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Old 08-05-2013, 09:03 PM   #1
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Leatt STX RR Neck Brace Review

Here is my review of the Leatt STX RR

I ordered it direct from Leatt, paid $550 plus shipping, showed up two days later. Opened box, followed directions for fitment in 15 minuets.

Showed up at track day, put it on after earplugs, before helmet. Got on bike and forgot about it until I tried to get out of my suit. Never noticed I had it on.

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The Leatt STX RR is the first ever neck brace designed specifically for road racing and track day users. Helping prevent avoidable neck injuries has be Leatt’s specialty ever since Dr. Chris Leatt invented the first modern motosports neck brace in 2002. Off road riders and racers have benefited from this invention for years.
The STX RR uses Alternative Load Path Technology, ALPT™, to drastically reduce the injury causes forces on the neck in a crash. Helps protect from hyper extension, hyper flexion, lateral hyper extension and hyper translation type injuries. Helps stabilize the head/neck in compressive type injuries. The ultra light carbon fiber chassis is so comfortable it will hardly be noticed while riding or racing. Designed to fit on the outside of race leathers the twin, swiveling, scapula wings on the back adjust to fit with aero humps and many body shapes. The front of brace folds back to allow for getting in a full tuck yet still fits correctly when riding in more upright positions. Removable rear platform height adjuster allows for a personal fit that gives the necessary protection while allowing optimum helmet range of motion. Additional height adjusters are on the shoulders to accommodate for different rider’s neck length. Straps can be worn to secure the brace but riders will find that it is not prone to move around on the body much, even at high speed.
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Chassis is ultra light 100% carbon fiber, only 700g (1.55 pounds)
Over the head fitting with emergency releases on each side
Race adopted front construction for tucking behind the windscreen
Hammock style rubber chin pad for increased comfort and safety
Correct side clearance for race cornering
Adjusts to fit all riding suits and selections of armor
CE certified as Personal Protective Equipment 89/686/EEC
One size fits riders from approx. 140 to 225 pounds

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Been thinking about one of these, but I'm more interested in not popping a collarbone than preventing neck injuries as collarbones are WAY more common. Worth knowing that they're unobtrusive, though.
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$550 is a shitload of money; however, a lot cheaper than a hospital stay.

It was odd trying it on at the house rolling my neck around with the hemet on, but leaned over a bike while riding I never felt it.
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I have one and don't leave the house without it. Same as this review, I forget I have it on until its time to take it off. After a cager hit me while texting and driving and braking my neck, it's worth the $$ to mitigate any risk that I can if I continue to ride.
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Does anyone have any track crash data with the brace? I too, have been very interested in the brace, but the lack of the people using these in the paddocks have made me somewhat skeptical.

I would imagine that race orgs would see the benefit of these and promote them, much like the HANS device in auto racing. Which is another case that would strengthen the use of the LEATT brace, since they operate on similar principles I believe.

I agree that 550.00 is pennies on the dollar compared to neck injuries if it does exactly what it's supposed to do, but I'm not one to buy into snake oil either...

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I love mine. Have had it awhile now and as the man said, do not even know it is on.
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$550 is way cheaper than getting paralyzed...trust me. Just one CT scan cost more than that. I wish more people would wear these. I know of a few dirtbike riders that have crash data on them. Some landing directly on their heads. I also know of some paraplegics/quadraplegics that wish they had worn one. After I was paralyzed, I got a Rapter 700r quad and I had one of the first Leatt Braces. I never knew it was on either.
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Wish I had seen this version when I got mine. Being able to fully tuck is great...and the only complaint I have about mine.

I'm actually much more worried about breaking my neck than breaking my collar bone. Not because of the probability (collar bone is actually the most common bone to break, period - not just in motorcycles), but because of the seriousness.

