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Description

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

Closure:
hook-and-loop
Protection Area:
knee
Recommended Use:
downhill, cross country, all-mountain
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)
17.7 - 19.3in
(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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The right pad for me!

    Bought these to give me some more protection while riding more aggressive terrain while still being able to peddle. They certainly give me the added protection I was looking for and while I can still peddle in them, I do not think I will be doing any all day rides with them. In that instance, I will opt for my lighter weight pads. Overal they are a perfect fit for what I was looking for, more protection without the bulk of a hardshell knee pad

    Perfect Fit

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I recently got back into mountain biking, and thought I didn't need knee pads until my first wipe out back on the bike. Needless to say, I immediately snagged these and couldn't be happier. They fit extremely well to your leg/knee, do not slide, and breathe surprisingly well!

    Simple, stylish protection

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Protect those knees before you scrape them to bits! These look great and I have gotten plenty of compliments how fresh they look.

    Excellent protection w/o bulky feeling

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Bought these knee pads after buying and loving the vpd 2.0 elbow pads. Excellent protection w/o bulky feeling. No slipping or discomfort while peddling or on the downhill. Conforms to the body and almost forget I have them on. They are a bit warm for the up but usually just put em on for the downhill anyway. Washable and durable. Would definitely highly recommend these pads to a friend. I am 6'1" 160# and mediums fit perfect.

    The Swedes got it right!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Simplicity and cleanliness matched with a great fit and design make these pads a win win for everyone! Can't go wrong here, fit is great for me and love the look, style and comfort. Grabbed the elbow pads to match as well.

    Best knee pad I've put on!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    You know gear is working when you completely forget about it. After strapping these on it felt like they were going to be too big and a little loose, that was hardly the case super comfortable forgot they were on and stay right where you left em.
    Riding at Canyons, Deer Valley, Draper, I-Street, Ogden Bike Park.

    Ideal for DH, Hot & Heavy for hard XC

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Pros:
    -Warmth for winter MTB riding (I've also gotten into the habit of using them while snowboarding if I know I'll be kneeling and waiting for people)
    -I've crashed a few times with these and they haven't torn up at all (through rock gardens and roots sections)
    -They don't smell too bad, haven't needed to deodorize after riding in the deserts of Utah
    -Don't notice them while pedaling comfort wise, aside from heat and bulkiness
    -look great

    Cons:
    -Straps are about twice as long as necessary, I end up wrapping them all the way around my leg before attaching
    -When packing these for uphills, they take up loads of room in my bag, I often have to strap them to the outside
    -If you're looking for all day all mountain pads, I'd go for their "air" versions or styles because these are super hot and bulky, but not uncomfortable like other pads are (not scratchy or pokey).

    Take away: Good to have for winter and park riding and snowboarding, I'd go for something else if riding in the summer or for extended periods of time when climbing is necessary (or you can just plan to pack them, but they're bulky)

    Best Knee Pads

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Knee pads are a must have for any mountain biker and these are some of the best ones out there. I got them last spring and after a spring, summer and fall of riding hard, they are still holding up great! You'll hardly notice you're wearing them when your riding, but you'll definitely be happy you were when you fall and you're knees aren't destroyed. They provide great protection and don't slip around when riding. I highly recommend these to all mountain bikers!

    Great pads, until they aren't anymore

      I loved these for the first few months - but then they just stretched out to the point where they won't stay in place anymore. So they went from perfect fit and me telling everyone how awesome they were to basically useless. Unless the Dakine Slayers that replaced them, these don't seem to regain their shape after a wash.

      LOVE!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Just picked these up last week after I had a few crashes ending up with scraped up knees. I was pretty skeptical about being comfortable pedaling in them but I gave it a shot. I was delightfully surprised at how little I noticed them. Obviously you are going to get some extra warmth and sweat with them on but that is to be expected.

      Light and Comfortable!

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I've now ridden with these about 15 times or so. I find them to be super comfortable and lightweight when you are spending the day descending. I would not ride these as my "everyday" knee pad, more so for a day at the bike park or riding shuttle laps. I'd go with the lightweight version if you are looking for that! They are a bit uncomfortable for the uphill, but they stay put for the day!

      Certainly not light compared to the 661 Rage Hard Knee, which was a great pad (Hey, 661 you are exceedingly dumb for completely changing that pad!) And I use the POC's for long all mountain rides (3+ hours), and for me they are *not* uncomfortable pedaling uphill--quite the opposite: they are super comfortable pedaling uphill. I've done two hour climbs while wearing them without issue. Great pad. Heavier and warmer than the 661 Rage Hard Knee, which I use on alternate days. Both stay in place and do not slip down. I've crashed many times with the Rage Hard Knee, and I've walked away unscathed. The first day I wore the POC's I went down hard in the rocks in Moab, and even though there was a stripe up the middle of the knee pad(presumably from impacting a rock), I didn't feel a thing. Durability is the best I've seen in any knee pad. My POC's are on their third season, and the elastic is just now starting to lose its stretch. No rips or tears in the material, and the stitching is holding up fine.

      Protection is key

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Protect yourself before you wreck yourself. These pads are great and I have already taken some spills with them and they have held up exactly as intended. I went down pretty hard and I didnt feel my knees hit at all but they are still plenty flexible to pedal in and wont bug you too much on longer rides. Highly recommend any of the POC Joint VPD line.

      P.O.C It To Me.

      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium

      Great knee pads, awesome price, worth the money. Sums up a couple of highlights about these pads. At first they were very tight even with me being right in the range for a proper fit using the mediums. However after one ride with them being able to heat up and mold to my leg they fit and feel great.

      Will feel to tight at first. Then will loosen up after a ride or so.

      Hi,
      Plan to buy these, not shure wich size.
      Can You tell me Your measurements below/above knee ?
      Thanks for answer.
      Regards.

      Necessary Apparel

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: Runs small

      Taking spills and striking immovable objects is assured in mountain biking. These pads from POC will give you adequate protection should the inevitable occur. They are a bit bulky and very warm, but they take good care of your vulnerable knees. Worth throwing on for park laps or burly trail rides.

      Great pads, might be a little much for XC

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I love these pads. Fit is great and they're not too hot. Don't have anything bad to say about them. If you are looking for something and bike lots of miles you might want o check out the "air" version on them.

      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.

      VPD 2.0 Knee Guard

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      These knee guards are really comfortable and don't slip. The VPD padding is great. Awesome product!

      Avg. ride time: 4m per week
      • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

      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!

      Hi,
      Plan to buy these, not shure wich size.
      Can You tell me Your measurements below/above knee ?
      Thanks for answer.
      Regards.

      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 issues...one 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