Thought I would give an updated impression of the Troy Lee Designs CP 5900 Chest Protector after some extended usage. Since the initail testing and Review, I have worn the chest protector every time I have been on the trails. It is extremely comfortable, lightweight, customizable and breathes well. I honestly can’t even tell I am weraing it half the time. After trying a few other chest protectors on the market and having one issue or another with most of them, I finlly have found my go to chest protector. It is an outstanding peice of protective gear that I will never ride without. Anyone currently looking for additional protection should definitely check it out!
Being in the market for a chest protector after a recent rollover which resulted in 3 cracked ribs, I contacted the folks at Troy Lee Designs and ordered their CP 5900 Chest Protector. I have worn TLD’s Air Helmets for the past few years and trusted that they would instill the same level of protection and comfort for their chest protector as they do with all their helmets. After receiving the Chest Protector and wearing it during a weekend of testing for a few product reviews I was working on I am happy to report that they have. The CP 5900 Chest protector I received was the Black model. When I first opened the shipping package to reveal the chest protector my initial thought was how light it was. It is very thin and the underside is padded for comfort. TLD has partnered with Shock Doctor Technology to provide a very lightweight, low profile, comfortable yet highly protective piece of riding gear. The chest protector is designed to work with Leatt neck braces and can be worn under or over a Jersey due to its low profile design. The CP 5900 is also extremely customizable offering over 50 combinations to adapt to rider preference for level of protection.
The chest protector provides coverage of the chest, ribs, back, and clavicle. And with the level of customization it offers you can remove sections of the armor for less protection if desired. Feel you don’t need the lower back, clavicle or back plate protection, then simply remove the pieces. I tested the CP 5900 with all the pieces attached and will most likely always use all the protection pieces but, it’s nice to know that I can remove a piece if needed to free up room for an additional piece of equipment. The chest protector offers 3 levels of adjustment for length both front and back and also adjustability of side fit using their integrated fast lock buckles.
The CP 5900 incorporates what TLD calls Ven-Trak. Essentially it is a series of ventilated channels and holes to provide air circulation to keep the rider cool. Another feature is the Vented Soft-Yoke Connection between the front and back plates for better fit and comfort. Rounding out the features list is the hinged chest design which provides extended rib coverage, better fit and maintains proper positioning in crash situations. I’ll have to trust them on the last feature as I wasn’t about to crash on purpose for this review. What all these features ensure is that the Troy Lee Designs CP 5900 Chest Protector will provide a low profile and comfortable fit while providing outstanding protection.
For the two days I wore the chest protector during testing I can verify most of TLD’s claims, like I said above I wasn’t about to crash to test it fully. After making a few adjustments to ensure its proper fit, I threw it on over my Jersey. I could have easily worn it under my Jersey also but then I wouldn’t have been able to take any pictures of it out on the trails. After the first five minutes I forgot it was even on. This is without a doubt the most comfortable chest protector I have ever worn. It fits close to your body yet allows full range of movement and never got in the way regardless of what position my body was in. I managed to stay cool while wearing it also.
The protection pieces covered everywhere they should and instilled confidence when tackling a few more difficult obstacles on the trails. The only thing I could criticize would be the lack of a hard piece on the sides for full coverage. There is a softer padded section that will provide some protection at least but I am not sure if it would prevent breakage if you happen to land and take a rock to it. This of course would be if your arms were extended when you contacted the ground. Aside from this one concern the CP 5900 Chest Protector managed to impress me and it will be worn on every ride from here out. It’s lightweight, comfortable, versatile and provides exceptional protection coverage.
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