Gearing up with a separate back protector as well as hydration pack when you head out on your mountain bike is not very practical and means extra bulk. POC has designed a slimline pack that integrates a hydration reservoir as well as a VPD back protector and can hold whatever else you may need for the day.
The main compartment on the POC Hydration Pack gives you enough room for an extra layer and some energy bars. The zippered compartment includes a padded pocket for your cell phone and a zippered pocket with key fob for all your valuables. The bottom side pocket is perfect for storing your multi-tool, spare tubes, repair kit, and pump.
The VPD back protector slides in the back portion of the hydration pack, while a heat molded back panel optimizes moisture wicking to keep you dry and cool. The POC Hydration Pack comes with a Hydrapak reservoir with bite valve clips on either backpack strap.
POC's VPD back protector uses a material that is highly dampening. This modified polyurethane foam is soft, comfortable and adapts to create an individual fit. When exposed to impact, the material stiffens and absorbs an extreme amount of energy which would normally be sent to your body. With a dual density construction, extra protection is given to your spinal area.
The POC Hydration Pack with VPD back protector will retail for $225 and be available at the beginning of next year.