New gear highlights: June 14, 2019

New gear highlights: June 14, 2019

 SIMON LEE

It’s been a great week for new helmets, from brand-new models to recently debuted paintschemes. Here are our favourites from the last seven days…

Bell Star MIPS Isle of Man

The Isle of Man TT might be over for another year, but Bell have released another homage to the road racing phenomenon.

Plastered on their Star MIPS, the lid features the three-legged emblem of the Isle of Man on both sides and on the top, which are complemented by striking yellow accents and chequered flags.

The Bell Star features MIPS protection – a liner that lets the helmet slide in the same direction as the head in a crash to reduce damaging rotational forces. There are also integrated speaker pockets and a Panovision visor, which has been widened and lengthened for a better field of vision.

The Isle of Man Bell Star has launched at £424.99 in sizes XS-2XL.

Vemar Kona Desert

Vemar’s budget-friendly Kona adventure helmet has been around for the past year, but they’ve released three new desert-themed colourschemes.

Available in green/fluo yellow, bronze/black and white/orange and all with an initial price of £149.99, the Kona is both an on and off-road helmet.

One large MX-style chin vent on the front controls the majority of airflow, and a removable and washable lining keeps things fresh.

The visor is Pinlock-ready (although the Pinlock insert itself is not available just yet), and there’s also a drop-down sunvisor.

The three new colours are available in sizes XS-2XL.

Shoei X-Spirit 3 – Power Rush TC-8

If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking “I really wish I could have an angry green rhino helmet”, Shoei have clearly heard you.

Their latest design comes on their flagship, MotoGP-tested X-Spirit 3, and boy is it bright. A shocking orange background with navy blue highlights accentuates what certainly looks like a fuming green rhino punching his way towards you.

The X-Spirit 3 makes use of four shell sizes – XS-S, M, L, XL-2XL – for a more accurate fit, a Pinlock visor which is also equipped for racing tear-offs and multiple points of ventilation.

The Power Rush design has launched at £699.99 in sizes XS-XL.

Scorpion Exo-Tech

Scorpion’s new Exo-Tech lid is ideal for touring.

Their new modular helmet has a flip-back chinbar, which is easily moved back and stashed away behind your head. It’s homologated as a jet helmet as well as a full-face, meaning it’s legal to ride with it flipped over to create an open-face lid.

An internal drop-down sunvisor is operated using a switch at the base of the helmet on the left hand side, and the main visor is also Pinlock ready (with insert included).

The super-soft lining is removable, machine washable and according to Scorpion’s UK importers, “a custom-made slipper for your head.”

The Exo-Tech has launched in three graphics at £289.99 and two plain colours at £249.99. All five are available in sizes XS-2XL.