Chest Protecters: Important or Un-important?

How importanant are chest protecters?

  • Very important

    Votes: 106 68.4%
  • kinda important

    Votes: 34 21.9%
  • not really important

    Votes: 11 7.1%
  • useless

    Votes: 4 2.6%

  • Total voters
    155

150rguy

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Well my Leatt came this weekend and on sunday I tried riding with it, But it doesn't work good with my CP, so I took off my CP and it was way more confortable without it, and I rode without it again today. But I was wondering if I should get a better one and wear it, or just go without one.
 

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I had a near broken rib incident without my CP - and I'll never go without one now. If you ever hit something the wrong way and get thrown into your bars, or a tree, or anything of the sort and you're not wearing your CP, you'll regret it. It may not be the most comfortable thing to wear in the world, but it's one of the most important parts of your riding ensemble.
 
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Go to the Leatt website, I am pretty sure that there are guidelines for modifying your CP to work. It shouldn't take much more than a little trimming.

EDIT: I can't find that information on the website, but the September issue of motocross action has an article about the brace and they explain how to modify the protector on page 62.
 
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I love wearing mine. I look hardcore and it protects me. I have had countless times riding through the bush where a good sized stick comes out and me and pokes me right in the chest protector. If I hadn't been wearing it I could have had a few broken ribs or been impaled on the branch. So I consider them important yes.
 
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I have taken a number of spills where I have been thrown (vs simply laying the bike down) and as I go tumbling across the rocks I can often feel the chest protector doing its job.

It has always been the spots without any protection that has suffered the most.

I won't ride without mine. If nothing else it protects me from the roost of my riding buddy.

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yea i always wear it when im acually riding.

if im going through a field to a friends house i dont bother. but then im probably also riding a mellow 150F.

track or trails most definately on. i have taken spills that hurt with it on and most definately would have resulted in broken shoulder or ribs without it.
 

150rguy

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Well does anyone know a confortable under chest protecter that I could buy?
 

MXGirl230

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Both my husband and I wear our CPs and don't ride without them. We have the MSR Impact CPs and they work out great with our Leatts. We had to adjust them a little, but only by one or two notches on the adjuster for the backplate. The brace slips right into the shoulder cups and it all holds it well.

What kind of CP do you have?
 

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I have some kind of a Thor one but it's to big and I want one to go under my jersey.
 
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Thor Sentinel might work for you, I don't know about compatibility with the leatt. With and under jersey, you will probably have to cut the jersey to fit over the brace.
 

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150rguy said:
I have some kind of a Thor one but it's to big and I want one to go under my jersey.
My son Spider went to an under protector for the past 2 seasons but this year when he got the Leatt he switched back to an outside protector. I feel much safer with him this way and he says he also feels better.
 

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I realized how important mine was when I cased a large double and my chest landed on the bar clamps. The clamps left a nice 1/4" deep inprint in the chest protector. All it did to me was knock the wind out of me, but w/o the chest protector i would have been in bad shape.
 
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Bodge said:
I realized how important mine was when I cased a large double and my chest landed on the bar clamps. The clamps left a nice 1/4" deep inprint in the chest protector. All it did to me was knock the wind out of me, but w/o the chest protector i would have been in bad shape.
You might also want to get a bar pad...
 
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#15
Chest protectors are very important.

Back in highschool I cracked one on a jump gone horribly wrong. I landed on top of the bike on my back and the footpeg punched into the chest protector. I was pretty much ok, and it could have been ugly without it.

A few months ago I broke another chest protector in a stupid accident not 50 feet from the parking lot. Went to jump down small hill with a 3 ft vertical at the top (so I couldn't just roll down it). At the last second a little kid on a quad came by and did a U-turn, coming right in front of my line. I stopped, but went about 6" to far and dropped the front tire, resulting in an endo down a 8-10 ft tall hill, with the bike squishing me at the bottom. Again, I hate to think what would have happened with no chest protector (broke the front plate almost completly in half).

Now I ride with an Alpinestar pressure suit. It's hot, the spine plate pushes my tool pack down, but I feel very safe in it, and now my elbow guards don't slide down and become wrist guards since they are built in.