BUYER’S GUIDE: Roost Guards

Safety gear is one of the most important factors with ATV riding. Whether you race or ride for fun, wearing protective gear can save your body during hard falls or the occasional roost your buddies send your way. There are many brands and types of chest protectors and roost guards. Some are thin soft shells, while others have different things built in, like elbow guards or neck braces. In this buyer’s guide, we will help make the decision process easier for you by showcasing different styles of chest protectors all in one place.

DEFENDER, $129.99
The Atlas Defender roost guard provides well-ventilated chest and back protection. It fits with many neck braces, but an Atlas brace is your best bet because the products were developed hand in hand. The system is comfortable, waterproof and lightweight with shoulder and sidestrap adjustments for a great fit. The protector comes with a built-in GoPro mount that you can attach to the front of the protector. This protector comes in white or black. For more information, go to or call (661) 505-4407.

The Duo provides great protection for your chest and back with durable hard plastic panels. It is meant for motocross and off-road riding in general. The Duo can be worn outside or inside a jacket or jersey and is very breathable. It has adjustable side and shoulder straps and comfortable padding. It comes in white and gray.

If you like soft-shell vest-style protection, then the Rhino vest is just right. It has padding for your chest and your back and is worn under a jersey. It does not restrict arm movement in any way and can be used with a neck brace. The padding can be removed to wash the vest. It comes in black. For more information, go to or call (661) 257-0916.

Fly’s roost protection is impressive. Their ultra-lightweight Pivotal roost guard is comfortable and adjustable for rider comfort with shoulder and side-strap adjustments. It offers great chest and back protection that also accepts neck braces. The system is well-ventilated and looks great. The molded impact-resistant plastic holds up well to roost and the occasional fall. This protector comes in white or black.

This protector offers front chest protection with the added benefit of a hydration/storage pack on the back. It has a 70-ounce removable water bladder and multiple pockets for keeping your things organized. Innovation is important in this industry, and having a two-in-one system can be a big plus. There are easyto- release side straps for getting in and out of the system. The Ready-to- Ride system comes in black. For more information, go to or call (208) 319-3079.

Leatt is mainly known as a neck brace company, but there is no doubt that they design great chest protection as well. The Adventure Lite is meant for Leatt braces to fit seamlessly in them. It also is lightweight, durable and well-ventilated. The shoulder straps and side straps are adjustable for a comfortable fit. The protector can be worn over or under a jersey. It comes in black or white.

FUSION 3.0, $399
When it comes to designing unique protection, Leatt takes the cake for their Fusion 3.0. With a neck brace built into the chest protector, you get a secure feeling while spending less money to have both items separately. It’s well-ventilated, comfortable and fits well. The Fusion is a great package that offers superior protection for your chest, neck and back. It comes in white and black. For more information, go to or call (800) 691-3314.

This chest protector provides comfort with solid protection from roost. There are tilting front and back parts to grant a good freedom of movement. It fits well under most neck braces and is lightweight. It comes in white, gray, red, orange, blue, black and has adjustable side straps for a better fit.

Moose’s Expedition body armor offers great upper body protection with padding on the shoulders, elbows, chest and back. A durable mesh material holds the system tightly to your body while providing great airflow. The Body Armor is meant to go underneath a jersey. It has increased elasticity to absorb shock from falls. It comes in white/black. For more information, go to www.moose or get a hold of your nearest Parts Unlimited dealer.

The Blockade protector joins comfort with mobility and protection. It has adjustable and flexible shoulder straps and side straps. It is compatible with most neck braces and has a removable back plate. It has 20 beveled airflow vents to keep you cool and is ultra light, weighing in at 1.5 pounds. It comes in black. For more information, go to or call (951) 340-3301.

SENTINEL XP, $99.95–$129.95
The Sentinel XP vest offers great chest and back protection for off-road riding. It is adjustable through the shoulder and side straps, and the back piece can be removed. The protector is neck brace compatible with removable upper panels to accommodate most systems. The shoulder straps have bands to hold down a neck brace as well. The Sentinel XP comes in many different colors and wraps, which include white, black, blue, red, red/white wrap and green/ white wrap. It’s lightweight and provides great mobility.

IMPACT RIG, $149.95
When it comes to superior protection, the Impact Rig doesn’t mess around. It has breathable and comfortable mesh netting that contains elbow guards, a durable chest plate, back/spine protection, shoulder protection and has a kidney belt built in. The Rig is fully adjustable and very comfortable. It can be worn under a jersey, and also has removable chest and back panels to accommodate neck braces. The kidney belt can be removed as well. The Impact Rig comes in black. For more information, go to or call (858) 748-0040.

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