POC Mountain Bike Knee Protector

What kind of knee pads do mountain bikers use?

Knee pads are the first step for most mountain bikers, protecting one of your boniest and most injury-susceptible areas. Most mountain biking knee pads are stretchy sleeves that slide up onto your knees. Riders who are taking on aggressive trail riding, or riding in the bike park will certainly want to ride with knee pads.

How are POC knee pads held in place?

The VPD pads are held in place by a wide gripper band. That protection comes from POC’s VPD material. Like other modern protective materials, VPD remains flexible while moving but hardens upon impact. This translates to pedaling comfort, reducing pressure on the knee.

How does the POC VPD system protect your knee?

That protection comes from POC’s VPD material. Like other modern protective materials, VPD remains flexible while moving but hardens upon impact. This translates to pedaling comfort, reducing pressure on the knee. The VPD material is soft and flexible to keep you mobile on the bike, until you come off unexpectedly.

Do you need knee protection on a mountain bike?

Whether you like flying down steep , technical trails, or you prefer a more sedate pace, some form of knee protection while riding is a good idea. Even the best, or most careful riders, make mistakes and, while not all accidents end up with a trip to A+E, the last thing you want is to curtail a ride because you’ve gashed a knee open.

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We really are in premium pick territory with the VPD, but as this tough dude complies with the 1621-1 motorcycle standard, you know you are in good hands. Another technical design, using materials in the padding that stiffen on impact you get a hybrid knee pad that brings the best of the rest to the fore. You get a decent amount of coverage with the protective flexible sleeve, that has added security with a Velcro top wraparound and middle back strap. The reinforced fabric is perforated for heat and moisture management and there is plenty of stretch. It seems you will need to ride in these a few times to break them in but once they have taken to the shape of your leg, the comfort level really does kick in.

When looking at the business end of these MTB knee pads, the protection panels are low profile flush to the shape of the pad, but firm to the touch, ready to spring into stiffening action should you and your knees hit the ground. The 100% polyester outer of these awesome knee pads are also tough and will be able to weather the scraps and slides of the trail. While they may not have the hardcore protection of a full-on hard shell, for every day wear or for a fast downhill blast with your buds, you can be sure these POC knee pads have you covered should you part ways with your bike.

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