Brett Tippie Signs with Leatt

Feb 11, 2021
by Leatt .com  
Margus Riga
Photo Credit Margus Riga

Press Release: Leatt


Leatt is thrilled to welcome Canadian freeride Icon, Brett Tippie to the Leatt Family. After decades of pushing the boundaries of the sport, Brett went in search of premium protection, so he can continue hitting hard lines while reducing risk as much as possible.

Brett will be wearing Leatt’s helmets with 360° Turbine Technology, designed to reduce dangerous rotational and linear impact forces to the head and brain. The Godfather of freeride mountain biking has also sparked a keen interest in neck braces, Leatt’s most well-known product. Limb and body protection, with softshell 3DF impact foam and Airflex impact gel, will also be keeping him safe and comfortable.

Views: 1,364    Faves: 0    Comments: 0


bigquotesI am very excited to work with Leatt. These products are top-notch in quality, protection and looks, and the helmets fit my gigantic head like no other. They have a well-respected legacy and reputation of keeping riders safe and confident to push themselves to go faster, harder and further. I am honored to be a part of the Leatt team. Brett Tippie

Photo cred Margus Riga
Photo Credit Margus Riga


Helmets and reducing the risk of concussion:

bigquotesOne of the main things that made me feel convinced in the safety of the Leatt helmets was studying research on the effectiveness of their 360° Turbine Technology. These little disc-shaped turbines that are positioned against your skull are designed to deform and bend, absorbing energy from impacts and reducing rotational forces that cause concussions. The numbers and effectiveness of this system speak for themselves and I'm trusting my brain to this product to keep me safe, while shredding in the mountains. I have many jokes to remember and tell and I need all the help I can get! Haha. Brett Tippie

Photo Margus Riga
Photo Credit Margus Riga


Neck braces independently proven to reduce the risk of severe neck injury:

bigquotesWorking with Leatt, I have the opportunity to use the world's first and best neck brace. I have never used one before, but I am really keen to protect myself riding bike parks (and big mountain descents and various situations I put myself into) after I read the independent report https://www.actionsportsems.com/case-study-neck-brace that proves over a 10-year study that neck braces can reduce the risk of severe neck injury by up to 89% and actually reduce collarbone injuries by up to 47%! Brett Tippie

Photo cred Margus Riga
Photo Credit Margus Riga

bigquotesThis is something I cannot ignore because I've got kids and although I've been freeriding gnarly lines since the '80s and been lucky, I want to keep giving 'er...but be as safe as I can doing it! Brett Tippie

Photo cred Margus Riga



70 Comments

  • 70 0
 Leatt have a big responsibility looking after them pearly whites.
  • 8 0
 They should make mouth guards for his new chompers!!
  • 1 0
 Did Brett get a set of Andy Roy 18's?
  • 28 2
 I wish they would have gotten someone with a little bit of spunk! Maybe jump around and get excited a little? Guy always seems so comatose....
  • 21 6
 Took a chairlift ride with him at Pedrosfest a bunch of years ago. Woo-wee that sticky icky BC bud is wicked.
  • 6 0
 I once enjoyed the same wit and wisdom of Tippie, sat by the driving range in Whistler. Good Times. #legend
  • 5 0
 @Dropthedebt: Hiden in the trees? Funny how that spot is universally enjoyed by many. I guess its a close hideaway from the village.
  • 9 0
 Can confirm tippie has the absolute dankest dank
  • 7 0
 @drakefan705: I can confirm your confirmation
  • 5 0
 @Bushmaster123: little benches built over time and even a bin bag tied to the tree. tup
  • 6 0
 @Dropthedebt: I like to duck down by the Fitzsimmons creek for safety breaks.
  • 10 0
 Leatt makes great stuff and Tippy is a legend. Good pair.
  • 7 0
 i would like to take my leATT off to Tippie as he has the biggest head circumference in the industry!
  • 7 0
 Fantastic news!
  • 5 0
 Great news Zo, stoked I was on the team before him!
  • 3 0
 @Whyterider19: LOL yes, you were, that is true Smile #LeattFamily
  • 6 0
 In the ever wise words of The Wu Tang Clan "You best protect ya neck!"
  • 1 0
 “Wu tang is for the children”
  • 2 0
 Very confused with the use of statistics in the linked report. Calculating percentages off of X number of spine injuries without a neck brace and Y with a neck brace is meaningless, if you don't at least take into account % of riders wearing one.
  • 1 0
 I believe there has only been one statistically relevant study on neckbraces which came out of Canada. Its the one Tippie references when he mentions they showed that they significantly reduce broken collarbones. Anything else currently is either not statistically robust or not relevant or 'bloke down the pub said'.
  • 3 2
 am I the only one who read Tippie's statement and thought, that's pretty tame and measured for this man, not a single exclamation point?

Almost like.... a robot!

Leatt is trying to pass off a deep-fake Tippie! Turing test failed!
  • 4 0
 Tippie is so legendary that getting a new helmet sponser still gets PB press. Fucken eh.
  • 3 0
 Hey reg Dunlop he’s 52 you dip shit! Get your facts straight. I also heard Wade’s all washed up... #legends #beatitloser
  • 4 1
 I want to see him headbutt his way through a brick wall wearing one of these helmets....
  • 4 0
 Me too. I mean I just ordered their knee pads.
  • 4 0
 Lol that why he’s selling all his old helmets!
  • 3 0
 Awesome partnership! Congrats to both.
  • 3 0
 He doesn't have quite enough knee pad choices.
  • 3 0
 win-win. both tippie and leatt, is a fav of mine.
  • 1 0
 I formally request people to call it carbon fibber..... all the cool kids are doing it

