Leatt 3DF Airlift Body Protector

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  1. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    Did I mention comfort? Yes, the Leatt 3DF Airfit Body Protector is the most comfortable body armor I have ever worn. I've owned the A* Bionic, Thor Impact Rig SE, Acerbis Koerta, roost guards, etc. Nothing comes close to being as comfortable as the 3DF. :raabia


    On my ride last weekend the day started cold, 38° F, and ended very warm at 82° F. (Yes, that's what the San Diego mountains are like in the winter.) In the morning I wore a shell over my gear and was very comfortable. When it got hot and I took the shell off, I was very impressed by how well the armor (and suit) ventilate. This will be my year-round suit.


    In the past, I have never been able to get a pressure suit that was worn under my jersey to work well with my Leatt brace. Although it's not quite perfect, it's darn close. The Leatt Brace-On elastic tabs really do their job of holding the brace in place. Very nice. It still seems to shift around a little bit, but it only took me a few minutes to forget my Leatt was there. :thumb

    Sorry, no pictures since I ended riding solo. :cry
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  2. wakewop

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    Hello fellers.

    The info you all have provided is fantastic. I want to get the 3df airlift.
    I have one question. How durable does it seem to be if you have a getoff in the dirt or gravel? I ride strictly on the trails here in colorado and have put my thor impact rig through its paces. The plastic armor has met rocks and gravel many times. However, I also do not ride with a jersey over the impact rig. I would with the Leatt armor. How well do you think it would hold up for me? From the pics, it seems like the fabric covering the armor would get thrashed in a fall.
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  3. OKDQ

    OKDQ Been here awhile

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    Very good question. I am thinking about buying the Airfit for use in hot weather and would probably wear it the same way you describe, ie exposed.

    I suppose only time and use reports from the early adopters will give us that answer. I may end up being one of those that test this aspect of the Airfit out; undecided at the moment whether to get one or not. I will decide once I figure out if my new 5.5 HD Pro gets to hot this summer.
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  4. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    Good question. I do not know the answer, however I suspect that under a jersey it would hold up very well. I have not crashed hard enough in the dirt to trash a jersey, so as long as the jersey stayed intact, I am confident the armor will as well. It feels very tough and the shirt material feels like it's strong and would give enough to not tear.
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  5. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    I agree with Yeti. It feels very light but surprisingly tough as well. My ONLY recommendation is that DO NOT USE IT WITHOUT A NECKBRACE. I did and I busted my sternum on my first ride. :cry Upper chest area doesn't have any protection because it is designed to be used with a neckbrace. I learned that a bit late. :1drink
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  6. OKDQ

    OKDQ Been here awhile

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    I would be interested in more details of how you broke your sternum, did you have a blunt impact with a large object..big tree limb, or did you crash and the impact with the ground cause the break.

    If hit the ground, if you know, what part of your body hit first...shoulder??

    If you had have had more chest protection at the time is your opinion you would not have suffered the break at all, or that it just may not have been as severe.

    Just like to know, so I can try to avoid the same situation someday. I don't have a neck brace, and honestly cannot decide whether to get one or not.
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  7. FYYFF

    FYYFF Forever young...

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    We were riding Baja1000 tracks on the last weekend of 2013. Deep sand and whoops. Just a typical 990 crash, slowing down on a turn, front end dives to right and you go down. I had couple of those in the past. Some of them with out any type of body armor and nothing happened. But this time right tip of handlebar hit me on the sternum, the only spot that is not protected.
    But if you ask me if I'd buy it again, YES I would. It still is the most comfortable protection I used on the bike. I just need a neckbrace or at least saw some foam protection on that area.
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  8. Y E T I

    Y E T I No Talent Ass Clown

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    Good point! There is a rubber piece you remove when you use a neck brace, but I don't think that would offer any protection. You definitely should wear a neck brace with the 3DF Airlift Body Protector. My Adventure Vest has a removable plastic piece that you can re-install if you use it without a neck brace.
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  9. OKDQ

    OKDQ Been here awhile

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    This is a cross post I posted in another thread, so you may see this more than once!

    I finally got to ride today wearing my new Leatt 5.5 HD Pro. Today's ride was all tight single track at a pretty fast pace (for me :rofl), ambient temp was 66*F. I was wearing a long sleeve synthetic base layer, the 5.5 over that, and a jersey over the 5.5. No jacket.

