The EVS RC2 Race Collar (neck roll) 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.
EVS RC2 Price: $39.95 (18.99 at Amazon)
Weight: .54 lbs; 243 grams
This is one product that none of our testers could agree on. It may have something to do with the stigma that it is not as “cool” as other neck protection on the market. Some people claimed it choked them, others really didn’t mind it. Seeing as it is close to being physically impossible for this thing to literally choke someone since it only touches the sides of your neck, it is questionable where this is coming from (could be closed mindedness on the uncool neck roll). One thing everyone could agree on was that it really doesn’t look all that great especially when compared to braces like the Atlas and Alpinestars. What can you expect though? They are super cheap and have been around the motocross industry for about 15 years now (they have been in karting for much longer than that). It seems there really isn’t much you can do for the looks.
On the track it is noticeable on the sides of your neck. The amount this bothers you depends on whether you want to focus on it bothering you or focus on your riding. The fabric panels that touch your neck are made of a very soft material so it isn’t scratchy or anything like that. The EVS RC2 is by far the lightest neck protection on the market and this works in its favor on the track, helping making it slightly less noticeable. If you don’t where a chest protector there is no way to strap the EVS RC2 neck support down which kind of sucks. It can move in any direction quite easily, this is where the light weight helps it not effect your moto too much.
While the EVS RC2 or any other neck roll on the market may not be the coolest, most comfortable, or most protective neck protection available, it isn’t a horrible product. Neck rolls are very cheap and if you can’t afford a high-tech, expensive neck brace you should consider getting an EVS RC2 or a similar product from another brand. It may not offer quite as much protection as the new, cool, expensive, high-tech options, but its soft design insures it won’t cause a different injury while protecting you neck.
- Easy to use, easy to take on and off
- Soft design doesn’t seem like it would cause other injuries that some think other neck braces can cause
- Same basic design has been used in Go-Kart racing for years
- Fits slightly loose/ no way to strap it down
- Lack of development makes us question how protective it is
- Very noticeable on sides of neck