Riding without shin pads will leave you banged up, bruised, bloody, and will make passers by wonder if you're walking around downtown with a gnarly case of leg leprosy, so the POC Joint VPD 2. 0 Shin Pads are really an investment in social decency. They're comfortable, too, courtesy of a stretchy inner sleeve and elastic hook and loop strap that keep your pads glued to your shins, rather than flapping around your ankles. And, of course, they'll keep your shins from getting shredded, with flexible VPD 2. 0 padding that's soft until impact, at which moment it hardens up to provide serious hard shell protection with a pedal friendly soft shell feel. The outer fabric is reinforced with Kevlar to help fight off abrasion, and the shin pad is designed to interface with POC knee pads, if you're looking to really armor up.