Revised Review: 2016 POC Resistance Strong Gloves

Since I first wrote this review in 2016 I have improved this review, more & better pictures, improved text, and more details.

Pros:

  •  no more twisted strap, like on 2015 Index DH glove
  • more air flow than the DH index glove provided by the holes in the palm
  • I stay cool even in 25 deg. Celsius
  • comfortable
  • true to size, I have 21cm knuckle size, and the medium fits me perfectly. I went from Index DH gloves in large which was a bit too bit too big, to this glove.
  • Durable ceramic-coated SuperFabric® with abrasion-resistant properties, this actually works.

Cons:

  • the impact protection is silly thin, they won’t help on a proper impact, I tested it with hitting my hand harder and harder on a stem.
  • Because of the holes on the palm, the durability suffers when you get something (pedal pins for example) stuck in the holes you can tear the fabric, but this is also caused by the fabric’s weakness.but if you do it can easily be fixed if you got some sewing skills.
  • the triple dots on the fingers wear off fast because they are glued on.

Holes got bigger.
  • The Stitching failed on one pair, They were Only used one day, I put these on today and the stitching came loose.
    • the glue holding the Velcro to the rubber strap failed of some pairs of gloves, but you can easily fix this with a sewing kit. Sadly I got an inconsistent quality of the stitching on these gloves with the gloves I got.
    • after many months of use, the glove stretched and had to be sewn in the palm to fit me properly.
    • the picture below shows a new glove:

    Photo Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskCuD9Ar

    Verdict: 

    But if you want longer lasting palm to get the Index DH glove instead, but it will of course not be as cool as the Resistance glove, but the durability of the palm must be improved.

    I still use my Index DH gloves in size L, for colder days, I wear them over fleece gloves in size M, which works well.

    I will look into other gloves, like Mechanix for example, they got full finger padding and knuckle padding.

    Product page: http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2556/resistance-strong-glove

    Kan kjøpes her/can be bought here:

    https://www.amazon.com/Resistance-Strong-Black-Gloves-2016/dp/B01F1H7FGS

    Norge/Norway:

    https://www.oslosportslager.no/produkt/resistance-strong-glove-sykkelhanske-herre-40061.aspx

    Revised Long Term review of Poc Joint VPD 2.0 Dh Long Knee & shin pads

    I have used these pads for a really long time now, over 2 year,The whole year, and I put them trough some hard crashes, and they protected me every time.

    I was so satisfied with these, that I bought second pair as spare,So I always have clean protection, or if I damage one the other can be repaired.

    When fabric has stretched:

    When the rear fabric has stretched make sure you fix it, get it back to the correct measurements again so the pads fit as intended,which is important so they don’t slide around,So they give you maximum protection.

    You have to use the right technique to put them on:

    if the pad slides up its because you did not use the right technique to put them on,You should hold the top part with 2 hands and pull them up so all the fabric slides upwards keeping the pad low, and have to top part with the adjustment strap as high as possible, this way they say in place, I have the typical muscle legs and thighs, And I use size Medium and have worked perfectly, as long as I did put them on right. I also noticed that they will make noises as the pads are against each other, as for the discomfort,you should have the upper part as far up as you can,if it’s right under the knee it will not be comfy.

    The wear you see between the plastic plate and the Velcro strap is caused by friction from bending your knees, which causes friction.

    The stitching should be close to the end of the pad,thigh pad and leg pad should be overlapping,slightly. The strap should NOT be way on the top,the rubberised material on the in side of the pad should be on the end  near the end,there should be about 0,5cm  space between the Velcro and the end of the pad, but as you use it it move little bit,as seen in this picture,few millimetres of change will happen as you have the knee in a different position.

    Pros:

    • comfortable(if worn & put on correctly)
    • good fit, the upper is made like a joint, so the upper part stays n palace while the rest moves with your leg and knee. this work very well.
    • does not slide down
    • good protection on the side of the knee
    • good Velcro straps
    • no movement restrictions
    • size matches the size guide, not like 2015 products from Bliss

    Cons:

    • But of course you are gonna get bit warm, but the protection Poc’s pads give you is definitely worth it, but in the fall, winter this is not a con:-)
    • the weight,but I don’t care, if they protect me.

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    some signs of wear, but this is unavoidable,the way its made, but the way its made gives you good protection, and the wear you see here developed slowly.

