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Shoei NXR motorcycle helmet | £329.99 (plain) | www.shoeiassured.co.uk | Tested by Carli Ann Smith

If you’re looking for a no-nonsense, full-face, lightweight, sports helmet then the NXR may be the choice for you. I’d seen the specification of this new lid from Shoei, and having been a big fan of the Shoei GT-Air (which I’ve been using for a year now), I thought it would be right up my street.

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One of the first things you notice, before you even put it on, is just how light the NXR is – 1300g to be precise. The lid has a newly designed shell which is smaller in size to its predecessor and there’s been plenty of testing done in a wind tunnel to ensure it’s aerodynamic. Why does it matter? If a helmet isn’t aerodynamic, it can often put your neck under increased strain and the wind can make it wobble around at high speed – not with this lid. I’ve done numerous track days, motorway journeys and my regular commute and the lightweight ACU Gold approved shell does its job.