    I never thought about the Leatt at all while I was riding, which means it is very comfortable, which I cannot say the same for other armor I have tried in the past. While taking breaks from riding and sitting on the ground I did notice the top of the rib protector rubbing and putting pressure on the inside of my arm, but I don't plan on doing much sitting while wearing my armor, so no biggie.

    I got a little bit warm but I was riding in tight woods most of the time and I didn't feel like I got any hotter than any other time riding in the same circumstances. It would be easy to get substantially more air flow by just removing the jersey and riding with the armor exposed. I'm very pleased I have found something that works well for me. I did not test the actual crash worthiness of the Leatt today, but I could have used a knee brace...my front tire dug in in a sandy corner and I went over the right side and my foot was trapped by the bike and I tweaked my knee a little, but no hit on the upper body armor!

    One thing I was not as happy with was the Leatt 3DF elbow guards. About mid-way thru the ride I noticed I could feel the left elbow guard "jiggling." When I stopped for the day the elbow guard had slid down my arm, leaving my elbow exposed. The right armor did stay in place tho. I wore the armor over the top of my base layer sleeve, next time I'll try wearing it next to my skin and see if it stays in place better. If not, I apparently ordered too big, which sucks as they aren't cheap.
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  10. pingvin

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    Experienced the same when wearing technical underwear but problem solved when wearing next to my skin.
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  11. wakewop

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    Had a chance to try one on today at a local shop. They only had the s/m size and according to the size chart I should be smack dab in the middle of the large/xl chart.
    SIZING: - weight spec is ours.
    S/M 160-172cm (5’3”-5’8”) 125 - 160 lbs
    L/XL 172-184cm (5’8”-6’0”) 165 - 200 lbs
    XXL 184-196cm (6’0”-6’6”) 190 - 225 lbs

    I am 5'10 and 166#. The s/m was a bit snug fitting over the belly region when zipping up, but not impossible to zip. Just had tug on the material a bit to get the zippers to join. Then it was easy to zip up. Once on, the thing was VERY comfortable and the armor was nice and snug without being uncomfortable. Stayed in place as well.
    I am wondering if I should try on the l/xl just to see what it feels like being that the chart states thats the one I should wear. I would hate to get the s/m just because it is in stock at the moment only to find out later there is too much stress on the material and zippers and cause the thing to fail on me. I did test the material and it still had room to stretch.
    Any thoughts on this, or some comparisons on what sizes you all are using and your dimentions.?
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  12. Y E T I

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    wakewop, I don't know if you're like me, but my weight varies a bit during the year. Right now I'm 230#, but that's the heaviest I get. Within a month or so I should be back down to 215 or 210#

    If you're on the light end of your weight variance, I would wait and get the L/XL. If you're at the heavier end of your weight, I'd get the S/M.

    You can get any size from Atomic-Moto. Just sayin'! :evil :lol3 (No, I'm not a paid shill, I just like Brian and his customer service.)
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  13. wakewop

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    Thanks for the info. I'm pretty steady with my weight. 164-166 for the past 3 years. Due to a family history of heart clogging, I have to keep in shape and watch what I eat. I'm going to wait and fry on the l xl size. I will see which size keeps the armor in place better and overall fit. Biggest issue I find with all my jackets and pants is that the armor sections can be too loose and slide around easily when not snug enough. For some strange reason, only 1 place in town seems to carry the airfit even though many are leatt dealers.
    Kind of a pain. And I will be buying from an online supporter such as atomic. The local store is $50 more.
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  14. longtallsally

    longtallsally Yeah I'm a chick

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    So as I think more and more about it, this will most likely end up my next gear upgrade.

    I really thought i wanted a hard shell type armor suit (a la the "Adventure" suit Leatt has). However, with the couple of simple little crashes I had this past weekend in Death Valley, it became apparent that the soft shell type armor is probably best (at least for me). The reason I say this is that the armor that is in the BMW Rally 2 Pro I currently use when riding in the desert is truly second to none. However, I ran into a situation this weekend that has me wanting to make this change sooner; the main front zipper took a dump in the jacket.

