jjhubbard15, on 01 May 2012 - 04:52 PM, said:
they dont test boots because theyre kind of obvious remedies to keep you from breaking your ankles, im more inclined to believe this is how the neck brace is perceived, its just obvious. Who broke their neck with a brace on that has you guys in uproar about them?
I will be the first to admit that I am no expert. That being said I really don't see these as being obvious remedies to a broken neck. As someone stated earlier it is compression of your neck that is the thing you have to look out for most. Just look at the picture of the guy with the Atlas
brace on above. There is no way that any of these braces would sufficiently limit compression unless they basically were resting right below the helmet. Which none do because we need to move our heads when we ride. All of the rest of the motions that can occur in a wreck look to me to be more dangerous with a neck brace on. The helmet and neck brace combined can act as a fulcrum which will put load on your spine in a very unnatural way.
If you do a simple search on this and many other forums you will find many people who have broken their spines and/or backs while wearing these devices. I am the first who would love to be protected from paralyzation. I don't think any of us who don't wear them are doing it for the tuff guy effect. I bought one, wore it for one day and it honestly made me very nervous to be wearing a solid piece of plastic around my neck that in many circumstances feels like it could really hurt me. Try doing a sumersault in one. I did that in the back yard, took it off, and never wore it again. I felt the plastic dig into my upper spine when the back piece hit the ground. Multiply that by 40 mph and it scared the crap out of me.
If there is ever any proof I will be the very first in line to purchase one.