POC Sports Intros VPD 2.0, Changes Body Armor Game Again
POC Sports just unveiled the second generation of their VPD (Viscoelastic Polymer Dough) body armor, called VPD 2.0.
VPD, as you may recall, is their highly moldable, flexible, padding that hardens upon impact. The original version could be molded with a single density, using different pieces with different densities to cobble together parts like the back panel where a firmer section covered the spine, with softer sections along the sides.
The new VPD 2.0 let’s them mold it in 3D with multiple densities built throughout a single pad. For example, the new back pad has about 20 different density levels throughout, firmer in the middle. Additionally, the molding process let’s them both shape the material to raise it off the body and add ventilation, as shown above.
Click ‘more’ to see some of the new armor and upcoming improvements to the Trebec…
On the left is the new multi-density VPD 2.0 back panel, molded as a single piece, versus the old two piece dual-density VPD 1.0.
New pieces with the VPD 2.0 include a full upper body armor jacket with built-in spine and shoulder protection, plus the pieces shown above, from left to right: shin, long knee, short knee, elbow. Not shown are the new HIP Shorts that have triple layer padding designed to move with the body.
Coming soon, the Trebec helmet will have the next generation MIPS internal frame that will allow approximately 20º of movement/rotation of the outer shell individually from your head upon impact. This helps prevent rotational brain injury. You can see the shift in the frame in the pictures above.