Five Fast Facts: Shoei Neotec Helmet

New-for-2012 DOT-approved modular design raises the (chin)bar for flip-up helmets.

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Modular design: 360-degree Pivot Locking System employs stainless steel jaws that wrap around stainless steel pegs, securing the EPS-lined chinbar in the down position. Large, front-of-helmet release button is easy to manipulate while wearing riding gloves. Smooth, single-handed up/down action.

CNS-1 shield: Noticeably wider and taller than the previous CX-1V of the still-available Multitec, this injection-molded faceshield provides a broad, clear field of vision. Changing shields is a snap with the new Neotec-exclusive QR-N baseplate. Included anti-fog Pinlock insert is likewise easy to install and effective, but, technically, is illegal for night use because it does not meet VESC-8 light-transmission standards.

Ventilation: Large shutter-type lower chin vent is effective and can be opened or closed while wearing even thick gloves. Same goes for upper intake (three positions) and exhaust vents. Deep channels molded into dual-layer EPS liner move cooling air through the helmet.

QSV-1 sun shield: Provides instant relief from sun glare with one quick motion. Large, left-side-of-helmet slider moves non-locking, injection-molded tinted inner shield up and down. Shoei says the forehead area of the Advanced Integrated Matrix (largely fiberglass) shell is slightly higher to accommodate the internal shield, allowing for no reduction in the thickness of the EPS liner.

3D liner: Interior is plush, removable, washable and replaceable. Center pad components are three-dimensionally shaped to match contours of wearer's head. Fit for the two staffers who tried the helmet was exceptionally comfortable yet maintained a firm, stable hold up to triple-digit speeds. If you wear glasses, try before you buy; your frames may not fit. Center pad and multi-layer cheek pads are available in different thicknesses for customization.

The Shoei Neotec helmet is available in seven solid colors in XS-XXL sizes. MSRP for Anthracite Metallic, Light Silver, Brilliant Yellow (shown), Wine Red or Matte Black is $662.99. Gloss Black or White costs $648.99.

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet