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Old 07-26-2013, 09:04 AM   #1
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Opinions/Experience with POV VPD gear

Hello, I'm looking at other protective gear for off-road/trail riding, preferably something that is more comfortable when wearing all day (8+ hours) than a traditional plastic roost/chest guard. One item I've seen that looks like it could be a lot more comfortable, and perhaps offer even more protection is:

POC Spine VPD Tee Body Armor (

Has anyone used that and have experience with it having to actually protect you in a fall? Is there something else perhaps better suited for what I'm looking for? I've only been riding for a little bit and bought a 'normal' plastic (ie Fox Racing) chest protector but now after riding a few times, I question just how 'good' that is and there are probably better options.

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Old 07-29-2013, 05:47 AM   #2
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I don't have any experience with the product you listed, but if you are looking for real protection, check out Tekvests.

I use the Freestyle

I had a roost guard, but it is junk compared to the tekvest.

Very comfortable to wear. Vents well. If you snug it up tight, it also helps provide some core support during long rides.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:24 AM   #3
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Can't comment on the crash-worthiness of the jacket, as I haven't crashed yet in mine. But if you're thinking about buying it, I'd keep an eye on, where I picked up mine for much cheaper.

It definitely feels less bulky than a roost guard, but then again it was designed primarily for mtb/skiing.
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