Introducing… Shoei Glamster

Introducing… Shoei Glamster

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The burgeoning retro custom helmet world will expand once more in 2020 with the arrival of Shoei’s new Glamster.

It follows on from the success of the open-face J-O and motocross-style EX-Zero, bringing a road-style full-face lid to the collection.

The Glamster harks back to the 1980s with its narrow chinbar and mesh-backed vents, which go straight through to the interior without any option to close them.

There’s no new-school quick-release visor, with a screw-down mechanism to secure the all-new visor itself to the composite-fibre shell.

Modernity does get a look in with the opening and locking mechanism at the lower left edge of the visor, which is taken directly from Shoei’s NXR sports helmet.

And a Pinlock Evo anti-mist insert is included with the helmet, again taken from the NXR, to keep vision clear.

The new visor seals against a rubber strip around the visor aperture to keep out wind and rain, with Shoei promising the Glamster is a credible option for touring riding.

A vent below the retro Shoei logo does have a shutter to give the rider the option to block or allow air to flow through channels in the multiple-density EPS liner, which is backed by a brushed interior similar to its retro stablemates.

That interior includes modern essentials like emergency-release cheekpads and synthetic leather panels above the eyebrows and around the neckroll. The lid is secured by a D-ring strap to maintain the simplicity of the design.

The Glamster is due to arrive in spring 2020 in three shell sizes, one covering sizes XS-M, another for M-L and the largest shell covering XL and XXL.

Four plain paintschemes – off-white, basalt grey, gloss black and matt black – will be joined in the UK line-up by the Resurrection graphic in the three colour options in the photos above.

Prices at launch will be £409.99 for the plain colours and £499.99 for the graphics, which features a different Shoei logo that’s more reminiscent of the 1970s than the ʼ80s emblem used on the plain lids.