Snowboard Protection

POC Spine VPD 2.0 DH Jacket Front​As a POC fan, this is my first body amor. I got this because it protects your spine, shoulder, elbow and chest areas. Plus it has a velcro strap to hold it around your waist. Now the reason I got this is because I had a few bad falls in all this areas that left me stun on the slope for 10mins before I was able to move. Here are some crazy scenarios that you might not have thought off. Whether you get this is totally up to you. If you think you fall a lot, then do get it. I kind of stop using this because my skill level has gotten up that I hardly fall much, but I will always make sure I wear a spine protection as a bare minimum for my upper body. You can check out review of POC Spine Back.

Chest - I was wearing my GoPro using my chest harness and fell flat on it during a fall. I was totally winded and thankfully I did not crack my ribs or anything serious. Of course from that moment I never wore a chest harness when I snowboard. I also had a good friend who bruised his ribs because he caught an edge and fell flat on his chest. He had to take pain-killers to get rid of the pain because with every breath he took he was in pain.

Shoulder - When you finally learn not to fall flat on the slope, you will learn to roll to absorb the impact, by tucking your head and curling up so that you roll into your shoulder and around your back. It still stings sometimes and there might be a chance that you hurt your shoulder or even a dislocation. According to anatomy, our joints are the weakest because there’s not much muscle around it except tendons holding them in place.

Spine - The most important piece to protect. I don’t need to explain much as you would know how much pain you will be in if you hurt your spine with the worse case scenario of paralysis

Elbow - Great place to have guards, especially if you are using them to protect your face when you go through some branches. They also help you in case you fall back and land on your elbows.

Overall this is an excellent Jacket, POC has two versions, mine is the DH version, which gives it an extra plastic protector on the elbow guards compared to the none DH version. Also wearing it helps insulate you from the cold and sorts of act as a mid layer. Hence I usually just wear my thermal compression, then the POC Spine VPD 2.0 DH jacket, followed by my outer layer. If it gets really cold, like under -25C, i will just add an insulating or fleece mid layer on top of it before my outer layer.

That being said, according to a Norwegian saying, “there is no such thing as bad weather, but wearing bad clothing”. And I tend to agree as you just need to make sure you have the right kind of clothing for the right weather.

POC Spine VPD 2.0 DH Jacket BackProtection: 4.5/5
Comfort: 5/5
Price: 3/5

TECHNICAL FEATURES

  • 3D molded VPD 2.0 back protector that outperforms the highest level of the motorcycle standard EN 1621-2 Level 2
  • 3D molded VPD 2.0 shoulder and elbow pads
  • Flexible low friction hard shell elbow cap
  • 3-ply comformable VPD 2.0 chest protector
  • Asymmetric zipper for optimal chest protection
  • Removable and flexible waistband to keep the jacket in place, further improving the protection
  • Crash retention strap (CRS) that prevents the protector from sliding out of place

CERTIFIED EN 1621-2 Level 2 (Back), EN 1621-1 (Elbow & Shoulder)

SIZES XS/S, M, XL/L