Shoei is manufacturing high-quality street helmets with off-road helmets for many decades. This experience and confidence of Shoei’s put them on the 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 Malestrom Helmet Review 2019
Shell Design & Protection Level:
First of all, I would like to mention is, VFX-W Maelstrom is Shoei’s top-of-the-line dirt bike motorcycle helmet which is both DOT and Snell M2015 certified. That means it has been gone through rigorous conditions of safety testing.
Since it is one of the dirt bike helmets Shoei equipped it with the Advanced Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ technology which is a composition of multiple compounds such as fibreglass, organic and other fibres. This high combination of fibres made Shoei VFX-W Maelstrom more resilient, lightweight yet rigid. Such shell design will not only protection from abrasions but from heavy impacts too, caused in a motorcycle crash.
Good thing is, equipping AIM+ shell with the dual EPS liner is the very smart move by Shoei. The EPS provide the layered protection to the rider which is specifically designed in oval shape, with narrow sides for optimal adjustment.
Shoei VFX-W Maelstrom comes at four shells and five liner sizes to ensure integral adjustment and freedom to the rider while riding off-track. Furthermore, the helmet’s aerodynamic properties have been maximized through wind tunnel and riding testing procedures.
There are other safety features available in the helmet which we are going to discuss below. Suffice to say, the helmet is not doubted, the helmet is equipped with all necessary safety features which you required on and off-track riding.
Overall, it is five out of five for safety.
Even though we haven’t found any noise issue among the Shoei VFX-W users but there were some who said that the helmet is not entirely “Quietest”. But, you know what they say, “Nothing is perfect.”
But, I would tell you this: “Only a few helmets like Shoei VFX-W Maelstrom are proficient in providing excellent airflow and minimal noise.”
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 the 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 aluminium mesh screen to pull cool air in through chin bar. And you can wash and remove this foam any time you want.
Although the visor doesn’t play a major role in off-road/ dirt bike motorcycle helmets but still the visor of Shoei VFX-W Maelstrom is designed to protect from the sun and the dust, water or mud. To use the visor with the helmet, one can easily install the visor with the three plastic screws and adjust at different positions.
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.
The 3D MAX-Dry Interior is a removable liner system which is thermomolded to match the liner with the helmet interior. In fact, the cheek pads are available at different sizes so that the rider can get personalize and more optimal fit while going for off-road riding.
Shoei understands how muddy an off-road riding is, thus it equipped cheek pads, upper liner and chin strap which you can easily remove from the helmet to replace or wash.
In reviewing the interior of the helmet, we found out that if the central padding was taken out then you will see the ventilation system is integrated with the internal shell. Furthermore, Shoei also included another important feature of the Emergency Quick Release System (EQRS) to remove the side padding in case of a fall or crash.
Overall, I can say that the interior and comfort level of Shoei VFX-W Maelstrom is remarkable. The helmet won’t disappoint you in providing optimal comfort and protection while riding off-road.
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 the comfort level of Shoei VFX-W is excellent. Because, you will option to customise the fit, faster sweat soaking material, and 3D shape for stabilization.
Notable Features: Safety, Design
Best Suited For – Off-Road Riding
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