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TKART magazine Must Have | 4 specific collars for karting neck protection
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05 June 2023 • 4 min. read
Although these are non-mandatory safety devices in the world of racing karts regulated by FIA Karting (however, they are compulsory in other classes such as Cross or Speeddown karts, to find out everything about these types of vehicles we recommend reading "Dossier | The definitive guide : how to start with go-karts"), it is not uncommon to see them worn by drivers in track competitions, from amateur to international ones. These devices are used to prevent permanent damage to the cervical spine, following blows or rear-end collisions, caused by neck trauma such as hyperflexion (violent forward movements); hyperextension (violent backward movements); lateral hyperflexion and excessive axial load (compression of the cervical spine). However, that's not all, these protectors can also help less trained kart drivers to relieve the strain on their necks when cornering and accelerating or braking. We have scanned the market for these safety devices and have selected 4 kart collars in different price ranges, highlighting the main construction characteristics for each one and the precautions implemented by each manufacturer to ensure the right balance between safety and comfort.

N.B. As always, we are also waiting for the intervention of the TKART community which can enrich this selection of collars for karting via the "contributions" at the end of this article.


This is the most advanced and expensive model selected for this guide: the Leatt-Brace is the collar specifically designed for karting by Leatt, a US company that is one of the leading companies in the manufacturing of safety devices for off-road motorcycling (a sport in which the use of these protections is widespread). In addition to ensuring the prevention of damage to the cervical spine caused by the most common neck injuries (such as hyperextension or hyperflexion), the Leatt-Brace features ALPT® technology (Alternative Load Path Technology), designed to help direct the forces of blows (or vertical load generated while driving a kart) from the helmet to the body, thus avoiding excessive load on the driver's neck. Structurally, this collar has a fiberglass reinforced polyamide construction and BioFoam® padded fabric inserts (which can be removed and washed). Furthermore, the Leatt-Brace is distinguished by the adjustments available in terms of chest circumference and height adjustment of the front and rear protection. Adjustments designed to optimise the fit of the product and ensure the right driving comfort. Leatt-Brace is available in two sizes: S (recommended for drivers aged 4 to 16) and M (from 16 years of age).

Indicative price

About 390 euro

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