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Light enough for XC, tough enough for DH.

The POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guard is a comfortable, sleeve-style knee guard that's light and comfortable enough to wear on every ride. POC"s revolutionary VPD material conforms to the shape of your knee for incredible comfort, then stiffens upon impact to provide the protection of a hard shell.

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 first. 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 knee 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.

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

  • 3D-molded VPD foam protection
  • Perforated design
  • Elasticized hook-and-loop strap

Tech Specs

Protection Area:
Recommended Use:
downhill, cross country, all-mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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)
17.7 - 19.3in
(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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Great fit

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very comfortable for pedaling and all day wear. I wear these for all riding. Have held up great over the last year. Stitching is holding up well. My only complaint is the left knee squeaks a little(pad inside the sleeve) but it's nothing that prevents me from wearing them. One of the most comfortable pair of knee pads I've used.

Avg. ride time: 53m per week
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Putting My Pads To Use On Pinecone Ridge

Park City, Utah. PC: Joey W.

Putting My Pads To Use On Pinecone Ridge

the real deal

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I picked these up for days when the VPD Air guards aren't up to the task. Namely bike park days (jumps / features) or DH shuttle runs (roots, rocks). They offer the best protection in the POC lineup without being too heavy. They also feature straps above and below the knee to help keep them secure. The VPD material is amazing stuff, and it's much more comfortable than a hard-shelled guard while offering the same (if not better) protection. I didn't have any fit issues and mine stay put, even when pedaling hard. I went with a medium based on the measurements below / above the knee. These are a little spendy but worth the price!

Great pads but buyer beware

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've had these pads for about 4 months now, the pads are great with a few is the sizing chart here on Backcountry, which still hasn't been fixed, it shows the above knee circumference to be smaller on the large than the medium...which is clearly wrong, because of that I ordered an XL which ended up way to big and had to return for a smaller size, thankfully Backcountry has an excellent return policy.

The next issue I noticed just recently while cleaning the pads, a flaw that explains why I've had slippage on one pad. One of the rubber strips above the knee appears to be sewn inside out, so it's a smoother surface than the more aggressive textured strips, which leads to the knee pad slipping above the knee while riding. Unfortunately after 4 months of use not sure if there's anything I can do about that issue, just bad quality control on what would otherwise be an amazing product.

Great pads but buyer beware

Very good

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Overall, very solid knee guards. Just keep in mind that you are pretty much always making some sort of compromise with knee guards. Either super heavy duty hard-shells that suck and are annoying, or light weight enduro guards that you can ride forever in but shred easily. These are in between.

Pros: Heavy duty construction - I've scrapped these against plenty of rocks and they show almost no wear.
Protection - The pads work very well. I've banged my knee several times without pain or injury. The rest of the material is very sturdy and resists abrasions.

Cons: Feel - the interior of the material is pretty rough, and extended pedaling leaves my knees a bit raw.
Price - these things are pretty much twice the price of comparable knee pads, not really sure if they're worth the extra cost or not.

ended up being too small...

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

ordered these in size small based on the size chart (I'm 14in over the knee), but the fit was too tight - I couldn't even get the kneepads in place over my knees (let alone expect to be able to move my legs in them). These are also a a little bulkier than I expected based on the description. Not sure if I 'll be trying these again in a different size. They are very lightweight and seem well-constructed though.

Unanswered Question

On the size chart for Joint VPD Knee, are the inch measurements listed correct for the 10 cm above knee cap circumference? Small is listed as 14-6 to 16.1 in., medium is listed as 16.1 to 17.7 in., but large is listed as 15 to 16.5 in., which would make it smaller than the medium? It seems like this must be wrong. I don't want to order this gift without knowing that I'm ordering the correct size.

Killer Knee Pads

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pads are awesome. Super comfy, easy to pedal in, and best of all they STAY ON. I've had these things for several months now and haven't had any issues; no sagging or stretching out. Sometimes i forget that they are on after a ride. A bit more expensive than others out there, but worth the money in my opinion and i would definitely recommend to others.

Great Pads!!!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These pads are super comfortable, and allow full range of motion while peddling. I have been using them while I get used to clipless peddles, so there have been a few times I tipped over with the bike still attached. They have been great at protecting the old knees. The only complaint that I have is that the run small. I am measured smack in the middle of the medium, but those were way too tight. Large fits well though. All in all I would highly recommend these.

Radicool Pads!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fit well. Stay in Place. Very Protective. VPD rules.

On the warmer side during long rides, but tend to only wear them on DH trails or at the bike park.

Recommend these bad Larrys.

Hard to tell how it fits unless you try

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I got the XL size and it fits well. I got the L for elbows as XL would be too lose. Too bad there is no place around me to try before buying. I had to order all sizes and then return half of them.

What should be the mesurement for the abow...

What should be the mesurement for the abow and bellow of the knee for this sizes? (X-large)

Hi Tito,

For some reason, POC's size chart for knee pads only goes to size large:

If your leg measures out larger than the upper limit of the size large, go for the XL.

Get newer version.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are good but there's no padding on the top of the knee. POC has a newer version, that i don't see listed here, that has separate vpd padding on the top and burlier straps. Get those!

In the market, but I don't see any newer version than the 2.0's. Even checked the POC website. Care to elaborate? THanks!

Tim, did you order these? do they have separate panel of padding on top? The ones I'm referring to are still the 2.0's. Mine are a few years old now and I saw some in a bike shop last year that had the extra srtip of padding on top. It's hard to tell but on pocs website the pics of these have a slightly wider top strap. As long as backcountry isn't still selling back stock of the old ones, I would imagine these would be the new version.. although the pic is of the old ones.

Sick pads

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

These are the first knee pads I've owned so I can't compare them with other brands. However, they are exactly as described. Light, extremely flexible and they fit according to the size chart. I ride in Asia and during the summer months it is extremely humid. These pads do heat up and get sweaty, but I found that they do stay in place. They've already saved me a few times.

They are totally worth the price.

Awesome pads

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These are extremely protective, comfortable and breathable. The VPD acts almost like memory form and molds around your knee so they fit nice and snug but not overly tight. I use them on downhill trails and they have protected me very well. I highly recommend this product, nice work POC!

Great-but a bit too "great" for XC-trail

    Far better quality than 661, superb design. But for XC-trail use, with lots of climbing and miles of pedaling, a bit on the heavy side. Striaght out of box and trying them on, then scale comparison even to the 661 DH D30s, could see all of the above. Wish POC had a "Lite" version for use with my 100mm SID M429er! Was hoping to the replace the lower quality 661 XC pads, not the DHs.

    Avg. ride time: 53m per week
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    Happy Knees

      These pads have brought me a ton of piece of mind riding around Deer Valley, Park City, and Canyons downhill trails. I'm a huge fan of the VPD technology they utilize and the overall protection they provide. The pads fit well, only minimally move around, and handle heat well.