Eurobike: 2013 Leatt – New Neck Brace Design, Armour, Knee Pads & Hydration Pack

September 6th, 2012

By Factory Jackson in Tech

Not one to rest on the laurels of a sewn up market, Leatt went back to the drawing board to refine existing products and create new ones with one objective in mind: to help keep us safe and back to work on a Monday should we get a little wild at the week end. Getting wild at the week end with a 9 – 5 and with bills to pay, sound familiar? The neck brace market is growing every year with more riders adopting what could be a life changing bit of protection.

Leatt have introduced refinements across the board and updated all the braces with most significant being the new DBX Comp 4 and DBX Ride 4. With a new split design front to improve comfort, lower front side section to increase helmet clearance when descending, a totally new thoracic strut which is a wider one-piece affair with 5 angles of adjustment and also designed to aid fit and function.

This is Leatt’s new 3DF armour – 3 dimensional impact foam! This stuff is super light and designed to react upon impact, so super soft and malleable to hard and deflective.

Totally designed around the neck brace, the 3DF armour is also manufactured from fabric called ‘MoistureCool’ which does exactly what it says on the tin and the best thing is, you can throw it in the machine as is with no need to remove any parts. Available as a full suite, a vest and a back only protector and in three sizes, S/M, L/XL and XXL.

All Leatt armour is designed around their neck braces so no compatibilty issue what so ever!

Their body armour range is pretty extensive to say the least, but what this means is there’s a good chance there’s something in there for every persuasion.

Leatt knee pads? Yeah and elbow too – just like the 3DF body armour, these knee pads also feature the 3-Dimensional impact foam, MoistureCool fabric coupled with an aramid fibre to keep things where they need to be after a fall.

This rather special looking bit of kit is Leatt’s new Dual Axis pivoted knee guards. Offering a 3 dimensional, slim design for a snug and streamlined feel that should be spot on for wearing under race pants.

The pivots are anatomically positioned not to inhibit movement and protection is taken care of with an HDPE hardshell over impact foam to help make these pretty damn comfy and your knees in one piece on long days shredding.

How many of us have had to make the decision between the neck brace or the hydration pack? You can kind of get away with it, but it’s always a compromise and Leatt aren’t about compromises. Mega Avalanche and indeed Enduro ready – do you know full face lids are mandatory in UK enduro’s next year? Leatt have two packs in their range and whole range of gizmos and add-on’s to help build your optimum set up.

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