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Shoei Neotec II, a lux­ury dwelling for your head

Cycle World - - Contents - By MARK HOYER Pho­tog­ra­phy by DREW RUIZ

Here’s what tends to hap­pen af­ter you’ve worn a great mo­du­lar hel­met for a while: Your stan­dard non-flip-up full-face hel­met be­gins to look like a house with­out doors. An open-face seems like a house with holes for doors but no doors, so there is re­duced se­cu­rity, and it’s ab­so­lutely not weath­er­proof.

I’m not knock­ing ei­ther style of hel­met be­cause I wear both, but when I am go­ing on a mul­ti­day ride for work or play, a mo­du­lar such as the Shoei Neotec is what I grab. This is even truer with the in­tro­duc­tion of the Neotec II this spring.

The up­dates were fo­cused on im­proved aero­dy­nam­ics, quiet­ness, and wa­ter­tight­ness.

Avoid­ing ex­tra weight in a mo­du­lar isn’t easy. Hinges and latches not only must be present, of course, but they also must be ex­cep­tion­ally strong and se­cure. Piv­ots and the 360-De­gree Lock­ing Sys­tem parts that hold the flip por­tion of the hel­met closed

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