I’m in good company in admiring the Shoei X-Spirit II: Marquez, McGuinness, Byrne, Smith… the list goes on. It’s about excellence, not innovation. It features a composite shell made of layers of fibreglass and carbon fibre, an EPS liner with higher levels of density in more critical areas, a D-ring fastening and quick-release cheekpads. All good stuff.
But a race lid isn’t always the best choice for the road. They can be too focused and uncompromising after a while. But that’s not the case with the Shoei X-Spirit II. It’s all-day comfortable, has a plush lining, the chin curtain helps keep you warm on a cold day and has as much ventilation as you could want on a hot one.
As a testament to its all-round capabilities I could just as happily wear it on a summer trackday as I could on a motorway slog in the depths of winter. A selection of colours and replicas of Shoei X-Spirit II are available. But if you want to look like Marc Marquez, it costs an extra £115.