The Shoei Neotec 2 is a modular helmet design that replaces its predecessor: the original Neotec. The previous Neotec is one of (if not) the best Modular Helmet available on the market today. It targets the touring rider that wants a high quality helmet. What they basically did is take the original neotec 1 helmet and developed it into today’s standards. This resulted in various improvements in safety, ventilation, wind noise isolation, the visor mechanism, visibility, aerodynamics and comfortable fit.
Despite the name, the Shoei Neotec II is much more than a simple upgrade. As one may expect from Shoei, this helmet is full of innovation. The Neotec II has set the bar for all new high quality Flip-Up Helmets. The best comparison could be made with the Schuberth C4 Pro and the AGV Sportmodular. But where Shoei and Schuberth have had a rich history of high-quality modular helmets, the AGV Sportmodular is a new comer. which yet needs to proof itself on the long term. Most important is to decide on what you actually expect it to do for you. The most expensive is not always the best helmet in terms of quality. Especially modular helmets are the most challenging to manufacture and that is why few brands have delivered a model that can actually compete with the Neotec2 or C4. Apart from its direct competitors the Neotec 2 is miles ahead of the competition. It quite hard to compare the more affordable HJC RPHA90, Shark Evo-One 2 or Roof Boxxer Carbon modular helmets to a Neotec. You would typically find those 3 in the mid-range category. They give you that taste of a high-end model but with a great value on the price. While the Neotec 2, C4 Pro and the Sportmodular really offer the more luxurious features. So let’s take a closer look at what the Neotec actually offers. With already a great modular helmet, Shoei had the difficult task to make the best even better. But what makes a good modular helmet? At Champion Helmets we tested the helmet for a good review to give you a good idea of what you can expect.
Shoei leads the market when it comes to safety. Like its predecessor, the shell is made of Shoei’s extremely strong AIM material – which stands for Advanced Integrated Matrix. This fiberglass composite is used to produce the three different shell sizes. This avoids the use of unnecessary material in the small sizes to make the shell suitable, keeping the helmet light-weight. The 3 different shells enable a superior helmet that is tailored to the different head sizes.
Also, the helmet has a shock absorption EPS liner and a stainless steel Micro ratchet. This micro ratched closure offers you a quick and smooth opening and closure. It is easily adjustable to the right fit. The inner shell of Double Density EPS is engineered to absorb different impact scenarios, making the Neotec 2 offer unrivaled safety for the rider. The EPS has the same thickness all over the helmet interior. The internal sunvisor QSV-1 is integrated in the helmet without handing in on the safety of the EPS. The helmet shell is raised a little bit at the forehead area to add space into the helmet for the housing of the sunvisor. The Neotec 2 has a one-hand operated flip-up mechanism that allows you to one-handedly open and lock the chin guard in the flipped-up position. Something that many other modular helmets don’t offer. The Neotec 2 is certified to be used as a jet helmet as well as a full face helmet. When the helmet is in open position it is used as a open face helmet and when the chin piece is closed the helmet is used as a full face helmet. The Neotec helmet combined the two categories in one helmet, without submitting to safety. It is recommended though, to ride with the chinbar in closed position for the best possible safety. This helmet offers you the possibility to have a quick snack or drink at a gas station for example, by just opening the chin bar, without having to remove the helmet.
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