POC Resistance Strong DH Pant - Review

Oct 19, 2016
by Paul Aston  
POC Resistance Strong Pants



POC's Resistance Strong downhill pants are designed to allow for unencumbered movement on the bike, and also have added protection to help keep you on the track and out of the doctor's office.

An internal mesh liner sits between your skin and any seams or tougher outer fabrics, while stretchy nylon panels are added for flexibility and increased range of motion. Protection wise, VPD shock absorbing pads are placed at the hips, and the polka-dot ceramic-coated 'SuperFabric' panels on the thigh and knee resist against abrasion and help you slide over terra-firma instead of grinding against it.

There are two colors to choose from, Uranium Black (pictured), and a lighter Amine Grey. A range of six sizes from XS to XXL should suit every size, but the price tag of €200 / $175 USD may not suit every wallet.

Resistance Strong Pant Details

• VPD System pads at hips for impact protection
• Durable ceramic-coated SuperFabric® with abrasion resistant properties
• Durable and comfortable stretch nylon fabric.
• Velcro waist adjustment
• Rear waistband card pocket
• Zip pocket at leg
• Designed to fit with knee pads
• Amine Grey, Uranium Black
• Sizes XS - XXL
• Price: €200 / $175 USD
www.pocsports.com



POC Resistance Strong Pants
POC Resistance Strong Pants
The M size was a little baggy for my 31" waist, but this was well-solved with the velcro waist belt adjusters.


Performance

Upon POC's recommendation, I opted for a medium size. Considering the six available sizes, this seemed a little small for a 6' bloke with a 33" inseam but with a teenager-esque 31" waist. The fit was just on the limit length-wise – not surprising as most MTB pants and shorts are too short for me – and the waist was a little baggy, but this was easily solved with the velcro belts straps.

The Resistance pants are superbly comfortable and have close to zero restriction for pedaling and making shapes on course. The cut and stretch work well around knee pads including the chunkier ones out there like the Scott Grenades. The pants are so comfortable, in fact, that I would happily wear these on a trail ride as the weather cools down towards winter.


POC Resistance Strong Pants
The dotty ceramic-coated fabric helps against abrasions and lets you slide along the ground.
POC Resistance Strong Pants
Unfortunately, the one time I fell on my hip, I missed the VPD pad.


The POC pants have two features that win over generic MX pants re-badged as MTB attire, the first being the lack of leather pads on the inside of the knee which will scuff top-tube paintwork, especially in the mud. Second, they actually have pockets - one that will hold a lift pass on the rear, which works well for magnetic card readers on either side without the need to do the twist again in front of the queue, and one larger pocket on the left thigh for a phone or money.

To test the protection and abrasion resistance for the readers, I duly got tangled in a T-bar drag lift in a German bike park and dragged along the mesh matting used to help skis slide. Unfortunately, I missed the VPD hip pad and suffered a decent bruise. That said, I am all for built-in protection in clothing and the pads are not noticeable when riding. The slippy ceramic-coated fabric will help you slide down the trails over digging in and gripping, and just like on road motorcycles it's not important how fast you crash, but how quickly you slow down.


Pinkbike's Take
bigquotesPOC's Resistance Strong pants are a superb mix of comfort, ergonomics and added protection. The understated styling and colors won't attract odd looks from other riders, and they're even comfortable and cool enough for a trail ride. - Paul Aston




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86 Comments

  • + 67
 If Solid Snake rode DH, he'd be wearing these.
  • + 7
 ^^^gets it
  • + 0
 @guytherev: I didn't, and had to look it up. PC gamer, and didn't play Metal Gear Solid.
  • + 3
 @guytherev: no he doesn't his attire since after the snes era has been unmistakably blue gray not black.

