Shoei X-Fifteen FIM Homologated racing motorcycle helmet.

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Shoei’s latest top of the range racing helmet: the Shoei X-Fifteen?

Shoei’s X-Fourteen racing helmet has been around since 2016. In that time, it’s been pretty much on the top of the pile with the likes of Mark Marquez and other pro racers wearing it and feeding back into Shoei’s development cycle.

All of that development work looks like it’s now paying off in the form of the new Shoei X-Fifteen (it’ll be called the X-SPR Pro in Europe) that’ll be a direct replacement for the X-Fourteen and will be featuring on MotoGP and other racing grids around the world in the very near future.

Full disclosure though – at the time of writing the X-15 hasn’t yet been officially announced by Shoei for North America. However the X-Fifteen has already been FIM homologated for racing and the replacement for the Shoei X-Spirit III (Europe’s name for the X-Fourteen) has been pencilled in for European launch in Sept ’22. So it’s 99.99% on the cards!

Which means, if you’re after a new top of the range lid for your sportsbike or to take onto the track, the Shoei X-Fifteen is going to be very much of interest. So here’s all the info you’re gonna need…

Safety

(more about helmet safety)

The Shoei X-Fifteen uses a shell made from Shoei’s AIM+ composite fiber construction. AIM+ is essentially a technique for layering up 5 layers of fiberglass with other ‘organic fibers’ to produce a tough shell that’s effective at absorbing shocks while maintaining the shell’s integrity. It’s the same helmet construction that was used on the outgoing X-Fourteen and RF-SR helmets – and both of those were Snell approved.

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Top view of the matt black X-Fifteen showing 3 top vent sliders.

Also, because it’s a racing helmet that’s going to be used by oodles of pro racers, it now has to be approved by the FIM and needs to have their homologation label slapped on it. At the time of writing, sizes XS-M have now been FIM approved which means they’ve been thoroughly tested by the FIM’s testing labs.

And of course, in the US the helmet will have to comply with DOT testing standards – in the EU that’ll the the latest European ECE 22.06 standards.

All of which means, the Shoei X-Fifteen is gonna give you excellent protection. End of.

Of course, there’s more to helmet safety than just the shell and impact protection. And again, the Shoei X-Fifteen should pretty well offer most of what you need.

The faceshield has a plethora of locks to stop it coming off during an impact (see shield section below) and it comes with a Pinlock’s finest antifog insert in the box.

The helmet’s held on to your head using a tried and tested double-d ring strap which are safe as houses if you do them up right. And there’s an EQRS quick release interior to make it easier to get your helmet off after an accident.

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Plain gloss white Shoei X-Fifteen

And finally, the Shoei X-Fifteen is made in four shell sizes. That’s a good number and it means you’re not going to be wearing a helmet shell that’s miles too big or too small and means the helmet you buy will be optimized for you in terms of fit, comfort and safety.

Of course, for this considerable outlay and from a brand like Shoei, you’d totally expect an optimized helmet – that’s a given. But you’re also getting heaps of Shoei helmet know-how along with a racing helmet that’s been developed and honed for over a decade on the track.

All of which means, you can expect it to give you the right levels of protection whether on a circuit or on the roads.

Helmet Noise

(more about helmet noise)

Track helmets aren’t really known for being quiet – and the word is that the Shoei X-Fifteen is no different.

The issue is that racers are atheletes and they don’t half work up a sweat when they’re racing. So ventilation is paramount. And where there’s a ton of ventilation holes and wind getting inside the helmet – like there is on the Shoei X-Fifteen – there’s also going to be a load of noise getting in.

Of course, we all experience noise differently and some owners might find it’s a nice quiet lid whereas others won’t. Though if you bung in some good quality ear plugs you’re pretty well guaranteed to find the X-Fifteen absolutely fine in terms of noise levels when you’re riding.

But if noise is one of your most important buying criteria, you might want to give the Shoei X-Fifteen a miss and check out one of these quietest helmets.

Ventilation

(more about helmet ventilation)

Because it’s a racing helmet, Shoei has designed-in a stack of air vents for the Shoei X-Fifteen. That’s four forehead vents, operated by 3 independent sliders, and a pair of chin bar vents operated by a couple more sliders.

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Shoei’s ventilation diagram

Up top, the vents are pretty conventional in that air’s channelled through the forehead vents, through holes in the helmet shell and into air channels inside the multidensity polystyrene liner.

In the chin bar, the top slider opens up to take air onto the back of the shield for demisting while the bottom slider directs air to each side of the chin bar to take air through holes in the cheek pads and ventilate the sides of your face.

That seems like it should all do the trick and let plenty of air into the helmet to keep you cool on track.

And while having several independent ventilation sliders can be a bit of a pain to adjust, it does mean you can tailor the ventilation to your exact needs, as well as shut them all off when it’s cold or rainy.

Shield

(more about shields)

Like all racing helmets, the Shoei X-Fifteen has a 2D shield. That’s a shield that’s essentially made from a flat sheet of polycarbonate to make it suitable to fit tear offs.

