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Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Blakduk, Jul 2, 2015.
I'm pretty sure it's required equipment on Dakar now.
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I thought so too, but Toby did not wear one.
I noticed, but don't remember which ones.
I saw more than one Atlas Air neck brace in this year's Dakar.
Pretty much everybody was represented. Leatt, Atlas, Moveo, Ortema.
I went for a ride last weekend with my friend who crashed one year ago. He broke his neck and has central cord syndrome. He has recovered some of his mobility and can ride again, but he lacks strength and control on the right side of his body. He is lucky to have recovered as much function as he has.
He is resigned to selling his much loved KTM990 and his DR650 for something easier to manage. He said that he wished he had listened to me and bought a neck brace sooner. All his riding buddies wear some sort of neck brace now. If you ride and are over 40, you owe it to yourself and family to buy one and use it. Don't procranstinate looking for the best one.
The risk of central cord syndrome rises steadily after age 40 as the space between the cord and the vertebral column fills in with bone. I personally use a Omega adventure brace. It works! It was cheap from E-BAy.
I crashed landed on my head ( again) after a roo strike. I broke 5 ribs, punctured my lung and destroyed my helmet. I was happy that I didn't exacerbate my pre-existing central cord syndrome (I have a minor sensory change in my forearms) . My injury was from a face plant into sand that snapped my head backwards. Compared to my mate's injury I got off lightly.
Used isn't a bad deal either. Not sure about the Omega or others, but the Leatt GPX and DBX have replaceable padding that can be had for about $60 and look new again - even color match your bike.
I hope this hasn't been posted. Matthew has been currently riding the Americas for the last 18months with his also Dr wife Megan. He wrote this article about Leatt and braces.
I have the Bell same helmet, same Leatt STX neck brace and a Klim Lattitude Jacket (which is probably close enough to what your wearing. When I used the supplied GO/NO-GO gauge that came with the Leatt Brace my Bell Helmet failed the required maximum clearance on the rear side. I also have a Shoe road helmet that I occasionally wear for long road trips and it passed no problem. The issue was the high rear clearance between the leatt brace and the Bell Helmet. Something is better than nothing, but I'm curious if you had discovered the same problem TheGearDude?
Scott, I understand they are identical except color. Only problem limited sizes left. My size is not available. Also for STX make sure to take measurement with jacket on.
All this sounds very technical. I'm a simple person with a simple question, is ther a simple answer?
I'm a older dual sport rider I have my fair share of experience on and off the road and like the idea of a neck brace. I have been using a inexpensive evs r3 while backwoods riding and started putting in on before I left home for riding and have become very comfortable with it road riding. My question is this. Is this inexpensive product helping me in the event of a crash or is cheap crap that could potentially cause harm ?
Even the cheapest EVS brace will protect you. Just make sure the neck brace that you wear fits snugly and is not oversized for you. The neck brace should not be so wide, front to back that it wiggles around your chest. I found out that Leatt Small/Medium braces are way too big for me and an Asterisk Small fits me better.
I run the EVS race collar (donut) and while it's not full fledged protection, it does a great job controlling whiplash and it steadies the helmet nicely reducing neck fatigue. If I ride without it I really feel how abusive normal riding can be on the neck. Unfortunately my Fox pressure is not neck brace friendly.
Thanks guys. I think we need more promotion on neck safety. I feel like every time I stop for food/fuel etc. I have some one ask me what the hell is around my neck.
Tell them it's a transportable toilet seat so you can take a dump anywhere.
Usually explaining it to some guy wearing a colonel klink Helmut and assless chaps
Haha, yeah neck braces do look awkward. But after you sweat and fall in mud multiple times, you don't care how you look. You just want water and to take a nap on the ground
Just ordered a Jason Britton stx from revzilla, fortunately I measure out at the 2xl size, it appears all other sizes are out of stock.
Really good thread gentleman. Thanks to all for the information.
In my case, I experienced a very close call last riding season. Solo trip. Eyes drifted away for just a second and I missed my turn. Full speed impact on chest sized boulders. I walked away, but in 20-20, things could have gone sideways. I guess it just wasn't my time. I joke to my wife and friends that it was just a gentle caress from Mother Earth, but I know better.
That said, I am upping my gear for this year. Better everything, with a focus on my knees, feet and neck brace.