POC VPD 2.0 Spine Pack 25 $199.95
It only makes sense. You'll be wearing a pack anyway, so why not integrate spine protection? And, while you're at it, how about hydration? Thankfully, you can have them all at once with the Poc VPD 2.0 Spine Pack 25.
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's 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 to allow air to flow 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 25 liter backpack is built with all-mountain or freeriders in mind. The helmet pouch fits a full-face. The pack is fully hydration-compatible. A heavy duty elastic waistband keeps things stable while keeping it comfortable. Organization is made easy with a waist band pocket, a padded pocket for your phone or MP3 player, and low-profile elastic mesh pockets. the sturdy, ergonomically shaped shoulder straps are fully adjustable to allow you to dial in a custom fit, and the heat-molded back panel is covered in a mud-shedding top fabric.
The Poc VPD 2.0 Spine Pack 25 comes in one size. It's available in Uranium Black.
What community has to say
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
The quality of the pack is excellent and compared to a full on backpack that I used to wear snowboarding this one is a whole lot lighter given that it is smaller and store less items. There is a good amount of medium and small pockets to store misc items which comes in handy for storing my gopro accessories and replacement batteries when shooting on the slopes. Helmet pouch is a nice novelty but not the easiest to use so I just strap my helmet to one of the side straps for when not wearing. I bought a camel bak insulated bladder to use with the pack and it integrates nicely and fits into the bag well. Back protection is adequate, it doesnt offer as much protection as the POC Ergo spine protector that I had, but having this pack on is a lot more stream lined and comfortable as compared to a full on back protector.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Really good bag.
Good system of pockets.
Good protection for for spine (you can take it out if not need it )
Kinda heavy but this is a cost of protection for your back.
Fabric is very solid.
A very roomy bag
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
POC makes great stuff. This is one of them, despite a few things that might throw you off guard if you are not expecting them. First of all, read carefully, because this does not come with a bladder or hose...supply your own choice. Secondly, the backpack is colossal compared to most hydration packs. It has a system/pocket to hold a full faced helmet on the outside of the pack, but you could almost put one on the inside. And a jacket. And food. And an SLR. An a chihuahua. Bottom line: if you want a lightweight streamlined bag, this vacuous baby isn't for you. It's for real men who like the ability to haul 30lbs on their back for an all day epic should they choose. The material seems really tough; I think I would prefer this as a carry-on that I use as a hydration pack..but not one I grab for an hour long ride.