WHAT IS IT? Billed by Thor as the next generation in
modular roost protection, the Sentinel XP chest protector
is fully customizable. It is neck-brace compliant, can be
converted into a front-only protector and can be worn as
WHAT’S IT COST? $99.95.
CONTACT? www.thormx.com or your local dealer.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Thor Racing Sentinel XP chest
(1) Protection. Thor already has a full-coverage chest
protector called the Quadrant, as well as a minimalist
roost guard called the Sentinel; however, there was a
gap in Thor’s protection line. Enter the Sentinel XP,
which has been designed for all types of riders—
neck-brace wearers included.
( 2) Neck-brace compliant. The popularity of neck
protection dictated the necessity for a roost guard that
could comfortably accept a neck brace. The Sentinel XP
has removable front and back plates. The transformation
from conventional chest protector to neck-brace-compliant
guard only takes a few minutes. Additionally, neck brace
loops have been integrated into the shoulder straps to
secure most neck braces.
( 3) Straps. Thor’s Sentinel XP utilizes an adjustable,
elastic, ratcheting latch system. This is a wise choice,
because just like on a pair of riding pants, the ratchet
offers a fine-tuned fit. Equally important, unlatching the
side straps is a breeze. Be aware that it is possible for a
rock to hit the retention stops and loosen the
ratchets. We never suffered a strap failure, but we
see how it could happen. As for the shoulder straps,
Thor used Velcro for a customized fit. Well done.
( 4) Customization. The Sentinel XP back plate can
be removed completely to turn it into a front-only guard.
Thor sells the necessary plastic back strap for $19.95.
As a roost guard, it fits comfortably underneath a
jersey without appearing bulky. There are a plethora of
ventilation ports for hot days, but having said that, we’d
prefer added protection over spacious vent ports.
( 5) Performance. Chest protectors are a personal
choice. AMA stars don’t want anything to interfere with
the natural movement of their bodies, and the Sentinel
XP doesn’t. MXA test riders hardly noticed the roost
guard while riding, and neck-brace users were
impressed by the fit.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? Safety-conscious riders were
disappointed that the XP didn’t have shoulder cups or
upper arm guards, but most testers didn’t mind. Most
racers remove the arm guards anyway.
Thor Racing’s Sentinel XP roost guard is a
jack of all trades. It can be worn a multitude
of ways and works with neck braces. We were
pleased with the fit, finish and performance of
Thor’s latest chest protector.
THOR SENTINEL XP CHEST PROTECTOR
MXA TEAM TESTED