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Review by Craig Marshall, Dualsport Africa
     
For most of my riding life I have not been a fan of neck braces and the reasoning was simple...

I had not been given the correct brace for me and been educated on the how, what and why of neck protection.
I am now a changed rider. The GPX Club III goes with me on every ride. even If I don't use the Leatt Pro Jacket, I still wear the Neck Brace over my other jackets.
Leatt Adventure Enduro
-Water resistant outer shell is a tough 70% polyester, .30% Nylon blend coated with polyurethane
-Purpose built neck made to work with all GPX and
.DBX Leatt braces, a perfect fit
-Waterproof, breathable, stretchable brace cover built
.into neck
-Removable, zip off sleeves
-Storm flap covers front YKK zipper
-Four zip open ventilation panels keeps you cool
-Four adjusters on arms eliminate wind flap
-Five exterior and two interior pockets
-Two rubberized hydration tube openings in front
-Interior polyester mesh lining adds comfort
-Drop tail design helps keep dirt and water out of
.pants
-Window pocket on sleeve
-Zippered sleeve openings with adjustable Velcro®
.closures.
-Interior pockets allow for optional shoulder and elbow
.pads
-Colour: Black, Blue, Red


The Jacket is designed for a number of Leatt braces, but is most compatible with the GPX range and specifically I use the GPX Club III


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-Waterproof & breathable, with removable and adjustable .sleeves
-CE protection in the shoulders and elbows and a pocket for
.a back-protector
-Waterproof, breathable, stretchable brace cover built into .neck
-Soft Cordura construction with 3M reflective piping.
-Long Pocket for hydration pack in the back.

-Can be worn with or without a Leatt-Brace®.
-Multiple front pockets
-Large bottom back pocket for liner
-Full ventilation in front, back & sleeves
-Window Pocket on sleeve
-Spandex stretch in sleeves & body
-Removable, zip off sleeves
-Storm flap covers front YKK zipper
-Four zip open ventilation panels keeps you cool
-Four adjusters on arms eliminate wind flap
-Five exterior and two interior pockets

-Colour: Grey (Discontinued)

Leatt-Pro & GPX Adventure Jacket
(ZAR3995.00 ) GPX Club III Brace (ZAR3350.00)

Available from:

www.leatt.com




Waterproofing & Breathability:
I personally believe that these two aspects of any biking jacket are the most important for the riders comfort. Padding and protection are a separate issue, but just as important.

So after a visit to the Leatt-Lab in Contermanskloof for a professional and perfect fitting - I set off into the heat of the Cederberg to test the Leatt-Pro Jacket (Grey) loaded with the GPX Club III neck-brace.
There are so many aspects to why the integrated jacket works so well, and I'll start by saying that it is definitely THE most comfortable and ventilated Jacket I have ever worn.

Ventilation Test:
With the waterproof lining removed the jacket is fantastically cool, the vents are large and easy to open on the fly, whilst you're riding. For really hot conditions like Namibia in December (50 degrees) you can remove the sleeves as well. The inner waterproof lining has really great breathability, provided you keep all the vents open. in warm to hot weather, you must remove it.
The vents in the sleeves run from the wrist up to the biceps, but not too easy to use whilst riding because of the velcro adjustment straps in the way.

Leatt decided NOT to build in a warm thermal layer - because its far better to wear a thin polar fleece that you can keep on as causal wear once the jacket is removed. Clever actually.


Wet Weather Test:
On the return leg from Cederberg - we hit a massive cold front and the true value of a waterproof jacket was well appreciated.
When I say, I was riding in the rain, I don't mean alight drizzle. It was PISSING !!!
The Leatt-Pro Jacket kept me 100% dry and warm - and the breathable zip up collar covering the neck brace kept all the water out and prevented that annoying water run-off from your helmet getting down the back of my neck.
The main zipper up the front of the Leatt-Pro Jacket is totally sealed, so wind blasted water cant seep its way into the jacket.
There is no better feeling riding in the wet, but staying 100% warm and dry inside your protective shell. I was wearing my Yamaha Adventure Touring suit pants with the rain lining in as well.

If you are new to the sport and do not have a neck brace of jacket yet. this is an amazing combo and you wont be sorry. The design and technology has been bought by a few other jacket manufactures like KLIM. So start with the Leatt-Neckbrace right for you and source a compatible jacket like the GPX and Enduro range. Available from most motorcycle stores across South Africa.
KTM
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