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Leatt neck braces, armor, and helmets for Mountain Bike and BMX

Leatt Neck Braces, Helmets, and Armor for Mountain Bike and BMX

When you're hurtling down a mountain, do you expect to give careful analysis to each challenging bit of terrain based on what might happen if you crash? No! You have to trust your skills and your equipment so you can focus on success. Leatt specializes in gear that instills trust.

Ever since Dr. Leatt first developed the Leatt neck brace, his company has excelled at designing protective gear that keeps mountain bikers and bmx riders focused on performing their best. Leatt helmets, braces, and armor deliver on the two most important criteria for every user; safety and comfort. Visit a collection below to learn more and shop Leatt neck braces, body armor and helmets.

A Neurosurgeon, Biomedical Engineer and Industrial Designer Walk into a Lab...

...and they raised the bar. Leatt is synonymous with neck braces. That's because Dr. Leatt was committed to eliminating the kind of cervical spine injuries that can result from a cycling accident when the torso is unrestrained. Such injuries may cause pain, paralysis or worse. Dr. Leatt's passion comes from a traumatic event that has shaped his career. In 2001, he witnessed the death of a rider, Alan Selby, while at a racetrack with his son. Alan's death was due to suspected neck injuries, the same ones that Leatt neck braces now combat. His team at Leatt Lab develop protective gear such as the Leatt DBX 5.5 Neck Brace. Considerable testing has proven their designs, including third party tests by the prestigious team at BMW.

What Leatt neck braces do so well is channel to the forces of a crash from your helmet directly to your body, bypassing your neck. They call it Alternative Load Path Technology . With this system, fit is very important (Check our guide on how to fit) which is why Leatt neck braces have multiple adjustment points. The brace has to be able to fit a variety of body shapes while still maintaining the rigidity necessary to protect your neck as the impact is transmitted to your body. Leatt engineers built in crumple zones to absorb energy that might otherwise inflict injury. That's why Leatt can say that their products are "trusted by some of the fastest riders in the world."  Browse Leatt Neck Braces or check our guide if you need help Choosing a Leatt Neck Brace for MTB or BMX


It's important to make sure your full face helmet is compatible with your Leatt neck brace.  You need the forces of an unplanned impact to pass smoothly from your helmet to your brace.  Our Bike Tech Talk article offers some helpful information.

Body Armor and Chest Protection

Interested in maximum protection? Look for pad and panels that offer certified protection for your chest, back, shoulders, sides and elbows. Some Leatt chest protectors are integrated with a Leatt neck brace while others offer compatibility integration to your current DBX neck brace . Ventilation slots along with MoistureCool and AirMesh fabrics enhance comfort. Browse Leatt Body Armor

Don't Forget Your Knees and Elbows

Leatt engineers didn't skimp on their knee pads and elbow pads. Look for their 3DF material that stays soft and flexible but then remarkably changes character to absorb energy upon impact. They also offer a line of Armourgel pads that are their lightest and thinnest available. MoistureCool and AirMesh fabrics are moisture wicking and anti-microbial. Leatt pads have a slim profile, they’re lightweight and well fitting. All of this circles back to Leatt’s design tenets of Safety and Comfort. Browse Leatt Elbow Pads or Browse Leatt Knee Protectors

What's Your Brain Surgery Avoidance Strategy?

Leatt refers to its helmets as "head and brain protection." Forget what you thought you knew about action sports helmets. Leatt took everything people don't like about full face helmets into the lab and came out with a technological marvel. These helmets are designed for what Leatt calls "concussion and brain rotation safety." Their 360 degree Turbine Technology delivers "up to a 30% impact reduction at concussion level, and up to a 40% reduction of rotational acceleration to head and brain." Leatt also lays claim to a 3D In-Molded V-Foam that "significantly reduces G-forces transferred to the head and brain." They've reduced the outer shell volume to reduce the amount of force your neck has to endure. The onboard ventilation is amazing. Oh, and by the way, it's compatible with Leatt neck braces. Browse Leatt Helmets in stock

Leatt Neck Brace – Invention from Tragedy

Sometimes it takes tragedy to make change. Such was the case in South Africa in 2001 when Dr. Chris Leatt, a medical doctor and motorcycle rider went to a racetrack with his son who himself had just begun to ride. There, Dr. Leatt witnessed the death of another rider, Alan Selby, from suspected neck injuries. Dr. Leatt was so shaken by incident that he made it his mission to develop a device that would go a substantial way toward preventing this type of fatal injury in the future.

After three years of research, development, and testing, Dr. Leatt introduced his first Leatt Brace. However, it would be another two years before the Leatt-Brace would make it to market on a large scale. Today, Leatt's Neck Brace is a worldwide leader in neck protection for extreme sports.

Why Neck Protection – Why Leatt-Brace?

Many studies have shown that helmets that have achieved the appropriate certification for their intended use– be it cycling, snowboarding, motocross, mountain biking, skateboarding, etc. – are extremely effective at protecting the head from impact during a crash or collision.

In fact, helmet technology has advanced so significantly that now the safety concern has become as much about the violent movement of your head and helmet counter to your body as it is about protecting your head inside that helmet. It is this whiplash effect that can be so damaging to you, even fatal. There are two main reasons for this. First, the violent movement of your head forward, backward, or sideways can snap your neck. Second, the abrupt halting of your head from a high-speed impact can cause massive contusions and swelling inside your cranium.

Enter the neck brace… more specifically, the Leatt-Brace. The critical function of the Leatt-Brace is to reduce the velocity of the head after it has been set in motion due to the impact from unanticipated crash.

In simpler terms, the Leatt-Brace is designed to bring your head to a controlled stop after a collision. The Leatt-Brace does this by redirecting the energy of an impact from your head and helmet, down through your Leatt-protected neck, and on toward other parts of your body, such as your chest, back, and shoulders.

As a device, the Leatt-Brace acts as a collar, reducing your head’s ability to jerk fully in any direction during a wipeout. This means your head cannot hyperflex forward, it cannot hyperextend backward, and it cannot laterally hyperextend sideways. This also means that your neck and spine cannot be compressed due to some significant impact to the top of your head.

Not withstanding its protective qualities, the beauty of this device is that it does not hinder your range of motion or your peripheral vision in any way while you participate in your given sport. To the contrary, it is so comfortable that you won’t really know you’re wearing it. That is, until you use it to rest your weary head. We’ve heard a story or two about a snowboarder who wore his Leatt-Brace home from the slopes while riding in the backseat of a car. Yes, you guessed it – he fell asleep sitting bolt upright. He didn’t even have to lean his head back against the headrest.

Leatt-Brace – A leader in neck protection

Dr. Leatt likes to say the Leatt-Brace is ‘a helmet for your neck.’ Certainly that is one way to describe it. And it’s a nice slogan. But the Leatt-Brace is so much more. If you are a serious athlete concerned about neck protection, you may find there is no need to consider any other neck brace but Leatt.