Leatt STX Jason Britton Road Neck Brace
Great product, works well.
I'm new to riding and wanted to get all the protective gear I could. This brace was the last piece of the puzzle. It has a good amount of adjustment, allows for a fair amount head movement and most importantly makes me feel more confident and protected on the bike. Great value for the money
January 26, 2016
More piece of mind.
I always thought of getting a neck brace, but I held off buying it because they are expensive. Then, my friend just crashed his enduro bike over New Year's and broke 2 neck vertebrae and 6 ribs.
This particular brace had a great price, good color combo and split back support blades. It was easy to adjust for fit and is barely noticeable when riding.
I use a Sena 10c communicator, which collides occasionally when I turn my head to the left, but that's expected and I got used to it.
Overall I can recommend the product and would buy it again.
January 19, 2016
Leatt STX Neck Brace
Just had a non-bike neck surgery and realized how delicate (and important) the neck and head is for just about everything. So, although I've never thought about the need for a neck brace before, following both my surgery and a couple of recent tire eating twisty trips I couldn't pass on the Sale Opp at $199. The sale price made it a no brainier to take the plunge and gear up with an important and quality product. The Revzilla review and other research gave me confidence in know it was definitely the right choice. I found that every highlighted feature was as advertised and without any surprises. Probably one of the best bike purchases I've made this year!
December 14, 2015
I've only worn it once yet on my 40mi one way commute, but it's mostly unnoticeable, just as advertised. This will be part of my standard gear from now on.
I decided to get one of these after hitting a deer last month and rolling away from it completely unharmed. Unharmed other than the bike was totaled that is. I decided that I might not be so lucky next time and that I should have all the gear and tech on my team as I can.
It only needed slight adjustment to get a good fit. It has many adjustment options. The only one I needed was to move the scapula wings in a notch.
The only time I feel limited at all is when turning my head left or right an extreme amount. I tend to really turn my head when lane checking and I do feel the helmet hit the brace when doing that. Other than that you really don't notice it.
Hopefully I will never need to report on its performance in a situation for which it was invented.
December 14, 2015
How motivated are you to save your neck?
Without statistics at hand, I'd bet 90% of crash injuries could probably be reduced or eliminated with basic motorcycling-specific gear: full-face helmet, jacket, gloves, pants and boots. The most common serious injuries are head and chest trauma. What connects these two things...your neck of course.
I'd put this product in the "extra protection" category. Neck braces and airbag vests are the kind of product that can be annoying to use but worth the expense and trouble if you actually prevent a permanent disability or worse landing wrong. If you've ever crashed, you'll know it happens so fast that where and how you fall are not up to you. It's now just luck. And some people really do "break their neck", just like mom said. Ouch. To be fair to mom, even with this brace on you could be screwed in a crash.
Now, on to the product review:
I've ridden both my Suzuki VStrom and Moto Guzzi Griso with the brace for a few short rides. Today I rode all day with the STX Road on the VStrom and have some solid impressions.
Number one: Understand you will probably hate this brace at first. Because you're so used to moving your head freely, when the brace restricts movement you will go from moderately annoyed to WTF! in five minutes.
It has to do with your neck having to extend and move in a different way than it's used to. If you're used to big head checks, it takes patience. If you've ever recorded video with a GoPro, you know how sometimes your neck gets stiff because you're trying to keep the camera still? I think that when you wear this brace you may tense up to some degree because you're not sure how to react to it.
The ride started out cold enough for my heated vest. The added bulk under my jacket was normal. Bulkiness is a necessary evil in cold weather. The brace seemed to fit well still, and I determined this primarily from the front and back fitment. I assumed the sides were flat (lower) enough on my shoulders. Sometimes I was annoyed with the inability to make large head turns. I'm a big head turn guy. But determined to fully test this brace, I kept it on.
After a while, the weather was so nice that I ditched the heated vest. Fit was much better with less bulk. What I can determine from this is that even an eighth to a quarter inch lower gives me the side clearance needed to make the brace unnoticeable in all but the most extreme head turns. Huge difference. With added bulk, I may have to try backing out the "scapula wings" one more notch to allow a lower overall fit, but not certain at this point if it will make a difference.
If properly fitted (which takes a little effort), other than extreme head checks and at certain stop sign intersections, you wouldn't know you're wearing this brace. In the twisties it's invisible. At speed on back roads or expressways it's invisible...until you go to check blind spots then you get what I described above. I still was able to see my tankbag map holder without trouble, although the brace does make contact when you look down far enough.
Unless full 180 degree rotation can be achieved through fitment, using this in traffic would be hard to get used to. Which stinks because it's a really good thing to be wearing while riding in traffic!
The brace is cake to put on. I have the largest size and can slip the brace over my head without having to open it. And a note on sizing, use the chart to measure you. I’m about 220, 5’8” and the largest size was the one for me. I wear XL t-shirts, but the L/XL size was too small for me.
The more pricey STX RR version is supposed to have an even lower profile than the Road model. But the very thing that makes the brace annoying sometimes is the same thing that you want to stop your head from flexing to the side too much.
Bottom line: Patience required. Fitment makes or breaks. Top shoulder bulk bad. Flush to top of shoulder good. Likely to prevent a most catastrophic injury if one were to occur.
December 14, 2015
Had a few neck surgerys recently so decided to err on the side of caution and invest in the Leatt neck brace. Initial setup was pretty simple. Takes a few off and ons to get used to it but soon becomes second nature. Just remember to throw the shoulder bag on first (under the brace) unless the strap is long.
Very comfortable and you don't even notice it while riding, so much so I had to pull over on one trip as I wasn't sure I'd folded the rear arms down. Cant really fault it as it's pretty unobtrusive for the wearer on any sort of riding. Can't and wont comment on the effectiveness in a crash. Hope to never find out. Just a bit of insurance I hope I never need.
December 10, 2015
have not had a chance to ride with it yet since i picked it up after the riding season but it seems to fit well. Only time will tell if it is comfortable on long rides next season
December 7, 2015
Excellent item at an awesome price!
Wanted a Leatt (older = desire for maximum safety gear), but needed one that fit with a regular adv-style jacket. I wear separate body armor vice armor in the jacket, so getting it adjusted to fit was tricky. The chest plate on my armor caused the Leatt to ride up and sit high, but I fixed that by attaching the included armpit straps from the front of the Leatt to the belt loops on my jacket. Works great now -- barely notice it's there and is located properly. Only had to "rehabit" to pick my chin up just a bit when doing shoulder checks. Only thing would be if the scapula wings had a bit more angle adjustment to compensate for the scapula armor on my particular setup. Note my "slightly small" is based on wearing full armor under my jacket (FirstGear Kilimanjaro).
November 2, 2015