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  1. #1
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    New question here. POC pads vs guards - what's the difference?

    POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Pads (POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Pads - Competitive Cyclist)

    POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guards (POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guard - Competitive Cyclist)

    Same price, same picture (assuming correct picture). So what's the difference? The description doesn't seem to present an objective difference between the 2 products.

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    Yep, they both seem the same. Maybe they just mixed them up, but I suggest double-checking with them first. I just had a problem with them regarding some padded shorts--they sent the same wrong pair to me twice (what they sent were for skiing and not like the picture). Sent me a shipping label both times, but I am not as confident with them as I have been in the past.

    If looking for this style with the strap behind the knee, check steep and cheap (one of their many other sites). If the same as the picture (hopefully), they will likely be cheaper even with shipping.

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    Reputation: RyeBokeh's Avatar
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    chain reaction cycles lists the knee "pads" version as 2012 and the knee "guards" version as 2013. poc knee | Chain Reaction Cycles

    POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Pads Features:

    •Joints are softer, very flexible protectors
    •Made of Visco-Elastic Polymer Dough VPD
    •Downhill, freeride mountain biking
    •Sturdy polypropylene

    POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guard Specifications:

    •3D molded VPD 2.0 knee protector, perforated for air flow
    •Resistant aramid reinforced stretch fabric sleeve
    •The construction and shape are designed to secure position
    •Optional elastic strap rests on calf muscle to give extra firm and secure fit

    i also noticed with the poc elbow pads vs. elbow guards is that the "pads" version are the first version of the vpd 2.0

    The elbow "pads" version doesn't have a strap at the top and bottom. only has one strap at the back of the elbow. i've read a review where a person hated it because every time he bent his elbow the bottom would not flex with his arm and open up. he said when he crashed it acted like a scoop, dug into the dirt and cause a bit of road rash.

    the elbow "guards" now have, what they call a Crash Retention Strap at the top and bottom to keep the guard from slipping out of place.

    you can visually see the two versions on competitive cyclist. poc elbow 2.0 - Search Results | Competitive Cyclist

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