Shoei is manufacturing high-quality street helmets with off-road helmets for many decades. This experience and confidence of Shoei’s put them on next level of helmet construction and design. And the best example to prove this is “Shoei VFX-W Off-Road/Motocross helmet”
Yes, we are talking about the best MX helmet offering by Shoei. This off-road helmet is considered as a standard for off-road motorcycle helmets. Thanks to all the features and perfection of the VFX-W that top pro riders like Josh Grant, Dean Wilson, Robby Bell, and Taka Higashino ride with maximum confidence and comfort.
If you want to go deep then you can check out our Shoei VFX-W Helmet Review to know why many riders and motorcyclists choosing VFX-W off-road helmet over other off-road helmets.
Shoei VFX-W Helmet Review 2018
Shell Design & Protection Level
Shell Design matters a lot in Motocross and off-road motorcycle riding. That’s why Shoei used Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ technology to make a lightweight and rigid shell which combines fiberglass with organic fibers that prove to be so strong which can’t break easily. It is Shoei’s strongest and lightweight shell which also comes with Dual-Layer EPS Liner which has the ability to use various densities of foam for enhanced impact absorption during any crash.
Aerodynamic stability is a key feature in VFX-W Helmet just like it comes in other Shoei helmets. It is wind-tunnel tested and is currently present in four shells and five liner sizes for more fit options on most of the head sizes.
Yeah! One more thing.
Its incredible protection level is the reason Shoei approved D.O.T. and Snell M2015 safety standards.
Ventilation System in Shoei VFX-W helmet is fantastic. Shoei already knows the importance of ventilation performance in off-road riding.So, they put everything in exact place. From wind-tunnel tested vent ports with right sizes and shapes to maximize airflow inside the helmet. There are a couple of front top vents, single large chin vent, and three brow vents.
First, let’s talk about the top vents. Front intake vents allow cool air inside the helmet and are exhausted through rear vents by the negative pressure. It maintains the airflow and ventilation system on top of the head. That credit also goes to the Dual-Layer EPS Liner which is specially designed to allow cool air to travel through the tunnels created in the EPS liner and also generates negative air pressure to draw warm air through the rear vents of the helmets. A massive rear collar exhaust vent easily passes warm air from the helmet.
Same goes for chin vent. A single large chin vent is fully capable of providing the ventilation in off-road environments. A sleek mouthpiece comes along with VFX-W off-road helmet which prevents dust, mud, rocks, and roosts from entering helmet. This is reinforced by an aluminum mesh screen to pull cool air in through chin bar. And you can wash and remove this foam any time you want.
Shoei’s VFX-W has a large eye port which gives a greater field of vision. You can use oversized goggles in your off-road riding.
Interior and Comfort Level
Shoei VFX-W off-road helmet features 3D Max-Dry Interior System which is fully washable, removable, and adjustable material. This Max-Dry interior material is capable of dissipating sweat and moisture 2times faster than any other average interior material. Plus, multi-layer cheek pads and 3d shape available for more comfort and helmet stabilization during riding a motorcycle.
Overall, I think comfort level of Shoei VFX-W is excellent. Because, you will option to customise fit, faster sweat soaking material, and 3D shape for stabilization.
Notable Features: Safety, Design
Best Suited For Normal Use
Just like the other Shoei helmets, Shoei VFX-W’s look dates back to the mid-’90s from the front. However, when you turn the helmet, you’ll observe how the makers have brought in some “edge styling” into the helmet. With VFX-W, Shoe got rid of the Snap-On plastic vents that have known to be damage prone, so that’s a plus point. The biggest negative point of this helmet is how hard it is to get your head in it. However, you will only face this while fitting yourself into it, once you’re able to get it on, there won’t be any problems after that.
VFX-W is arguably the best fitting Shoei helmet, once you are able to put it on. The safety factor of this helmet is a plus. Shoei has incorporated the quick release system for emergencies. This allows the cheek pads to be removed while the helmet is still on. It is a smart and safety assuring move. Ventilation is ensured three-piece liner designed in the helmet, as it is a route for the air to come in and keep your head cool. There aren’t any significant gains in ventilation when compared with the VFX-DT. Despite some cons, VFX-W is arguably their best work in recent times.
- AIM+ Shell for incredible protection
- Excellent Ventilation System
- Customise fit
- Noise Issue