Both KTM and BMW are introducing their own branded versions of the Leatt-Brace™. Designed by South African Dr. Chris Leatt, the neck brace offers protection for your neck, the one part of your body that up until now has not had any equivalent protection compared to all of the other safety gear you could wear.
The Leatt-Brace sits on your shoulders and is designed to limit the extreme range of movement your head might be forced to make during a crash. It’s not connected to the helmet in any way but provides a solid surface to stop helmet motion, preventing damage to your spinal cord and vertebra from extreme forward, rearward, lateral or downward forces.
Although aimed at racers it isn’t overly cumbersome and could work well on the street, especially for those sport riders pushing the limits or stunt riders practicing their new moves. After all, if riders will buy frame sliders and protection cages for their bikes to protect the plastic and engine cases, something like this to keep their neck intact is almost a no brainer. There’s a lot of street armor being offered these days by companies like Icon, the Leatt-Brace could be a real positive addition to those types of products.
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