Leatt History

The Leatt story began in 2001 when Dr. Christopher Leatt witnessed the death of a fellow motorcycle rider the weekend after his son, Matthew, began riding.

Dr Leatt began research and development of a device almost immediately, driven by a passion to protect not only his son, but all riders from the effects of catastrophic neck injuries. His first patents were filed in 2003.
The revolutionary Leatt-Brace® was developed in Cape Town, South Africa and tested by BMW engineers at their facility in Munich, Germany, with first production units sold in late 2006.


  • Motocross Action: 5/5 star product rating (2007).
  • TW MX: Product of year (2009).
  • RacerX: Product of the decade (2009).
  • Motocross Action: Reader voted decade’s most significant product (2009).
  • Dirt Bike Magazine: Product of the year (2010).
  • Freeride Magazine: Eurobike innovations award (2010).
  • ISPO Brandnew AwardS: Best protection at bike expo (2010).
  • TW MX: GPX Pro – Product of the year (2011).
  • RacerX: Neck protection readers choice award (2012).
  • Leatt introduces the Fusion 2.0 Junior (now the 2.5), the company’s first product designed specifically for children that includes upper-body and neck protection, and the 5.5 Neck brace (and now the GPX 6.5 Carbon), a new generation of the classic Leatt neck brace (2013).
  • Cyril Despres wins his 5th Dakar race wearing the GPX neck brace, along with Leatt body protection and a Leatt hydration system (2013).
  • MRX automotive head and neck restraint system is introduced at the Performance Racing Industry trade show (2013).
  • Racer X magazine rates Leatt neck braces as the Reader’s Choice for neck protection for the 5th year in a row (2013).
  • Press launch of the Leatt C-Frame knee brace (2013).
  • The company introduces its new knee brace designed for off-road motorcycling at the ISPO in Munich, one of the largest trade shows for outdoor, ski and performance sports gear in the world (2014).
  • PPS Moto Protective Gear Company of the Year Award (2014).
  • Racer X: Reader’s choice for brand of neck brace owned (2014).
  • World of Mountainbike magazine in Germany awards Leatt their “Best of 2016” Award (2016).
  • Eurobike Design & Innovation Awards (The Leatt DBX 5.0 Helmet and DBX Enduro Lite WP 2.0 hydration pack) (2016).
  • Racer X 2016 Reader’s Choice votes Leatt #1 neck protection (2016).
  • Leatt is #1 neck brace to buy in VitalMX Audience Review second year in a row (2016).
  • 3.5 Neck Brace wins Eurobike and Interbike awards (2017).
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