Leatt GPX Youth Neck Brace Review

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Reviews | 0 comments

If you did not like the original Leatt Brace….well…that’s certainly understandable, as it had some significant shortcomings. But don’t let that stop you from learning what the Leatt GPX youth neck brace review has to teach.

Keep an open mind, and you’ll see that the new Leatt has been completely redesigned and updated to satisfy all of your motocross neck brace desires, and then some.

The new Leatt GPX youth neck brace is the most adjustable brace on the market.

While the original Leatt Brace was no doubt a huge success, it also received a lot of criticism. But the people at Leatt were listening.

When people applauded the first ever Atlas neck brace, which addressed many of the complaints people had with the original Leatt brace, they were still listening.

Well they’re done listening now! And they’ve answered back with an mx neck brace that has all the features you wanted, plus some you didn’t even think to ask for. Introducing the latest, and perhaps the greatest in neck protection, the Leatt GPX 5.5 Youth Neck Brace.

The new Leatt GPX youth neck brace is loaded with new features to help protect children.

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MSRP: $299.99 for the Junior, or $369.99 for the Adult

In The Box: Neck Brace, Additional Padding, Chest Strap, Owners Manual

Overall Rank: 8.75 out of 10

Sizes: 1 size for kids, 2 for adults

Junior = 29 1/2” – 32 1/2” or 74 – 82cm

Adult Small/Medium = 32 1/2” – 37” or 82 – 94cm

Adult Large/X-Large = 37” – 49 1/2” or 94 – 126cm

Which One Fits My Kid?

Don’t just guess that the Junior will fit him. Not when it’s so easy to find out for sure. Measure your child first, then select the correct size the first time around.

Start high on the chest, go under the arms, and all the way around the back. If you don’t have a cloth tape measure then just use a piece of string, or an extension cord, or something like that. Then use an ordinary tape measure, ruler, or yard stick to measure the piece of string.

If your child’s measurement is less than 29 1/2 inches, then he isn’t big enough for the Leatt. And you should be reading our review of the Atlas Tyke instead- which fits children in the 24-28 inch range.

Leatt® claims, “the 5.5 neck brace is truly the most technologically advanced neck brace in the world. And no other neck brace can be adjusted to fit riders as well as a Leatt.” Lets see if we agree.


Leatt GPX Youth Neck Brace Overview

Leatt’s engineers and medical staff embarked on a journey to create a neck brace that more effectively addressed a riders needs for comfort, as well as safety. After hearing numerous complaints from riders who felt the brace was too restrictive, it was clear that they hadn’t yet struck the proper balance between the two. What they needed was a new neck brace design that put a greater emphasis on comfort and mobility. They needed a brace with a lower profile.

The 5.5  has it!

The new Leatt GPX youth neck brace has a lower profile than the previous model.

All Leatt wearers will now enjoy a greater range of motion of the head, particularly on the sides, beneath the ears. But children, and people with shorter necks are REALLY going to appreciate the new lower profile.

* But Leatt didn’t just want to make their neck brace more comfortable, they wanted to up their safety game as well!

They knew that in order to make their neck brace even safer than before they would once again need to redesign their brace. Only this time it would be to add more adjustability. Because at the heart of the Leatt Brace’s ability to protect wearers from injury is its Alternative Load Path Technology. And the better the brace fits, the more effective said technology is.

Leatt Brace Key Features

  • Front and rear sliding SureFit adjusters
  • Adjustable rear support strut with 4 angles of adjustment
  • Slimmer chassis design with lowered sides
  • Adjustable height
  • Collar bone cut-out alleviates pressure on fragile bone
  • Collapsible rear strut for storage and transport
  • Emergency release mechanism
  • Injected foam padding for increased durability, and easy cleaning
  • Available in 3 different color schemes

A Closer Look At The All New Leatt

At the front of the brace is a change which was clearly inspired by the competing Atlas Brace. The old model used that single chest plate design. Remember that? It was kind of thin and focused impact force squarely on the sternum. Anyway, it has been completely retooled for maximum awesomeness!

The Leatt's SureFit adjusters allow 5 different settings to accomodate various size riders.

The new Leatt features a split front support which rests on the chest. It has a broader surface area, and is lined with padding for comfort, as well as crash energy absorption. It has removable pads to raise or lower the brace height, and adjusters which allow the support to slide back and forth between several points of adjustment.

This is really helpful because everybody is shaped a little bit differently. Plus people tend to get bigger. Kids grow, and adults get fat. But that’s not a concern for Leatt Brace owners, since the Leatt grows right along with you.

Similar changes have been to the rear support. Just as before the split design offers a broader surface area, and moves the points of contact away from a critical area of the body.

The Leatt youth neck brace rear supports have a greater surface area, and straddle the spine for increased comfort and safety.

The thoracic strut also utilizes the same SureFit adjusters as on the front, doubling the range of adjustment from front to rear. Even the angle that the strut rests on your back can now be adjusted between 4 different settings for an individual fit.

The sides of the brace have been completely redesigned as well. No more fiddling around with latches and hinges that could become a hazard to the throat in a bad crash. Now the brace goes on and off with the simple press of a button.

Get in and out of the Leatt youth neck brace with the press of a button!

That’s a very nice improvement, but I think the best thing Leatt did in this area of the brace was make it sit lower. There’s even removable padding to increase clearance even further, should you so desire.

At The Track

At this point, I’ve tested several different motocross neck braces. So it came as no surprise that the Leatt GPX turned out to be such a pleasure to ride with. After all, I had a perfect fit, and I knew it. I think the perfect fit helps the brace to feel even less restrictive feeling, as at no time is the brace out of position, contacting the helmet when it shouldn’t.

And it was pretty obvious the profile had been considerably lowered on the sides too. Looking to the left and right now takes place with no restrictions. You can even look backward to see who’s behind you.

Closing Thoughts

I’m not the biggest fan of the new collapsible rear support. I mean, it’s great that it’s collapsible, and very adjustable, but it feels a little flimsy to me. Leatt does say that it’s designed to break away under a certain amount of force, so I guess it’s supposed to be that way.

Also, I wonder why Leatt made a special Emergency Release Mechanism which requires a tool to disengage, rather than a simple push button release like on the other side? Maybe it’s cheaper to produce. I don’t know.

Aside from that though, all normal operations/adjustments are made without any tools required, and I think that’s pretty dang awesome!

I’m glad we have this competition going on between the various neck brace manufacturers. I’m not sure it’s helping to lower the price of a youth neck brace any, (certainly not the price of a Leatt), but it’s definitely pushing the evolution of it. Speaking of price, I listed a few excellent retailers below so you can compare pricing.

Sill undecided? Read SFG's other neck brace reviews.

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