‘It’s so light that you for­get you’ve got it on’

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Shoei X-spirit III £699.99 (plain colours £599.99)

Tested by Emma Franklin Time tested 11 months/4000 miles What’s good This is the third in­car­na­tion of the X-spirit and it’s the light­est and most tech­no­log­i­cally advanced yet. In fact, wear­ing it is al­most like not wear­ing a hel­met at all. It’s so light and un­ob­tru­sive that you for­get you’ve got it on. New for this year is a re­designed mul­ti­com­pos­ite shell that boasts a re­duc­tion in tur­bu­lence and in­creased ven­ti­la­tion as well as proven Sharp 5-star safety. The X-spirit III also has a new vi­sor with a dou­ble-lock­ing mech­a­nism clip which re­duces the chance of the vi­sor open­ing un­ex­pect­edly – some­thing I’d never ex­pe­ri­enced when wear­ing Shoeis. The re­mov­able/wash­able in­te­rior has been up­graded for ex­tra com­fort and can be tilted by four de­grees within the shell to max­imise vi­sion when tucked in a rac­ing crouch. Vis­i­bil­ity is ex­cel­lent, as is sta­bil­ity at speed. For me, the X-spirit III is as good as it gets. What’s not I can’t get on with the new lock­ing vi­sor mech­a­nism; I find un­lock­ing it hard, lead­ing to me get­ting slightly pan­icky when I find I can’t open the vi­sor. Then there’s the price – it is a beau­ti­fully high-tech and well­made lid, and is su­pe­rior over the X-spirit II, but it cur­rently costs £300 more than the out­go­ing lid, which is a lot of money. Con­tact shoeias­sured.co.uk Qual­ity ★★★★★ Value ★★★ ★★

At £355 the Acer­bis is ex­cel­lent value

Vi­sor lock system is awkward to use Emma has tested ev­ery X-spirit since 2003 and thinks the III is the best

X-spirit is good for road or race use

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