WHAT IS IT? Motocross and shoulder injuries go
together like peas and carrots. The Leatt shoulder brace
is intended for riders who have a preexisting shoulder
injury. It is not a product that should be used as a
preventative measure for healthy riders.
WHAT’S IT COST? $69.00.
CONTACT? www.leatt.com or (800) 691-3314.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that
stand out with the Leatt shoulder brace.
(1) Injury. Shoulder injuries are relatively common in
motocross because the point of impact is often the rider’s
shoulder. The Leatt shoulder brace was designed to help
support riders who are nursing the following shoulder
maladies: instability, impingement and rotator cuff issues.
( 2) Design. Because of the number of straps, we were
initially confused about how to wear the Leatt brace. It
is quite simple after you do it a couple times. First, put
your arm through the sleeve and slide the brace upward
until the shoulder cuff is centered over the ball of your
shoulder. Cinch down the arm strap. Tightly wrap the
main strap around your chest. The second and third
straps secure the shoulder brace and pull your shoulder
back. The three neoprene compression straps work in
unison to prevent excess movement, while the EVA (a
stiff and sturdy foam) shoulder cup protects the area in
the event of a crash. Leatt boasts that the shoulder brace
has the correct anatomical pull forces to prevent shoulder
( 3) Comfort. Given the option of wearing a shoulder
brace and being able to ride or not ride at all, we’ll always
take the brace. The brace feels uncomfortable initially
while walking around the pits, but it was hardly noticeable
while riding. Several testers did mention that the shoulder
cup agitated their skin. We’d like to see Leatt offer a
separate shoulder brace without an interwoven EVA
( 4) Sizing. Leatt offers the shoulder brace in three sizes:
small/medium, large/extra large and extra-extra large.
Consult the Leatt sizing guide before purchasing, because
otherwise the brace will not secure your shoulder properly.
( 5) Performance. The Leatt brace isn’t cumbersome
like some other shoulder-support systems on the market. It
is lightweight, supportive and effective at limiting shoulder
movement. We could still wear a chest protector and neck
brace without the shoulder brace getting in the way.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We have two quibbles: (1)
The shoulder cup wasn’t liked by everyone. ( 2) Be sure
to purchase the correct size; otherwise, the brace will not
effectively do its job.
Leatt’s shoulder brace isn’t for every shoulder
injury, but if you have a preexisting shoulder
problem that hampers your riding, this is a
LEATT SHOULDER BRACE
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