MXA TEAM TESTED: ALLSPORT DYNAMICS OH2 LACER WRIST BRACE
WHAT IS IT? Allsport Dynamics is a leader in the wrist brace market. We’ve had great results in the past with their OTS brace, so naturally we were eager to test the new OH2 Lacer. It has a unique hinge design and strap system.
WHAT’S IT COST? $400.00.
CONTACT? www.allsportdynamics.com or (800) 594-5350.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand out with the Allsport Dynamics OH2 Lacer wrist brace.
(1) Lacer. The Allsport Dynamics OH2 wrist brace comes in two varieties—the Lacer and Speed. The Lacer liner uses laces to secure the brace to your arm (hence Lacer), while the Speed liner uses Velcro. We tested the Lacer, which is $25 more expensive than the Speed and is the preferred choice of motocross racers. On a side note, we’re very familiar with the OTS wrist brace, which has been out on the market for many years. OTS is an acronym for “off the shelf,” while the new OH2 is the second generation of the original Over Hinge (OH). The OH2 is worn most notably by Justin Barcia and freestyle star Mat Rebeaud.
(2) Hinge. The OH2 uses a patented, biaxial, articulating hinge system. What does this mean? The brace will move with the natural range of your wrist, which allows for an organic feel but provides support when needed. The OH2 is comprised of carbon fiber and Kevlar, while the liner is open-cell foam. It is also nice that jersey cuffs can be slid over the OH2 to conceal the brace.
(3) Straps. New OH2 owners shouldn’t be confused by the two thumb holes. The brace is designed to work for a right or left wrist. Simply cut the extra thumb hole off with a pair of scissors. The Lacer cinch system is similar to a snowboard boot design and allows the user to snug the brace down evenly. A word of caution: don’t overtighten the system or the laces will limit blood flow to your hand and cause arm pump. Allsport Dynamics includes two free glove modifications with the OH2 that will tailor your glove to the brace for maximum comfort.
(4) Extension stops. A wrist brace would be a waste of money if it didn’t actually limit movement. The OH2 uses a simple and effective extension stop system that can be adjusted with an included Allen wrench. Out of the box, the Allsport Dynamics OH2 has 60 degrees of extension stop built into the frame but can be set from 0 to 40 degrees.
(5) Performance. If you have a preexisting injury or a freshly healed broken wrist, then seriously consider the OH2 Lacer. Four hundred dollars is a small price to pay for peace of mind. We imagine the OH2 would be especially comfortable if Allsport Dynamics custom-fitted the brace to our favorite riding glove, as it would eliminate the thick thumb strap.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? No complaints about a product that allows injured racers to ride.