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    Leatt STX

    Been doing some reading on neck braces and it seems there's a legitimate complaint about the Leatt and it redistributing the forces from your neck onto your upper back. There are several reports of such injuries. So... you get to be a parapallegic instead of a quadrapalegic.

    Looks like the Leatt STX may resolve that issue by redistributing the forces, instead, onto your shoulders.

    Sure, it's designed for street use, but really, how much different can it be? I've noticed that it appears that Leatt is the only one really marketing different braces for different sports. The only thing that I can think of, that they'd do differently between a design for street versus MTB would be the angles of adjustment. But I can't imagine much else would be different, especially protection. Besides, street biking has a similar posture to downhilling, anyway. Has anyone tried one on with mountain biking in mind?

    I'd much rather have broken shoulders than a broken back. It might also fit a lot more body armor, since the width might be wide enough to avoid touching spine armor (the description even says so).

    Thoughts?

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    I asked LB about using STX both on street bike and downhill bicycle. They didn't go into details, but were pretty clear about incompatibility of STX with DH style of riding.
    What I can imagine, is i.e. totally different shape helmet.
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    I've been looking into this a bit as I'm in the market for a neck brace. From what I can tell Leatt added break points in the brace to prevent back injury at some point (~2009?).

    Description of the DBX Comp II:
    At the back of the brace, fitting firmly on the muscles surrounding the spine, sits an engineered thoracic member that helps keep the brace in position during an impact. This strut is designed to snap off at a certain force (roughly, one third of the force it takes to injure the spine).
    Anyone heard of problems with Leatt braces made after this feature was added?

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    Anyone have links to articles on Leatt's causing injury at any point in time ever?

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    If you google it there are a number of reasonably credible stories of people with Leatt braces (mostly MX riders) crashing and getting spinal injuries at the point where the back part of the brace ends.
    Impossible to say whether they would have been better or worse off without the brace, but I'd say that even before the changes it helped a lot more than it hurt. Kind of a moot point now though (if the break point feature works as designed).

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    Hmmm...

    It seems to me that the Leatt takes pressure which would be applied to one vertebrae and redistributes that force to two or three. A superior design may be to take the force away from all vertebrae altogether, perhaps redistributing to the shoulder blades. It appears that the Street Leatt brace does precisely this... One wonders if Leatt will redesign all of their braces in such a fashion.

    Perhaps the best way to wear the current Leatt, then, is to wear it OVER a back protector. This should redistribute the force across a relatively very very wide area, as the hard portion of a spine protector should have contact with many vertebrae, shoulder blades, and of course various muscles. I have been wearing my Leatt UNDER my back protector, but may adjust it and try wearing over, to see how it feels.

    I am of course no doctor, and claim no expertise, am just writing what appears to make sense to me.

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    I kind of doubt that the Leatt STX offers more protection than the MX models, the reason they give on their website for the different design is that it fits around aero humps.


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    Take into consideration position on the sports bike, especially ridden at the high speed, when the rider is hidden behind the fairing.
    Watch this video Leatt STX Road Motorcycle Neck Brace for Street and Track Riders - YouTube to see how STX should be fitted on the jacket and suit with hump. Look how far to the back you have to raise your head.
    I don't think STX would offer same level of protection as GPX/DBX because rear membrane sits so low.
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