Parents always want what is best for their kids, especially when it comes to safety. Leatt is famous for neck braces but they offer up a lot more in the way of excellent body protection, including chest protectors. The is designed for kids 4-7 years old and about 3’7” to 4’5” in height. It is CE certified as roost protection (EN 14021) and made from extremely tough HDPE plastic and washable biofoam. The Leatt 2.5 chest protector comes in black or orange, for the KTM fans, and retails for $59.
Our PW50 and Oset 12.5 test pilot is only 3’6” but the Leatt 2.5 fits excellently, sitting snugly against the body, allowing him to move freely. The shell does a great job of covering the chest and back, with hard shell protection providing more confidence as a parent that their child’s chest and back are better protected against impact. The 2.5 also provides decent flank protection, a bonus for any rider. A few good slide outs and small crashes from our tiny test rider left scuffs and gouges in the chest plate, showing the hard shell was providing much needed protection.
The 2.5 is very adjustable at the shoulders and the sides, securing a good fit to different sized riders. It also fits under or over riding jerseys, so you can run it either way. The venting is decent and the buckles are very easy to use for small hands.
The is a very cool piece of protection for small kids, and it’s hard to find any gripes or complaints with it. The 2.5 isn’t the ultimate protection, but it does a wonderful job without being restrictive. If you are looking for even more than the Leatt 2.5, the next level up in kid’s safety is the Leatt Fusion 2.0, which has chest, back and shoulder impact protection as well as an integrated neck brace.
• Excellent chest and back protection
• Lots of adjustment options for a wide range of body sizes
• Fit is snug without being restrictive
• Trades some protection for mobility