Shoei, the Global Premium helmet company, which is distributed in the UK, Ireland and the Channel Islands exclusively by Feridax, has announced a new addition to its 2010 UK range, which will be available in dealers from September.
The brand new Qwest has all the qualities and leading edge technology expected of a Shoei helmet including superb comfort and unrivalled fit, plus the highest quality build construction and the usual Shoei attention to detail. The Qwest will be available at a suggested retail price starting at £259.99, raising to £339.99 for the graphic models. This means that riders now have another entry point into the new Shoei helmet technology - allowing them to appreciate the technology, flawless fit and safety features employed in Shoei helmets. The Qwest has been completely designed from the ‘ground up’ with three main concepts in mind; comfort, weight and noise reduction.
The Qwest has a weight of just 1400g (+/- 50) at size M. A spoiler shape at the rear head restrains DRAG and LIFT by controlling an air stream over the shell surface to ease load to the neck. The Qwest is also 60.3% quieter than the Shoei Raid-II model (equivalent to 2.2db).
The Qwest will be available to pre-order instore from September and will be available in Black, Light Silver, Matt Black, Gloss White as well as two graphic models in sizes XXS–XXL.
Over the last few years, Shoei has introduced mainly sports oriented helmets. In 2008 we introduced the VFX-W - one of the most popular and requested professional motocross helmets around the world. In 2009 Shoei introduced the XR-1100 as the new benchmark in sport / touring helmets and the X-Spirit II as our premium racing helmet, worn by professional racers from MotoGP to World and British Super Bikes.
The aim with the Qwest was to come out with the best possible touring helmet. Our development department was briefed to find the best balance between a comfortable, lightweight and effective noise-cancelling helmet that would be a pleasure to wear.
The QWEST utilises The CW-1 visor and Q.R.S.A. system (currently used on both the X-Spirit-II and the XR-1100). The visor system ensures easy fixing and removal by a one touch, variable axis mechanism by a spring equipped visor base, which maintains close contact between visor and helmet.
This reduces wind noise caused from around the visor substantially and makes adjustment of the visor easy. High visibility increases safe and comfortable riding.
The CW-1 is made of polycarbonate and 3-D moulded with minimum distortion. It is hard coated and vastly reduces the effects of UV. An effective Pinlock® fog-free lens has been enlarged by about 30% through the combination of a CW-1 visor and the Q.R.S.A. system with variable axis mechanism. The vision in the upper portion of the visor has been substantially improved and promises high safety and comfort in such varying situations as rainy weather and cold mornings for different motorcycles and riding positions.
Main components such as a shell and an impact absorbing liner have been newly designed to ensure performance to satisfy all requirements.
Noise reduction during riding has been improved to minimise external ambient noise, which causes rider fatigue (during especially long rides) as much as possible. This has been done without reducing the noise blocked by the interior padding which may block essential 'informative sounds' which improve road awareness. A flush surface design reduces the occurrence of uncomfortable wind noise. Reduction of steps between the shell and parts, such as ventilation and visor, minimises other uncomfortable noise.
Increasing the number of shell sizes from 3 to 4 ensures ideal fit for all helmet sizes. Interiors consist of a 3-D centre pad and a multi layered cheek pad. While a 3-D pad (a Shoei standard) is used for a centre pad, a multi layered polyurethane foam, as used in the XR-1100, is utilised for cheek padding. A combination of polyurethane foams in different softness maintains firm hold whilst minimising deterioration after a long period of use or repeated washing. Elimination of excessive pressure together with adopting soft touch fabric maintains the flawless fitting that riders have to come to expect of a Shoei premium helmet.
Slits for glasses applied to a cheek pad makes wearing with glassses / sunglasses easy and comfortable. An integrated neck pad reduces riding wind and noise from around the neck.
Cheek pads and the chinstrap cover are both removable ensuring a perfect fit through the application of varying cheek pad sizes. A space in the liner (left) can accommodate an intercom speaker.
A newly designed large upper intake is equipped in the perfect position and angle for the most effective performance through viewing and analysing the data of experiments in Shoei's cutting edge wind tunnel facility.
A lower air intake has also been newly designed to be visually appealing and the large shutter has been designed specifically to be easily operated by a gloved hand.
Air absorbed from around the mouth is fed through a defroster, minimising fogging of the visor. An outlet defroster exclusive to the QWEST is angled so that the air absorbed from the lower air intake will not come into contact with the eyes directly. The brand new top outlet exhausts hot and humid air inside the helmet which makes use of the negative pressure of riding wind and controls the air stream effectively.
The well balanced Shoei ventilation performance guarantees real comfort.
Shoei's own dual liner has been adopted for the QWEST. An air route installed between the two layered impact absorbing liner distributes fresh air absorbed from a large intake and exhausts hot air effectively from the rear outlet. Its combination of intake and outlet parts gives the very real impression of a 'breathing helmet'.
A shell shape formed of complex lines gives an aesthetically pleasing appearance and was developed using Shoei‘s accumulated scientific data and expert knowledge, as well as repeated experiments in Shoei's own wind tunnel facility. Extensive riding tests have also been undertaken. A spoiler shape at the rear of the head restrains drag and lift by controlling the air stream over the shell surface and eases load to the neck.
A combination of Shoei's own AIM+ shell and dual liner is used by the QWEST.
Strict safety standards in various countries and areas have been easily met and the European model satisfies ECE R22/05.
Shell in AIM +
Organic fibreglass, multi-composite and high performance organic fibre in various layers for a shock-absorbent shell with optimum rigidity.
EPS liner system with two densities
Optimised protection through EPS elements with different shock-absorbing levels.
Mist-retardant CW-1 pinlock visor
With safety locking mechanism and dual resistance visor seal, fast and simple ex- change.
Easy to use and always perfectly adjusted.
4 different outer shell constructions
For perfect fit and maximum compactness. Sizes: 1) XXS-XS, 2) S-M, 3) L and 4) XL-XXL.
In 6 different sizes for individual fine adjustment of fit (31, 33, 35, 37, 39, 41 mm)
Low weight of only 1,400 g
(+/-50 g) for size M, to reduce neck muscle fatigue.
Detachable and washable cheek pads
For easy cleaning and in different sizes for custom fit.
Detachable and washable chinstrap cover
For better care.
Multiple venting and extraction
For optimum ventilation.
Inlet vents on the upper head and chin
For fresh air supply.
2 Outlet vents on the back of the helmet
To exhaust the used warm air.