Here’s the start of an irregular series on ScooterLab.UK to give you the heads up on stuff that we’ve tried and tested and are happy to recommend to others…
It’s one of the rare occasions when I like to be wrong. When I’m flying through the air thinking ‘this is gonna hurt’ and miraculously it doesn’t.
I can’t say for definite that Shoei are better than any other brand of helmet in a crash situation because it’s the only brand of helmet I’ve regularly worn for the best part of 20 years. However I’ve had a few spills on the road and each time my head has been fine. Or at least, I’ve got no worse. You can’t ask any more than that…
If you really want ‘safe’ then the NXR comes with the added benefit of a novel additional safety feature called E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick Release System). Both of the long cheek pads feature a finger hoop allowing the pads to be extracted, thus making helmet removal much simpler in the event of a serious spill. There are notices on the side to point this feature out.
You don’t crash every day though. Most of the time your helmet provides other protection, and the NXR does this superbly:
- Weight: Compared to my previous Shoei – the XR1100 which weighed only 1,450 grams – the 1,260g NXR feels positively anorexic. Weight has been trimmed by using a slightly smaller shell (actually 4 shells) for the 7 different sizes.
- Visor: the viewing aperture is great on this and the standard fitment Pinlock anti-mist visor works superbly. If your helmet doesn’t have anti-mist then your safety is already compromised because you can’t see properly.
- Interior: the NXR has a removable, washable lining.
- Venting: the theory is that a black full-face crash helmet is not ideal for riding in 40-degree temperatures. The reality is that with all four of the Shoei’s vents open riding around Greece and Turkey it was fine. In Britain it’s generally so cold that I rarely need to open a vent.
- Noise: The NXR is about average in the noise stakes, though it’s hard for me to tell because I’ve got speakers for my Sena Intercom permanently attached in the ready-made recesses in the interior. For noise reduction I recommend Pinlock ear plugs which have a sound filter that reduces bass-frequency helmet noise but still allows voice frequencies through.
The RRP of the Shoei NXR is £390 but since this is no longer the latest model you can now pick it up much cheaper than that.
For more details see https://www.shoeiassured.co.uk/