Shoei X-Spirit, £530 (from £299.99 on MCN shop)
Tester: Marc Abbott
Miles covered/time: 3000 miles/four months
What's good? The lining is plush as they come and really does seem to hug my head, the visor opens and closes in satisfyingly incremental clicks, the visor lock is a gem, the venting is as effective as anything else I’ve ever used and (call me shallow) the profile of the helmet is the most aggressive on the market. It was comfy from the off – not too much pressure on the brow or temples – and the padding is showing no sign of going ‘baggy’ with age like some other lids can. Wind noise is cancelled effectively by an exceptional visor seal. As an added bonus, there’s no one else in the world wearing an X-Spirit (or any other lid, I’d bet) with this paintjob, thanks to an extra couple of hundred quid sent in the direction of UK-based helmet painting supremo Rich Stevens of Rich Art Concepts (0121-354-7567).
What's not? In truth, I’m struggling to think of anything – you can’t even knock the price when you consider what you can pick an X-Spirit up for on the MCN online shop.