I’ll be honest, I’m a Leatt fan. I know, people like to debate the effectiveness and actual safety of neck braces, but you can’t deny that since Leatt entered the market, other companies have been pushed to improve their safety equipment – not only neck braces. I like that they are bringing CE certifications into motocross and it is making the old model of selling basic pieces of plastic without any scientific testing behind them obsolete. I had to give the Leatt Dual Axis a try.
Leatt Dual Axis Highlights
- CE tested and certified as impact protection: Knee EN1621-2
- Total Leatt protection score of 25 points
- Anatomically correct pivoting design
- Hard shell deflecting and sliding surface
- 3DF impact absorbing body
- Weight (pair): 850g – 1.9 lbs
- MSRP: $89.99 available for $69.99 on Amazon
CE Approval: The Dual Axis features CE EN 1621-1 level 1 approval. This is good because at least you know it has passed some sort of impact testing before being shipped out and sold to consumers. I hope to continue to see more products released that pass impact testing, instead of the non-standard, who knows if it’s any good protection we have been sold for years.
Build Quality: Like all of Leatt’s protective gear I have tried out in the past, the Dual Axis is built well. They are exceptionally finished and feel like they will last a while.
3DF Impact Foam: High-tech foams like this are becoming more and more common these days. Like the others (who knows, maybe it’s the same as others, just using a different marketing name) is soft and flexible until impact, when it hardens to absorb forces and protect your knee and leg.
Comfort: I don’t notice them on the track or when I’m sitting in the pits. They stay in place and don’t give me any problems. It’s hard to beat that.
What’s Not So Good
The Liner: It isn’t removable. I guess I’m supposed to wash them with Simple Green and my pressure washer. This is a huge negative for any knee protection, but something at this price point should definitely feature a removable, washable liner.
CE Approval: How can this be good and bad? You see, the CE approved chest protectors I have worn or touched in person actually do feel like they offer more protection. By looking at and feeling the Leatt Dual Axis, I wouldn’t guess it offers any more protection than other high end knee pads I have used. I’m probably underestimating the effectiveness of 3DF.
Final Thoughts on the Leatt Dual Axis
My personal opinion is that Leatt builds quality products that are well thought out and designed to last. The price is similar to non-CE certified knee protection, the only hang up is the liner is non-removable. I would prefer something with a removable liner, but if you want the peace of mind of knowing that your knee protection has passed impact testing, there aren’t many other options out there.