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MXA TEAM TESTED: LEATT GPX PRO NECK BRACE

October 19, 2011
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WHAT IS IT? The Kevlar-reinforced, carbon fiber GPX Pro is Leatt’s latest and most advanced neck brace.


WHAT’S IT COST? $695.00.


CONTACT? (800) 691-3314 or www.leatt-brace.com.


WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Leatt GPX Pro neck brace. 


(1) Concept. The idea of the Leatt GPX Pro is to limit mobility and prevent serious neck injuries by dispersing an energy load throughout the body upon impact. In the past four years, neck safety has become a hot topic in motocross. More and more riders are wearing neck braces to prevent catastrophic and debilitating neck injuries. Leatt has been at the forefront of the neck brace movement. In recent years, Leatt has introduced several different neck braces to the market. Based on the concept of “Alternative Load Path Technology,” these braces have varied in comfort, weight and price. Leatt’s goal has been to corner the market by making a neck brace for everyone. However, there are still neck brace holdouts, which is why Leatt introduced the GPX Pro. Made of space-age materials, this lighter-weight brace has tables that sit lower for increased comfort and greater range of motion and offers an updated foam liner.


(2) Construction. What separates the GPX Pro from other models of Leatt neck braces? Aside from price (the GPX Pro retails for $300 more than the GPX Club II and GPX Club Plus, and $410 more than the GPX Adventure II), the Pro chassis is constructed entirely of carbon fiber. As previously mentioned, the brace tables have been lowered, but the device still maintains Leatt’s trademarked Alternative Load Path Technology. The spring-loaded aluminum hinges are anodized, and the bright-red coloring draws attention in case of an emergency. The GPX Pro comes with a mounting strap system (if you don’t want to wear a chest protector with the brace) and a high-quality carrying case. Very nice. 


(3) Fit. Neck-brace wearers raved about the comfort and light weight of the GPX Pro. Several testers mentioned that they forgot they were even wearing a neck brace. At 1.4 pounds, this is the lightest neck brace that we’ve ever tested. When non-brace wearers rode with the GPX Pro, however, several voiced the same complaints as with past neck-brace systems. The Leatt GPX Pro is still restrictive, but that’s the whole point of wearing a neck brace. Testers did appreciate the trick-looking carbon fiber frame and light weight. Leatt includes three different pins for a customized fit, and the thoracic strut can be adjusted with shims. Overall, the Leatt GPX Pro was comfortable enough that it converted a few holdouts over to the ranks of neck-brace wearers.   


(4) Liner. The MXA wrecking crew spent the last few months riding with a preproduction version of the GPX Pro. We were happy with the comfort and weight, but the liner was horrible. After several rides, the liner began to separate from the frame. Leatt fixed those issues on the production version. The liner is easy to remove, wash and install. It’s not a perfect design, but it’s better than the old liner system. Worth noting is that the GPX Pro comes with a black-and-yellow liner. Leatt also sells a BMX version of the exact same brace (called the DBX Pro), which comes with a black-and-white liner. If black and white is more appealing to you, opt for the DBX Pro (again, it is the exact same brace as the GPX Pro). 


WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? The GPX Pro is expensive. Then again, it’s a high-quality neck-protection device. If you’re afraid to shell out big bucks for an expensive helmet, then the GPX Pro probably isn’t for you.  

This is a five-star product for anyone looking for a top-of-the-line neck brace that’s light, comfortable and protective. It’s a three-star product for anyone on a budget. Choose wisely.

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