just picked up the joint vpd elbow and knee pad from POC. The quality of this armor from POC is very solid and feels great. Having the flexibility and protection from POC makes a huge difference in my opinion. The elbow protector fits perfect but the knee pad seems a bit small. I have smaller calves but my quads are on the bigger side and so I'm going to have to size up to the large as it isn't very easy to pedal with them cutting off blood circulation =)
I highly recommend getting these pads... even if they are a little more expensive I feel the comfort level through flexibility is all worth it. Just make sure you check your sizing.
This is a great Elbow pad. The velcro strap on the top keeps them right where they should be at all times. POC costs a bit more than other brands but they are dedicated to making high quality products. I would recommend these to anyone who wants a solid elbow pad. The Knee Pads are great as well.