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Shoei VFX-Evo | Product Report | Transworld Motocross

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Shoei VFX-Evo

Price: Starting at $539

What It Is

Rotational impacts and the brain injures that can result have been the hottest topic in helmet safety for the past several years, and the Shoei VFX-Evo is the Japanese premium helmet manufacturer's latest and greatest motocross helmet with technology evolved to try to prevent such injuries. An all-new shell design gives the Evo a distinctive new look while maintaining the classic lines of the VFX line. At the heart of the new helmet is its Motion Energy Distribution System (M.E.D.S.), which is comprised of a dual-layer multi-density EPS liner, with a unique crown portion that rotates upon impact to disperse energy from a crash. The rotating portion of the EPS liner is anchored in the center, and features three additional support columns. A dual-layer EPS lines the entire chon bar for additional protection, the helmet's shell is made of a six-ply fiberglass matrix, and the helmet carries DOT and Snell M2015 certifications. An all-new 3D Max-Dry Interior Padding System is removable and washable.

Hits

We'll start off by saying that the new Shoei VFX-Evo is quite possibly the most comfortable motocross helmet we've ever slipped onto our heads. The liner envelopes your head and none of our test riders encountered any pressure points or fit issues.

The 3D Max-Dry liner is super-comfortable and soft against your face. The helmet slips on nicely and does not fold your ears down initially.

Though the helmet weighs in the same as the VFX-W that preceded it, the EVO feels lighter on your head due to the way its weight is distributed around the helmet.

We were told that in impact testing the new VFX-Evo tested 20% better against rotational impacts than the VFX-W, thanks to the new M.E.D.S. system.

The venting system in the VFX-Evo, combined with the excellent 3D Max-Dry liner, keep your head cool and comfortable during long motos. The helmet is on the quiet side, too, which is always a huge bonus in our book.

The visor design allows for plenty of adjustment, but in our opinion, it should always be run in its highest setting as any lower has a goony appearance and disrupts the seamless transition between the helmet shell and visor.

We like the shape of the shell and the built-in goggle strap channels it provides.

Sixteen different color and graphic combinations are available, including two Josh Grant signature models.

Misses

The Shoei VXF-Evo is pricey, as graphic models start at $719 and go up to $739 for the Josh Grant signature models.

The Verdict

Thankfully we have yet to crash in our VFX-Evo, but even so, that would not guarantee an accurate test of its technology. The materials we've seen—like those from other helmet manufacturers—seem well developed and executed, and the M.E.D.S. system seems to be built on solid theory. Now that Shoei has answered the issue of rotational brain injuries with the VFX-Evo, the consumers are the big winners as there are now at least a half dozen helmet makers producing premium safety helmets with rotational impact systems built in. Study the information made available to you, and choose the helmet you believe in best. As for us, we love the new Shoei VFX-Evo.

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