NEW SHOEI X-SPIRIT III
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.ShoeiAssured.co.uk