I think that the Leatt brace is a necessary piece of equipment for all downhill and freeride mountain bikers. I was on the fence about buying one since I am a student and it would constitute a pretty massive purchase for me, but after a substantial amount of research I realized that I would either have to stop mountain biking the way that I was, or buy a neck brace. So I bought a neck brace. In hindsight I think this was a great decision. The brace is easily customizable to fit just about anyone, super comfortable to ride in, and much like purchasing your first full face lid, it gives you a huge boost in confidence. I have taken a few gnarly spills while wearing this brace and I am not going to come out and say something like IT SAVED MY LIFE, but I would bet that were I not wearing a Leatt,some of my crashes could have ended up being much worse.