Sam fisher is a way more accurate stealth video game franchise protagonist to be wearing those pants.
  • + 3
 @fercho25: no no no you have it all wrong! it's Wolf O'donnell
  • + 3
 @makripper: wow that is some deep knowledge on the crash bandicoot lore. I played starbandicoot 64 a lot as a kid and even unlocked the star wolf on super smash but just today I learned his name is wolf o donell. But you are wrong in reality would be pyramid head!
  • + 7
 I ride bicycles. Never really had time for video games. /thread.
  • + 11
 ps: where is the weed pocket? cmoon, don´t tell me that for 200€ I don´t get a weed pocket
  • + 8
 @Gilmarques: After 200€ bike pants, do you have €€ for weed?
  • + 6
 @Gilmarques: smoke your weed before your ride. It will make you (think you're) faster.
  • + 2
 @Gilmarques: always good to have a safety meeting with the trees....
  • + 5
 @trueeast: all my bike rides are basically elaborate safety meetings
  • + 2
 @cptstoney: hear that bro, hear that..lol nothing finer
  • + 31
 I love the sizing on most riding trousers (pants). It's obvious the taller you are, the fatter you are. Tall people with 32" - 34" waists just don't exist.
  • + 3
 Haha. Exactly!
  • + 5
 I find the other way... I'm lanky at 6'5 with a 38" waist and most trousers come in at 30 or 32" long, where I need something like 36" long. Love that half mast look.
  • + 5
 6'3" with a 30" waist. So at least it'll fit me.
  • + 2
 not just riding "trousers." Most technical clothing suffers the same short+skinny/tall+fat sizing blunder. Few manufacturers offer "longs." I only just recently learned that a lot of regular clothing companies actually do make the 30 or 31W x34L size I need; most stores just don't put them on the shelves. Started shopping online and for the first time in my life I actually have jeans that fit...it's a revelation!
  • + 1
 Does anyone by chance now any company that makes tailormade pants suitable för DH-riding?
  • + 1
 @ecologist: yup, it's almost impossible to find 33 waist Levis in a brick and mortar world of 32 and 34. I happened to look at one of their spam emails and found most of their stuff comes in sizes you don't see in stores. Not only that but now that I've made a bunch on online buys they send me 30 and 40% off codes which makes their high end Selvedge Made in the USA stuff affordable. F*ck yeah.

Levi's - DM me for my paypal address so you can compensate me for this Dungaree add.
  • + 24
 These pants are just too sexy man, sexy disco. Seriously though, POC is great at making products look sleek and normal at the same time
  • + 22
 And crazy expensive as well...
  • + 8
 and Pile Of Cash
  • + 2
 Cash is due to Sweden tax...
  • + 14
 Don't think I'll be able to resist these
  • + 7
 I'm sure they'l make riding a Piece Of Cake
  • + 6
 My resistance is strong
  • + 18
 Don't think I have the POCkets full of money to buy these pants at that price
  • + 6
 @swampy66: just thinking of spending that much makes me Pant
  • + 1
 You must buy them, your resistance is futile.
  • + 13
 So funny for Brits when Americans say "pants"
  • + 2
 hahahaaa!
  • + 12
 trousers sounds pretty funny for us canadians
  • + 10
 Troosers?
  • + 5
 @nojzilla: at least pants are short for pantalones but trousers are just some crazy word you guys made up haha (jokes)
  • + 9
 I sometimes say "trouser snake", does that count?
  • + 4
 In the US, your pants are your trousers: what you wear over your legs. In the UK, pants are what you wear under your trousers (your knickers or underwear!). Also, ‘pants’ used colloquially can mean that something is a bit disappointing or dull: ‘that film was pants’ = that film was pretty bad.
  • + 8
 The pads on the POCs look pants
  • + 2
 @makripper: Trousers are the modern equivalent of the ancient Gaelic word 'truis' referring to a garment that covers the legs to the ankle... The French 'pantelone' was named after a character from the 'Commedie dell'Arte' of the same name, and became popular with commoners during the French revolution... Well ! i never knew.... #gottalovewiki
  • + 1
 @Steve-skidvd: haha yea i read the wiki earlier too. did you see the part about the britches? haha
  • + 2
 @makripper: It's a world i knew nothing about, the Scots sometimes still referring to trousers as 'trews' or 'breeks' (from britches) hahahaha
  • + 1
 @makripper: i still hear the word britches in the forests of norcal! haha
  • + 9
 at least they don't have any neon color accents i'm so sick of.
  • + 9
 Could I pay more to have no pad on the outside?
  • + 32
 Just turn the pants inside out.
  • + 1
 The resistance medium look the same and have no pad...
  • + 8
 Why a European based company sells its stuff cheaper in US than in EU?
  • + 1
 margins (huge market) and taxes.
  • + 5
 Swedish company charging €200 for Europe but $175, in what planet is that right??? Thats €40 too much, why??
  • + 3
 The EU vat is about 20%. I wonder what could possibly explain a 20% higher price...
  • + 1
 @Weens: even if you factor that in it does not make it right, does the US not have import and shipping charges??
  • + 2
 @sewer-rat: Yes, and so does the EU. It's not like these pants are made in Sweden. Not sure, but I'd guess EU duties are higher than US for Asian imports.
  • + 1
 thing is, whenever I bought stuff in Europe, the price was always way lower than 'suggested retail price' of manufacturer. these pants go on for 130-170€'s on portals I usually check prices for, and/or buy.

