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Joint VPD Air Knee Pads

If you're like us, you despise suiting up with bulky pads that make you sweat to death and restrict critical motion while climbing and pedaling swiftly down the trail. Luckily, POC created the Joint VPD Air Knee Pads to protect your knees from nasty impacts and abrasion, but without sacrificing key movements with their lightweight, flexible feel.

The secret to this flexible design with high levels of protection lies in POC's VPD padding. Standing for visco-elastic polymer dough, VPD remains soft and pliable while moving and pedaling, but then firms up to dissipate crushing blows once it's subjected to a crash. This way, you'll be able to ride freely and without restriction, plus you'll remain protected from crashes along the way. It's a win-win in our book, so much so that we highly recommend this set of knee pads to everyday trail riders.

  • Lightweight, flexible knee pads for everyday trail rides
  • VPD foam remains soft and pliable, then hardens upon impact
  • Secure hook-and-loop strap, plus neoprene anti-slip grip
  • Reinforced stretch fabric is flexible and breathable
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
VPD compound, reinforced stretch fabric
hook-and-loop strap, neoprene anti-slip
Protection Area
Recommended Use
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year


Body Armor














59 - 65in

(150 - 165cm)

65 - 71in

(165 - 180cm)










































Arm Length













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How to Measure:
For best results, take measurements over your underwear.
Measure around the chest horizontally at the widest point.
Measure around the narrowest part of your waist.
Measure around the widest part of your seating area.
Arm Length:
Measure from the center of your back to your wrist with arms held out.

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Comfortable and not too hot

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first experience with knee pads but as I’m getting older it seemed like a smart idea. I did a lot of research before choosing the POC Joint VPD Airs and I made a good choice. These strike the right balance between comfort, protection and breathability. I live in SW Florida where it’s almost always hot and humid so the coolness and comfort factor were at the top of my list. I figured if I don’t want to wear the pads then it doesn’t matter how protective they are. I did a 15 mile loop on singletrack wearing these on sunny, hot and humid day where it got up to 90 and I did not overheat under the pads. Of course I got sweaty but nothing unbearable. Wearing them takes some getting used to and I always could always feel that I was wearing them but it wasn’t distracting and didn’t affect my riding. I’m to the point now where I barely even think about them. Getting them on and off is easy and they stay in place. I never had to adjust them. I’m 5’9” and 148 pounds with very skinny legs and the size medium is perfect. I haven’t cashed in these yet so I can’t attest to how protective they are but I thought I’d do a review to comment on the other traits.

Pretty solid

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

4 stars for lacking certification but they are pretty beefy and I wouldn't be afraid to wear them on almost every type of riding excepts true SENDING. I do not have any issues with overheating or pinching but I know others have.

Top notch

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great protection and flexibility of the pads. The padding is light weight but, protective across the knees. I keep the straps a little loose for better movement but they stay in place through the entire duration of rides.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Very love it the first few times. Protect my knee from bruises as I rock climb. I am prone to injury. Yesterday I notice the knee pads slight off and loose a little midway through my climbing in the gym. I still love it. Perhaps it’s just the sweating as it’s pretty hot and humid in Los Angeles the last week.

POC VPD Air - OK, not recommended

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The fit is the main issue; have size large and the circumference is fine but the pad, top to bottom is too short so is not comfortable and requires constant adjustment. Not recommended for MTB and would not wear for even the intended purpose - snow sports.

Pinches in the back of the knee

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

I did a few rides with the POC Joint VPD Air. I was very excited when I got them, and I wanted to like them. The problem I had is that the pads pinch and chaff in the back of the knee. The problem is that the strap to tighten the pads will sit right in the back of the knee, which causing pinching. I think if the knee pads went higher up the thigh, the problem would be resolved. Anyway, I think the protection of the pad is good. Even though I didn't fall on it, but the protection appears to be very good. I also didn't feel any hot spots with the knee pads.

Very light weight! Love them!!!

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

I have been debating getting a pair of these for a while and I'm SO glad I did! I have a pair of FOX Launch Enduro knee pads and I was looking to get a second pair as a back up, but I can only find them in red. :-( I didn't want anything too big and bulky. The POC Joint VPD AirKnee Pads are perfect. I rode today in the S. Florida heat and forgot I was even wearing them. They stayed in place and didn't slip at all. Highly recomended! My thigh measurement is 18" and calf is 14". Size Medium fit perfectly!


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: Medium

I have literally tried almost EVERY knee pad under the Sun. All others were either too bulky or beyond uncomfortable. These are near perfect. Construction and comfort blow all competition out the water. Quality. I think they run small. I am 5'6 and 135lbs, chicken legs; and the smalls we're waaay to tight. I returned for size Medium and they fit so great without cinching them down at all. I'm stoked I've finally found my favorite pair of knee pads!

Open box, slap em on, ride all day

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

If you're looking for a straight forward knee guard that will let you pedal hard and flow with peace of mind i think it'll be hard to beat these. The day i got these i slapped them on and went out for a 20 mile pedal fest. Very little flow or sustained down hills , because i know they'll be good for that. I wanted to know how uncomfortable they would get with lots of leg pump and steady RPM. The strap on the top have enough give that you doing need to reef on it to get a little more compression and ensure a

Ultimate air flow and protection

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you are a mountain biker that loves technical climbing and demanding descents but not really interested in high speed downhill biking, these pads are for you.
They are amazing. Put them on and you forget you're even wearing them. They made their presence obvious when I slipped off a 4ft boulder..that could not have possibly been good for my knee. They are light too!
I wash them every once in a while on the gentle cold cycle and they hold up fine. Amazing closure system and no slippage!

Low Profile

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love these knee pads! Low profile under my shorts or pants, but super protective. Can't even feel them while I am riding. Taken a few spills on my bike with these on and my knees have greatly appreciated them.

Absolutely perfect

    The bad review on here must have ordered the wrong size or something because these fit awesome like they’re almost not even there. I came across sale on here and just ordered a second set for backup. They are spectacular. They fit and breathe exactly as I wanted. I ride bmx and these are much more discrete than the much larger pads that I was riding while still providing exceptional protection.

    I would recommend these!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have used these several times and not being the greatest biker have crashed multiple times in them but they always have protected my knees quite well. They fit well and are pretty comfortable for short rides but can start to get a little uncomfortable during a long ride but nothing that is too annoying. Overall this is a nice product that I would definitely by again and recommend to someone who is looking for pretty comfortable knee pad with great protection.

    Lightweight, Comfortable Knee Pads

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    These are my first set of knee pads, so I can't say much about breathability, but I don't notice them on when riding! I do notice them when I'm not riding. They do cause the top part of my knees to sweat on hot days, but the back and sides of my knees haven't sweat yet in these! I think they breath pretty well except for the top and bottom grippy parts that prevent the pads from sliding down your leg. As far as size goes, I'm 5'5" and 110lbs and I have super skinny legs so I thought I was going to need an XS, but the XS ended up being to tight, and the Small felt just right, so I would say these run a little on the small side. The size chart seems to be pretty accurate, so be sure to measure your leg and get what the size chart says.

    I haven't fallen on them yet, and while I'm sure it will still hurt when I fall on a rock or stick, I'm very sure it will prevent major damage, puncture wounds, and gnarly trail rash that would end my day of riding!

    I'm very happy I bought these and I would definitely buy them again!


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    These totally suck. Bought as a replacement to some worn out (and well tested and proven) 661 knee pads. These are garbage. They're uncomfortable, chafe, don't stay where they should and when/if you take a tumble, they will slip and slide around do basically everything but what they should, anywhere but where they should be. Don't waste your money or skin, get something way better for similar money.