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Helmet review: Shoei Raid II

Best thing about it: The comfort is hard to beat. The Raid II was comfortable right from the off and pretty quiet too, although earplugs are still a must.

But what really drew me to this particular model (the Lance) was the paintjob, which looks almost like a custom design.

Worst thing about it: The visor can mist in bad weather. You get a Pinlock visor insert included in the price and this works well enough, although I sometimes find it causes starring from car headlights.

The visor action can feel a little notchy too. These criticisms aside, the Raid II is a great helmet and reasonable value.

Stars (out of five): ****

Cost: £289
Still available? Yes. www.feridax.com
Miles covered: 4000
Time owned: Two years

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