Leatt STX Jason Britton Road Neck Brace
Provides extra safety for street riders, would not recommend for track use
I bought this because I figured any additional safety on the racetrack was a good think. The product assembly and adjustment were straight forward. You don't notice the weight on top of the leathers. When I took it onto the track I immediately noticed that my helmet rubbed on the back of the brace when I was in a full tuck and also when I tried to look through turns with my body low on the tank. The full tuck contact wasn't a deal breaker, but I couldn't get used to the contact during turning because it made it hard to turn my head to look where I was going. Looks like I should have bought the RR version... I didn't ride with it for the rest of the day because it felt like more of an obstruction than a safety feature. I'm sure it works great for street riders but would not recommend this product for track riders.
July 1, 2014
been wearing this for a year, wrecked with it last month
Been wearing a Leatt off road for almost a decade and when the STX street version came out I was interested. I wear it with an Icon Variant helmet and if you size the brace for your body correctly the snout of the Variant does not interfere at all. I wore it for a year starting last April 2013, and wrecked in it mid-April 2014 at 55mph or so. Worked great! After sliding on my back for 100 yards or so I hit the guardrail with the right side of my head and the Leatt stopped the helmet from snapping to the left and overextending my neck. I have full faith in this brace after that. Bought a replacement earlier today.
If you ride hard on the track or street, protect the one part of your body that is exposed even when wearing one-piece leathers: your neck.
May 8, 2014
If it improves my odds, it is well worth it.
After riding several times with this, I finally feel I can provide a real review. The concept makes sense to me and I will take every advantage I can get. I ride ful protection all the time and I now view this as just another critical piece of essential gear. It fit fine right out of the box and I was surprised at how unobtrusive it is while riding. I rode some twisties today and felt no restrictions. The Jason Britton model is a little more subtle as it is all black.
May 5, 2013
Expensive but potential good benefit.
Of course not cheap. Good quality. Takes time to adjust the first time. Need to get used to ryding. There is some limitation to looking back and you need to rotate your thorax more than before. Hopefully never get to see if it works or not. Feel a bit like an idiot next to other ryders but with the black jacket is less noticeable.
March 15, 2013
so far so good
The build quality is solid. There are bunches of different ways to adjust for best fit. The instructions are clear. I'm not sure if it's worth the price, but I know I feel better wearing it so justify it the same way I justify a nice helmet. It comes in 2 pieces which could be a pain for someone with a big head. I'm a 7 1/2 for a hat (I think) and I can just get it over my head. If my head was another half inch wider I'd have to put it together around my neck (not necessarily a bad think as It would probably only take about 10 seconds to clip it together). I’m a 42 short in a suit jacket. I bought the L/XL and wound up extending it with the large clips. It comes with medium clips already attached. I like looking back sometimes when changing lanes. It does restrict a full twist of the head, but not enough to wear it’s a big deal. I’m very pleased and would recommend it. I commute about 80 miles a day in traffic and like the peace of mind. I hope I never have to test it.
June 18, 2012
You won't notice you are wearing it.
I used the Leatt STX all summer and barely noticed it. A few things to keep in mind. First, you have to wear a full-face helmet for this to work. If you take the time to size it correctly using the enclosed chart, it is easy to slip on and off. Second, make sure if you have back armor that the Leatt STX is sized to rest on top of it. I had trouble a few times with the Leatt butting up against the edge of my back armor and then riding too high, instead of resting on top of my back armor and sitting in its natural position. Second, make sure that the brace makes contact with your helmet when you reach the limit of your head's natural range of motion, not before or after. This just takes some time to size correctly which you only have to do once.
October 31, 2011