POC Hip VPD 2.0 Padded Short 2014 Review by The Good Ride
The POC Hip VPD 2.0 Padded Short is a hybrid ski/snowboard short that is top notch for skiiers and adequate for snowboarders. It has a ton of protection for skiiers that often fall and hit the sides of the hips so that’s great for skiiers. However there is only a small wedge covering the tail bone for us snowboarders. That small wedge is viscoelastic polymer dough which is very similar to D3O so your tail bone is extremely well protected but that’s all you get. It’s soft on your body but turns hard instantly on impact. I think it has one of the higher ratings when it comes to impact protection. So you are paying a lot extra for the stuff on the thighs that you probably won’t ever need. If you want to take it to a tailor maybe they could take some from the hip and move it to other places in your back side. I’d love to see POC make a snowboard specific short that just covers most of the butt and the back end of the thigh because they have really amazing stuff going on with their VPD. So if you only care about your tailbone or ski and snowboard this isn’t a bad bit of padding.
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