The new Shoei X-Twelve not only looks phenomenal, it also has outstanding build quality and construction with the highest regard in rider safety. The price is a bit steep with a list price of around $800 (for some versions). I purchased the Kagayama 3 TC-2 blue and white paint scheme and it has dep metalflake accents. The question is this: Does a $800 helmet protect your skull any better than those costing half as much? If a helmet meets DOT, Snell 2010, or ECE ratings, or any combination of those, isn’t that good enough?
Safety is one thing to pay good money for. Other items to pay a premium for a helmet are the level of comfort the helmet brings, build quality of the moving parts and ventilation, as well as the overall fit and finish, including the paint scheme.
All of the moving parts on the X-Twelve operate with precision. The X-Twelve hosts the Shoei Q.R.S.A (Quick Release Self-Adjusting) base plate system which allows for very quick and easy shield changes as well as ensures a wind and waterproof seal. The all-new CW-1 shield is both wider and taller than its predecessors and promises distortion free vision with a three-dimensional injection-molding process.
The X-Twelve utilizes Shoei’s proprietary AIM+ technology combining fiberglass with organic fibers that are so strong it can only be cut with a laser creating a stronger, lighter shell that will absorb and distribute an impact safely and efficiently. The shell comes in five sizes varying from XS-XXL and sports the Aero Edge 2 Spoiler which helps minimize lift at high speed and reduces drag from the rider and the motorcycle all while increasing negative air pressure improving exhaust performance and ventilation.
The ventilation system features five intake and ten exhaust vents, making it the most aggressively ventilated helmet produced by Shoei. Wind tunnel testing identified the best locations and shapes of intake and exhaust vents to provide maximum airflow and features new Side Extractor Vents developed by MotoGP racing to help clear warm, humid air from the racer’s face.
The X-Twelve has a fully removable, washable, and replaceable 3D Max Dry liner which is designed to absorb and dissipate sweat two-times faster than traditional nylon interiors. Additionally, a chin curtain can be inserted into the lower edge of the chin bar to reduce wind turbulence and noise and comes with the helmet. Also included is a breath guard which can be inserted in the upper edge of the chin bar to reduce fogging by diverting exhausted breath down to the bottom of the helmet.
Last but not least, the Shoei X-Twelve comes with the E.Q.R.S (Emergency Quick Release System) that allows for mechanical tabs to disengage the cheek pads for easy removal by emergency medical personnel allowing the helmet to be removed with minimum load to the rider in emergency situations.
Overall, the X-Twelve is a beautiful helmet and some of the cost certainly went towards making the fit and finish some of the best in the industry and comes with a 5 year warranty from purchase date or 7 year warranty from helmet manufacture date, whichever comes first. Click here for the Shoei X-Twelve manual.