LEATT MARKS 20 YEARS OF INNOVATION AND PROTECTION

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The heart of Leatt®’s research and development beats in Cape Town, South Africa.

Here, at the Leatt® Lab, a team of engineers and designers collaborates with Dr. Chris Leatt to bring the latest safety gear to life.

The lab is equipped with cutting-edge tools, allowing them to transform ideas into prototypes and ultimately finished products. While Cape Town is the main hub, international partnerships add a global dimension to Leatt®’s creations.

Dr. Leatt’s story is deeply woven into the fabric of Leatt®. A rider, father, and inventor, his passion for safety was ignited by a personal tragedy. Witnessing the death of a fellow rider from a neck injury, Dr. Leatt, then a neurosurgery resident, decided to take action.

He left his studies to focus on developing a solution – the now-iconic Leatt neck brace – to protect riders like his young son who was just starting to explore the world of motorcycles.

Dr. Chris Leatt

Dr. Leatt’s background is as impressive as his dedication. After graduating from the University of Cape Town’s medical school, he interned in the UK before returning to South Africa to become a General Practitioner.

His experience extends to hospital trauma wards and neurosurgery residencies. In 2004, his focus shifted entirely to the Leatt neck brace, a testament to his unwavering commitment to safety.

Dr. Leatt’s passion for motorcycles extends beyond the lab. He has served as a medical officer for FIM MX South African Motorcycle Grand Prixs and continues to be actively involved in racing.

This unique combination of medical expertise, personal experience, and unwavering dedication to the sport fuels the innovation that drives Leatt® forward.

LEATT TIMELINE

2001
The weekend after Dr Chris Leatt’s son starts riding motocross, Dr Leatt witnesses the death of fellow rider and friend Mr Alan Selby. Dr Leatt stops his son from riding and starts working on a solution to reduce neck injuries.

2004
Dr Leatt sells the first Leatt® neck brace in South Africa.

2005
Leatt® Company established.

2006
BMW and Leatt developed a new test method for measuring neck forces on an unrestrained torso. Existing test methods at that time were for restrained torsos (car seats with belts).
First neck braces sold in the USA.

2007
The Leatt® neck brace is on the cover of Racer X magazine and awarded Product of the Year; Paralysed US Motocross 2007 Champion David Bailey released a video encouraging the use of the Leatt® neck braces for all riders. Demand for the product spikes.

2008
World-renowned Leatt® Lab was founded.

2009
Leatt® Neck Brace received 5 awards from various global Moto and MTB print and digital media publications.

2010
Leatt® chest protection range and the first MTB specific neck brace is introduced.

2011
Body protection range and the first Leatt® Moto Jackets are released.

2012
Using 3DF impact foam, Leatt introduces the first soft-shell body protector and a range of elbow and knee guards.

2013
Leatt® reveals the Fusion 2.0 Junior, a product that offers upper-body and neck protection all in one specifically for children. Body protection range increases.

2014
The company releases the C-Frame Knee Brace designed for use on off-road motorbikes, also the all-new 6.5 and 5.5 neck braces are introduced.

2015
Leatt® introduces their first Moto and MTB helmets along with CE impact-tested gloves using impact gel.

2016
Leatt® broadens its apparel line with the addition of full riding gear for Moto and MTB.

2017
The X-Frame knee brace and all-new 3.5 Neck Braces are introduced.

2018
Leatt® enters the goggle market with the revolutionary Bulletproof Velocity goggle range.

2019
Leatt®becomes a Moto head-to-toe brand as the long-awaited Leatt® 5.5 FlexLock boot is introduced following 3 years of development.

2020
A range of flat and clipless shoes are released specifically for use in MTB meaning bicycle is now also head to toe.


2021
The 2nd generation of Moto and MTB full-face helmets are revealed using Leatt®’s industry-leading 360 Turbine Technology.

2022
2022 Powersports Business Nifty 50 Award: In 2022, the Leatt 8.5 Moto Helmet Kit was awarded the Nifty 50 Award by the editors of Powersports Business, an industry publication that selects aftermarket products and services that they believe will help boost dealer profitability. To be eligible for the 2022 award, products had to be new or substantially improved from previous years and be ready for delivery in the calendar year 2022.

2023
Design & Innovation 2023 Awards: The Mono Suit MTB HydraDriTM 5.0 and the Leatt MTB 3.0 Enduro helmet won a Design and Innovation Award for 2023. The Design & Innovation jury of bicycle industry experts seeks to recognize bicycles and bicycle product

2024
Design & Innovation 2024 Awards: The Leatt All-Mtn 5.0 Jersey and 4.0 Pants won a Design and Innovation Award for 2024. The Design & Innovation jury of bicycle industry experts seeks to recognize bicycles and bicycle products.