I'm buying a neck brace

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by HellSickle, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. ironbrewer

    ironbrewer Hopefully Riding

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    I was going to get one of these, but just couldn't seem to pull the trigger. I think I'm going to get a roll of 3/8 inch copper and make one. There is a thread about someone who made one on KLR650.net. You just form it and then spray foam oner it. Walla custom neck brace. The only bitch is not being able to take it off ever!!


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  2. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    Hey cross-country...that bugged-eyed closeup view of your twin-headlight setup in your post pic looks about like what I saw that day last May up on the Beef Basin road...except it was moving...and more blurred.:lol3
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  3. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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    Here is a better option to give you a real tiime neck massage while riding:
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  4. doc_ricketts

    doc_ricketts Thumper jockey

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  5. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Ordered the Leatt adventure yesterday.

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    I was pointed toward the Kali Aatma as a reasonably priced light weight helmet. Have one on the way.

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    While I may venture out on the street this weekend, I'm going to wait another couple weeks before hitting the trail.
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  6. Greco

    Greco Braap!

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    Thread resurrection.....

    Since my boy is getting more and more into the MX thing, I went ahead and ordered Leatt braces for both of us. It makes Momma happier by far. The boy actually asked me to get him one after seeing all the fast guys, including his buddies, wearing them. There could be worse trends to follow I guess.

    Are any of you guys having trouble with clavicle breaks? That seems to be the one problem reported with the Leatt braces. I'm all for not snapping my neck, but I don't want to break my clavicle either.
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  7. homerj

    homerj 742 Evergreen Terrace

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    I've augered straight onto my head and not broken a clavicle. But then, my family are kinda stout like that.
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  8. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Any impact on your brace hard enough to break a clavicle would probably snap your neck.

    It's kind of like the arguments the anti-helmet crowd uses. Helmets may contribute to neck injuries, but without the helmet, the same accident would have resulted in traumatic brain brain injury.

    Choose the lesser injury.
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  9. thump_co

    thump_co ..ouch

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    May want to check out these. No personal experience, but they're getting more popular lately: http://www.omegabrace.com/
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  10. Greco

    Greco Braap!

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    Are you still using the Adventure model you referenced above? That is the unit I got for my boy. It was for sale in the main flea market. Seller claimed that he wore it twice and didn't like it so it has no use at all. After buying that one for the boy, I ordered a GPX Club 3 for myself. I looked into the Omega and did all the research and due dilligence I could for about a week after Christmas to get all the info I could find before I ordered them. The Leatts had the best reviews and I really like the fact that they are made with the cooperation of medical professionals and enthusiasts working together.

    Homer, me and my family are stout like that as well. We've also been accused of being midwestern sturdy! No pencil necks here! In fact, growing up strengthening our necks as wrestlers, we have been accused of not having any necks to protect in the first place. :D
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  11. DirtySantana

    DirtySantana Chopper

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    Neck or clavicle, hum? I'll take the broken clavicle over a broken neck any day.

    I've only tested the Leatte once and no broken neck or clavicle.:clap
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  12. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    Yes, 2 years with the Adventure model now. Works great. I modified my chest protector slightly for it to fit better. I need to get a gaiter to fit over the brace for colder weather/rain.
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  13. Geek

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    Clavicle = fuse panel of the body :D
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  14. homerj

    homerj 742 Evergreen Terrace

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    Similar stock. And HellSickle's point is valid. I'd rather break my collar bone than my neck even if protecting drastically increases the odds of a busted collar bone.
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  15. dougrender

    dougrender Bike Polo is not a Crime

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    No one has done less research on this than me, but what I've "heard" is that much as modern ski boots protect your ankle and blow your ACL, that knee braces save your MCL and break your femur, and that neck braces save your neck and break your spine.

    You're restricting movement of the most flexible joint, and transmitting force to the less flexible joint. I don't like the sound of either a broken neck or a broken back, but it seems to my basic understanding of physiology that the neck has evolved with more flexibility than the spine.

    Is there any merit to this thinking? That said, I'm looking at the Omega...

    -Doug
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  16. murgatroid42

    murgatroid42 Great Adventurer

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    The Atlas Neck Brace has supports on the shoulder blades, not the spine. Is this the way to prevent broken backs? :dunno

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  17. HellSickle

    HellSickle Scone Rider

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    From an engineering perspective, that makes a lot of sense. It's cheaper and less bulky than a Leatt.
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  18. jawn

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    I bought an EVS neck brace off of CL and couldn't get it to work with my Thor Impact Rig. Anyone have any luck with a Leatt (or similar brace) with the Thor?
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  19. Greco

    Greco Braap!

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    Thread resurrection 2.0.

    While racing CORCS series at Watkins this weekend, the boy was run into by another bike. The boy over shot a corner which put him directly in the path of riders on the back straight. The leader could not stop in time and they collided......hard. The Leatt broke right down the front middle and shattered his clavicle. Plates are being installed today to try and piece it back together. Thank doG that it was not his neck. I've always been one of those "it'll never happen to me" guys. Well, it happened to the boy. His next brace will be an Atlas like Villapoto wears....or used to wear.
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  20. flyingwombat

    flyingwombat frozen dead guy

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    Dang, I hope he heals up well.

    Thanks for the info. Just wondering why you wouldn't get another Leatt, since it sounds like it did its job?
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