The Shoei X-Spirit 3 helmet targets track enthusiasts and sportbike riders that want a high-end Full-Face helmet. The starting point for Shoei was that they had to improve the original X-Spirit 2 which was one of leading models amongst luxurious full-face helmets. So they took rider feedback from across the globe and translated that into high quality Japanese manufacturing. And that comes with a price tag. This model is being worn by none other than 7-time motoGP World Champion Marc Marquez. Shoei co-developed this helmet with Marquez’s requirements into consideration and this resulted in developing the ultimate racing helmet. The x-spirit III has been designed for high-performance use and they gave everything to reach maximum safety. The x-spirit has been tested in the Shoei’s wind tunnel to measure how the helmet behaves at high speeds. And the stability of the helmet at high speeds has become even better than its predecessor. The x-spirit III has a new cheek vent system. This system is a noticeable difference between the new and old X-Spirit 2 helmet. It ventilates the lower side of the helmet and has airflow enter the helmet from the chin side, in addition to the top ventilation, to keep the whole head cool. They brought it down on the helmet to reach a more streamlined aerodynamic design. They also improved the rear spoiler. It is designed to let loose in case of an accident. The rear spoiler is an important part of the aerodynamically streamlined design.
It will be quite hard to find a competitor that has the same quality features and benefits as the X-Spirit 3 but they are there. One of the most mentioned helmets when you do research is the AGV Pista GP R Helmet. This is a pure racing helmet that was made for the track. Also developed with MotoGP Legend Valentino Rossi. We at Champion helmets believe this helmet is a little stronger on design and offers a little less qualitative inner liner and ventilation. We do agree this is probably the closest any racing helmet will approach the X-Spirit 3. Aside from the two racing helmets there is a gap to the other high-end Full-Face helmets available out there. Other high-end sports helmets that are more affordable and will probably give you great bang for the buck are HJC RPHA 11 and the Shark Race R Pro Carbon. These helmets will give you a taste of the XSpirit3 and the PistaGP but you will pay almost half the price and still get high quality features. Wearing them both will really show the difference. The big difference is that the top 2 will give you those high-end features in a very well developed and luxurious execution.
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