I really like this product. I know that there are proponents and opponents on the neck brace debate. Me, I’m a believer and wear one every time I ride. I like the Leatt 6.5 especially because it is so light, easy to use and fits cleanly with the Leatt 5.5 body armour.
The improvements to the 6.5 include a reduction in weight, lowering of the rim to provide improved helmet clearance while a new foam liner make this quite different from the previous 5.5 version. It looks sleeker and more streamlined, and the way it integrates with the body armour is excellent, making it feel more secure.
The two pictures above are of an earlier BMW branded version for comparison – as used by JB. Leatt are continuously developing and improving this product
The emergency release system is easy to use as is the one opening and locking mechanism on the brace which makes putting it on and taking it off a breeze. Leatt have also ensured that the brace can now be adjusted without tools and the rubber bearings allow fine-tuning and angle adjustment of the brace for a good fit. The rubber bearings come in a number of degree stops ranging from 0-15 degrees in increments of 5 degrees. The brace comes in two sizes S/M and L/XL
I found my range of helmet mobility to be very good with the lower profile of the 6.5 but not so much so that I felt a compromise on safety by not having the helmet strike the rim stops at an appropriate angle which is an essential safety feature. Overall I’m impressed with the product’s feel, functionality and weight. Score? WM
We give this product five stars!