POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guard

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guard and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 90 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.5 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.5 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 239

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Short break-in time.
  • Offers adequate protection during crashes.
  • Well-built and durable.
  • Lightweight but protective.
  • Doesn’t take a long time to readjust the pads if needed.
  • Moves well with your knee.
  • Leg goes through the pad in order to keep it secure and in place.

Expert Reviews

  • Offers elastic straps to give secure fit on the calf muscles.
  • VPD (Visco-Elastic Polymer Dough) provides shock absorption, minimizing the impact of trauma.
  • The internal rubber liners provide a secure fit.
  • Reported one of the most comfortable knee pads on the market.
  • The VPD material hardens immediately upon impact, promoting protection, while remaining flexible and mold-able for mobility.
  • The VPD has a pre-bend, which keeps them in place during a crash.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Can feel a bit bulky.
  • Some reports of the back of the pads sliding down the back of the knee and bunching.
  • Not comfortable enough for longer days.

Expert Reviews

  • In cold conditions, the knee pads can harden and become stiff.
  • The lower strap is somewhat thin, and has been reported to bunch.
  • The pads could become sweaty since the ventilation is not the best.


The POC Joint VPD 2.0 Knee Guard is a durable and supportive pad for any level of rider. The tendency to bunch at the back and the bulkiness may make this less-than-ideal for all-day rides, the superior protection provided makes this a solid choice overall.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.