Leatt: Neck braces mentioned in OTOR magazine 24 of Jan 2017:
These days it is easy to forget Leatt’s roots as the pioneers and standard-setter when it comes to neck protection.The three podium finishes for Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin has placed renewed attention on the GPX 6.5 Carbon and the premium model in the Leatt canon. The brace is the peak evolution of decades of work, research, discovery and investment by the South Africans and the carbon materials ensure this structure is the lightest (just 600g), sleekest and most rigid offering in their range. The product is fully adjustable and is orientated around ALPT (Alternative Load Path Technology) to reduce forces on the neck. The list of specs is impressive so here they are:
1) CoreFlex split rear thoracic strut is more comfortable and designed to work with the body’s natural movements.
2) Thoracic rear strut is engineered to snap off before applying excessive pressure to the back.
3) MaxiWeave Carbon matrix for increased rigidity and lower weight. 3) 5.5/6.5 helmet rim striking platform design for a biomedical balanced head and helmet freedom of motion.
4) Three-way adjustability and sliding front and rear SureFit adjusters to ensure optimum fit.
5) Threeangle rear thoracic strut adjustments to fit most body shapes.
6) Sculptured, split front for improved comfort and fit.
7) Low profile push-button open/ closure system.
8) Easy-to-use emergency release mechanism for injured riders.
9) Engineered collarbone cut-out to help keep your helmet and brace away from your most fragile bones.
10) Injected, durable and easy-to-clean foam padding.
11) Air flow ribbed body padding for optimum ventilation.
12) Folding rear thoracic strut for easier packing.
13) Free, optional clear chest strap included.
The 6.5 Carbon comes at around 500$.
The 5.5 (370$, almost 200g heavier and available in different color schemes)
The 4.5 (300$) versions of the GPX are kinder on the wallet but swap those carbon elements for fibreglass Polyamide.
The 5.5 Junior is also 300$ and almost an essential purchase for any youngster thrashing a bike in anger.