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Item # POC0076

Comfortable protection.

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 padding
  • Lightweight, abrasion-resistant aramid/lycra
  • Elasticized hook-and-loop strap

Tech Specs

VPD (visco-elastic polymer dough)
Protection Area:
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
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 protection from rocks and the cold

    These pads are more protection than I was expecting. The VPD material is soft and molds with your body as you heat up and move around, and the coverage around the elbow and forearm is stellar. I'm a lot less fearful charging down some gravely trails when I have these on. They have slid down my arms a little, but with the velcro fasteners it takes a quick adjustment to tighten them up around my bicep. Probably more than you need on friendly cross country trails, but I am happy to have these when its cooler or when the trail starts to get rocky.

    It served it purpose

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

    Had two crashes so far and this prevented me from having severe bruising, cuts, and skin peels. They fit comfortably and doesn't slide down. Better to be safe than sorry.

    Crashed wearing these...

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I've used these several times. The medium size fits me great (I'm 5ft. 11in. and 165lbs; forearm circumference is 24cm, bicep circumference is 28cm). The pads are a little tight at first but once they are worn in they fit perfectly. They can be worn on bare skin or between a thin layer of clothing without slipping off (they stay better if worn on bare skin though). I was recently doing some DH riding when I completely flipped off my bike and landed on my elbow. This pad took the hit like a boss. I haven't tried any other pads but I'm happy with these. They work and are comfortable to wear. Very low profile too.

    These are POCing good!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I brought these firstly because my riding buddies have them. I'm a bit of sheep and refuse to make my own mind up and want to fit in. Gotta have swag down the jumps right!? I guess I also brought them because every time I came off, I cut the Sh!t out of my elbows. I was getting sick of that and these things were on sale. The first time I took them out, I came off and these saved my elbows from looking like they'd been through a cheese grater. You can't ask for more than that and they're also good when it's hot outside. If you wanna save your elbows and also look like you have all the top gear and know what you're doing, buy these. Otherwise, TCP is good for cleaning out wounds.

    Avg. ride time: 15m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    They are ok but others have caught up

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    POC use to rule the high end protection gear; now other companies have caught up. I would only buy POC b/c of the superior material, etc but now they are just overpriced for what you get. Remember everyone, this gear is suppose to be disposable after couple of hard years of use and even then the material I suspect will degrade over time and will need to be tossed. These pads after 3 yrs are still flexible but as others mentioned they just don't stay up on my elbow; constantly pulling them up. They have a velcro strap at the top you cinch down but then its either too tight and arms hurt or too lose and fall down. I have taken a bif and they hold up well and did their job.

    They are ok but others have caught up
    Avg. ride time: 45m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Great for Trail/AM riding

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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.

    Best Elbow guard in the market !

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    raided with this set for 5 hours from Jerusalem to the Dead Sea in Israel !!! was perfect ! didn't move and was very comfy.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    They are super comfy, no rub. The build quality is suspect, they stretch out quick and the material rips pretty easily. They stay in place OK when riding but slip off the elbow if you fall.

    Probably adequate for an XC'er who wants something..for DH seek something better.

    Save those bows

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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.

    Very happy with this product!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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!

    Almost There

      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.

      Protection, Protection

        I bought a large and like the POC Knee Protectors, they felt a little tight. My arms started to sweat, but the silicon strip in the lining kept the elbow protector in one place.

        These suck

          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

          Here's an update -- hadn't gotten new ones yet and used them this weekend. Crashed and they didn't stay in place. Looks like I didn't even have them on. For reference, size small and 14" arms. Get something else!

          Unanswered Question

          Why no sizes other than large? I'm no...

          Why no sizes other than large?
          I'm no neanderthal, I need a pair of smalls for my tiny Swedish man arms!

          Solid Pad - Sizing maybe slightly small

            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.

            Spending this much? Get the 2.0 version for a few bucks more. After a year and a few crashes they still look like new. These get heavy with perspiration can often slip. The forearm side opening also stretches and your next wipe out can push the pad up your arm. Exposing skin and scraping the crap outta you. The velcro closure elastic also stetches like crazy and you may run out of velcro before you can cinch the closure tight enough.

            POC VPD Pads are solid

              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.