Shoei Hornet X2 Dual-Sport Helmet Has Finally Arrived

Shoei announces the introduction of their all-new Hornet X2, a major update of the successful Hornet dual-sport lid introduced back in 2008. If you ask us, Shoei could have come up with the Hornet X2 even earlier, as nobody would have said it’s too soon. Anyway, better late than never, you know what they say. And what’s even nicer is the fact that the Hornet X2 looks like it was well-worth the wait…
Shoei Hornet X2 3 photos
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Shoei Hornet X2 Dual-Sport HelmetShoei Hornet X2 Dual-Sport Helmet
The Shoei Hornet X2 received several upgrades which made it easier to use and more comfortable, and one of the major changes is the architecture of the visor. This part was redesigned with new vents which are said to critically reduce lift and drag when cruising at high speed on the highway. The air the visor catches at high speed tilts a rider’s head backwards and is a major source of discomfort for those who would not remove it during high-speed hauls.

A tool-less removable face shield which blocks 99% of UV rays

For the Hornet X2, Shoei introduces the CN-2 face shield, a 3D injection mold piece which claims to block 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays, accounting for increased safety. It can be quickly removed without the use of tools and is equipped with a Pinlock EVO fog-resistant lens, definitely one of the best (if not even THE best) anti-fog system to date.

Those who ride off-road quite a lot can also use the Shoei Hornet X2 with goggles, as the face shield retracts and the helmet accommodates dirt goggles perfectly. The lid has a new ventilation system which is said to provide good heat and moisture extraction even al lower speeds, while the dual-density EPS liner also contains air ducts for more efficient cooling.

The shells come in 4 sizes for the best size-to-weight ratio, and this also improves the fit. The outer shell is a Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ construction comprising no less than 6 layers which make it extremely durable without adding to the weight too much. On the inside of the EPS liner you’ll find the proprietary Max-Dry Interior System II liner which is a 3D-shaped, removable, washable and resizable, and it comes with an Emergency Quick Release System, too.

Ear pads, breath guards, a chin curtain and a nylon drawstring helmet bag are included in the box. The Shoei Hornet X2 comes with a neat 5-year guarantee, in sizes XS through XXL. Prices start at $595, with the graphic options raising the bar at $716 (€512-617). No price in Europe so far.

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