There is a lot of debate about neck braces these days. I think that's a good thing. Turns out I have my own little micro-study of safety equipment going on, which today included another test of the 6D (no concussion, as usual, and no surprise there) and a Leatt GPX Pro Lite. Big surprise with the Leatt.
If any coaches out there would be willing to comment on the crash, it would be welcome (seriously), but that isn't the point here. I think as kids start getting faster, they start putting themselves in harm's way much more quickly than we can keep up. There were a couple of crashes today by other kids, and I hope all were OK. I know my son was fine.
I originally inspected the Leatt after the crash and was kind of annoyed that the clasp broke off. I figured it was designed to do that, and it probably couldn't be replaced (according to our neighbors at the track) and that was that. Nothing serious. Then I looked closer and noticed the whole brace was destroyed. I put white marker on the two parts of the brace that snapped and took some pics. I also noticed the thoracic strut was cracked, right where it should be, and the back helmet support was snapped clean.
How much force did that thing absorb? Enough, in this case. The focus of the crash was on the front top right of the head. The 6D shows that clearly, and it needs to be sent in. I will let you know about that. The Leatt is roasted. The controlled destruction of that thing is remarkable.
So that's my latest addition to our group knowledge of the subject. I do wish in some ways (particularly financially, lol) that I did not have as much to add on these subjects, but I also know I am not alone.
I lost count of how many parents and riders told me today that the brace did exactly what it was supposed to do. Others shared similar experiences. One guy said "Yup, same thing happened to my boy. Bought him another one and didn't even think about it."
I get that.
Here is the video of the crash and the pics of the brace. I also just added this link to YouTube if you can't access the video below: