Cape Town, South Africa is the home of research and development of Leatt®. Here Dr. Leatt along with his knowledgeable engineers and highly skilled designers invent new products, test those products and constantly strive to improve existing products.

The research facility has built-in state-of-the-art testing equipment that enables the team to conceptualize a product, through testing of the product and create the prototypes.

Although the majority of Leatt®’s R&D gets done in Cape Town, South Africa but collaborations with famous multinational companies give our products an international flavor. 

Dr. Chris Leatt at the heart of Leatt® Lab

A rider and inventor Dr. Leatt was about to get specialized knowledge in neurosurgery when he observed a fellow rider, Alan Selby, died from a suspected neck injury. Dr. Leatt never wanted to see this happen again so he left studies and began to design what would ultimately become the Leatt-Brace®. 

Chris started his study on medicine at the University of Cape Town and began internship in 1995 in the UK. He had worked in several hospitals in the trauma words. He finally left his medical career in 2004 to focus on the Leatt-Brace®.

With experience of being a medical officer for three FIM MX South African Grand Prixs Dr. Leatt heads up the Leatt® lab in Cape Town which is the life blood of Leatt®’s research and development. At the same time Chris is still very enthusiastic about motorcycle racing and participates actively.