Shoei VFX-W

Off Road MX Full Face Helmet

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Shoei VFX-W Off Road HelmetThe Shoei Na Company has been making helmets for motorcyclists since 1958. Their newest off-road offering is the VFX-W, introduced in 2008 and bringing some new designs for 2009. While a top-quality helmet with unique features, you'll also pay for this uniqueness in the same ballpark as Arai or Schuberth helmets. Suggested MSRP is over five bills, although a quick cruise around the web will get you anywhere from 10-30% below that price.

The outer shell is constructed of fiberglass combined with extremely strong organic fibers using Shoei's proprietary AIM+ technology. Incorporated into the shell's shape are two wrap-around ridges, which help keep goggles in place as well as adding to the overall structural integrity. The visor is longer than on other helmets, and was given more adjustability in order to handle varying conditions. Under the visor is a matte strip for glare reduction.

The 3D Max-Dry Liner System is covered in a proprietary synthetic fiber that's reputedly twice as absorbent and wicking as the nylon fiber used in many other helmet liners. While removable and washable, the VFX-W's liner is adjustable as well. What Shoei calls their EQRS (Emergency Quick Release System) is a mechanical tab for easy removal of the cheek pads in case of injury. Emergency personnel can remove the cheek pads and then slip the helmet off more easily, with less stress to the rider.

Even the mouthpiece wasn't overlooked: it has a stainless steel screen over the washable filter to help keep the bigger chunks out.

Shoei says they spent four years developing the VFX-W, and they did indeed come up with a well thought-out design. You get 14 choices of colors and patterns, and a five-year warranty from purchase date or seven years from the date of manufacture, whichever comes first.

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