-Finished carbon construction to minimize weight and maximize frame stiffness.
-EVA foam padding that has two different densities for better comfort on the chest, back and shoulders.
-A collarbone preservation system distributes the load over the widest area and eliminates weak points in the frame.
WHAT WE LIKE
-The new EVA foam padding is not only more comfortable, but more durable than the original dense foam that the first BNS Carbon was outfitted with. We actually broke the padding on our old brace in our gear bag, as it was definitely on the brittle side.
-Riders who resist the neck support movement, citing that there is not enough clearance between their helmet and the brace may find the BNS’ clearance more acceptable.
-Height of the brace is tunable by interchanging the foam pads in the shoulder area.
-The brace is designed to avoid contact with the rider’s collarbones.
-New graphics are sweet!
WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE
-In comparison to the competition’s top-of-the-line carbon fiber neck support, the BNS Carbon feels heavy.
WHAT WE REALLY THINK
When neck supports burst on to the scene five years ago, they swept through the pits and gained wide acceptance at an alarming rate. Unlike other trends in our sport, neck supports, it seems, are here to stay. Of all the different models available, the Alpinestars BNS offers the greatest range of motion, and could be the brace that wins non-wearers over.