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Item # POC0184

Protection without the pain.

POC designed the Joint VPD 2.0 Elbow Guard to take the pain out of wearing armor. POC's VPD material is lightweight and flexible, so the elbow guard is comfortable to wear, even on long XC epics. The Joint VPD 2.0 is also well-ventilated  to keep you dry and cool. Body armor doesn't have to be uncomfortable–POC has proven it.

Generally speaking, there are two types of body armor: soft, flexible armor that's designed to be comfortable and hard-shell armor that's designed to absorb huge impacts. As logic would dictate, the soft stuff doesn't protect as well and the hard stuff isn't as comfortable. Well, now there's a third kind of armor–POC VPD. As far as we can tell, it's magic. VPD is a soft, flexible foam material that conforms to the contours of your body. However, in the event of an impact, it hardens instantly to provide the protection of a hard shell. It truly is the best of both worlds. Not only that, but VPD is a true multi-impact armor, so the protection level during your 20th crash is the same as it was during your 1st. This is especially important because a fall can often involve several impacts. You don't want your protection level to drop off over the course of a fall, because that last hit might be the hardest.

VPD is lightweight, soft, and flexible, so it's some of the most comfortable armor that we've tried. Another reason that VPD is so comfortable is efficient airflow. POC riddles its VPD material with vents so air flows freely in and out to keep your skin dry and cool, so you don't roast in the heat of the summer and get that nasty, clammy feeling under your pads. The main body of the elbow guard is abrasion-resistant Kevlar-reinforced stretch fabric. POC also uses a static Crash Retention Strap to keep the guard from slipping out of place. At the elbow itself, POC covers the VPD with a flexible hard shell cap to make the Joint VPD 2.0 DH Elbow Guard tough enough to handle the most brutal digger.

The POC Joint VPD 2.0 Elbow Guard comes in Black and is available in Small, Medium, and Large.

  • VPD armor is soft until impact, then hardens to protect
  • Spandex sleeve
  • Hook-and-loop straps top and bottom for extra security

Tech Specs

Protection Area:
elbow
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Size chart

POC

Body Armor
Back Protectors
 XS/SML/XL
Body Length 59 - 65in
(150 - 165cm)
65 - 71in
(165 - 180cm)
71in
(180cm)
Pocito Back Protectors
 S L
Body Length 39 - 49in
(39 - 49cm)
  49 - 59in
(49 - 59cm)
Hip Shorts
 XS/SML/XL
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
 SML
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
 SML
Shin Length 6.7in
(17cm)
8.3in
(21cm)
10.2in
(26cm)
Bone VPD Leg
 S L
Leg Length 13.8 - 16.9in
(35 - 43cm)
  16.9 - 20.1in
(43 - 51cm)
Joint VPD Elbow
 SML
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.
Calf:
Measure the circumference of your calf at the widest point.
Knee Cap:
Measure 10cm above the center of the knee cap.
Underarm:
Measure the circumference around your underarms.
Bicep:
Measure around the fullest part of your biceps.
Shin:
Measure from the center of your ankle bone to the center of your knee cap.
Leg:
Measure from the center of your ankle bone to the center of your knee cap

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3 5

Great protection, but not the best fit..

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These worked great on cross country, but kept slipping when I went riding a true downhill course at Sunrise Ski Park, AZ. I had to stop all of the time to readjust. The only time I got them to stay up, the forearm part cut off blood circulation, then my hands and arms would go numb.

The forearm straps are the problem. They are in the wrong place ( too far down the arm) and not flexible - and are also awkward to tighten because they have no give, and are poorly designed.

What's interesting is that, unlike the forearm strap, the bicep strap is designed to flex, but is too long and cannot be tightened enough.

So, why rate them 3 stars? Well, because I did crash 3 times, and my elbows were totally protected, but lucky, I readjusted these right before each crash.

2 5

Runs small, funky fit for women

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Couldn't make this work. Ordered size S per size chart, but too snug to pull up my arm. I'd blame all the arm wrestling, but the Six Six One Rage size S was way loose on these guns.

Responded on

Why didn't you try a medium?? To busy arm wrestling?

Responded on

Blergh. Good Q. After ordering and returning a slew of too-big smalls in other brands, I lost some momentum. Then I went to an actual store and tried on actual pads! And I got myself a pair of size S G-form that resulted in world peace.

5 5

Good quality

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I'm right at the end of size large. They fit Ok but not very comfy. They stay on well even w/o straps. A bit thigh fit but better this way than having the XL sliding down. I did try the XL to, but although comfy I had to pull the straps to the max. With wear they would have become too large anyway.

5 5

Confidence Booster

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I feel pretty bulletproof with these on. I've tested them on several crashes, and have walked away from a couple big ones with scratches or less by simply taking the impact with my elbows. Much more comfortable than using hands or shoulders.

The mediums fit me very well (bicep 13", forearm 11") with little tendency to slip during riding. I've worn them on trails with up to 2500' continuous downhill (Dr.'s Park in Crested Butte, Porcupine Rim) and never had to stop to adjust them - granted, I did adjust them when stopped for other reasons.

I don't like to wear them on long uphills because collecting sweat is inevitable. Not de-rating because they vent better than I expected.

Is this a set of two?

Is this a set of two?

Big forearms

i'm a climber and have some bigger forearms. i can close these securely enough, but even with the largest size, there's only barely enough overlap.

Big forearms
Avg. ride time: 2h 53m per week
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4 5

Well Protected

I use my knee pads more frequently than these, but they're great to have in my car or pack when needed. I think that difference really has to do with my style of riding and the terrain I ride (nothing too intense: XC and lift-accessed intermediate to advanced trails, but few jumps or features). My elbows just don't feel as exposed as my knees, but I'm sure that will change as my riding progresses. The pads themselves fit great and the VPD technology is particularly impressive.

4 5

Invest in your Joint Health

A lot of people that wear knee pads don't wear elbow pads, and i guess that's cool for them. I like the extra piece of mind having elbow pads. Also, I scrape my arms up often enough in a crash that I figure it's only a matter of time before more than a scrape is coming.

POC VPD material is really cool. it's flexible and actually conforms to your body after it warms up. However, in the split second of an impact, it firms up and deflects/absorbs the blow. I've only had one casual wreck with them, but my elbow felt great. I have confidence these will protect from anything short of hitting a sharp point of a rock straight on. I figure they breathe a little better than the DH version because they don't have the hard plastic layer.

Only reason they get 4 stars is because they're warm and i'm holding out for more breathability. Some day...