Slide on the Hip and get ready to rip! The POC Hip VPD 2.0 Shorts provide a high level of impact protection for your tailbone and hips while remaining low profile and flexible. The VPD (Visco-Elastic Polymer Dough) compound is supple enough to mold to the body's contours, yet in the instance of a heavy impact, the material stiffens in time to absorb the hit. The stretch mesh construction keeps air efficiently flowing throughout the shorts to accompany your ride with long-lasting comfort.
Perforated 3ply VPD 2.0 hip protection that complies to the 1621-1 motorcycle standard
Had a recent 2 hour ride here in south Texas . The temperature started at 74 and was over 85 by the time I loaded up to head home. As I was riding trails on the coast, the humidity had me drain my 3 liter hydration pack during my ride. These protective shorts were so comfortable, I forgot I had them on. Also. extremely stable, did not move around during my ride as I thought they might or shift to the side and become a nuisance. No crashes so can not speak about protection ability but as I had formerly worn just cycle shorts, this has to be a better choice. I highly recommend , comfortable,cool, fit great, a no brainer for me.
I totally love these!!! My husband bought them for me because I was unhappy with his 661 Evo Compression shorts when I tried them out (their hip pads are small and too far behind my hips; it didn't cover the greater trochanter - top of femur - on my hips).
What I love: 1. The waistband! I do not like to wear anything that is too tight around the waist and I normally struggle to find items with an elastic waistband that fit well. These are perfect! The waistband is true to size, very comfortable, and does not squeeze my waist. 2. The hip pad & its coverage! These hip pads cover everything and they absorb most of the impact. I recently fell while wearing these shorts and I was able to jump up and ride (had my derailleur not snapped off). No bruises ever appeared from that fall! LOVE LOVE LOVE these shorts. 3. The overall weight. These shorts are so well made, they hug your buns and thighs and don't let go! They stay in place (even when you fall) and they do not add any noticeable weight.
What I don't totally love, but don't hate either: This is by no means a complaint or deal-breaker for me, but you might want to know... 1. The elastic band around each leg opening is tight. It squeezes a little more than I would like; not because of comfort (they are not extremely tight), but because of the look. I don't like the bulge it causes on the inside of my lower thighs, BUT it is just an appearance problem, not a comfort problem. It seems like they made the leg elastic bands a little tighter to hold the hip pads in place instead of the waistband which is actually a FANTASTIC idea! I can deal with leg squish...I cannot deal with hip squish (AKA muffin top).
Would absolutely recommend these shorts! POC did a seriously awesome job!
I bought these to wear for DH and park riding, haven't ridden them yet. They seem very well made and should be of great benefit in a crash. I gave 4 stars because I feel that the padding does not protect my entire hip. The padding seems to cover the lower part of the pelvis and tailbone very well but leaves the upper part right on the belt line exposed. Not sure if that makes them easier to pedal in but for DH I am not as concerned with that as I am a hard crash in a rock garden. Protection seems adequate where covered but I don't have any crashes to back up that claim.
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