Leatt 5.5 Body Protector
Purchased this because it is one of the few pieces of kit that is actually CE rated. There is a bit of a method to getting this thing on but it is honestly worth it. Clearly well made and thought out protection. I've washed it in the washer several times without issue.
I've crashed a few times with this thing on and it has saved me from bumps and bruises for sure...
One thing I have noticed is to leave the forearm protectors on the garment when putting it on and then zip them off when it is time to get back in the truck.
I will eventually purchase the compatible neck brace/protector as well.
June 15, 2016
Wish it's easier to put on and off.
The armor is very very nice, I feel comfortable and confident wearing this suit. looks awesome. The only thing is it's tough to put on and off.But once it's on , you feel protected.
June 11, 2016
I'm in Florida and it's hot. This product is fairly heavy and is going to add to your overall body temperature. With that said it seems well made and is fairly comfortable for what it is. It's designed to accommodate a Leatt neck brace and didn't work well with another one I had in the back area where the insert is narrow and didn't fit a two pronged brace. I ride in narrow, tight wooded trails a lot where you need protection from trees. I thought this might add to my arm fatigue because of the weight, but once I'm on my bike and riding I don't notice it all. There is a zipper on the side you can undo which helps in removal. Would probably really help if you fell and were hurt. This thing gets sweaty but I just put it in the shower or take the garden hose to it and let it hang to dry. It is holding up well so far. I also have a softer pad shirt which is less bulky but doesn't offer the hard pads and is just as hot. Overall I'm happy with this product and the protection it is offering a beginning/intermediate rider such as myself.
June 7, 2016
Comfortable and Protective
I have only gotten two rides in with this protector, but it is very comfortable and appears to be made very well.
May 26, 2016
Not Sure about Durability
Just received this, and out of the box, the stitching of the elastic band that's holding up the right shoulder bad was ripped. The left side was intact, but I think with little bit of tug and wear, I feel like this was going to rip as well. For the price you pay, I was surprised, and was concerned about how long this will last.
Just requested to return this product
March 23, 2016
Very well designed piece of kit
I have crashed extensively in this. I'm 5'9.5" 160lbs (fairly thin but still muscular build) and the size large fits me perfectly. I have taken very hard hits to the chest, back, shoulders, and elbows in this, with very good results (no broken bones, or even bruises for that matter). I am fairly new to riding offroad and MX so I crash quite frequently. I am old (34) so I can't afford to break myself too badly because I work for a living. This is why I invested in this setup. I look forward to using the neck brace as well, my brother has the fusion 3.0 with the neckbrace, and hes taken huge hits in that as well (knocked the wind out of him due to a huge chest impact) but was OK. 2 minor compaints, one of the aluminum screws rattled loose off the back plate, and the stretch shirt material seems like it could be tougher. Other than that, this thing has took a severe beating and has held up.
December 10, 2015
Excellent Product - Wish back protection were better
I have owned this for about four months. I ride two or three times per week. I crash a LOT, and this surely kept me safe.
This protector fits me great. Having a waist synch really helps a fella like me who has a big torso and small waist keep the vest where it ought to be. Taking the unit off can be a little tricky, because the forearm sleeves will relentlessly stick to you, so you have to remove your arms with care, lest you tear them off. An adjustment for the shoulder pads would be greatly appreciated (although they fit me just fine where they are).
The rib protection is what made me commit to this protector. I was happy to see that it will integrate with a neck brace easily, in case if I can afford one later. I was also glad to finally have found a vest that had elbow protection integrated into the whole device. I like that this protector is very much one-piece (although the sleeves can zip off).
**wishing the back protection were better: If you check the pictures, you will see that the back paneling doesn't go all the way down the back. As humans, we have some delicate vertebra down there, where the spin curves into the pelvis, and nothing to protect it, save for a thin, think layer of skin. It would be nice to have just one more panel, where the waist band is, like some other protectors have.
December 1, 2015
lots of protection
good tight fit, very supportive. Heavy but not noticeable when riding
November 30, 2015