Let’s be honest: Leatt is known for its neck braces, so much that the name ‘Leatt’ is synonymous with neck braces. How many times have you been asked if you are gonna wear your Leatt?
Now, it is safe to say, that Leatt will be known for another type of brace: for your knees. For one good reason, which is just how well they function. Sure, all knee braces “work”, but some function better than others.
The first thing I noticed is just how bulky they look. But, the thing is, they don’t feel bulky to wear. In fact, they are so light and fit so well that you can barely notice you have them on. It is just the construction, with a large hinge on one side, which makes the braces seem larger than they are.
With that, I couldn’t help but think about the strength of only one hinge; and, as weird as it sounds, how I would grip the frame with my bare knee. Quickly, I realised that I grip the frame with my calves, which put that worry to rest.
The dual-pivot hinge is more than strong enough to support your knee. Plus, it works in a way that others don’t, moving both ends of the brace – on the thigh and on the calf – at the same time, which keeps your knee in the correct position.
Some knee braces are fiddly, taking a lot of time to put on, meaning some people will skip wearing them from time to time. I know the feeling, having been guilty of that in the past, too. But the good thing about the C-Frames is just how easy they are to put on: the Velcro strapping systems fits comfortably around your leg – with four straps per brace – that work in conjunction with padding that does not slip or rub you the wrong way. Outside of the straps, adjustability is also a big bonus, from being able to put in different sized pads on the inside, or adjusting the fit around your thigh with simple turn of an Allen bolt. Obviously, fit is the most important part of any brace, which is another bonus of the C-Frame: the fit is as good as you will ever find in an off-the-shelf brace.
I have a pretty bad knee, a result of a silly incident on a dirt bike, which is why I take knee braces so seriously. Honestly, I won’t ride a dirt bike without wearing braces.
“So, are you going to wear your Leatt braces?”
Damn straight I am!
Tested by Callum Price: $849.00 for a pair Check out www.whites.co.nz or your local Leatt dealer Sizes: S/M, L/XL, XXL | Colour: Black/Grey
Featured in: December 2014 | Issue 112 of DRD Magazine