Wearing a chest protector and a neck brace at the same time has required some sort of rigging just to get them to fit and work together. When the first Leatt Brace came out, it wasn’t rare to see a chest protector that looked like someone had taken a grinder to the neck area just to get it to fit with the brace. It was either that or make a choice to wear one or the other. And for me, I picked the neck brace and learned to deal with the roost pelting my skin like a shotgun blast, which doesn’t feel too good coming from a 450. Thanks to Leatt, you can now have the best of both worlds with its $119 Adventure chest protector that is designed specifically to work with the Leatt neck brace. These two products go together like peanut butter and jelly; they just aren’t right without each other.
The best way to wear the Leatt chest protector and brace is to put the chest protector on first after you have removed the front and back panels to allow your Leatt brace to fit inside. Put the brace on next, and it fits just like you aren’t wearing any type of roost protection. The chest protector has two straps on the shoulders that go over the little shoulder supports on the neck brace. These eliminate the need for any type of straps that go under your armpits or the traditional Leatt straps that are attached via hook-and-loop fasteners to the front and back pieces of the neck brace. Basically, the way the chest protector holds down the brace is very simple and much more effective than any other way of securing it to your body to prevent it from floating around.There are many options on this chest protector that allow you to modify the fit. The upper arm guards are removable as are the shoulder pads. I tried wearing it with and without each of these amenities, and it didn’t take long for me to realize I wanted the arm guards off. The shoulder pads didn’t bother me a bit, and when I took them off I couldn’t feel a difference so running it either way isn’t a problem. At this point I have the chest protector without the upper arm guards and the removable front and back panels to allow the neck brace to fit. For me, this was the most comfortable setup I came across while messing with the chest protector.Speaking of comfortable, this has to be one of the easiest to ride with protector/neck brace combos I’ve ever used. On top of that, the adjuster straps are far from confusing (some other brands require rocket science to adjust), and you can easily attach the clips with one hand on each side. The Leatt Adventure chest protector is, in my opinion, the most effective, functional and easiest-to-use product in its category. So far its durability has exceeded my expectations, and despite a fair share of soil samples and trail rides, nothing on this chest protector is showing any signs of fatigue.