There was a time not so long ago that skiing in jeans and a parka was common. Now people recognize the importance of wearing protective clothing while skiing just like they would downhill mountain biking. The POC VPD System Back Guard is a vest-shaped back protection designed for ski racers as well as any skier who is interested in having a bit more support and protection for your spine when you are on the slopes. Made using POC’s patented VPD (Visco-elastic Polymer Dough) technology, this spine protector not only offers substantial defense against blunt impacts, but is extremely flexible and conforms to your shape as it warms. The woven material uses monofilament threads and a Kevlar reinforced barrier to provide a buffer around the spine area to prevent objects from penetrating. Ventilation channels allow the body to breathe and prevent unwanted moisture build-up. Since it is designed to be used in race situations, it has a nicely low profile fit that makes you forget you are even wearing the extra layer.