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I’d never have thought all those years ago when I first started scooter­ing that I could get ex­cited about a crash hel­met, but the more I know about them the closer I’m get­ting to that mo­ment. Take the brand new Shoei X-Spirit III, set to be avail­able in early 2016. It was re­cently un­veiled by MotoGP rider by Marc Mar­quez.

Shoei work with such riders to “cre­ate the per­fect bal­ance be­tween safety and func­tion­al­ity. With im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics, ven­ti­la­tion and com­fort as well as an ul­tra­light shell, this new hel­met is built with noth­ing but speed and per­for­mance in mind, making it Shoei’s most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced sports hel­met to date.”

Hav­ing seen and lifted a pro­to­type I can con­firm it does look amaz­ing as is very light in­deed, al­though I was told pro­duc­tion hel­mets are ex­pected to be lighter still. It fea­tures a six layer AIM+ shell con­struc­tion us­ing or­ganic fi­bre and multi-com­pos­ite fi­bre in var­i­ous lay­ers for a shock-ab­sorbent shell with op­ti­mum rigid­ity and will be made in four sizes to suit head sizes from XS to XXL. The EPS liner sys­tem has dif­fer­ent den­si­ties with dif­fer­ent shock ab­sorber lev­els for max­i­mum pro­tec­tion. There is also Shoei’s EQRS - Emer­gency Quick Release Sys­tem – and a mod­u­lar in­te­rior that is ad­justable in po­si­tion and size for op­ti­mal vi­sion and fit­ting. Add to this im­proved vent­ing and com­fort de­tails, in­ter­change­able rear spoil­ers for those con­sid­er­ing a BSG 305cc Vespa en­gine, and while I ac­cept the X-Spirit III is Shoei’s top of the range hel­met aimed at those on the race track, the tech­nol­ogy will find it’s way into the other hel­mets within Shoei’s range, as history has shown. www.ShoeiAs­

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