The Alpinestars neck brace was tested by six motocross riders of varying skill levels, sizes, and ages. Everything written in this review is based on the opinions of these riders.
Alpinestars BNS SB Price: $289.99 SB, $399.99 CF (BNS Pro – $289.95 on Amazon)
Weight (With Straps): 2.21 lbs; 1002 grams
When reading through the owners manual that comes with the Alpinestars BNS SB, it becomes obvious that they put a lot of research into developing this neck brace. There are many graphs and even info on how they came up with the design they did and why they went with a stiff design. There is also info on the cadaver testing they used to develop Alpinestars BNS. They obviously couldn’t use living humans and to me it seems the cadaver testing is probably the best option.
This is a product everyone agreed on. All of our testers really liked the Alpinestars BNS SB. It was very comfortable and not very obtrusive. It is a nice looking product and appears to be well built and well thought out. Off the track the X-Strap that comes with the Alpinestars BNS is very uncomfortable underneath your armpits, but on the track it’s great. You don’t notice the strap on the track and it really does a great job of keeping the brace in place. Every now and again your helmet does hit the back of the brace, but it isn’t too common and isn’t as restrictive as most other braces. If this turns out to be a big problem for you there is removable padding where the brace rests on your shoulders that will lower the brace and more than likely solve the problem.
This neck brace is a favorite among those who tested it. The only problem it faces is lack of adjustability. This didn’t really effect the comfort, but makes us a bit nervous about the level of protection as it fit some of our testers a bit loosely. Alpinestars’ engineers are a lot smarter than the PPS Moto test riders, but they need to rethink their sizing or somehow create some adjustability. The fact that medium (small too small, large too large) was the best fit for all of our test riders (5’9″ 160 lbs to 6’2″ 240 lbs) doesn’t seem right. That said the Alpinestars BNS SB was near (or at) the top of everyone’s list when asked to pick a favorite neck brace.
- All price points offer the same design and level of protection
- Looks really good
- Light feel on track
- Simple strapping system is very effective at holding brace in place
- Alpinestars did a lot of testing (using cadavers) when designing this neck brace
- Comes in contact with back of helmet on some riders and restricts their ability to look ahead (short neck, big traps)
- Straps are very uncomfortable off the track
- Straps seem like they would get stretched out quickly
- No adjustability, seems medium is the only size that fits anybody, large was too large, small was too small and our testers ranged from 5’9″ 160 lbs to 6’2″ 240 lbs
*Everything written in this article is the opinion of PPS Moto. We are not doctors and can’t make any suggestion to which neck brace will protect you best in the event of a crash.