POC VPD System Lite Knee Pads are Versatile, Breathable [Review]
POC’s latest mountain bike knee pads, the VPD System Lites, are a mid-level protecting piece that’s excellent for aggressive path driving and enduro. The VPD System Lites meet a European commonplace of safety, the EN 16211, Stage 1 and are 3D molded for an improved match.
The shell of the knee pad has a pure curve with vents above and beneath the patella. Beneath is a mesh material that can also be breathable, and across the collars of the pad are silicone POC logos for added grip and retention.
Most individuals that personal a 150mm+ journey bike are sometimes setting out on extra superior trails often which implies donning a set of pads just like the VPD System Lites. Discovering the appropriate knee pad will not be a straightforward job. Some have too little safety and are skinny, falling down like free socks throughout a experience. Others are too cumbersome and are a greater match for the bike park. These POCS appear to suit the invoice for a pad that covers the aggressive rider whether or not they’re on a path experience or on the bike park.
My dimension medium take a look at pads weigh 213g and the set retails for $130 (accessible on-line at Competitive Cyclist, Amazon, and Moosejaw). They’re accessible in small, medium, and enormous and are available solely in black.
I obtained these POC pads this spring they usually have been holding up effectively over my time with them. I don’t suppose there’s a knee pad on the market that you simply’re actually going to “neglect” about on a experience, whether or not they’re falling down or hanging on just a bit too tight or chafing and accumulating just a bit an excessive amount of sweat. More often than not, mountain bikers are simply selecting a knee pad that minimizes these traits as a lot as potential.
The POC VPD System Lites do an excellent job at this. No, they don’t really feel like wrapping velour round your knees, however the minor discomfort is at all times higher than the prospect of one thing worse.
For having a few quarter-inch of the VPD (Visco-Elastic Polymer Dough) safety, they’re fairly versatile and wind from the experience may be felt making its approach via the vents onto the knee. The VPD materials gives “excessive affect absorption,” in response to POC and hardens upon affect. POC says that VPD also can maintain extra impacts at a time or over its lifetime in comparison with different supplies.
On the within, the mesh supplies that meets the knee is comfortable and has a little bit cush to it for added consolation. The silicone POC logos on the within of the knee are extra refined than a lined silicone gripper alongside the entire thing, like different kneepads, however the pure curve and elastic collars saved them proper in place on all my rides with the pads.
Standing up, the pure curve protrudes out a bit, however isn’t too bothersome. They’re meant to be comfy sufficient to pedal in, so off-the-bike consolation is secondary.
The POC VPD System Lites are an important selection for riders who want a pad to cowl knees on aggressive rides in addition to on the bike park. They’re mild, breathable, and have a confidence-inspiring-level of safety.
Because of POC for offering these pads for testing.