Leatt: How to fit your DBX Neck Brace:
Buying great protective equipment is only the first step to trying to keep yourself safe during mountain biking or BMX. The second and even more important step is the process of fitting that equipment.
Product fit is crucial, no product we offer will work as it should unless you take the time to research, understand and execute the proper fit for your gear. This can be overwhelming and time-consuming, but luckily you have come to the right place. At SportsProtective we are experts, and we love making sure you and your loved ones enjoy your passions while having fun and being safe.
Leatt Neck Braces are very technical products. The innovations and technological advances Leatt has made with their DBX neck braces have been impressive, but nothing they have perfected will work as intended without the proper fit. With any technical product, they are sometimes difficult to fit due to their complexity. With Leatt neck braces, fit is of the utmost importance because of the fundamental principles and design.
What Allows Leatt DBX Neck Braces to Help Combat Injury? The guiding principle behind Leatt’s DBX neck braces is their patented Alternative Load Path Technology.
When paired with a full face helmet, the brace and helmet work in conjunction to drive the force of any impact away from the ultra-sensitive neck and spine area, into your other major muscle groups such as your back, shoulders, and chest. This technology and underlying function of the Leatt DBX Neck Brace series is what can help keep you from a more serious neck injury.
It can help to combat often serious neck injuries such as hyperextension, hyperflexion, and others. This is why Leatt Neck Braces are worth their price, the technology has been improving since 2006 and Leatt is the most trusted name in the industry. They are always making improvements and modifications to make their bicycle neck braces better.
The First Step – Getting the Right Size Leatt DBX Neck Brace: How you wear your Leatt DBX neck brace is important, but the first thing every rider should do is make sure they purchase the right brace for their measurements.
Leatt provides a measurement chart to contribute to making the process as easy as possible. The chart goes off two critical measurements, your height as well as your chest circumference. Once you measure these two things, find which brace will fit your body measurements and type. Each Leatt DBX neck brace model comes in either S/M or L/XL, but remember, each brace also has a variety of adjustment features to help fit as concise as possible.
One thing to note, we noticed that the deck height of the Leatt DBX 4.5 neck brace is about an inch and a half taller than the other higher priced models. The 4.5 works best for taller, slender riders who have a longer neck.
The Second Step – Adjusting The Leatt DBX Neck Brace to the Right Fit As discussed above, fitting the Leatt neck brace is crucial to assuring it works correctly and with the Leatt 5.5 and 6.5 models, it has never been easier. Thanks to dual front and back Surefit sliding adjusters, adjustments can be made in under 30 seconds and offers a much faster, toolless option for securing proper fit.
Start by putting your neck brace on without making any adjustments. When the neck brace is on, it should fit comfortably on your chest and shoulders while touching them.
Often riders will fit their neck brace incorrectly, having only the chest padding and rear thoracic strut contacting their bodies, but having space between their shoulders and the shoulder pads. All parts of the brace should make contact including the chest, rear thoracic strut and the shoulder pads resting on your shoulders at all times. If the brace is too loose or too tight, use the front and back sliding adjusters to find the proper comfort and fit. When you have achieved this, the brace should sit comfortably on your shoulders and fit snuggly but not too tight. It should not be able to rock back and forth and if it does, should be further adjusted.
The thoracic strut’s primary function is to keep the brace in place upon impact, so while it also absorbs some of the impact forces, it keeps the brace in place for just long enough so the upper portion can do its job in the event of a serious crash. The strut is designed to break at about 70lbs (32kg) of force, which is far below the forces required to injure this area and can be replaced.
When properly fitting the thoracic strut, a hand should be able to fit tightly between the back and the strut. If this is not the case, either because it is too big or small, use one of the four included rubber inserts that change the degree of the strut. Included with each neck brace is a 0,5,10 and 20-degree rubber insert to ensure the best fit possible for each rider.
Fitting a Leatt DBX 4.5 Neck Brace The Leatt DBX 4.5 neck brace has some differences from the two higher priced models. We addressed these differences in an earlier post regarding “How to choose a Leatt Neck brace".
The fit process will be relatively the same. The only difference is instead of using the quick Surefit sliding adjusters; the 4.5 comes with four different spacers which will be changed with an included Allen wrench. The Leatt DBX 4.5 neck brace’s deck height also sits about an inch higher than the 5.5 and 6.5 so make sure to adjust and fit accordingly.
Continued Fit and Adjustments Your Leatt DBX neck brace should now be fit properly, but don’t forget to make constant adjustments as your or your child’s body changes. This ensures the best, most accurate fit and most importantly continued safety during use. Also remember always to refit your neck brace when changing your riding attire or body armor.