MO Tested: Shoei VFX-EVO Helmet Review

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By Brent Jaswinski


Editor Score: 92.0%

Aesthetics 9.5/10
Protection 9.0/10
Value 9.0/10
Comfort/Fit 9.5/10
Quality/Design 9.75/10
Weight 9.0/10
Options/Selection 9.0/10
Innovation 8.75/10
Weather Suitability 8.5/10
Desirable/Cool Factor 10.0/10
Overall Score 92/100

Helmets are a lot like shoes, and like a good pair of shoes, the right helmet can be incredibly versatile and can complement a variety of different outfits, or gear sets in this case, for an assortment of various riding disciplines. The Shoei VFX-Evo has been my number one go-to off-road helmet since the day I got it back in January, and I’ve been reaching for it almost exclusively anytime any sort of dirt riding is on the menu.

One can’t help but think of Shoei anytime premium motorcycle helmets are brought up. Since 1959, says Shoei, every Shoei has been handmade in Japan utilizing a sophisticated process that involves over 50 people for each and every helmet. Shoei doesn’t offer multiple versions of the same helmet with different technologies and varying price points. Rather, the company only offers what they consider to be the best for the category, and the VFX-Evo is its premier off-road helmet.

From motocross and dual-sport, to flat track and adventure riding, the Shoei VFX-Evo fits the bill anytime any sort of dirt riding enters the equation.

The VFX-Evo’s predecessor, the VFX-W, was incredibly popular amongst many top riders, and it went unchanged for almost ten years because of how ahead of the times it was when initally released. The Evo takes it to another level. Like many other helmet technologies of recent years, the Evo’s top priority is to mitigate rotational acceleration to the head, neck and brain. Shoei calls its technology the Motion Energy Distribution System, or M.E.D.S. for short.

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