Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Trabuco Canyon, CA, USA
Re: Would any of you buy one of these?
This has been the subject of a lot of debate in the off-road community about whether or not it helps or simply moves the point of injury. For example, when you restrict the movement of each vertabrae and concentrate the movement to the one just below the brace, that vertabrae is going to move more than it should, causing a more severe injury to the spine and spinal cord.
The few guys I have seen crash in the dirt while wearing the Leatt have all ended up with broken collar bones. Not to say that I wouldn't take a broken collarbone over a spine/neck injury, but the crashes didn't seem to be anything that one would break a collarbone or have a neck injury from.
I bought the Adventure Brace for dirt riding, but it wouldn't fit with my pressure suit, so I returned it. I'll keep looking for one that will fit with my current gear, or when I replace it, go with the Alpinestars pressure suit and neck brace combo.
I know Leatt makes a brace for street use but I have yet to see anyone wearing one here in So Cal.
2004 GSA Silver
2007 X Challenge