Consider the list of riding and protective gear your child will wear over the course of his or her riding career. Jerseys. Pants. Gloves. Boots. Helmets. Goggles. Roost guards. Elbow and knee guards. Knee braces. Much of these are replaced every season, or every other season. That’s a lot of money going toward a lot of gear before your young racer moves into adult sizes (and hopefully starts paying for these items on her own).
Now consider Leatt’s lineup of neck braces — an essential piece of protection that should be in everyone’s gear bag (if we don’t say so ourselves). Parents, do you realize that you’ll probably spend more money on gloves alone over the span of your child’s riding life than on neck braces? Because of the brace’s fit and adjustability, that brace you get for your little guy at 5 will likely grow with him until he gets big enough to move into a second, larger-sized brace.
Can’t say the same for pretty much any other piece of riding gear or equipment. Don’t just take our word for it. We talked to Roger Woder with Race-N-Safe trackside services — a familiar face at WORCS and MiniMotoSX races — on how he works with customers on fitment for a Leatt neck brace.
WODER: When you buy a Leatt neck brace, we tell people that it is the least expensive piece of protective equipment they can buy. This is mostly from the way the brace grows and gets readjusted as rider grows. It is also because you have one good fall on something like a helmet and it has to be replaced, while a Leatt neck brace can be repaired as every part is replaceable.
The braces come in two sizes, with the difference being the upper body size. It is fully adjustable, and the neck brace comes with all the different sizing pins right in the box. We inform customers that they should buy one brace for their child, and that brace will grow with them until they reach what their normal adult height and weight, and then they buy the second brace. That one will stay with the rider for years more. All of the Leatt sizing pins are replaceable and adjustable, all the parts and pieces, everything.
CUSTOMER: As my child grows and I need to resize the brace, is this an adjustment I can do myself or do I have to bring it in?
WODER: Yes, you can do it by yourself. The brace comes with all the needed parts for adjustment, and even includes a 3mm Allen wrench to adjust the 3mm Allen bolts. Just follow the instructions in the manual and use the included parts to make the adjustment. There are even easy to find videos on YouTube describing the procedure.
CUSTOMER: You can help a customer make the adjustments?
WODER: Yes, we just helped a boy who had gotten the brace when he was 9 and now he’s 11 and it was fitting a little tight. He just bought a new chest protector, an adult small. We put the chest protector on and adjust the brace to fit him properly. He’s now good to go and he’ll be good until he has another growth spurt. And his dad has all the parts and pieces to further adjust it.