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Item # POC002M

Flexible protection.

Some gnarly rides require a good amount of pedaling, which is why the POC Joint VPD Air Knee Pads are as flexible as they are protective. The VPD padding moves with you, so you can pedal freely, and the stretchy neoprene sleeve keeps it securely in place so you don't have to stop and adjust before you descend. An elastic hook-and-loop strap provides extra stability, too, so crashes and rattly downhill sections don't shake the Joint loose.

  • VPD padding
  • Reinforced stretch fabric
  • Neoprene anti-slip lining
  • Elasticized hook-and-loop strap

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year
Recommended Use:
freeride, mountain biking
Protection Area:
elastic, hook and loop
[sleeve] neoprene, [padding] VPD (visco-elastic polymer dough)

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 pads, very comfortable

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

I used these pads on a 25-mile trail race on a unicycle. They are extremely comfortable, more than any other pads that I've used. Upon trying them on, I felt they might be just a little bit too small so I immediately ordered a size Large which I then felt were a tad too large. I decided that it's more likely they would stretch a bit rather than shrink, so I chose to keep the Medium. After wearing them for 3 hours solid on a 25-mile unicycle trail ride, I barely even knew they were on. With other pads, I feel like I have to constantly adjust them and pull them up after pedaling, mounting, and dismounting. I don't remember having to adjust these a single time. I didn't have any major falls on this ride, but all other reviews seem to attest to the protection these pads offer. I was extremely pleased with the comfort factor.
Also, the breathe-ability was incredible. This was a 70° day and low humidity, but my knees didn't sweat at all during the long ride.

Light and comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ordered the mediums but returned them for the large, I have put 20 miles of rugged trail on them and found no complaints. They hold up well no adjusting and I forgot they were on. My wife also has a pair and she likes them. she also had to exchange her smalls for mediums. the sizing chart runs small, but Backcountry was very easy to deal with.

Great gear!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ordered these according to sizing chart. They fit a little big, the Velcro strap is nice but securing the strap, there's only about 1/2" of Velcro attached. That's the only con I have. Now for the good stuff..... Amazing pads!!! Even with only 1/2" of Velcro securing the top side, these pads stayed put, did not shift or slide during multiple 18 mile rides. Did not feel bulky or intrusive in any way. Very breathable and light. A couple spills and they paid for themselves, did exactly what they were made for. Super impressed. They not only protected the top of my knee but also the sides. Definitely recommend if you're in the market.

Thanks for contributing to the community, Rick. Cheers!

Low Profile Protection!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I can't express how stoked I am on these. I've taken a few too many spills without protection, and I'm getting a little sick of the bruising and blood... Feeling way better now! I LOVE the design- not bulky and easy to fit under shorts, the padding is awesome and easy to mold- I'm not a fan of the hard plastic. The neoprene anti-slip padding actually WORKS too, so long as you get the sizing right! These bad boys stay in place for a full day of riding. They're OK for pedaling, if you're on a ride that has a mix of up n' down.
As far as sizing goes, I strongly recommend checking the sizing chart- I found that to be very accurate (I just used a string to measure and put it up against a ruler). I was in between a S and M, and went with the smaller size so I didn't have any issues of slip.
All in all, if you need some pads- look no further! Ladies or gents, these are the bomb dot com.

Sizing is difficult to get right

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

I like these knee pads a lot, I feel very protected and they don't move (if you buy the right size). Pedaling in them isn't horrible, however I bought them to use during the descent.

Overall, if you grab the correct size I don't think you can go wrong with these!

I crashed in these and my knee was A-OK.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride single track and I wanted something with knee protection that I wouldn't mind climbing and pedaling all day in. I crashed around a berm at a decent speed and landed onto compacted dirt with small rocks. My right knee took a pretty good side impact. These knee pads worked great and helped me walk away like nothing happened. I'm committed to wearing these from here on out.

If you are riding anything with larger rocks or downhill definitely get a more substantial pad though. Don't forget the intended use case.

Looks great.

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

I haven't taken these out yet but were comfortable when I tried them one. I am small in most protective gear but I bought a medium this time and they fit perfectly.

Might be a good idea to actually take them out and use them before a review.

Hey Amy, I'm trying to figure out which size to buy, I'm 5'5" and about 130- do you have a recommendation?

Unanswered Question

Is this a pair for the price? Plus are these good for a beginner just getting into the mountain bike/trail thing, not trying to do anything crazy get.??

