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Vital MX Shootout: Leatt GPX 6.5 Wins Best Neck Brace

“The Leatt took the top spot for me as I felt it was the whole package. From the weight, to strap options and most importantly the adjustability…along with the ease of those adjustments. In my opinion, the Leatt GPX system is the easiest brace to buy and fit for your needs.” 

Vital MX recently took a look at some of the top neck braces out there and rated them.

“No matter how many bikes, parts, and gear we review, there’s one simple question that comes up repeatedly. How does product X stack up against product Y? We always try to relay as much information as we can in our regular reviews to help you make a choice, but we also know that some just want to see them go heads-to-head, and the popularity of our annual bike Shootouts prove that. With that in mind, we’ve decided to expand the Shootouts beyond bikes, placing competitive products in a straight-up competition out on the track. Each one will break down the product features, explain what we were looking for when comparing them, and ultimately rank them. To kick this off, we’ve spent the last few months comparing neck braces. We’re not going to sit here and convince you whether they work or not. Instead, we’ll just give you our thoughts on each one. We wore each of them for a few days, and spent a couple days swapping them out between motos,” Vital MX said.

 

The Leatt GPX 6.5 Neck Brace was selected in first place. “When the words neck brace are uttered, you probably picture a Leatt. Plain and simple, these guys created the market and have been in it the longest. Since then, they’ve continued to evolve their product with simple adjustments, multiple price points, and improved comfort. Read below to find out why it won, but to keep it a bit simple, it’s the whole package in our eyes,” they said.

The Leatt neck brace went up against the Atlas Air, the Alpinestars Bionic Neck Support Tech Carbon, and the EVS R4K Race Collar.

First Place: Leatt 6.5 GPX

 
“Where things really shine for the Leatt is the amount of adjustability and how easy it is to do. Every other brace in this test requires tools for any adjustments, while the Leatt can all be done by hand and in a fraction of the time. Both the front chest area and the rear strut have sliders with multiple grooves to adjust how close or open the brace is in relation to your chest and back. These sections are held in by a latch that can be popped open with your fingers, slid forward or back a few millimeters and then latched back into place. This made the Leatt the easiest brace to set up as I moved from just a jersey, to under and over jersey protection. If the front or rear of a protector is thicker, you can adjust one end of the brace or both at different levels to keep the platform height and angle where you’d like it, as opposed to adjusting the rear and having the front push up, or the other way around,” Vital MX said.

In conclusion, Vital MX explained why Leatt came out on top:

“The Leatt took the top spot for me as I felt it was the whole package. From the weight, to strap options and most importantly the adjustability…along with the ease of those adjustments. In my opinion, the Leatt GPX system is the easiest brace to buy and fit for your needs. The rigid chassis isn’t as initially comfortable as the Atlas, but being able to fit it so precisely makes up for that a bit in my eyes, along with a wider range of chest protection to pair it with. The main downside is the price, as this carbon version costs $499.99. However, Leatt’s 5.5 GPX sits in the same price range as the A-Stars and Atlas at $369.99, but is primarily built of polyamide…making it around four-tenths of a pound heavier than this model. That would put that brace around 1.7-1.8 pounds, the heaviest in this comparison.”

Read the FULL REVIEW HERE. 

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