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POC - Spine VPD Air 8L Backpack

POC Spine VPD Air 8L Backpack

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Item #POC00BA



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Tech Specs

water/dirt-resistant fabric, integrated back protector
8L (488cu in)
Shoulder Straps:
breathable mesh straps
Hydration Compatible:
yes, compatible with reservoirs up to 3L
1 tool, 1 smartphone
Claimed Weight:
1lb 5oz (including back protector)
Recommended Use:
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

Keep protection on the down low.

Forget wearing bulky pads or restrictive downhill armor when you're simply pedaling down your favorite patch of dirt and woodland trails. Instead, rock the low-profile back protection of the POC Spine VPD Air 8 Backpack on your next trail ride. This everyday trail pack features integrated back protector that's neither obstructive nor bulky, giving you peace of mind without holding you back from ripping singletrack at high speeds.

The back protector is certified to EN 1621-2 level 1 standards, which is a European standard for impact forces under 9kN (kilo-newtons). Ultimately, this means it'll soften the sting of everyday spills along your sensitive spine region. However, note that it'll lack the hardcore protection of rigid back pads, albeit with a major increase in overall comfort and flexibility.

  • Compact trail pack with integrated back protection
  • Meets EN 1621-2 level 1 standards for light protection
  • Lightweight, low-profile fit for flexibility on the trail
  • Breathable straps bolster the pack and increase ventilation
  • Compatible with hydration reservoirs up to 3 liters
  • Integrated pockets for smartphone and multi-tool

There's better trail bags

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The fit on this guy is a little weird. I like the idea of eliminating the waist strap, but this one has a double rib strap that really makes me miss the waist strap. It bounces up a lot when you're bouncing down the trail.

I disagree. The double chest straps keep this little guy perfectly in place for me. It may take a bit of fiddling before you get it right but once I did I almost forget it's there while riding.