We’ve always said the Shoei VFX is one of the best dirt bike helmets on the market. The fit, feel, build quality and protection is always superb, which is what you’d expect from a premium helmet that has a premium price tag to match. But for 2018, Shoei did the impossible and made the VFX even better with the release of the VFX-WR.
The design is unique, with the VFX-WR instantly recognisable, especially in the Glaive TC2 graphic which we’ve got. The thick chinbar gives maximum protection from impacts at the front along with making it difficult for anything to enter the front opening when you’ve got goggles in place. And speaking of goggles, the eye port is big enough to accept even the biggest frames. The lining is super-plush (plus removable and washable), with the VFX-WR easily comfortable enough to wear non-stop all day.
But it’s the addition of the M.E.D.S. (Motion Energy Distribution System) which is the big news with the new model. While the main layer of EPS liner absorbs impacts from the outside as usual, an additional centred layer of EPS liner reduces rotational acceleration energy to the head in the event of an accident. Anchored by a larger centre column, the inner layer swings during impact, allowing its three perimeter columns to absorb the energy. The result is a significant reduction of rotational force to the rider’s head along with improved protection from low-speed impacts.
The unique silhouette of the VFX-WR isn’t just for looks, with the shell designed to offer excellent aerodynamics (there’s even a spoiler at the back), combined with allowing for a consistent shell thickness throughout. That shell is made up of a dual-layer, multi density EPS liner that also helps protect from impacts at differing speeds.
Undoubtedly the most comfortable dirt bike helmet I’ve ever worn, I’m hoping I don’t get to test the impact resistance anytime soon. But if I do, I’m happy that I’ve got what I believe to be the best dirt bike helmet money can buy looking after me.
Tester: Paul | Distributed by: Whites Powersports | Price: $1049
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