I almost went with a cheaper chest/back/shoulder protector, but decided to spend the money on this. Upon opening the item, I understand why it’s expensive- its really nice and fits well, striking a great balance between being low profile and some serious protection. I like the tee shirt model because I wanted shoulder pads but wanted to pair my own elbow protection (for a variety of reasons-durability, removability without having to take off shirt, also the ability to choose elbow pads. For reference I’m 5”10.5 and 150 lbs, and the L/XL fits great, you should base your measurement off of height not weight, as the length of torso is mostly what the sizes refer to (may be too long or short otherwise) and the protector adjusts for different chest sizes. Also, this is a compression shirt so it is supposed to be tight and i feel like if you are a bigger guy, expect it to be tight because although I have to tighten the chest straps the L/XL is by no means a loose fit.
I will be using this for dh lift/shuttle laps (you could climb in it but it would be really hot and too much extra weight for me). My mobility is still great while wearing this but i can already tell that it could make a huge difference in the event of a bad crash. I have recently purchased a number of leatt products and have been pretty impressed with their quality overall, After some lengthy research I think I’ve found exactly what I was looking for and wanted to take the time to do a review and also thank my gearhead Brooklynn and the rest of The awesome folks at backcountry for helping me find what I need to Be able to rip it up and hopefully not rip myself up!!
Also, I would post pics of mine but just google image search (make sure to include “lite” as there is a regular model of this compression shirt) if you want to see what it looks like on an actual person. Also, my medium jersey that fits a bit looser on me regularly still fits right over this thing and you can tell I’m wearing pads it but I don’t look totally stupid. Also, where I ride is generally cooler even in the summer, but pretty much any body protection is going to be borderline miserable on a really hot day. But you know what else Is miserable? Broken bones and digging gravel out of wounds. Cheers ✌