     

    After few crashes & branches, ,but this is easy to fix,  if you know how to sew

    Verdict:

    I think these pads are one of the best on the market right now

    if you want durable,heavy duty protection these are a good option,if you ignore the fact they are sweaty to wear.

    Sickline.com video in the Poc stand at Interbike 2014:

     

     

     

    You can buy it here:

    Knee pads:

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/POC-Joint-Shinpads-uranium-black/dp/B00A9ERQ0E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487381326&sr=8-1&keywords=poc+joint+dh

    https://www.amazon.com/POC-Joint-Uranium-Black-Small/dp/B00A9ERQ2W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487381397&sr=8-1&keywords=POC+Joint+Vpd+2.0+Dh

    Shin pads:

    https://www.amazon.com/POC-Joint-Shins-Armor-Black/dp/B006L25ZRO/ref=pd_sim_468_9?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B006L25ZRO&pd_rd_r=79TZQSCFM1N5H5KDV000&pd_rd_w=bfGPU&pd_rd_wg=MPWY0&psc=1&refRID=79TZQSCFM1N5H5KDV000

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Sports-Outdoors/POC-Joint-Shin-Protector-black/B006L1QLSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1487381598&sr=8-1&keywords=POC+Joint+VPD+2.0+Shins

    Pris:1.249,-

    Kan kjøpes her:

    Kneepad:

    http://www.sykkelkomponenter.no/products/poc-vpd-20-dh-long-knee-knebeskyttere

    http://www.fjellsport.no/poc-joint-vpd-2-0-dh-long-knee-uranium-black.html

    https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=54180;menu=1000,18,216;mid%5B456%5D=1;page=1

    Shin:

    read the view of POC Joint VPD Air Elbow pads here: https://mtbboy1993.wordpress.com/2015/09/27/review-poc-joint-vpd-air-elbow-pads/

    Review: POC Resistance Strong shorts

    New closing system:

    These shorts use 2 buttons instead of one button through a hole.

    The pockets are smaller than in the trail vent shorts, a small wallet or keys will fit perfectly.

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • the Ykk zippers are smooth
    As you can see the Cat s 50 phone hits perfectly inside the pocket.
    • Zip pocket at leg works well as phone pocket

    Durable material used in the the seated area.

    2016 POC Resistance Strong shorts- front  - riding
    • light weight
    • True to size fit
    • good breathability, the short is made of a thin material in the thigh and front area, and with Super Fabric on the sides. these shorts are a huge improvement in terms of cooling over the trail vent shorts.
    • perfect with knee pads
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    good adjustment & sizing, the sizing is perfect for me, I am 32 in waist and 26 in the hips, and I use the adjustment straps to the max both on the Poc Trail vent and Resistance shorts.

    if you don’t adjust the straps just right the back of the short might feel like it’s going to fall off, even if it does not, I think this is due to the stretch material, but as long you adjust it properly it’s not an issue.

    the material with stripes is the stretch material
  • strong threads/stitching
  • This one is half con and half pro, the huge Sony xz premium phone with Love Mei case just fits in snug, but but could be bigger, or maybe or have two sizes one on each side, but the zipper is a weak piont, also having phone in there is wearing holes in the fabric.

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    • The VPD padding does not compromise comfort.
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    Cons:

    • And of course white will look dirty
    • the VPD padding could be wider and longer.
    • only 2 colour choices
    • better zippers are needed, stronger zipper, with strong zipper grip.
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    I had to use a zip tie to fix the broken grip.

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    eventually the zipper failed on all of the shorts.

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    Conclusion

    Because of the fit, comfort, and protection, I recommend these shorts.

    These shorts are one of the best shorts you can get, but these are the only proper shorts I have tried.

    In my opinion, these shorts are the best shorts for use so far.

    Flickr Album: https://wp.me/p60aTF-1h7

    Kan kjøpes her/can be bought here:

    Norge/Norway:

    https://www.fjellsport.no/ (utsolgt nå jeg skrev dette/sold out at the time of writing)

    https://www.x-life.no/ (utsolgt nå jeg skrev dette/sold out at the time of writing)

    http://www.outnorth.no/ (utsolgt nå jeg skrev dette/sold out at the time of writing)

    https://no.coolshop.com/produkt/poc-resistance-strong-shorts-cycling-clothes/AF4E6P

    https://no.coolshop.com/produkt/poc-resistance-strong-shorts-cycling-clothes/AK4ZT5

    https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=150827;menu=1000,18,12

    https://www.bike24.com/1.php?content=8;product=150831;menu=1000,18,12;page=203