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kodibear_wc

  

Do you think the black color faded any at all? They generally look shiny almost armor all'd then fade to a dull black. Sounds like you have used it enough to have had to clean it. So white or black?

Thanks for the review, I'm like you, kind of holding off because of the price. I have a fox chest protector and it's my second one, I like them but am drawn to these for some reason, but just haven't pulled the trigger yet.

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The Chest Protector Pro is one of several external protection devices offered by Leatt to provide chest and back protection for riders.  The device is designed to fit riders from 120-240lbs.  As a  5’11”, 155lbs rider, I am on the thinner end of the range, giving me a good opportunity to see just how adjustable the protector is.

 

It arrived in a well packaged box with some Leatt decals that I have added to my workbench collection.  Right out of the box, the chest protector fit well and it actually took four or five rides before I decided I wanted to decrease the size a little.  There are nine potential configurations using the three holes in the front and back to adjust for a riders thickness, though I imagine most people would adjust both sets at the same time yielding three configurations.  The protector arrived with the middle holes selected, and I ended up placing it in its thinnest setup.  My only complaint is I wish the chest plate was an inch or two longer.  It covers my chest, but I feel like my floating ribs could use a little more protection.

 

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Leatt Chest Protector Pro with front and rear removable plates installed.

 

There are removable plates on the chest and back allowing a Leatt neck brace to fit snug into place.  Additionally, elastic bands on the shoulders assist in securing the neck brace to the chest protector.  In my experience, the combination of devices felt secure and did not limit my mobility.  The elastic bands seemed to slip off the neck brace while riding, but this did not negatively impact the joining of the devices.

 

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Elastic band loops over lip on underside of neck brace.  This usually came loose while riding.

 

My first ride with the chest protector was on a trail with a decent amount of overhanging branches that didn’t really cause me much distraction.  It wasn’t until I rode the trail for a second time in my standard roost guard that I realized just how many branches there were and how much the Leatt chest protector had helped.  Needless to say, I won’t be using my roost guard anymore, and I would highly recommend this protector to my friends.

 

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Neck brace fits into slots where front and rear removable plates are located.

 

During my first ride, I did encounter one issue with the protector where the pin securing the chest plate to the shoulder guard dislodged while riding.  After one quick call to Leatt with no sitting on hold or questions asked, the replacement pin arrived ~3 days later in the mail.  The lady I spoke with was very kind and helpful (A+ on customer service).  I have since added Loctite to all the pins as an added level of security.

 

Once you get the chest protector setup correctly, I think it looks pretty cool.  The black/grey chest protector and neck brace go well with my black/white jersey and helmet and almost look like they should be part of a Batman or Ironman suit.

 

Although looks and comfort are important aspects of motorcycle gear, the primary function of safety equipment is to protect the rider.  When in the market for any kind of safety equipment (ie. helmets, safety glasses, knee braces, etc.), many riders take a manufacturers name or marketing campaign as evidence that the devices are able to offer an expected level of protection.  However, there is currently no mandate stating that, for example, a chest protector has to adhere to a given safety standard for impact rating before it can be placed on the market.  As a result, many products on the market offer a false sense of security when worn.  The Leatt Chest Protector Pro complies with CE EN 1621-2 Level 2 and CE prEN 1621-3 Level 2 standards (detailed at the end of the review), making it one of the most proven devices on the market.

 

Leatt takes pride in their products as evidenced by their adherence to safety standards, excellent build quality, and friendly customer service.  The protector feels very safe and secure, despite the one issue I had.  Leatt advertises it for $169, making it about twice as expensive as a standard roost guard.  I held out for a couple years before I decided to get a Leatt chest protector, and now I haven’t worn my roost guard since the first ride while comparing the two devices.  I would strongly recommend the Leatt Chest Protector Pro to any rider looking for some added protection with a device that has some actual engineering behind it.

 

Impact Protection Standards:

CE EN1621 is the safety standard for motorcycle clothing impact protection.  A brief overview of the four parts of this standard can be found below:

 

1621-1 : Limb/Joint Impact Protectors (1997)

 

1621-2 : Back Protectors (2003)

            Object hits back plate with 50kN of force. 

             Impact repeated 5 times.

Level 1 : Average transmitted force may not exceed 18kN with no single impact exceeding 24kN of transmitted force

Level 2 : Average transmitted force may not exceed 9kN with no single impact exceeding 12kN of transmitted force (this is better because less force impacts the rider)

 

1621-3 : Chest Protectors (under development)

Object hits chest plate with 50kN of force.  Impact repeated 4 times on two devices.  Average transmitted force may not exceed 20kN with no single impact exceeding 35kN.  The levels below indicate the amount of force absorbed by the deflection of the chest plate as measured in a percent reduction in force transmission between direct impact with no deflection and direct impact with deflection.

          Level 1 : Percent reduction in force

          transmission of no less than 15%

Level 2 : Percent reduction in force transmission of no less than 30% (this is better because it means more force is absorbed, less force impacts the rider)

 

1621-4 : Inflatable Protectors (under development)

 

*Leatt is a participating contributor in the development of CE prEN1621-3*

 

 

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