Product Review: Shoei VFX-W (£319.99)

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What’s good about the Shoei VFX-W?

This beautifully made, top-of-the-range Shoei is targeted at off road riders who know what they’re doing but it works for me too. It’s incredibly light (1270g in a medium) and has a wide open aperture that gives a totally uncluttered view, even under my nose. Best of all, it’s cool. As a novice I find even simple dirt manoeuvres hard work yet the combination of 3D Max-Dry liner and efficient air flow at low speeds keeps my temperature under control. The peak angle is easily adjustable and comes with adhesive anti-glare stickers. Shoei’s Emergency Quick Release System cheekpads are reassuring too.

And what’s not?

It accepts spectacles readily but is a little tighter on the temples than a normal medium Shoei.

Time tested

Three months


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Tim Thompson

By Tim Thompson

Head of Content, former Bike magazine Editor, Nurburgring-lover