EVS RC Evolution Dirt Bike Neck Brace Protection – Review

Broken collar bone injuries are very painful, yet they are one of the most common injuries in motocross. To help prevent it, many riders have started wearing a neck brace, and for a good reason. A neck brace is kinda’ like a seat belt for your neck; absorbing most of the impact instead of your collar bone or shoulder in the event of a crash. There are different levels of protection that neck braces can offer, but if you want full protection at a low cost, the EVS RC Evolution Neck Brace is here to save your neck (no pun intended). EVS is the official sponsor of protective gear for motocross, so you can trust in their products.

Made With The Help of Orthopedic Professionals

Not only does the EVS RC EVO brace protect your neck and shoulders, but it’s built to reduce extension in the back; the cause of major spinal injuries. Neck and back problems come too often in this sport, which is why motocross protective gear companies teamed up with top orthopedic pros to construct the best possible solution. Ordinary neck rolls have been in use for road and kart racing for decades, but they only helped prevent neck injuries.

EVS RC-Evolution

The EVS RC-Evolution is a new kind of neck brace with its layers and modular collar. It also has straps and hooks that go around your body. All of this ensures a tight, yet ergonomic fit to your neck and shoulders. Although, it’s not a one-size-fits-all brace, so it’s a good idea to try one on and see which size fits you before buying. You can custom fit it to your liking as well with the adjustable height.

The ultimate in neck protection provides protection against axial compression, hyperflexion, hyper-extension and lateral hyperflexion.” – EVS Sports

Pick Your Color!

Say goodbye to boring old neck supports… The EVS RC Evolution has five different colors to choose from to match your color gear and bike: black, blue, red, white/yellow, and pink (you can also get the RC EVO in Nitro Circus style as well). And for those that like to “pimp” out their rides, some graphics companies can sell you a customized graphics kit for your neck brace.

Isn’t It Like Having A Cast On Your Neck?

Now you may be thinking, how can you move around with all of this protection? In my own experience, yes, it does restrict your head movement to an extent. Does it stop me from doing anything needed? No, I can still look over in both directions, and that’s with my body armor on; which brings up another question. I wear an EVS BJ22 ballistic jersey, and the neck brace fits just fine even with the harness on.

It not only fits on most chest protectors, but it is ventilated and has soft rubber around the edges that make it more comfortable to wear. The sculpted bio-foam liner lets your neck breathe, and it doesn’t chafe against your skin.

I have been wearing the RC EVO neck brace when on motocross tracks, but I usually just wear the EVS RC2 Race Collar when I’m going for a trail ride or putting around the farm. I move around a lot on single-track trails, but still want protection, so the RC2 is perfect because it works and I don’t even notice when it’s on.

I’ve Heard It Can Cause An Injury Though…

Do seat belts kill people? It’s a controversial topic, but  at least 9 out of 10 times the seat belt is going to save your life. The same goes for a neck brace such as this. More often than not, the EVS RC-Evolution is going to help prevent or even stop an injury from happening when you have a bad crash. The odds are in your favor, which is why I don’t want to be caught not wearing mine while on the track. Yes, I’ve heard of people still getting injured with a neck brace on, but what are you going to say if you break your collar bone from a crash without having a neck brace on?

All in all, it’s a personal preference. Some people can’t stand wearing all these braces and extra padding. I know that it can limit my range of motion, but I’m plenty fine with that if it saves me an injury and a hospital bill.

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Have fun, and ride smart!

-Tom Stark

EVS BJ22 Ballistic Body Armor – Review

Have you ridden your dirt bike and crashed hard without wearing any protection on upper body? It hurts, doesn’t it? And it doesn’t always go away after a couple hours either. I don’t like it either, which is why I started looking for some full-body protection. I didn’t want to spend a fortune, so when I found the EVS BJ22 Ballistic Jersey I jumped at the chance.

What Does Full Protection Mean?

The EVS BJ22 features full torso & new design elbow protection. Full torso padding covers your chest, stomach, and your complete back. You really can’t get much more protection than that.

What If It Gets Dirty?

Don’t worry, this jersey armor is fully machine washable. This makes cleaning it a whole lot easier, and you don’t have to ride with smelly gear. I recommend you air dry it though.

No Elbow Pads Required!

BJ22 Ultra Ballistic Jersey
EVS BJ22 Body Armor

The EVS Ballistic Jersey has built in elbow pads and shoulder protection. This means you don’t have to go out and buy more gear to put on your body and restrict your extension while riding. With the BJ22 Jersey I have no problem with moving around, even with the EVS RC2 on. They are made of strong plastic, and stay together very well.

You Don’t Get Back Protection Like This From A Normal Chest Protector!

The BJ22 is body armor for a reason. The back padding is similar to the front, protecting your backside if you fall and slide or hit something. It is more useful than you may think! Have you fell and hit another riders foot-peg on the way down? That will leave a mark for quite some time.

Less Pain From Riding?!

Something that many riders don’t, but possibly should be wearing, is a kidney belt. The Ballistic Jersey comes with a built-in, double-closure kidney belt, allowing you to adjust it to any size you want. What a kidney belt does is keep your back and stomach tight and straight while riding. It helps reduce back pain, and will keep your internals from juggling around when you stop abruptly from hitting something. It’s so easy to use, and isn’t uncomfortable for me while riding or racing.

What’s Hot?

  • Excellent upper-body protection
  • Light and easy-to-use built-in kidney belt
  • Light-weight and stretchable material
  • Articulating spine protection
  • Machine washable

What’s Not?

  • Shoulder pads are bulky
  • Elbow/shoulder pads are not removable
  • Hard to turn your head with a neck brace
  • Requires a larger sized jersey to fit over

What Are Others Saying About The EVS BJ-22?

  • It has protectors everywhere and is superbly comfortable
  • I would highly recommend this product to anyone looking for top of the line protection without spending an arm and a leg.
  • Very light riding jersey with enough protection to keep you alive and feeling good

Where Can I Get An EVS BJ22 Ballistic Jersey?

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-Tom Stark