Neck Braces: Why the Atlas Brace is Best is part two of my five part series on why each brand of neck brace is the best. In this story I’ll focus on the things Atlas has done that make their neck brace appear to be the best. I researched on the internet and contacted Atlas with some questions to create this story. Alpinestars has already been covered and EVS, Leatt and Moveo will all have their own version of this story soon.
The Atlas Brace came out quite a bit of time after Alpinestars and Leatt came out with their neck braces. Atlas has their own design that seems like a great idea. They make it obvious where the brace diverts it’s energy and that is the back and chest muscles. After a while Leatt and Alpinstars came forward, saying their braces are designed to do the same. The Atlas Brace is somewhat flexible and moves with your body, aiding in comfort.
Atlas Brace Development & Design
When developing the Atlas Brace, Atlas had the advantage of hearing the things people did not like about other braces on the market and incorporating answers to these issues into their design. This allowed them to create something very different from what was currently being offered. The Atlas team’s focus other than safety was to create a flexible, comfortable neck brace that can be adjusted to fit a wide variety of riders, is simple to use and allows a good range of motion.
In order to achieve their goals, Atlas enlisted the help of testing and development experts Dynamic Research, Inc (DRI). DRI specializes in development, research and consulting in a wide variety of areas. In fact, according to the testing info on Atlas’s website, DRI’s experienced staff of bio-mechanical engineers and doctors has helped develop other neck braces in the past. From these experiences, DRI had ideas to improve motocross neck braces and ideas on how to test them better. DRI and Atlas even worked together to create a custom dummy to test their neck brace (click “testing” link below for more info).
Atlas believes that all neck braces are only in their infancy and still have a long way to go. They are constantly developing their products through lab testing and real world experience.
Like I mentioned above, the Atlas Brace design is focused on 5 things (other than protection) flex, mobility, comfort, adjustability and simplicity. The flex designed into the brace is supposed to help it absorb energy, distributing it throughout the brace and transferring less energy into the body. The energy absorption offered by it’s flexible design and the wider surface area created by the dual chest and back supports help the Atlas Brace avoid causing another injury while protecting your neck. Mobility and comfort were important to Atlas because these two things determine whether riders will wear it or not (think chest protectors). The Atlas brace is designed to effect your range of motion as minimally as possible and the flexible, dual support design allows the brace to move with your body. Also aiding in comfort are Atlas’s adjustability and size options. The Tyke and Prodigy braces feature an adjustable length, while the Original and Carbon offer 3 sizes, length and height adjustment. To figure out which size you need and how to get it to fit you right Atlas has a detailed size guide on their website.
Additional Information on the Atlas Brace
Atlas makes quite a bit of info available on their neck braces. Below are some links that I used for information, if you really want to dig in and learn about the Atlas Brace use these links for further reading.
Atlas Product Intro Video
Atlas Brace Features
The Atlas Brace was born and fueled from the racers perspective. Designed by a racer and refined over a 3 year period by a team of engineers and bio-mechanical experts, then tested by some of the top professional riders in the world. The end result delivers innovative features, comfort, simplicity and adjustability. Simply put, the Atlas Brace has it all.
- Easy On/Off: Simply lower the Atlas Brace on/off over your head like a helmet.
- Simplistic flexible design: The Atlas Brace is the first non-rigid brace on the market. By creating a simplified design, and allowing the frame to flex upward and downward in the rear, the Atlas brace maximizes comfort, minimizes bulk.
- 3 Axis adjustability: The Atlas Brace is the only brace to offer 3-axis adjustability. Rear mount offsets for length (chest size), and optional shoulder padding for height (neck length) are both adjustable right out of the box. A wide body kit to adjust the width of the brace is sold separately and is designed for users that want a wider stance for the brace on their shoulders, or for those who want an easier fit when putting the brace on over head.
- Open Frame Design: High strength Polycarbonate construction is impact resistant, shatter resistant, produces a vibrant finish, and easily accepts custom graphics. The split frame allows the rear of the Atlas Brace to flex upward & downward so the brace moves when you do. Custom polycarbonate construction provides the strength needed to protect, while the split frame limits overall rigidity, adding comfort & mobility.
- ERS (Emergency Release System): The ERS provides safe, one of a kind removal of the brace after a severe crash, Performed in 3 simple steps
- Carbon brace features innovative chin/throat collapsible padding system improves throat clearance, while also adding forgiveness during an impact.
Why the Atlas Brace is the Best on the Market
It seems Atlas took the correct steps when developing their brace – they spent 3 years creating their unique brace with pro racers and testing and development experts DRI (who has experienced doctors and bio-mechanical engineers on staff). Impressive stuff that I did not know until writing this story. The way that Atlas made it obvious that their brace did not sit on the spine and sternum, has forced other brands change their braces or communicate that their braces don’t direct energy into the spine or sternum. Improving designs and clearing up confusion. The last thing Atlas has going for them is their marketing. Something about the way they market their products reminds me of things Apple has done in the past and present, I doubt this is coincidence.
This is part 2 of a 5 part series on why each brand of neck brace is the best, you will be able to read future articles here.