The Shoei JO fibreglass open face helmet

Shoei-JO crash helmet
Shoei JO Hawker TC1 design

Shoei’s latest open faced helmet is the Shoei JO (actually J (dot) O but we’re not sure what we’re supposed to do with the dot – so we’ve binned it off for the rest of the article 🙂 )

It’s a very retro open faced helmet with an integral drop down visor, very much designed for folks with old bikes or slow bikes – or indeed those of us who are both old and slow and like taking our time over the ride and doing a bit of posing on the way. And hell, why not.

Shoei JO launch designs. Click to enlarge.

The shell is constructed in the same way many of Shoei’s full face helmets are – namely using their Advanced Integrated Matrix (AIM) technology which is essentially a load of different layers of fibreglass. They’re the same fibres used in the likes of the Neotech and the X-Spirit II and since they both scored four and five out of five (respectively) in their SHARP safety tests, we can’t see any reason why the Shoei JO’s helmet shell shouldn’t be similarly well constructed and tough.

Which is not to say it’s going to offer anything like the same protection of course – being open face and all. But if you’re in the market for one of these lids, presumably you know they risks your taking.

At the time of typing there are nine lovely designs along with three different visors (clear, smoked and yellow).

Below is Shoei’s launch video. For the avoidance of doubt, it’s not essential to be permanently stuck in the 1950s to buy one – but it probably helps!

Best place to buy this Shoei crash helmet?

If you want peace of mind when you buy, SportsBikeShop are based in the UK and offer outstanding service (9.8/10 on Trustpilot at the time of writing) including free delivery and 365 day refunds. They're competitively priced too and will match any online prices.

Motoin (Germany) get great feedback (4.7 on eTrustedshops at the time of writing) though note, there's a delivery charge to ship outside of Germany, so factor that in (see here for details).

Or you can jump through to Amazon UK if you prefer to buy from there - but make sure you only buy from the most reputable sellers.

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