A good, high quality motocross style chest protector is a piece of dirt bike safety gear anyone that is going to be riding a dirt bike should wear whether they're riding casually on the weekends or they're hard charging through moto's, trying to last in the gnarliest of all off-road courses or even hucking the meanest gaps and working on the sickest trick combo's.
A chest protector is a great idea to be wearing and even though these are mainly marketed as “Roost Deflectors” they also do a good job at protecting a riders upper body / torso and back from more than flying roost & rocks by dispersing the energy from an impact across the front or rear panels. (ie: hitting the ground, getting hit by your own or another rider's bike, being impaled by a tree branch or the like, as well as providing protection should you find yourself being used for traction)
When shopping for a chest protector it's important to ensure you're looking at one that is neck brace friendly and is advertised as being compatible with most if not all neck braces, as some of the older roost guards frequently don't provide adequate clearance to fit comfortably with a neck brace without modification (ie: trimming, hack sawing & cutting the front or rear panels and supporting straps or shoulder pieces).
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