Earliest expected availability is late February.
The new Shoei X-14 race helmet is expected to arrive this spring. Caught in action being worn by Marc Marquez during a few MotoGP testing dates in late 2015, the X-14 is the hugely anticipated upgrade to Shoei’s premiere track and race helmet, the X-12. It brings with it some very interesting new features designed to give back those few critical milliseconds lost on the race track to helmet drag and buffeting. In a world in which a rider’s equipment is dialed precisely for peak performance on any given day, Shoei’s X-14 extends that capability to the helmet.
The new shell shape of the X-14 provides improved aerodynamics, aided by interchangeable stabilizer wings on the back of the helmet. There are two different wing sizes available for the X-14, one standard and one optional, allowing the rider to cater the airflow to the track conditions, riding position, and to personal preference.
Additionally, the new CWR-F shield has small vortex generators that help to pull air back and off the edge of the shield and minimize energy lost to turbulence around that point.
Field of View and Shield
The cheek pads and center pad of the X-14 can be repositioned to change the angle of the helmet on the head up to 4 degrees. This is a cool feature for riders who will be using the X-14 on the streets during the week and the track on the weekends. You can set up the helmet’s angle to improve your vertical field of vision in the aggressive race tuck.
The X-14 also features Shoei’s new CWR-F shield and QR-E side plate system, which seems to be very closely related to the absolutely fantastic shield system introduced by Shoei on the RF-1200 last year. In addition to featuring those little vortex generators on the side edge for improved aerodynamics, the CWR-F is significantly more rigid than its predecessor on the X-12. This reduces flex and creates a better seal, especially critical at track speeds. The QR-E is spring-loaded, pulling the shield securely into its seat for a watertight, rock-solid seal.
Ventilation is another area that the X-14 shows some major advancements. All the vents have been altered to deliver more airflow, but the most newsworthy airflow feature is Shoei’s totally new cheek pad venting system. An intake on the chin channels air back to the cheek pads, where holes in the pads make a whole new world of ventilation possible around the face.
Expect more details to surface on the new Shoei X-14 when dealer samples start circulating in February or March!
Shoei X-14 Helmet Features
- Constructed with lightweight and strong AIM+, Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus, Shoei’s most advanced shell material
- Featuring a dual-Layer, multi-density EPS liner for maximized impact absorption and ventilation
- Standard rear flaps can be replaced with optional narrower flaps and removable lower air spoiler can be affixed to the chin bar to improve aerodynamic stability
- New CWR-F shield features vortex generators to reduce air friction
- Pinlock-prepared anti-fog shield (Pinlock insert included) and scratch-resistant coating
- 99% UV-A and UV-B protective
- QR-E base plate is spring-loaded for a secure, watertight seal around gasket
- New double shield locking to prevent unwanted opening
- Cheek Pad Cooling System delivers airflow from the chin vent to the face via channels in the EPS and holes in the cheek pads
- Includes chin curtain and breath guard
- Cheek pads and center pads can be manipulated to change the angle of the helmet up to 4 degrees to maximize field of vision in the race tuck
- Featuring 3D Max-Dry helmet liner that wicks sweat and moisture 2X faster than traditional nylon interior
- Emergency Quick Release System allows emergency personnel to more easily remove helmet in the event of an injury
- Available in sizes XS-2XL (four shell and five EPS sizes)
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