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Is It Worth It? The Newest POC Gear Reviewed 11

Swedish protection and apparel specialist POC charges a pretty penny for its products, so we were curious to see if the bang would be worth the buck.

Is It Worth It? The Newest POC Gear Reviewed

Swedish company POC burst onto the alpine skiing scene in 2006 when Julia Mancuso won the gold medal in giant slalom and pictures of her wearing a POC helmet and goggles became the talk of the town. Since then, the company has grown exponentially and it has managed to establish a solid presence in the mountain bike world with an impressive catalog of protective equipment and apparel. With a premium price tag and that special Scandinavian design appeal, we were curious to see if the performance would match the hype, so when presented with the opportunity, we put some of their very latest goods to the test. Check out the video review below to find out how we got along!


Featured Gear


POC Tectal Race SPIN Helmet

  • Fully wrapped unibody shell construction to improve helmet strength
  • Helmet integrated with patent pending SPIN (Shearing Pad Inside) pads
  • Lightweight
  • Highly ventilated using POC’s unique ventilation design
  • Aramid bridge technology integrated with liner for enhanced structural integrity
  • High performance PC shell covering more of the liner to improve safety and protection against sharp objects
  • Simple and easy adjustment system for a perfect fit
  • Precision straps molded into liner for extra comfort
  • Goggle clip
  • Adjustable visor
  • Recco reflector
  • Certification: EN 1078, CPSC 12.03 AS/NZ 2063:2008
  • Weight: XS-S: 337g / M-L: 368g
  • MSRP: 230 EUR

POC VPD System Lite Knee Protector

  • 3D molded VPD protection
  • Large ventilation channels which ensures extreme ventilation
  • Mesh fabric on the interior optimizes moisture management
  • Sleeve constructed with a reinforced fabric in the front panel for a precise and secure fit
  • Certification: EN 1621-1
  • Weight: 436 grams (pair, size L)
  • MSRP: 140 EUR

POC Essential Enduro 3/4 Light Jersey

  • Highly breathable mesh fabric
  • High wicking and moisture management
  • Quick drying
  • Lightweight
  • Compatible with POC back and elbow protection
  • Card pocket at the side seam
  • MSRP: 70 EUR

POC Essential Enduro Short

  • Enduro MTB specific pre shaped fit, for pedaling comfort and use with knee pads
  • Lightweight and breathable material for good moisture management and quick drying
  • Shorts are constructed in durable, stretchy nylon fabric which are reinforced at the rear
  • Fully lined with a combination of mesh and velcro resistant fabrics
  • Versatile velcro waist adjustment system for extra fit precision
  • Side pockets with zip
  • Strategically placed inseams for enhanced comfort
  • MSRP: 100 EUR

POC DO Half Blade Riding Glasses

  • Matt
  • Grilamid
  • Hydrophilic rubber
  • Interchangable lens, no spare lens included
  • Treatments - Ripel
  • Lens type - PC lens by Carl Zeiss Vision
  • MSRP: 219 EUR

POC Resistance Enduro Glove

  • MTB glove for Enduro riding
  • Back of hand features moisture wicking fabric
  • Ventilated and supple palm
  • Silicon print on brake fingers for extra grip and feel
  • Touch screen compatible thumb
  • Silicon print pulltab for excellent grip and fit
  • Terrycloth nosewipe on thumb
  • Backside 90% Polyester, 10% Elastane
  • Palm 60% Polyamide, 40% Polyurethane
  • MSRP: 50 EUR

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About The Reviewer

Johan Hjord - Age: 46 // Years Riding MTB: 14 // Weight: 190-pounds (87-kg) // Height: 6'0" (1.84m)

Johan loves bikes, which strangely doesn’t make him any better at riding them. After many years spent practicing falling off cliffs with his snowboard, he took up mountain biking in 2005. Ever since, he’s mostly been riding bikes with too much suspension travel to cover up his many flaws as a rider. His 200-pound body weight coupled with unique skill for poor line choice and clumsy landings make him an expert on durability - if parts survive Johan, they’re pretty much okay for anybody. Johan rides flat pedals with a riding style that he describes as "none" (when in actuality he rips!). Having found most trail features to be not to his liking, Johan uses much of his spare time building his own. Johan’s other accomplishments include surviving this far and helping keep the Vital Media Machine’s stoke dial firmly on 11.

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