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Item # POC0179

VPD beats the ER in every way.

We don't like to talk about serious injury very much. Downhill mountain biking is just too fun to think about the possible repercussions. The reality, however, is that DH gives you plenty of opportunity to really mess yourself up. POC takes some of the danger out of riding with the Spine VPD 2.0 DH Jacket. Using its VPD technology, the Spine 2.0 Jacket protects your chest, shoulders, arms, elbows, and most importantly, back in the event of a crash.

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 1st. 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.  POC also uses a static Crash Retention Strap to keep the sleeve from slipping out of place. At the elbow itself, POC covers the VPD with a flexible hard shell cap to make the Spine VPD 2.0 DH Jacket tough enough to handle the most brutal digger.

The main body of the Spine Jacket is highly breathable stretch-mesh fabric. This allows air to flow through the jacket freely to keep you dry and cool while you ride. POC installed large VPD 2.0 panels at the shoulders, elbows, chest, and back for lightweight, flexible padding with the same protection level as hard shell armor. A removable waistband provides additional support and keeps the jacket in place while your ride.

The POC Spine VPD 2.0 DH Jacket comes in Black and is available in Small, Medium, and Large.

  • Mesh fabric body
  • VPD 2.0 panels at back, chest, shoulder, elbows
  • Sleeve Crash Retention Strap
  • Removable waistband
  • Flexible hard shell cap over elbow VPD
  • Asymmetric chest zipper

Tech Specs

VPD (visco-elastic polymer dough), VPD 2.0 compound, stretch mesh
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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  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This piece of gear from POC may be a little costly but is well worth it. You hardly notice that you have it on during a descent, however it is not necessarily the best for riding uphill.

I wear mine for enduro racing, and while it probably makes you sweat a bit more on the uphill climbs, the added protection on the downhill is awesome. I took a spill in a race and took a bounce off a large boulder with my chest. The VPD padding worked great and I walked away from that with a bruise rather than something that could have been much worse.

Can you please explain how it is related...

Can you please explain how it is related to POC Spine Ergo Armor and do you need the latter when you use the jacket? or the jacket 'includes' everything spine protector has?

this jacket already has back protector included.