Last fall, I reviewed the Leatt DBX Pro. Now that I have been using the brace for the nearly a full year, my opinions haven't really changed much. It's still the best thing going at the moment.
Despite a few spills and normal wear and tear over the last year, the brace still looks practically brand new. The padding is easy to remove and clean (not having Velcro to deal with really makes everything easier to clean), so the white portions have retained most of their brightness. The spring loaded hinges are still working like they did right out of the box. In addition, the crashes didn't seem to impact the structural integrity of the brace, which is a huge bonus considering the cost.
I have mostly been running it without the straps because this design, when compared to the original brace, seems to stay put a little better. Stoked. Here's a quick vid of the brace in action:
In the end, the only downside to this brace is the price tag (can you put a price tag on safety, though?). The ability to purchase the lower-end models for much less makes it harder to justify spending the extra money, but the added adjustments, lighter weight, and improved padding make it worthwhile. You really are getting a quality piece of safety equipment.
What's The Bottom Line?
Overall, I feel like this brace is a big step up from the original design. Having ridden in the brace for a full year, I'm impressed with its durability and strength, and imagine I'll have this brace for several more years to come. The brace is comfortable and light enough that wearing it isn't a chore, which means I wear it all the time. I've been really happy with the brace, and would definitely recommend it. Protect your neck!