"Woah bro is that neck brace carbon fibber?"
  • 2 0
 The way that helmet slid on I'd say he's a large not an XL
  • 3 0
 Awesome Tippee!!!
  • 5 7
 Emmm, Wade Simmons would like a word with whoever is calling Tippy the "Godfather of Freeride". They were both pioneering that game side-by-side, but that's always been Wade's nickname, hands down!
  • 13 0
 It’s 2021, The years of Freeride needlessly feeling ashamed for having 2 Godfathers is behind it! And FFS .... why would you ever deny a power couple like Simmons and Tippie?
  • 2 5
 I knew someone who got into a bicycle accident the impact was only on his helmet not his shoulders or arms only his helmet the helmet compressed against the neck brace and thus his collarbone broke if he wasn’t wearing a neck brace he swears his collarbone would not have broken
  • 3 7
flag jase111171 (Feb 11, 2021 at 21:29) (Below Threshold)
 There's actually a lot of credible evidence that neck braces cause more injuries than not wearing one.It highlights exactly what you mention.
  • 2 5
 Agree
  • 7 0
 May be but if something’s gonna’ give I’d rather it be my collarbone than neck.
  • 2 3
 @jeremiahwas: still doesn't prevent neck injuries even with a brace on.I'll try and find the link and post it up.Suppose nothing will make you %100 safe,sometimes people are just lucky/unlucky when they fall off.
  • 1 0
 @jase111171: Well sure nothing’s 100%. I imagine it’s not nothing but what do I know. I used to wear one. I wonder how paralyzed people feel about them? (genuinely interested. . .)
  • 2 6
flag markhouse (Feb 12, 2021 at 0:39) (Below Threshold)
 I had a crash like that. Landed on the top of my head. I wasn’t wearing a neck brace and I crushed a vertebra in the middle of my back. The Doctors told me if I’d been wearing a neck brace I’d have probably still broken the same vertebra but also have broken collar bones.
  • 5 0
 That's a really great story. You really sound like a guy that's done the hard yards on research. Also, thank you for being on forums, because frankly without people liked you I'd start to think that humanity was evolving from base stupidity towards enlightenment. But you brought it back, well done you.
  • 5 0
 @jase111171: if you could provide links to the evidence please. Just one. Any one of all of the evidence. That would be great.
  • 3 0
 Collarbone is expendable. Neck, not so much.
  • 12 0
 I hesitate to reply because we all have the tendency to first decide what we wish to believe and then look for ways to validate whatever that is, so why bother, right?
However, I have been an orthopedic surgeon for 20 yrs and have a background in basic science as well (PhD in cell biology) so I hope sharing my view on neck braces with anyone open to it may help someone:
1. The referenced study is well done, believable and although imperfect, one of the best out there. Randomized, double blinded, prospective studies (the gold standard in clinical science) can be difficult or impossible to do in humans, so we do the best we can.
2. All riders, but especially older ones who continue to push their limits (like Tippie, presumably), are excellent candidates for neck braces with full face helmets. As we age, our bones get more brittle and soft tissues less flexible making catastrophic cervical spine injury much more likely. Lab and real world data convincingly show neck braces lower the stress on and the excursion of the cervical spine and reduce serious injuries in all age groups.
3. Most importantly, the sum of available info tells us neck braces are effective. Anecdotally, in my small circle of riding friends, 2 skilled riders over 50 have sustained cervical fractures with spinal cord injury. Neither was wearing a neck brace. One recovered after surgery and is back at it, the other has been a C5 paraplegic for the last 5 years.
  • 3 0
 Collar bone is supposed to break, otherwise you get a really nasty shoulder separation or worse, a spinal injury. I have one but only really wear it for DH Race. I'm old, too. It's worth wearing for the feeling that at Leatt I tried to protect myself, if nothing else. Being paralyzed and wondering "what if...." isn't my thing.
  • 1 0
 @danlovesbikes: I'll try and find it over the weekend.
  • 1 0
 @warhorse: That was helpful man, thank you.

Question, what do you think about kids sending it? I have two young boys (9 and 6) and the older one rides some serious scary freeride stuff where he's 15ft in the air, hitting 8ft drops, throwing 360s. He LOVES it, is on a freeride team with a pro-coach etc, but damn as he gets better and the hits get bigger...I start to second guess things.
  • 2 0
 @Svinyard: I would not presume to have an opinion on that. Like most fathers, I suspect, I always struggled to walk the line between letting my kids loose in the world and protecting them. Good luck Smile
  • 3 0
 @markhouse: bollocks. Please name the doctors so I can ask them.
  • 2 0
 @warhorse: thanks for bringing some real world insight and intellectual debate to this grotty little thread. Unfortunately, you have no place on Pinkbike forums, only Flat Earthers and Q believers here I'm afraid.
  • 1 0
 @danlovesbikes: go ask them yourself. Was in ED in Rotorua. Only telling you what I was told. Spent 5 days on a ward there and now have a very f*cked T6 for the rest of my life.
  • 2 0
 @markhouse: I'm sorry to hear about your injury. The information you provide doors seem to contradict the science. I guess as you weren't wearing one it's impossible to know if it could have helped prevent your injury.
  • 1 0
 What do brett tippie and wtb vigilante have in common...
  • 1 0
 Is it pronounced leat or liiiiiiiieat?
  • 3 0
 I've always said "Lee-at"
  • 3 0
 @suspended-flesh: I've heard from the company that is how it pronounced.
  • 2 0
 Loving the hustle!
  • 1 0
 bubble wrap
  • 1 3
 In other news....
  • 2 5
 @regdunlop kinda agree
Below threshold threads are hidden

Post a Comment



Copyright © 2000 - 2021. Pinkbike.com. All rights reserved.
dv65 0.012101
Mobile Version of Website