I used to say ‘I don’t need a Leatt brace; I don’t ride fast enough.’
…“magically” a giant rock, about knuckle high, appears out of the right side of the trail and at full sprint, I smash my fist right into it. It immediately kicks my bars 90 degrees to the right, full stop.
I used to say ‘I don’t need a Leatt brace; I don’t ride fast enough.’ Then I watched my husband dive head first into the ground with no neck protection after a silly mistake on a 5-foot rock roll that I had just done moments
before. He is still dealing with the repercussions of the injury today, 6 months later. It was quite the eye opener that it doesn’t matter how fast you go or your riding ability, sh*t happens and sh*t happens fast. It wasn’t long after that I purchased my DBX pro Leatt brace. And then low and behold I put it right to use not too long after. So there I was sprinting my DH bike up a slight incline trying to keep up with my friend after coming hot off a downhill. I’m not used to sprinting uphill and as I sprinted uphill I wasn’t paying attention to the fact that I widen my footprint by about 50% because I was swaying the bike back and forth. Then “magically” a giant rock, about knuckle high, appears out of the right side of the trail and at full sprint, I smash my fist right into it. It immediately kicks my bars 90 degrees to the right, full stop. And following Newton’s first law, a body in motion wants to stay in motion unless acted on by a force, I go flying head first right over the bar and then the force comes, and it comes hard, with a very loud crash. I fly headfirst straight into a tree at full force. My goggles had flown straight off my helmet before I even got to the tree. It was one of those crashes that happen so fast I didn’t know what happened; luckily my other friend was behind me to give me to play-byplay. I had so much adrenaline pumping through my body I couldn’t feel anything. Luckily, after what felt like minutes, my feeling came back and I could assess the damages. It took a while for the feeling to come back into my knuckles. The crash had snapped the carbon fiber ring I was wearing, in four places, and crushed my metal ring but surprisingly all my finger bones seemed to be intact, perhaps thanks to the rings. The part of my body that hurt the most for day after was my chest. It felt like I got kicked straight in the chest. The insane thing is that not only did I walk away but I also rode another run. I know for a fact if I wasn’t wearing my Leatt I would have not been riding for a while and I don’t even want to imagine what the severity of the injuries would have been. The Leatt brace took all that pressure that would have gone straight down my neck and dispersed it elsewhere. I noticed later that the force of the crash was so much that my carbon fiber front section of the Leatt brace was snapped. This could have easily been a piece of my precious neck. In that one crash my Leatt paid for itself and fully did its job. Yes I snapped it, and yes I have to replace a part, but I would take buying a new Leatt brace any day over even one hospital visit or the obvious worse. Live to ride another day, live in comfort, buy a Leatt, it’s worth every penny.