Flip Up Helmets Deserve Their Rising Popularity As They Are Now Serious Players In The Rider Protection Gear Space
Shoei have announced the release of the Neotec; a new model of flip-up helmet that they claim to be a significant improvement over its predecessor, the popular Multitec.
Shoei has stated that the Neotec is not considered as a replacement for the Multitec but as a complementary offering. Shoei are offering a choice of two flip-up helmets in its current line up.
After listening to their Multitec helmet users Shoei have raised the bar higher by releasing the Neotec. The Neotec incorporates a drop down sun visor, increased noise reduction and lighter weight through the use of 5-ply Shock Absorbent Fibreshell.
Shoei also seemed to have listened to concerns from their users that the Multitec chin bar was too confining for some riders, and they extended the length of the Neotec chin bar by 8mm.
The Shoei Neotec has nearly three times more ventilation than the Multitec because of its additional intake and exhaust vents.
Shoei are stating that the quiet, stable feel of the Neotec allows a more relaxed environment for the rider, reducing stress on longer rides.
What’s more is that Shoei claim the Neotec is their quietest helmet ever.
The double D-ring on the Multitec has been replaced on the Neotec with a 100% stainles steel micro ratchet system.
The Neotec helmet combines and improves on the convenience of an open face helmet with the safety and comfort of a full face helmet.
Here are the features we can all expect with the Shoei Neotec helmet when it finally hits the stores.
Retractable/Removable Sun Visor
- Easily operable lever mechanism
- Anti-fog, anti-scratch, 99% UV blocking
- New Pinlock-ready CNS-1 faceshield
- Wider and taller than the CX-1V that it replaces
- 3D injection molding process insures a distortion-free view
Improved Ventilation and Aerodynamics
- Newly designed vortex generators pull air through helmet
- 200+% more airflow than Multitec
- Added inlets and outlets
- Vents are flush against helmet to maintain aerodynamics
5-Ply Shock-Absorbing Fiber Shell
- 3 shell sizes
- AIM Multi-Composite construction
- Lightweight yet strong
- Shell-integrated spoiler reduces lift and drag during high-speed riding
Dual EPS Liner
- Multi-density EPS for optimal protection
- Two vents funnel fresh air through the EPS liner
- Dual liner channels route and disperse air evenly throughout the helmet
- EPS liner in chin bar
All New Interior
- Fully removable 3D interior liner
- Top center pad is removable and washable
- Improved cheekpad design allows better fit with eyeglasses
- Included chin curtain can be inserted into the chin bar to reduce turbulence and noise
Currently only the dark smoke sun-visor is listed. Other tints such as light smoke, and high-definition orange and yellow will follow later in 2012.
It is available in 7 block colors from sizes XS to 2XL. Given what appears to be a quantum leap in this style of helmet I suspect they will sell like hot cakes. To fully appreciate the differences between the two models and to see what an extra $150 will buy you over the Multitec helmet read our full review of the Shoei Multitec Modular helmet here.
All of us who do enjoy touring will be looking forward to see if the Shoei Neotec lives up to all that it promises. Shoei have been in the business for a while now, and I’d be surprised if there aren’t a whole stack of satisfied Neotec owners out there by the end of 2012.
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