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Review: Shoei X-Spirit III, MotoGP’s technology

Reviews and tests 30 September, 2015

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Marc Márquez premiered at Motorland Aragon the new Shoei X-Spirit III, the Japanese brand racing helmet with MotoGP technology that will hit the market in 2016. Meanwhile, Shoei has already advanced us many details and can ensure that the X-Spirit third generation represents a major step forward in aerodynamics and ventilation, two key aspects of any racing helmet.

Shoei has developed the Shoei X-Spirit 3 in the wind tunnel at speeds of up to 240km/h, redesigning the outer shell, which now incorporates small replaceable rear spoilers, integrated spoiler on the back plus a wind deflector in the chin area, also acting as a spoiler.
The aerodynamic package is impressive, with a lot attention to detail: Shoei have created small vortex generators on the screen, a fact that optimizes airflow to the helmet’s rear spoilers, providing greater stability at high speeds and reducing drag. Needless to say that these changes have involved the redesign of a new screen, called CWR-F.


Ventilation is now a much more sofisticated aspect with six air inlets and as many exits, all individually adjustable. But the big news is that now the chin air intakes channel the air inside the EPS to the cheekpads, so that the air goes through the padding, cooling the interior and improving sweat and moisture evacuation. And because there’s more space, oxygenation is also better. Undoubtedly a breakthrough for a sporty helmet.


These major improvements ar blended with the safety and comfort values triditionaly offered by a X-Spirit helmet. The shell is made of multicomposite organic fiber, with up to six layers of AIM+, to which is added an inner EPS of different densities. Shoei offer the new X-Spirit III with four different shell sizes, in addition to having a more modular in other models interior.
Like many Shoei helmets, the X-Spirit 3 incorporates the Emergency Quick Release System (EQRS), which allows you to remove the cheekpads for a safe removal of the helmet after a crash. Shoei has also improved visors closure system: the CWR-F incorporates a dual action fastener, safer than the previous one.

The Shoei X-Spirit III will hit the market in early 2016 and in Motocard we’re looking forward it already, just to be the first to offer it to you. For now, we have to wait, although Marc Márquez has already sent us his impressions after Motorland Aragon premiere: “It’s an incredible helmet, improved in all its parts, with particularly attention to the aerodynamic design. The ventilation has improved too. In fact, there are more exists for the air. I like the shape. In the last months I have given my comments and suggestions. I would like to thank Shoei for their full commitment to safety and for their constant dedication to development.”


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