Anyway, I was going over ideas for this spring and I think I'm going to get a neck brace and some kind of chest protector to go with it. I plan on using the neck brace on or off-road. I don't care if I look dorky. Being on a ventilator might look dorkier.
Lots of things could put you on a ventilator ... no guarantee that a neck brace will help you. Look at the numbers. How many accidents result in a broken neck or paralysis? Answer, very few. Head injuries are more common and are mostly in states where helmets are not required. Because a few 7 year olds riding on Super Cross tracks broke their necks ... the Leatt company have mined out a rich vein based mostly on FEAR.
Sure, put brace on your 7 year if it makes you feel better, but he can get hurt a 100 other ways.
Most common serious injury to riders? Do you know? Broken Tib/Fib. And that's why I wear dirt bike style strap on knee guards both ON and OFF road. If you actually USE your Leatt , then all good. But many buy it ... and end up rarely using it. I've crashed DOZENS (hundreds?) of time off road ... never came close to a neck injury. This includes full endo's off cliffs, head on collisions, Tree and Manzanita encounters and falling hard on roads or volcanic lava beds (sharp like razors)
A decent helmet, back protector, elbow, knee and hip guards a good idea. If you ride VERY fast and aggressive at expert level, then perhaps full blown MX boots are right for you. But otherwise, a compromise boot could work too. (does for me on the DR)
If I can swing it, I would also like to get a dedicated dirt helmet. I found my ADV helmet was not so great in terms of ventilation. Seems heat versus protection in the height of summer will be a major issue, at least for me, so switching to a dirt helmet with goggles might work better. I hope.
Multiple helmets are good. Pick best one for the job. For me I mostly use my Shoei Multi-tec Flip up. When really HOT off road, I slow down and flip it up for more air (... and less protection of course!) But a helmet for every trip is fine too! So questions for discussion:
1. Do you run certain gear only on the road or off-road?Yes, gear changes to suit the ride, except on long trips ... compromises!
2. Planning on upgrading any protective gear this year?New knee pads
3. What are your favorite picks for dual sport gear?Too much to list all. I've used dozens of different brands over the years.
4. If you unfortunately had it happen, what "crash tested" gear do you recommend or think is a must have?As listed above: back protector, knee, hip, elbow protection, gloves important. Most of all ... learn how NOT to crash!
I've been saved several times when landing on my back by my Camel Back ... when at least half full it provides a nice cushion when you land on it.