Firecrest Moto Review: Best Motorcycle Helmets 2016

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Firecrest Motorcycle Outfitters take an exclusive look at the latest and best innovations in motorcycle technology 2016. This review examines the new models and creative technology from Shoei, Arai, Shark and AGV helmets.

MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez Tests The Shoei X-Spirit 3

MotoGP's Youngest World Champion Marc Marquez Tests The Shoei X-Spirit 3

"The new X-Spirit III is beautifully crafted, extremely comfortable and extremely efficient." Marc Marquez, MotoGP Champion

2016 heralds the best innovations the world of motorcycling has ever seen, and these new helmets promise to revolutionise the wearer experience. In this review, Firecrest Moto examines the top picks for next year.

The brand new Shoei X-Spirit III was launched by Marc Marquez at the Aragon MotoGP. This helmet features customisable aerodynamic wings and a visor ratchet system that adjusts for optimal performance. The large back spoiler on this new design increases air flow and minimises turbulence, using the upgradable wing inserts to tailor to your riding style. The standard wide wings are ideal for high speed straight line stability, and a narrow wing kit can be used on circuits know for tight turns and chicanes.

French manufacturer Shark have been perfecting their most popular helmet series, the Evoline, into a new and more intuitive design they call the Evo One. Featuring a reassuringly smooth chinbar mechanism, meaning the rider can wear this attractive dual homologated flip helmet with improved ease. The Evo One is a comfortable touring helmet, suitable for long distance and regular journeys. Compared to the Evoline S3, the Shark Evo-One possesses a larger dropdown sun shield, and a brand new compact sized, reduced weight carbon fibre and fibreglass shell.

Heritage helmet brand Arai insist on evolution, not revolution, and their all new racing model is no exception. Full carbon fibre shell in Arai’s signature round silhouette with its instantly recognisable side pods, the Arai RX 7V helmet is constructed for maximum lightness, ease of wear, inbuilt rider ergonomics, and optimised airflow. Arai race history is undisputed, with famous names like Doohan, Schwantz, and the formidable Dunlop clan choosing to wear this world class helmet brand.

Each season, Italian brand AGV collate their MotoGP and test rider data to improve and perfect their top of the range helmet, the Pista GP, worn by Valentino Rossi. This racing helmet is so intricate in its construction, requiring such a high temperature and pressure combination, that it is now manufactured in the prestigious Boeing Aeronautics facility. The Pista GP was developed inside and out with the assistance of VR46 himself.

The one to watch remains the AGV K5 helmet. Affordable and accessible, the K5 lends itself to both sports and street style, and is crafted from a fibreglass composite shell, with features usually reserved for top of the range motorcycle helmets. What is certain is that 2016 brings unprecedented choice in motorcycle helmets and a host of new technologies. These innovations from internationally respected, high quality brands in safety and design make 2016 the most creative and exciting year yet for motorcycling.

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