Flip your lid

Old Bike Australasia - - GOOD GEAR -

For the road rider and tourer, Flip-front hel­mets are the best thing since sliced bread (or per­haps, twist top stub­bies). With the safety of a full face and the con­ve­nience of an open face, this style of lid has rightly taken over this seg­ment of the mar­ket. Shoei en­tered the seg­ment with the Mul­titec, which has been a very big seller for the Ja­panese company. A bug­bear of this style, poor ven­ti­la­tion, has been suc­cess­fully ad­dressed with the Mul­titec, which fea­tures a chin vent and a top vent to pro­vide an even flow of cool­ing air through­out the hel­met. Both can be op­er­ated eas­ily while wear­ing gloves. The outer, clear vi­sor can also be raised by de­grees for more air, and snaps firmly closed so there are no an­noy­ing leaks for air or wa­ter ingress. Inside is a drop-down tinted vi­sor which is op­er­ated via a slider on the left side. Typ­i­cal of the brand, the Neotec is su­perbly fin­ished and plush inside, and this com­fort is im­por­tant in a hel­met that the tour­ing types are likely to wear for many hours on end. OK, the Shoei Neotec is pricey, but qual­ity al­ways is. And in the flip-front cat­e­gory, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bet­ter hel­met. Shoei Neotec TC-10: RRP: $899.00. Dis­trib­uted by McLeods Ac­ces­sories.

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