don't know why they do that, but they do. and when you buy in store, there's always at least 10% percent discount for, I don't know - cash not card, tuesday's special, effing sunny day for all I care...
  • + 2
 I still have riding pants from 5 years ago & they have more life in them. Great pants for temperate climates.
I know they say the pants are good enough for normal riding for me they are best suited for a colder climate.

Perhaps if I moved some where colder and wetter I'd get the pants.

Looks like a solid pair of pants.
  • + 8
 Say pants one more time. pants.
  • + 1
 These look really nice, just don't use their VPD 2.0 padded undershort underneath. Those are the worst piece of engineering I have ever witnessed. The stitching was so unbelievably cheap it starting coming apart after 2 rides. And the rides were less then an hour, because they were so uncomfortable, you really couldn't sit down for more then a few minutes at a time without drawing blood. $120 pair of shorts, 2 rides, straight in the trash.

Not everything that looks nice, works nice. Now every time I see anything POC, I whisper under my breath "POC garbage".
  • + 1
 meh, i've had none of the problems you are describing. They're super comfortable, I forget i'm wearing them instead of my normal padded undershorts. definitely warmer, though, so i only wear them when i'm planning on doing something stupid. I'll probably be using them for snowboarding this winter, as well - the only difference between the wheels and snow version of the shorts are the stitched in chamois
  • + 0
 Bitter much?
  • + 1
 Keys and phone have to be in separate pockets to avoid a scratched screen! So I ish they had more pockets. I like to carry my car keys, wallet, phone, sometimes a snack and sometimes a gopro. That's possible with two regular pockets but it doesn't appear possible with these pants.
  • + 1
 Totally agree here! More pockets please!!!

I often ride Whistler and the RFID I put on the left side pocket (with keys and tool, etc.) and phone on right side pocket.
  • + 2
 Not just scratches, I cracked my phone on a multitool!
  • + 3
 Let's hope they do a 34 leg with 32 waist, fed up of these companies assuming that because I have long legs that I'm over weight and need a 38 waist
  • + 4
 Before I saw the protection I thought they look not to bad...
  • + 2
 looks like a "joey"...
  • + 1
 I own the poc flow shorts. wish i had sized down. I guess when you are a company designing for the giants up in Scandinavia your sizes might be a bit inflated.
  • + 2
 would be nice if they would somehow integrate knee protection directly into the pants
  • + 4
 i feel like that is tricky since knee protection should be well located and everyone is just a little bit different
  • + 2
 Shut up and take my money!
  • + 1
 If I had the skills, and the bills to be BIKERMAN9000 I would buy those pants.
  • + 1
 Where the heck is the size chart on their site? These look great until you want more info on sizing.
  • + 1
 I own these, they are the best mtb/DH specific pants I have ever used. Comfy as hell 100x better than Fox 180 s!
  • + 1
 Look like fucking skinny jeans
  • + 38
 You look like fucking skinny jeans.
  • + 2
 @murfio: Oh man, thanks for the laugh!
  • + 1
 Dude look at that price tag!
  • + 1
 POC - you seriously need to do something about your size chart
  • + 1
 Is there any ventilation?
  • + 1
 Peep those Giro socks
  • + 1
 haha oh god
  • + 1
 Only 500 bucks
  • + 0
 Am I the only one who thinks they look like padded golf trousers? lmao
  • + 1
 Yes, you are.
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