Ian K.wrote a review of POC Joint VPD 2.0 Long Knee Pads on August 31, 2015
Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
A couple months ago, I stuffed a front tire going down a steep and rocky descent. I went over the bars, broke a couple ribs, and lost a good amount of flesh from the tops of my knees. It was in this moment that I was reminded that I'm getting too old to take this kind of abuse and that it was silly to not wear knee pads of some sort.
Unfortunately, I can't get any less old, but I could easily remedy the knee protection.
I bought these with little to no knowledge on what I was getting. I wanted a "soft" knee pad that covered more than just my patella. A bulk of the professional athletes I follow use POC gear, so it just made sense.
Now that my ribs have healed and the skin has mostly grown back, I headed to the bike park to give these a go.
- They look very nice. This may seem silly to list as a pro, but a lot of the pads I've seen people use are incredibly gaudy and don't make any sense.
- Once they're on, you barely notice them. The padding material (VPD) doesn't seem to wiggle around on your leg or rub your knees. For the most part, I forgot that I was wearing them both up hill and down hill.
- Pedal bite be gone. With the exception of one footing mistake, these pads covered far enough down my leg that they caught the pedal every time I slipped one. No signs of distress or wear from those pedal bites.
- They do not budge. Maybe it's because I'm on the top end of the "large" size, but they did not budge during the first couple hours of riding (more on that below).
- Poor ventilation. I could definitely feel the heat in these. I understand that this is part of the design though, and it wasn't terrible...just sweaty.
- They don't like going on sweaty legs. During a whiskey and burger break, I pulled the pads down to allow my legs some time to "breath." Unfortunately, I learned that once they got sweat on the bands, they had a difficult time staying in place. The pads that hadn't moved all day now needed to be adjusted at the end of every run. It's still not a deal breaker for me, but it's good to know going forward.
Overall, I absolutely love these pads and plan on adding the matching elbow pads to my kit in the next short while. It's always better to have them and not need them than it is to need them and not have them.