Like 'em

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

I like these knee pads for cross country and trail riding. I'll still use the heavier duty VPD2 for where there's a bit more more fast downhill riding. Hardly noticed these climbing on and off for a couple of hours. Design and quality is great and they didn't move around or down.

These fit women!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've bought Kali, Demon Snow, and Six Six One and returned all but the POC VPD air. Always sz small. POC runs smaller than the other brands and fits my stick arms! I don't have stick arms by any stretch of the imagination, but my god I was just swimming in the Six Six One pads. The others were a little loose and caused hot spots. I haven't wrecked with these POC pads yet, but they are comfy and stay put while riding.

Hey, thanks for info that these work for women! I'm trying to figure out which size to buy (I'm 5'5" and ~130), do you mind sharing what size you bought and what size you normally wear? Thanks!

Whats the difference between these air and the non air VPD's other then the pads on the side? I noticed a $10 price difference, but is the front pad the same on both.

The air version is ideal for someone who wants protection, but still plans on doing a lot of pedaling (geared for the cross country rider). The non-air offers more protection, but is stiffer so less ideal for all that pedaling (geared for the freeride/downhill rider).

No Complaints

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have these in addition to the VPD Air Elbow Pads. When I first purchased these, I was worried they would be a hindrance while climbing. Coming from PA, where most riding is XC, I enjoy climbing. I don't ride bike parks or downhill, and never use the chair lift. I bought these with the thinking that pads are cheaper than a medical bill. Thankfully I have yet to experience any chafing. The only time I had slight discomfort was due to some bunching in the sleeve material while climbing to the Wasatch Crest trail in Park City. But, this was a 2-hour, 3,000 foot climb. Otherwise, it has been smooth sailing.

p.s. I should mention I have yet to fall in these. So, I can't comment on their durability or protection.

I Just received mine, are they Right, Left specific?

I just got confirmation from POC. They are Right, Left specific. It's "faintly" labeled on the small tag in very small print. When worn the large POC logo on the Pad is outward facing. On some other web-sites and on-line reviews they have the pads on incorrectly......

protection is key

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

ordered these for a good friend and she has loved them, one of the best ways to improve biking is to have the right protection so when you are out there gripping and ripping it and have the occasional misshap you can bounce back on your feet and get back at it. fit on these is perfect and they dont slip off even through the gnarly rock gardens.

Perfect for XC Mtb, with downhill

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have about 5 rides on these pads, with one hard fall. The pads really do protect, are very light, and I forget they are on. 2+ hr ride with zero slip. Very happy.
Hood River, OR

Less is more

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was looking for a minimal padding in order to protect against scrapes and bruises, even with the occasional run in the downhill park. I love to ride trails so a light knee pad and a heavier set of elbow pads is what I went with (VPD Air on the knees, VPD 2.0 on the bows). I wanted a knee pad that I could easily pedal in so I chose these over the VPD 2.0's, sacrificing minimal protection for maximum pedal performance.

Put these on before getting rad

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

These pads are super light, and great for every day use. I've had a few crashes in them and they've done their job. They are best suited on the trail but will hold up to the occasional day at the bike park. They breathe very well, and don't collect sweat like other pads do. The fit is true-to-size, just be sure to get the measurements and take out the guesswork.

Great pads for up AND down

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

I tried about 4 sets of pads before finally deciding on these. They're about half the weight of any of the others but provide plenty of coverage around the knee cap and upper shin. Being 6'5" and 230 lbs, I naturally assumed I would be a large but I was wrong. The mediums were perfect on me; they don't slide around but aren't so tight that they pinch the backs of my knees. They are stretchy enough to get over my calves. I also own the VPD 2.0 pads and I'd argue that these protect roughly the same surface area without nearly as much bulk. Took 2 spills on this mornings ride, one directly on the knee, and these took it like a champ.

I found the 2.0s to be a little too much for trail/x-country riding where I'm peddling nearly the whole time. These, however, were extremely comfortable and I forgot they were there after about 90 seconds. If you do a lot of peddling and want something light weight with outstanding hard shell protection you cannot go wrong with these. Highly recommend!

how do these compare to the raceface ambush or IXS flow?

Haven't tried either of those. I like them better than the POC VPD 2.0's, the 661 Evo, and the Fox Launch Pro.

Were you a medium despite what the size chart indicates, or was the size chart accurate?

I measured on the low end of the large range, I felt like they were too loose though.

I would agree. I measured on the low end of a large, but the mediums were a better fit.