We weren’t going to mention it, but Shoei acknowledged that, yes, the VFX-W – the brand’s flagship dirt bike helmet – has done its time, and done it well. The next generation of the VFX was long overdue, though. But evolution takes time, as does world-class design, engineering and quality, all of which Shoei is known for. In early 2018, Kiwis will be able to don the all-new Shoei VFX-WR, which will continue to be distributed across Aotearoa by White’s Powersports.
Introducing the Shoei VFX-WR
So, what can riders expect from the VFX-WR? Instead of reading from the highlight of the press kit, The Fast Times got the inside from those in the know. But, along with the safety, style and progression that Shoei has always know for – a legacy that looks set to continue – the VFX-WR brings new tech that is exclusive to Shoei’s next flagship helmet: Motion Energy Distribution System (M.E.D.S.). For Shoei, M.E.D.S. is strategically engineered to reduce rotational acceleration energy to the head in the event of an accident. Basically, it keeps your brain from bouncing off your skull during falls, no matter what speed you hit the ground at. According to Shoei, the system can result in a 15 per cent reduction in rotational forces to your brain.
Even though the new tech that was designed to keep your brain safe from those rotational forces is one of the most important aspects to the new helmet, riders of all levels still want the performance that Shoei is known for, right along with that new level of protection. Just like its predecessor, the iconic VFX-W, the VFX-WR brings all the other details that riders expect from a performance helmet. From the inside out, there is M.E.D.S. and an all-new two-piece EPS liner, which does the bulk of protecting your head from injury.
To add to the protection, but also make the helmet comfortable, Shoei has retained its 3D Max-Dry System II, a liner that wicks moisture away and keeps you, the rider, cooler for longer. Around the front, Shoei has also kept the Emergency Quick Release System in the cheek pads, which allows first responders to easily and safely remove the helmet from a downed rider.
The outer shell, which is DOT and Snell certified, has 16 vents to keep air flowing through the bucket and liner. And since the helmet has been completely redesigned, the graphics and colourways will be all new for 2018, which is still the most important aspect for some riders.
The Shoei VFX-WR is now available to Kiwis.
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