Mouthguard Testers Survey Results
Hardly a statistically significant testing group, we had four racers in two different motorcycle road racing series testing three different models of Shock Doctor mouth guards. Four models of motorcycle helmet were involved in the test (Shark, Arai, HJC and Shoei) in sizes ranging from extra-small to medium. None of the testers had worn mouthguards for sports previously to this test.
Q ~ How did you find the 'boil and bite' fitting process?
Answers: process was straightforward and instructions manageable
Q ~ Do you feel that you got your mouthguard to fit your mouth well?
Answers: Some took two tries but all were happy with the resulting fit
Q ~ How would you describe the fit and feel of your mouthguard
Answers: Gel Max was a snug, comfortable fit for all four testers, two of three testers found the Ultra too rigid, and the two testers who tried the DNA model both found it comfortable.
Q ~ Is the mouthguard comfortable to wear without your helmet?
Answers: most testers found a mouthguard a bit intrusive at first, but generally comfortable to wear
Q ~ How does the mouthguard fit with your helmet on?
Answers: Gel Max was the model all testers could fit, although the tether didn't work out for some. The Ultra model fit well inside the helmet too. Although the DNA model fit comfortably neither tester found it worked well with a helmet, getting too crowded at the back of the mouth.
Q ~ Prefer tether or no tether?
Answers: 2 to 2 - two riders prefer tether, two don't - one tester performed track-side surgery to convert his to an untethered model and it took less than a minute.
Q ~ How did you find the mouthguard when you are riding on the track?
Answers: Some found it somewhat obtrusive at first, some were surprised at how comfortable they were. All four testers found they got used to it after a day or so of use.
Q ~ Do you feel safer wearing the mouthguard?
Answers: All four testers said yes
Q ~ Do you feel it's a worthwhile safety expense
Answers: All four testers felt the safety value returned on their minimal investment was worthwhile.
Q ~ Will you continue to wear a mouthguard on the track?
Answers: All four testers will continue to use a mouthguard