WHAT IS IT? New for 2015, the GPX 6. 5 is the next
evolution in neck brace coverage from Leatt. This is the
exact brace worn by top racers such as Trey Canard,
Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett.
WHAT’S IT COST? $499.00.
CONTACT? www.leatt.com or (800) 691-3314.
WHAT STANDS OUT? Here’s a list of things that stand
out with the Leatt GPX 6. 5 neck brace.
(1) Construction. Leatt has methodically revamped its
neck brace line. The GPX 6. 5 is Leatt’s latest creation. It
is constructed from specialized MaxiWeave carbon matrix
for structural rigidity and lighter weight. At first glance,
the GPX 6. 5’s shape looks remarkably similar to that of
the lower-priced GPX 5. 5, but it is actually quite different.
Leatt hollowed out excess material in the rear thoracic
support and front shelf of the 6. 5 for weight savings, and
the helmet rim-striking platform profile is narrower for
improved helmet side clearance.
( 2) Weight. How much lighter is the GPX 6. 5 than the
GPX 5. 5? It is 0.4 pounds or 6-1/2 ounces lighter. Total
weight of the GPX 6. 5 is 1.4 pounds or 22. 4 ounces. The
carbon fiber frame, sleeker profile, hollowed chassis and
new foam eliminate added heft, making this the lightest
Leatt brace we have ever tested. We can’t imagine how
Leatt could possibly create a lighter neck brace in the
future. Note that the updated foam on top of the brace
and the liner can handle the rigors of a pressure washing
and still look new.
( 3) Adjustment. Leatt has simplified the adjustment
process by replacing hard-to-install spacing pins with a
sliding system. Fitting the GPX 6. 5 can be done without
tools and in less than a few minutes. The single-button
release mechanism is easy to locate and allowed testers
to take off the brace with minimal effort. Included
rubber bumpers can change the angle of the rear
thoracic support for a tighter fit and fine-tune the
fitment. The optional adjustment bumpers come in
0-, 5-, 10- and 15-degree stops. Leatt offers the GPX 6. 5
in two adult sizes: small/medium and large/extra large.
( 4) Frame. Leatt’s first neck brace limited head
mobility. Its new braces attempt to cater to a wider
demographic by moving the frame away from the rider’s
helmet. We can’t help but wonder if safety has been
sacrificed, especially for riders with long necks. The new
GPX 6. 5 sits lower than the Pro Lite, which equates to
( 5) Performance. Test riders loved the feel of the
Leatt GPX 6. 5. The plush foam padding was comfortable.
The light weight was impressive, and riders with shorter
necks raved about being able to swivel their heads
without bumping their helmets against the frame.
WHAT’S THE SQUAWK? We have a few complaints.
(1) The GPX 6. 5, at $500, is expensive. ( 2) The lower-helmet rim-striking platform profile felt too low for riders
with long necks. We can understand the draw of having
a lower profile, but safety should be a top priority.
The Leatt GPX 6. 5’s lower profile might
convert those in the anti-neck-brace crowd, but
we know, because Leatt told us years ago, that
the closer the brace is to the helmet, the more
protection there is.
LEATT GPX 6. 5 NECK BRACE
MXA TEAM TESTED