POSITIVE: The 5.5 HD is burly. Not only does it have articulating shoulder cups, bicep protectors and side armor, the inside of the unit is lined with Leatt’s impact foam that aids in the protection and comfort. The side protection overlaps with the front and back plates creating an integrating, multi-layer protection area over an area usually left unguarded. The system is beefy yet very adjustable, and for neck-brace wearers the pocket fitment design is first-rate.
NEGATIVE: The 5.5 HD is heavy and burdensome for riders not used to donning a protective device that targets more than roost abuse.
BOTTOM LINE: This chest protector is designed for riders who demand the ultimate in protection and are willing to sacrifice a little comfort for peace of mind. Our veteran testers, especially those who have suffered through rib and shoulder injuries, praised the Leatt in every way. Younger moto guys thought it was overkill multiplied by 10. Like all things, the taste test varies depending on your experience, your needs and your comfort level. For $219, it is big-time tough.