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Shoei X Spirit III helmet gives European riders an edge

The Shoei Spirit X III is the flagship helmet in the company's racer lineup
The Shoei Spirit X III is the flagship helmet in the company's racer lineup
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The Shoei Spirit X III is the flagship helmet in the company's racer lineup
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The Shoei Spirit X III is the flagship helmet in the company's racer lineup
Multiple vents provide better air intake and exhaust
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Multiple vents provide better air intake and exhaust
Shoei improved the screen for greater rigidity and less distortion
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Shoei improved the screen for greater rigidity and less distortion
The Spirit X III is the European version of Shoei's X Fourteen sold in North America
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The Spirit X III is the European version of Shoei's X Fourteen sold in North America
Additional vents mean greater air flow and improved comfort
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Additional vents mean greater air flow and improved comfort
Adjustable rear flap system adds greater stability and aerodynamics
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Adjustable rear flap system adds greater stability and aerodynamics
A five-stage adjustment dial allows the rider to fine tune the base
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A five-stage adjustment dial allows the rider to fine tune the base
An adjustable internal center pad provides more neck room and greater vision in tight corners
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An adjustable internal center pad provides more neck room and greater vision in tight corners
Shoe paid even more attention to rider lean angles when making the X Spirit III
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Shoe paid even more attention to rider lean angles when making the X Spirit III
More air flow to the cheeks means greater rider comfort
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More air flow to the cheeks means greater rider comfort
Padding and reinforced layers inside the X Spirit III
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Padding and reinforced layers inside the X Spirit III
A front angle inside the X Spirit III
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A front angle inside the X Spirit III
Much of the padding of the helmet is removable for better adjustment and cleaning
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Much of the padding of the helmet is removable for better adjustment and cleaning
The X Spirit III comes in black, white and assorted other color combinations
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The X Spirit III comes in black, white and assorted other color combinations
One of several color combinations available for the X Spirit III
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One of several color combinations available for the X Spirit III
Another color combination example
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Another color combination example
Another color combination for the X Spirit III
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Another color combination for the X Spirit III
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Shoei has always had a reputation for building technologically advanced motorcycle helmets. Its latest flagship model, the X-Spirit III, is no exception with improvements in safety, comfort and aerodynamics over previous flagship models in the company's premium X-series race helmet lineup.

Offered earlier this year as the X-Fourteen in North America, the company has taken the same helmet, dubbed it the X-Spirit III, and has now made it available to European racers and riders alike.

The X-Spirit III features some unique exterior design twists that the company said make this one of the most aerodynamic helmets available. The key is in the patent-pending rear stabilizer system that features a set of rear flaps that can be replaced with an optional narrower pair that allow the rider to make adjustments based on preference and track dynamics.

Adjustable rear flap system adds greater stability and aerodynamics
Adjustable rear flap system adds greater stability and aerodynamics

According to Shoei, wind tunnel tests indicated the rear stabilizer system reduced lift and drag by 3 percent and 10 percent respectively when compared to former X-models. Similar tests showed a 50 percent decrease in yawing, which causes helmet buffeting at high speeds.

Shoei's designers also took into account how racers will adjust their helmet for better vision in sharp lean angles by repositioning the way the helmet sits on their head. To compensate, Shoei incorporated an adjustable interior center pad that can be rotated by about four degrees from the standard position. The result is more room around the neck and a larger field of vision when leaning at sharp angles in deep corners.

Ventilation and comfort come in the form of six air intakes and an equal number of exhaust outlets, and a new cheek pad cooling system that directs more air to that area of the rider's face. Forehead, rear, side and neck padding are fully removable, allowing for a more customized fit and cleaning.

A five-stage adjustment dial allows the rider to fine tune the base
A five-stage adjustment dial allows the rider to fine tune the base

Improvements to the shield have made it more distortion free, less susceptible to bending in high speeds, and less likely to open in the event of an accident. Shoei also incorporated a five-stage adjustment dial that allows the rider to fine-tune the base plate's function in keeping with the design focus on aerodynamics and ventilation.

Shoei pointed out that the X-Spirit III was developed with input from top racers like Marc Marquez and Bradley Smith. While most riders who spend the €799 (US$900) for the highest-priced version of this helmet will never reach the level of either one of these guys, they'll at least know their noggin is covered by a helmet that even the best feel comfortable wearing.

Watch the video to get more details on the design of this helmet and see Marc Marquez put it through its paces.

Source: Shoei Europe

The new Shoei X-Spirit III

2 comments
NikoliHilario
I Love Shoei and Arai helmets. No doubt they are the best and safest. Just wish safety didn't have to come with such a high price tag.
MarcEllis
Nice helmet until I saw it was endorse by Marc Marquez. I'll pass on products endorsed by riders with no integrity.