Leatt STX Jason Britton Road Neck Brace
Excellent; comfortable, well made, easy on-off; for street/track
Assume this will prevent paralysis in a crash. The data indicate it will. Now, will you wear it? That was my big question... will it be so easy and comfortable I'll use the thing?
I wear it. I got it this summer, wear it every ride for past 1 - 2 months when I wear a full face or 3/4 helmet. It won't work with 1/2 lids.
It's comfortable. Adjust it, then you just slip it over your head, put on your helmet and you forget the brace. It is exceptional for comfort. Easy = I wear it.
Good movement. It touches the sides of my helmet in 'head checks' or looking far back for parking lot turns, but does not restrict movement. You want the STX to touch your helmet because in a crash that means it will stop your head from 'hyperextension' which can cripple you.
Easy to fit: I bought XL (there are three sizes). I'm 5'10, 185 lbs take 44 jacket. I fit the brace in about 5 - 10 minutes. It is easy and intuitive. I fit it for my light, perforated AStars jacket and expect to re-adjust for my heavy Harley jacket for colder weather in a few weeks. Adjustment is so very easy. It comes with straps but you don't need them. Check out a race track and you'll see; the design is so good it stays put and can't 'fly' off even at racing speeds or during a get off, and it sits tight in neutral or tucked positions. I don't use straps on track or street, just not necessary. Easy = I wear it.
Cool looks. Folks, you get over 50 yrs and you don't sweat the cool factor too much. But the Leatt STX blends with a black jacket so it'll fit with black or white leathers/technical materials. And frankly, if you dig the geared-up look, you'll love this thing; unobtrusive, hip industrial design.
Safety. I'm an expert/professional researcher. I studied loads of data. The STX will guard against serious neck injuries - I mean the big injuries that kill you or leave you handicapped. And you're more likely to have these accidents on the 'the street' than on the track.
Cost. I did, get it on sale at Revzilla (my fave 'store'); it's a pricy piece of equipment, even on sale. So what? it's less than a leather jacket.
STX is not for off-road. They offer other models for that. SXT is for riders who need great freedom of motion and protection for touring, 'street' and track. I recommend it.
September 28, 2015
Very solid product, nice finish. Every detail is functional.
The adjustability is very good and probably unique in its kind.
September 1, 2015
good piece of safety gear
I bought this at the close out price which is tolerable but not cheap. regular price is pretty high. it doesn't take more than 5 minutes of fiddling around and changing inserts to get it fitting right. really well made with high quality materials. you don't notice it when your riding at all. if you move your head forward, back and side to side as far as you can you will run into the protector so it will limit the range your neck can flex in a crash.
August 30, 2015
Comfortable and easy to use, looks good
Very comfortable and easy to out on, I never ride without it. Very adjustable. First one was defective but easy exchange. Will it protect me? Hope I never find out. Feels like it limits forward and lateral flexion well. Axial loading not sure about. Thing my spine wI'll have to compress a bit before my helmet hits the brace but guess it would mitigate the damage. Thing that concerns me the most is I can go into basically full extension and not hit the brace. I guess it would limit hyper extension at some point and possibly lessen damage. I realize that was one of the changes necessary when they modifies the design from dirt bike to street bike they expanded extension range of motion to allow you to look up and see in a full tuck. I have a sport tourer and usually ride more upright but I guess it's nice that I can tuck when I want to and still see where I'm going. Got it on sale great deal, looks cool, easy to use and hopefully provides some protection.
June 29, 2015
I did a lot of research before buying this and have no regrets. It was easy to custom fit and actually feels comfortable to wear. My biggest concern was that it was going to look stupid but it blends well between the jacket and helmet. Seems like 'must have' gear for anyone wanting to protect the most fragile part of the spine. And at this close-out price the decision to buy is even easier.
June 12, 2015
This is a great product.
The brace fits well and keeps the head/helmet safe with a good range of movement.
May 25, 2015
Comfort, protection and price
I spent about 10 minutes playing around with the fitment over my leather jacket and then took it out for a three-hour ride, mostly off-pavement. Barely noticed it was there other than looking over a shoulder or trying to look around at the scenery. It does limit motion like tipping my head to the side, but to me that just means I'm a lot less likely to break my neck!
I won't hesitate to wear this for every ride - will store it on top of my helmet so I don't forget. Hardly felt it being there but enjoy the peace of mind.
May 11, 2015
There are a lot different expressions or sayings out there about protecting yourself while riding: ATGATT, Dress for the slide, not for the ride, etc. However you choose to view it, accidents are called that for a reason and whether it's something I did or something that someone else did that causes a crash, no one is invincible or immune from having an accident. This was the last piece I needed to feel that I am doing everything I can to protect myself and now that I have it, I can't see any reason to not use it all the time. I have not had any issues with mobility, comfort, visibility at all with the STX brace on and would definitely recommend it to anyone who believes in wearing protective riding equipment.
May 11, 2015