I low sided in my brace going about 130mph entering the carousel at MSRH. I tumbled across the pavement, the grass, pavement again on the mini course, and landed in the grass 75-90 YARDS from where I crashed. It looks like the brace took a nice hit from my helmet, but my neck wasn't even sore...and no broken collar bone

Someone went down in T1 at TWS (Texas World Speedway) during the first CMRA round with one on. "the impact was absorbed and then distributed through the shoulder brace which actually broke off." His neck was fine.
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$550 is way cheaper than getting paralyzed...trust me. Just one CT scan cost more than that. I wish more people would wear these. I know of a few dirtbike riders that have crash data on them. Some landing directly on their heads. I also know of some paraplegics/quadraplegics that wish they had worn one. After I was paralyzed, I got a Rapter 700r quad and I had one of the first Leatt Braces. I never knew it was on either.
It's really really ridiculously uncommon for a crash to result in a neck injury on track. It's more common for dirtbikes since they're frequently leaving the ground.

I'd GLADLY spend $550 if it would protect my collarbones as that injury happens VERY frequently to sportbike racers. However, no one seems to be able to provide any sportbike crash data for the device.
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I'm curious to what actually causes collar bone injuries in wrecks. Is it impact with the ground or impact with the helmet? If it's the helmet, I could see, but have no proof of, this taking the direct impact away from the helmet and dispersing it across the shoulders...but I'm just talking out of my here. Would be very cool if Leatt could do some testing.
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I'm curious to what actually causes collar bone injuries in wrecks. Is it impact with the ground or impact with the helmet? If it's the helmet, I could see, but have no proof of, this taking the direct impact away from the helmet and dispersing it across the shoulders...but I'm just talking out of my here. Would be very cool if Leatt could do some testing.
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The majority of breaks I've seen are mid-span breaks which line up pretty well with where a helmet would thunk it. Not smoking gun proof, but correlation.
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The majority of breaks I've seen are mid-span breaks which line up pretty well with where a helmet would thunk it. Not smoking gun proof, but correlation.
so in theory, it could help disperse the impact...just no hard evidence to back it up.

FWIW, here's my brace after I wrecked with a noticeable mark on it:
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so in theory, it could help disperse the impact...just no hard evidence to back it up.

FWIW, here's my brace after I wrecked with a noticeable mark on it:
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In theory, yes. But I'm not sure I'm willing to plunk down $550 on theory.
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Understandable. I got that one for $300 when NTX superbikes were offering a deal. And even then, it was a gift from my wife, parents, and brother (all 3 chipped in) for my b-day.
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dirt rider input, so I can only speak of the dirt version:

I wear one every ride without "feeling" like it is there. I'd gladly take another collarbone break over any injury that these braces are known to prevent.

As far as collarbone breaks go, my chin bar on my helmet lined up perfectly with my fracture. Doing my own personal completely-amateur forensics engineering report, I confidently say the impact of the bike to the back of the helmet caused the chin bar to snap my bone like a twig. If the Leatt was invented then and worn in my particular impact, I think I would have been able to ride the rest of the day and my collarbone would not have fractured.

My dirt version and your street version may produce completely different results.
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It's really really ridiculously uncommon for a crash to result in a neck injury on track. It's more common for dirtbikes since they're frequently leaving the ground.

I'd GLADLY spend $550 if it would protect my collarbones as that injury happens VERY frequently to sportbike racers. However, no one seems to be able to provide any sportbike crash data for the device.
lol A broken collar bone isn't a life changing injury either. I know it happens a lot. , I ran the crash truck a few times for CMRA events. It was almost a given that ankles and collar bones were going to be broke.

However, I know plenty of paraplegics/quadraplegics that have had neck and back injuries from crashing on concrete. It's not as uncommon as you think. Maybe it's because I meet them all the time at doctors offices, hospitals and rehab facilities. And you may only hear about them if someone knew them on a forum.

For the record, I regret not wearing my track suit with the built in back protector when I crashed, I may not be paralyzed if I had. I just had on my A* 2 piece suit and didn't wear a back protector. Life is pretty uncertain. And if you think this little price to pay isn't justified, then so be it. However, I have a different perspective. Why don't you ask Jim aka wolverine about it too. He was recently paralyzed at the track.
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Just use both. Can never have enough gear, im surprised no one started to use a mouth guard.
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Sorry, Jim's was on the street..typo. I was thinking of someone else I know. not Jim.
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