The Omega X1 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.
Omega X1 Price: $299.95 (129.95 at Amazon)
Weight (with strap): 1.69 lbs; 771 grams
If you can get the Omega X1 adjusted correctly for you it’s a great brace, maybe even the best on the market. Its lightweight, open front design makes it very comfortable. The design is excellent. Not only does it rest on your chest and back muscles instead of your sternum and spine, eliminating what some people say may be a danger of other neck braces designed for motocross, its open front design allows better airflow and lowers the risk of injuries involving the front of your neck in the event of a crash.
Unfortunately, for some riders it is very hard to get the Omega X1 adjusted properly. The way you adjust it with the strap system that sits on your shoulders is a much different concept than other braces, this adds to the problem some have. If you’re a bigger guy, this brace probably won’t work for you. Our 240 lb test rider couldn’t wear this brace, once squeezing into the brace it was still tight on the sides of his neck. We didn’t even ask him to attempt riding with it. The riders whose necks weren’t too fat and did get it dialed really liked it. I’ve already talked about how the open front helps with airflow, on top of that the Omega X1 is lightweight and low profile, if you take the time to get it dialed you will be very comfortable in this brace.
There were a couple of small issues besides the brace not being quite wide enough for the bigger guys. First, the looks. It doesn’t look horrible in pictures, but in person, especially when compared to other options the Omega X1 really doesn’t look good. I guess the easiest way to explain it is that the colors in graphics look a bit outdated or just not super high quality/well done. The colors on the padding almost look faded. Second, the strap system used to hold the brace in place is horrible. It is not super effective and is not user friendly at all – I’d say it’s horrible in all aspects.
Other than the strap used to hold this brace in place, it is an excellent product. If you don’t have a fat neck and you don’t mind taking a little time dialing it in to get the fit just right, you will be happy. In fact this is right up there with the best of ’em if you take the time to get it right.
- Designed to absorb energy
- Rests on back and chest muscles rather than sternum and spine
- Flexible design seems like it would lower possibility of causing other injuries while protecting your neck
- Open front design decreases chance of injury to front of neck
- Open front design ads to comfort/airflow
- Decent amount of adjustability
- Least noticeable on track when adjusted correctly
- BTO Sports has them on sale for very cheap
- Looks need an upgrade
- The strap system is horrendous
- Kind of difficult to get adjusted for some riders
- Opening not wide enough for our tester with big neck
*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.