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POC Joint VPD Shin Protectors $0.00
VPD visco-elastic polymer dough is some really great stuff. It has allowed POC to create softer and more flexible body armor, like the Joint VPD Shin Pads, that nearly equal their Bone series hard shell protection. Now for supreme abrasion resistance, Bone guards are still the best, but Joint VPD Pads are lighter and slimmer to fit better under jeans or race shorts.
The secret, of course, is the function of the VPD material. It's kind of like taffy in the way that you can bend it slowly, but it stiffens right up when you drive your fist into it. So it's the best of both worlds, offering flexibility when you get suited up for a downhill race or just a day of tough riding and in the instant of an impact, comfort becomes protection as the VPD works its magic. The Joint Shin Pads cover the entire lower leg from the ankle to above the knee. Perforated neoprene in the back helps ventilate while holding the pad in place on your leg with a snug fit. A stretchy aramid covering makes the whole thing quite durable, yet doesn't hinder the articulation and flex. And finally, elasticized Velcro straps secure the pads at the very top and bottom.
The POC Joint VPD Shin Pads come in Black and are available in Small and Large sizes.
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These pads are rad! Went down in em' pretty tough and didn't feel a thing. Pretty much meet the expectations. 2 minor cons: A. No strap below the knee so I have to wear my ankle braces to keep them from sliding. B. Not supposed to get them dirty so no good to wear shorts. I can accept these facts for the level of protection.
Pretty sick gaurds
Make sure you measure your knee and leg in a fully bent position before buying. Refer to the POC sizing chart on the POC website.
Best Knee/Shin Pad Ever Made
I pick up this pair during the winter so I don't give them the full test in tell the spring/summer. I have to say they are the best hands down. They run small they really should make a 2XL for the guys that have a biker legs. But they just hold a little snug about the 4 session they feel a lot better. I fell 15 plus feet to my knees and the only thing that happened was I had to dust off and do it aging. They stay soft in tell they hit hard then they change into the hulk and nothing will faze them. I wear pants when I ride, I would never wear them with shorts they will get ripped up. If you wear shorts then get the ones with the hard caps. I will never buy any other brand of pads, ever!
I really wanted to like these things. I wore them all winter on the Shore, and I never crashed. They were very comfortable, and kept me warm in the cool winter weather. Unfortunately, (i guess), I never really crashed this winter either. So, these pads weren't really put to the test for their intended purpose. They did, however, get really muddy. And the fabric that covers them kind of absorbs mud so they never really get clean again.
Whistler has since opened, and I have my first bail of the season. Result: they moved.
Now, I've got pretty skinny legs, so maybe they were just too big. Mine were size small, and they still moved. I guess they just weren't for me.
I've since sold them and moved back to a hard shell style knee/shin.
I just tried these out up at Northstar. So far they are the most comfy shin and knee pads I have tried in a while. They stayed up pretty well and were not too restricting. Perfect for saving your legs in the even you don't stay on your bike!
I am thinking of buying these for all...
I am thinking of buying these for all mountain riding. Most trails around here are pretty rough and i wanna protect both knee and shin. Are there any other products i should look at?? I ride a Corsair marque,so the heavier downhill stuff will have to wait anyway :)
These are nice pads if you are looking for full knee to shin coverage. If you are looking for something a little spritelier then you might try just a knee pad, something like these: http://www.hucknroll.com/mountainbike/Six-Six-One-Evo-d3o-Knee-Pad/SSO0028M.html
Do these cover the knee or stop just below...
Do these cover the knee or stop just below it?
These pads go from the ankle to the top of the knee. So yes they cover the knee completely.