Shoei Safety Corp., has announced a new dirtbike helmet to the marketplace, superseding its VFX-W (one of our 6 Best Dirtbike Helmets feature story) with the all-new VFX-EVO.
Shoei calls the VFX-EVO a long overdue flagship to its line of motorcycle line, but the company wanted to take its time in designing the new lid to ensure that it features the best in Shoei know-how when it comees to performance, safety and style. To that end, the VFX-EVO introduces a Shoei-exclusive feature known as the Motion Energy Distribution System [M.E.D.S.].
Shoei’s proprietary Motion Energy Distribution System [M.E.D.S.] incorporates of a dual-layer, multi-density EPS liner that is engineered to reduce rotational acceleration energy to the head–a safety concept that has become more and more mainstream in helmet evolution over the past few years. In the event of an accident, the M.E.D.S., which is anchored by a larger center column inside the shell and serves as the inner layer of the dual-layer EPS liner, swings during impact, allowing its three strategically-designed perimeter columns to absorb energy. Shoei claims that the M.E.D.S. significantly reduction of rotational forces to the rider’s head without compromising quality or performance.
The VFX-EVO’s dual-layer, multi-density EPS liner is also designed to absorb impact via the utilization of varying densities of foam in key areas around the rider’s head. Channels between the EPS layers also circulate cool air through the helmet for ventilation. In addition to enhanced impact absorption and ventilation, Shoei says that precise placement of the multi-density EPS liner material yields a more compact, lightweight design.
Another SHOEI-exclusive lies in the VFX-EVO’s Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ Shell construction, which combines fiberglass and lightweight, organic, high-performance fibersto provide optimal impact-absorption, strength and elasticity. The VFX-EVO is available in four shell sizes to ensure a more accurate fit for the majority of head sizes between XS and XXL.
On the outside of the VFX-EVO, state-of-the-art shell forming technology exclusive to SHOEI enhances aerodynamics as Shoei has fit a spoiler into the shell. Shoei claims that the VFX-EVO boasts consistent shell thickness to guarantee the proper strength and weight of each and every helmet. A large eyeport allows for a greater peripheral field of vision and facilitates oversized goggles. Additionally, a shell-integrated goggle channel has been optimized for goggle strap retention.
Shoei engineers labored to give the VFX-EVO superior ventilation to the VFX-W. The EVO moves air through its interior via 16 intake and exhaust vents–one more intake and two more exhaust vents than the VFX-W. The carefully shaped and optimally placed vents are claimed to maximize airflow and negative air pressure suction to the rear of the helmet.
The VFX-EVO also introduces a new visor, known as the V-470, which is designed to integrate with the styling and functionality of the helmet. The V-470 has been engineered to be extremely adjustable while also featuring a new flange mechanism that helps it find its home position and prevent unexpected movement during aggressive riding. The V-470 is attached to the VFX-EVO with polycarbonate screws that are capable of sheering off in the event of an impact to help prevent unnecessary transmission of energy to the rider’s head.
A wind tunnel-refined chin bar features a strategically-placed strip of AIM+ shell material for better protection of the rider’s face. The VFX-EVO’s mouthpiece also features an aluminum mesh screen and a removable, washable foam filter to help prevent roost, rocks, mud and dust from entering the helmet interior. The entire chin bar of the VFX-EVO also incorporates EPS liner material for impact absorption.
Shoei’s fully removable, washable, replaceable and adjustable 3D Max-Dry liner material is used in the VFX-EVO to absorb and dissipate sweat and moisture twice as fast as traditional nylon interiors. The material is utilized on the forehead and cheek area, and a soft yet durable fabric is applied to the lower part of the cheek pads for a plush overall fit and feel. For added comfort, the VFX-EVO’s 3D center pad components are three-dimensionally shaped to match the contours of a rider’s head. The center pads and multi-layer cheek pads are available in different thicknesses for a more custom fit.
Using existing technology found in the VFX-W the VFX-EVO is equipped with Shoei’s Emergency Quick Release System that allows emergency medical personnel to easily remove the cheek pads from an injured rider’s helmet, allowing the helmet to be extracted without creating unnecessary strain on the rider’s neck.
The Shoei VFX-EVO meets or exceeds DOT and SNELL2015 helmet ratings. Pricing for the helmet begins at $539 for solid colors, $559 for metallic colors, $719 for graphics versions and $739 for replicas. For more information, visit www.shoei.com.
Shoei Safety Helmet Corp.
3002 Dow Ave., Suite 128
Tustin, CA 92780