Compatibility is one of the most important aspects of buying protective equipment for MTB or BMX. Very few riders only protect one part of their body. Whether it is your head, neck, shoulders, chest, back or limbs most riders make a conscience decision to wear some form of protective equipment for their safety while mountain biking or BMX. One question we constantly get from customers is what products go well with others? Can you cross brands?
One company that has done an incredible job of outfitting their riders with compatible equipment is Leatt. Starting with neck braces in the early 2000s, almost 15 years later, Leatt has forged into both bicycle helmets and body armor. They believe their designs, innovations, and technology are not only best to protect a rider’s neck and spine, but their entire body.
How Leatt Products Fit Together
The hub of Leatt Full body protection is their DBX neck braces. It is their first and most important product, and we believe all their other products should work seamlessly with it. Their helmets and body armor are designed to fit perfectly with their neck braces, almost like a puzzle that each rider can put together.
Leatt DBX 5.0 V12 Helmet
When it comes to Leatt full face helmets, at SportsProtective, we carry the Leatt DBX 5.0 V12 helmet for MTB and BMX. The DBX 5.0 full face helmet features the innovative 360 Turbine technology which can help to reduce trauma during head impact, especially the impact of rotational forces.
The Leatt DBX 5.0 does have specific features that make it the go-to choice when purchasing a full face helmet that has excellent compatibility with your Leatt neck brace. The helmet and brace are made to go together with integrated compatibility.
- Its shape is specifically designed to be integrated with the Leatt Neck Brace striking platform. The striking platform is the padded area around the neck brace where the helmet can strike during an impact.
- The back of the helmet has a rear hyperextension impact platform with a neck brace optimized shape that allows for a more integrated fit between the helmet and neck brace. The shape of the two products fit well together, where they can or will interact (More information about compatibility in the video below)
Overall, many helmets will work with a Leatt neck brace, but the DBX 5.0 V12 helmet has additional added features that make it the best option if you are looking to purchase a compatible helmet to go with your neck brace.
Leatt Body Armor
At SportsProtective, we offer both hard and soft shell Leatt body armor for MTB and BMX. Riders can be very particular about their armor but Leatt has made an effort to integrate the Leatt neck brace into both of their designs.
Leatt Body Protector 5.5
The Leatt Body Protector 5.5 is an all-encompassing upper body protector constructed from hard shell impact material. It includes protection for the back, chest, ribs, flank, shoulders and offers a maximum level of protection. It does not provide added neck brace and is intended to be worn with a separately purchased Leatt neck brace.
When it comes to neck brace integration and compatibility, the Leatt Body Protector 5.5 has a FlipFit front and rear function and BraceOn neck brace fitting system. This integrated system allows over and under the shirt fitting with Leatt neck braces. The front and back support structures of the neck brace are inserted into the fit system and sits comfortably within the body armor during use.
Leatt 3DF AirFit Lite
When it comes to soft shell protection, the Leatt 3DF AirFit Lite offers excellent protection for riders who don’t want a cumbersome, hard shell armor. While it might not have the level of protection of a hard shell armor like the Leatt Body Protector 5.5, the AirFit Lite offers significant protection.
The 3DF AirFit Lite has integration features that help compatibility with Leatt neck braces, including a soft shell variant of the BraceOn neck brace fitting system. At the shoulders, the Leatt 3DF AirFit Lite has two elastic tabs that lock into your Leatt neck brace shoulder supports, this secures the brace to the armor and reduces movement while riding. The back of the armor offers a guide for the Leatt neck brace’s rear thoracic strut.
Leatt is a brand with a great story. We think they offer riders comprehensive and compatible products with excellent integration to one another.