Shoei NXR helmet £389.99-£489.99
Time tested: Four months/2000 miles
What’s good? This all-new sports-road helmet from Shoei has seriously impressed me. I’ve been wearing Shoei racing helmets, both on the road and on track, for almost all of my eight years as a rider and although I’ve tried other makes and models I’ve always gone back to the flagship racy Shoeis. I just loved their fit, weight and stability; I thought nothing else would ever turn my head. But from the first time I pushed my noggin into the NXR, which is a sporty road helmet, I knew it was something special. The redesigned shell looks physically very small and the helmet itself is possibly the lightest I’ve ever felt. The removable 3D comfort lining, fitted with Shoei’s EQRS emergency release system (which allows medics to safely remove the helmet in case of emergency), feels super-plush and squeezes my cheeks perfectly. The visor aperture is also super wide and this, combined with the NXR’s phenomenal low weight, makes me feel as though I’m not wearing a helmet at all! It’s super-stable and the big, flat vents are really easy to use and very effective. Also, after years of wearing noisy race lids, I’m blown away by how quiet the NXR is. It’s easily the best lid I’ve ever worn. It comes complete with a Pinlock anti-mist visor insert, breath guard and chin curtain.
What’s not? I’m not really a fan of any of the colourschemes on offer and they cost £90 more than the plain designs. Spending an extra £100 on a paintjob seems crazy.
Quality rating: 5/5
Value rating: 5/5
QUICK BUYING ADVICE
1. It’s always best to visit a dealer to try on a helmet before you buy. Sizing varies by brand and it gives the accessories dealer a chance to make sure the helmet works for your head shape. Some online retailers do free returns, but it’ll take longer to get the right lid for you.
2. Try on a lid that’s a size smaller than you think you wear. We know of people who’ve been wearing a certain size for years, because it feels comfortable, when their head is actually a size smaller. Symptoms of wearing a lid that’s too big include limited vision because the lid sits too far down your forehead.
3. Think about a sun visor, as a dropdown one inside the lid can be really handy and save the outlay of an additional dark visor (which, strictly speaking is illegal anyway). Internal visors are particularly useful for commuting when there’s low sun on the ride in and no sun on the way home.
4. Look in the box for any additional elements. We’ve lost count of the number of people who ride without a visor’s clip-in Pinlock anti-mist insert because they didn’t