    It this was a just a simple over jacket, who cares. But since that zipper is an integral part of the solution, then it does matter. Although I'm going to just get the zipper fixed, I'll feel more comfortable with the armor being a separate unit in the overall solution.

    Also, to be clear, the R2P jacket is over 7 years old and survived COUNTLESS crashes and after washed, still looks new. So I absolutely still love the jacket, but really need a more complete solution (chest) these days.
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  15. zeeede

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    Well, I had the new Airfit 3DF body protector sitting on my front porch today. I actually had the original 3DF body protector which I rode in for about two weeks before some seams started seperating, and then another two weeks before the front zipper broke.


    So in the end, although I was hesitant to try the new AirFit due to the warranty problems I had with the first one, the discount they offered was acceptable enough that it was worth the shot.

    Since I'm probably the only one here who has had both, I'll give my quick impressions. I haven't had a chance to ride yet, and won't for a while. Still a couple of feet of snow in my back yard, and it's shaping up to be a long mud season.

    As far as weight, the only scale I have is a bathroom scale, and I weighed the same to 0.1 lbs. with both the original and the AirFit on. I'd guess that the Airfit might be a *little* lighter, but weight savings made in the armor is probably lost in the straps that connect the chest protector to the back protector.

    The chest protector still seems like it's a little low, but that's probably so it can incorporate a neck brace, which I don't have (yet). Those straps add an extra step to getting into and out of the AirFit Body protector.

    The zipper seems like it's still the thin, light-weight thing, so hopefully it'll hold up.

    Just like someone above mentioned, I accidentally stuck my hand in the armor pocket for the elbows trying to get the sleeves on. Personal preference here, but I prefer the gray color of the old version to the black of the new.

    The armor was stiffer than the old 3DF's armor, but it was also around 30 degrees when I put it on (it had been sitting on my front porch outside). It did seem to soften up a bit as I wore it, but I didn't leave it on much longer than to take pictures.

    The biceps pad and the hip/floating rib pads are just single-density foam. The elbow, shoulder, back and chest pads are heavier-duty stuff.

    Fit's about the same as the original. I'm 6'4, 225-230 lbs, depend on how much I've eaten in a day. I've got long arms (6'10" wing span). I have around a 44" chest and a 35" waist. The arms didn't feel too short. Elbow pads sat about right. The straps on the side I tightened about halfway. Folks with beer guts might have trouble zipping up over their bellies.

    This is a size XXL.

    Here's some pics.

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    Compared to the old:

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    And without my ugly mug:
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    Compared to old (broken zipper, so I pinned the top):
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  16. Perun

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    Zeeede, what size is your Airfit 3DF?
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    zeeede Long timer

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    Sorry, thought I mentioned that. I edited my post.

    It's an XXL.

    I'm a little wary buying XXL stuff (and even XL stuff) because I tend to swim in it around the mid section. I have broad shoulders but a narrow waist and not much of a gut (I have a little extra love handle right now, but that's 'cos we're wrapping up the end of ski season. Once bicycle season starts, it should melt away in about a month).

    This fits fine around the middle. That's why I warned folks with beer guts. The fabric is pretty stretchy, but I don't think there's as much room there as a normal XXL jacket would have.
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  18. ramjet

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    Hard to believe they get Level 2 out of the front and back pads as they appear so thin. But possible. It appears you aren't supposed to wear an underlayer, which could be interesting in terms of sweat and funkiness. How do you wash it?
    Also, what is the actual weight? Got one of those spring scales for weighing fish? Hang it on that.

    I would be interested in comparing it to what I have now, which is:
    http://www.solomotoparts.com/Forcef...s-Adventure/?gclid=CIzQkYqjob0CFcWTfgodzwQAiw

    Heavy, but thoroughly crash tested. Advantage, it comes off fast so you can make a quick t-shirt change.
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  19. Perun

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    Thank you. We have very similar build, but I am 6'1'' and 190 pounds, athletic build. I wear suits in EU 52 long size, I believe that's USA 42 long. Just between sizes I guess, so I am afraid if XXL will be to large. What do you think?
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  20. wakewop

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    I would say try one on at a local shop if possible. I am between sizes and can't decide which to go with. Prob the slugger fitting one because the armor will stay in place better.