But it also makes for good optics and is a perfect surface to make a nice tight watertight seal against the elements as well as an excellent surface to bond with the included Pinlock 120 (called a Pinlock Evo for Shoei helmets for some reason).


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The shield works on a ratchet with 5 positions and it’s a quick release shield too, allowing for simple and quick shield swaps.

It also comes with a plethora of different shield lock options.

First up is the regular shield lock; close the shield and it snaps locked so you have to push the central button below the shield to open it up again.

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Only gloss black, gloss white and matt black are available at time of launch

But there’s also a sliding shield lock next to that for when you really really want to make sure that shield isn’t gonna come unlocked (it also doubles as a way to stop the shield totally closing if you want a bit of extra ventilation up front).

That secondary lock is more for racing – as are the twin locks by the shield hinges. See those small red switches? They’re there to lock the shield quick release mechanism in place which, together with the other shield locks, should go a long way to stopping the shield springing off if you have an accident.

Comfort and Sizing

(more about comfort and sizing)

The Shoei X-Fifteen is made in four different helmet shell sizes with fitment sizes from XS-XXL (XS-S, M, L, XL-XXL). That’s a good number of different shell sizes – good because it means each shell is a slightly different size and wil contain optimized EPS liner and comfort liner inside to make the helmet look the right size for your body size as well as having a more optimum fit.

Shoei advertises the internals of the X-Fifteen as being an adjustable modular interior with a ‘pocket system’ for individual adjustment.

In essence, this means the comfort liner can be adjusted in several ways so you can make it a more customized/comfortable fit. All the parts of the comfort liner are also replaceable and can be removed for washing.

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Rear vierw showing aero and spoiler details. Red tabs on the bottom signify EQRS is fitted.

The cheek pads also have a couple of mounting positions – both standard and racing position – to make the helmet sit further up on your face for when you’re in a more extreme tuck position.

And the ‘Pocket’ part of the system means that most parts of the liner have pockets in them so you can slot in extra foam to pad them out more and tailor the fit.

All in all, not only is the comfort liner high quality and comfortable to the touch (like all Shoeis) but it really allows you to tailor the fit to make sure you get it bang on.

It’s also got emergency quick release cheek pads (EQRS) – a must in a trackable helmet. And it’s designed to accommodate a hydration pack tube near your mouth for when your track days get REALLY serious!

And, OK it’s a track helmet, but we all like to stick bluetooth kit into our lids these days, right? The good news is that Shoei has added nice large speaker pockets in the X-Fifteen. To access them, there’s a removable foam bung on either side that you pull out.

Looks & Graphics

The design of the Shoei X-Fifteen doesn’t look a million miles away from the old X-Fourteen. Which I guess isn’t too surprising as its design is very much a matter of form over function; meaning that the form of these track helmets is derived from the aero and racing needs it’s designed to fulfil.

On its launch in Europe, it’s only available in plain colors – gloss white and black or matte black. Though that’s bound to be followed up with the inevitable Marquez replica (and others) soon after. As soon as we see the X-Fifteen’s available in any of our recommended stores, we’ll drop links to it on this page.

Shoei X-Fifteen Video

Here’s a quick 3m vid looking around a white X-Fifteen (called the X-SPR Pro in the UK) from the guys at Bike Stop.

Other stuff – weight, chin curtain, warranty

Surprisingly, the X-Fifteen ain’t that light, weighing in at a distinctly average 3.2lbs (1.45Kg). There’s plenty of lighter weight sportsbike helmets out there if you’re wanting a really featherweight lid.

To find them, drop onto our Smartish Filters page (it lets you choose the features that really matter to you) – choose track helmets and lightweight. Or Click Here instead 🙂

The Shoei X-Fifteen does pack in a full set of breath guard and choice between a more aerodynamic chin spoiler or regular chin curtain too – which is nice. They’re all removable.

And it’s got Shoei’s excellent 5 year warranty (or 7 years from manufacturing date).

Overall/Summary

Shoei has a long history of making high performing, high quality track helmets, and the Shoei X-Fifteen looks set to continue the tradition.

It’s FIM approved for track racing as well so it should offer outstanding protection. And Shoei have worked alongside pro racers – including Marc Marquez – to make a helmet that really works on a sportsbike, in a racing position and with amazing aero.

It should work well on the road too and with useful features such as speaker pockets and Pinlock antifog, it should be easy to live with.

All in all, it’s a premium helmet at a premium price. But if you want a high performing helmet and outstanding protection, then the Shoei X-Fifteen offers it in abundance.

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Good Alternatives to the Shoei X-Fifteen?

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Shoei X-Fourteen

I guess the best alternative to the X-Fifteen is going to be Shoei’s own X-Fourteen which is a fantastic Snell and FIM certified track helmet that’ll be discounted pretty quickly once the X-Fifteen’s out.

The other top contender for a premium racing helmet is the Arai Corsair-X which is a premium composite fiber racing helmet that’s Snell certified and comes with a 5 year warranty.

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Arai Corsair X

Other than that, check out our sportsbike helmets, track helmets or FIM homologated helmets pages for tons more options.

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