I’ve always been a fan of Fox roost guards, but the all-new Proframe LC leaves any other set of armor in the dust as far as I’m concerned. Sleek and comfortable with plenty of protection in just the right spots, the Proframe is the best nonbulletproof chest protector I’ve ever ridden with, and I’m pickier than most when it comes to roost guards.The major selling point of the Proframe is that it’s Leatt compatible, and though I typically don’t wear a neck brace I can say the Fox rig integrates incredibly well with the Leatt. Karel Kramer has been rocking the two items together for a few weeks now, and he loves the solid connection of guard and brace, as well as the adjustability the Proframe offers. For non-brace wearers, the lack of shoulder coverage and low-profile design of the Fox unit is a dream as far as mobility and comfort go, and no matter how long I’m on the bike the Proframe never feels irritating or awkward. Even with a hydration pack or a jacket, the roost guard stays put and feels naturally secure without being restrictive, and I found it to be comfortable either over a jersey or under one, provided I had a base layer to protect against direct skin chafing. Additionally, thanks to the adjustable shoulder straps you can unhook one side of the Proframe and flatten it against itself, making it an easy fit in even the most packed gear bags.
Protection-wise, you can tell that Fox did its homework with the Proframe. The chest plate has excellent rib coverage and provides a strong safeguard against stinging roost and rocks, as well as the occasional dirt digger. The removable back panel offers similar coverage with great movement over the shoulders, all secured on a soft Biofoam chassis that expertly spreads impacts from debris. Riders who want hard plastic protection on the shoulders will wish the Proframe had more coverage there, but in my experience plastic shoulder guards can do more harm than good if you crash in just the wrong way.Should you drop $99.95 on the Proframe LC? Absolutely. In terms of comfort, this is one of the only roost guards I’ve worn that can be put on and forgotten; I think it would be a perfect setup for non-chest protector wearers who want a comfortable step into the world of protection. -Chris Denison