The EVS R4 neck brace was tested by six motocross riders of varying skill levels, sizes, and ages. Everything written in this review is based on the opinions of these riders.
EVS R4 Price: $119.00
Weight : 1.47 lbs; 665 grams
After watching the video EVS released about this product we had high hopes. Their marketing department did a great job of making it sound like the solution to all your neck brace needs. Personally after watching that video and seeing it in person I thought this was going to be the answer. It has a really cool, low profile look to it, between that and it’s all around simplicity, it seems like a great product.
It depends who you ask what they say about this brace. Many riders found the back part where your helmet comes in contact with the brace to be very restrictive. This was especially bad on big tracks, with long straights and hills where you really have to look ahead. On smaller tracks it wasn’t so bad as you don’t have to look as far ahead due to lower speeds. Our lower level riders liked this product in all situations. This is something to consider, if you’re not an intermediate level rider or above, you may not look far enough ahead to notice the brace restricting your vision. There are many factors that could obviously effect the way the brace feels to you on the track (neck length, body shape, posture on bike, etc…). About two thirds of our testers noticed it restricting their ability to look ahead.
We’re really glad EVS is dedicated to the neck protection market (and has been for 15 years). It’s also great that they are producing affordable products for the masses. If they make a few modifications to this (mainly lower the back, would like to see the support that rests on your back be changed a little as well) this will be an amazing product. For now, it’s decent, but many people will find it restricts their ability to look ahead.
- Cheapest other than neck roll
- Strap is very effective
- Does not restrict front or side movement
- Strap makes it difficult to take off and put on brace
- Constantly hits back of helmet and restricts your ability to look ahead
- Latch has a very simple design but is difficult to use, especially when wearing gloves
- Not very adjustable, can’t really make it feel just right
- Back part of the brace needs to be redesigned
*Everything written in this article is the opinion of PPS Moto. We are not doctors and can’t make any suggestion to which neck brace will protect you best in the event of a crash.