In the market for a new premium sports lid? Jack received Shoei's NXR helmet a few months ago and has put the helmet to daily use and he tells us what he thinks... Words: Jack Maguire Pics: Jack, Heather
Helmets are unquestionably the most important piece of kit for any motorcyclist, and can quite literally be the difference between life and death, so the right choice is important. McLeod’s Accessories recently sent me Shoei’s NXR lid to test, and so far I’m impressed!
When it comes to helmet choice, money should be no object, but of course the reality is for most of us, that is not the case. While the NXR is not the cheapest lid out there, starting from $749.95RRP, it’s a relatively small price to pay for the wellbeing of your noggin. The premium sports helmet uses a multi-ply ‘MATRIX AIM’ shell, with a dual-layer/multi-density EPS liner which will be sure to save your head in an accident. No fancy ratchet buckle locks you into this helmet – just a standard double D-ring strap – but I actually prefer it to the ratchet type.
Popping the NXR on, I found that the fit was absolutely perfect for me – so snug! To date, this lid is my favourite in terms of fitment. It was great from the get go and still is. But, and this might be nit-picking, I found that interior can come unclipped quite easily particularly if you are the rider who puts your gloves inside your helmet while not riding.
It’s a good thing that they clip back in really easily, and so long as you don’t lose it, it’s no big deal. The interior is washable, so you can keep it nice and fresh.
The design of the NXR is striking. It’s definitely a premium sports lid, evident in features such as a functional built in spoiler and sharp design. I received the helmet in the Stab TC-2 Blue colour way which was my favourite, and I’m super impressed with the quality of the paint and finish.
I’m also glad to say that this lid has great weatherproofing. Multiple vents mean that when the weather is hot, you can open them up and they do a good job of cooling you down – but when it’s wet, you can just shut them and you won’t feel a drop of water. I did find that the anti-fog visor wasn’t very anti-fog though, particularly on the much colder days.
The lid is intercom compatible, and has speaker pockets built in which is a handy feature. I usually just stick with my trusty earphones, and there was plenty of room inside to fit them comfortably.
Overall, I love this lid and it is definitely my favourite to date. You can pick up a tinted visor with the NXR for some extra dosh, I’ve got one on order. If you’re in the market for a new sports lid, I highly recommend the NXR. There are a large range of graphics to choose from, and you can browse the full range here.
Shoei NXR Features
- Perfected through hours of wind tunnel development
- Multi-ply Matrix AIM shell with integrated spoiler
- Dual layer/multi-density EPS liner
- CWR-1/CWR-F visor compatibility
- QR-E dual stage baseplates
- 3D Max Dry custom interior system II
- E.Q.R.S – Emergency Quick Release System
- Intercom compatible
- Includes Pinlock EVO visor and insert
The Verdict | Product Review: Shoei NXR premium sports lid