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Initial Impressions: POC Bone Leg Armour

Swedish company POC might be a relative newcommer to the mountain biking market but their products are building a strong reputation for well thought out design and exceptional quality. I have used a POC pisspot lid this season and was very impressed with the quality, so I wanted to see if the POC Bone leg armour was […]

Swedish company POC might be a relative newcommer to the mountain biking market but their products are building a strong reputation for well thought out design and exceptional quality. I have used a POC pisspot lid this season and was very impressed with the quality, so I wanted to see if the POC Bone leg armour was as good and picked myself up a set from TheBikeChain last month. I have only been using the pads for a few weeks so this is very much an initial impression, however I will publish an update once I have a feel for the durability.

The first thing that I noticed when I tried on the armour is that the fit was great; the large size is very roomy, although still feels secure once the straps are tied. The looks are a bit love or loathe I think, very stormtrooper-esque, but I like them! The armour comes with detachable calf protectors, which are held in place by the armour straps, and these offer a huge amount of protection but would be very warm for XC use. I removed mine, but will put them back on for big gravity days. To put the armour on you have two choices, you can either remove your shoe and slip your foot through the padded knee section, this offers extra padding at the sides of the knee and is more secure. If you don’t want to take your shoe off then you can just rely on the top straps to hold the armour in place at the knee, this option offers a simiilar level of protection to my old RaceFace FR pads. So far I have opted to remove my shoe because the extra knee protection feels great. The pads fasten with two Velcro straps, one above the knee and one at the ankles, and a clip system that wraps round the calf with a choice of two attachment points to make sure you can get the fit just right.

The feature I like the best about the Bone armour is the articulated knee. This really separates this pad from the competition and offers unparalleled mobility. The inside of the knee protection is formed from POC’s VPD material, a material which is soft but hardens on impact, and the outside of the knee is a hard plastic which can slide freely over the VPD material. This lets your leg bend completely freely. In every other pad I have tried, every time you bend your knee you are fighting against the pad material, and in my experience this causes chaffing and increased fatigue. Neither of these problems arise with POC’s armour and it is comfortable for short climbs.

I don’t think that you can get a feel for how armour performs until you have a few crashes under your belt, so I will reserve judgement on the level of protection until I have bashed them on the ground a few times, they feel like they will offer fantastic protection though. My initial impressions of the POC are great, however watch this space for an full review when I have got some miles under my belt.

+ Articulated knee is fantastic. + Great fit and seems to offer good protection. + StormTrooper-esque.

–  StormTrooper-esque. –  Not cheap – they are “reassuringly expensive!”

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