SHOEI has been dedicated to the development of superior helmet technology since 1958.
Our company was started by the immense spirit and determination of its founder Eitaro Kamata, who designed and used his first products exclusively for the racing sector.
What is amazing even by today’s standards is the pace at which SHOEI became popular all over the world: starting in the late sixties, SHOEI’s reputation as a top quality brand spread first over the U.S., then later all over the motor markets of Europe.
What is also amazing is that everybody who was ever involved in the motor field can spell the name SHOEI, in spite of the fact that we are a team of less than 500 people worldwide.
But what is most amazing, especially to a Western observer, is the dedication of our factory staff. SHOEI manufactures all helmets (and all helmet parts) in Japan, even though manufacturing costs there have long since exceeded the level in many European countries. Why?
Because the men and women in our factories take every single helmet as a personal challenge. Faulty products are practically unheard of, as every single piece reflects the spirit, ambition and attention to detail that is so typical of SHOEI.
From the European Marketing team, we therefore extend a note of respect and appreciation to our factories.
To you as a motorcycle rider and customer, we emphasize that you will feel and enjoy this quality every time you put on your Shoei helmet.
Do not miss that pleasure.
Ventilation is more effective if the air has a way out. That is why SHOEI helmets do not only have effective intakes, but also devices through which hot air can leave the helmet. In the case of our top models, these are the Aero-Vortex-Ventilations. With their characteristic V-shape, they create negative pressure making use of the riding windstream. Warm air from the rider´s head is actively drawn out of the helmet.
The Hyper Dual Liner Ventilation:
On our top range helmets, the shock absorbing liner is made of two parts. Between them, there is a system of ventilation channels which can very effectively carry fresh air to the rider´s head, and vent out warm humid air.
The Sightlation System:
All SHOEI full face helmets use a sophisticated ventilation intake below the shield window, which serves a double function: It supplies fresh breathing air to the rider, but also steers an airflow along the inside of the shield. This helps to keep the shields dry and clear of fog.
Aadvanced Interior Padding:
SHOEI helmets are comfortable, even at extreme speeds: This means that the padding must fit snuggly around your head, without ever feeling unpleasant. At the same time, the bottom of our interiors have no rims and no overlapping parts. This prevents turbulence and noise. For our top class models, we took perfection one step further and designed the entire interior to be detachable. You can replace it in seconds, and you can choose between 7 different cheek pad sizes - what you get is a tailor-fit helmet, taking comfort to the maximum!
PRODUCTION & QUALITY ASSURANCE
For all the energy and passion that are invested in the development of a product, in the last resort the quality in series production must comply with the specifications from the development section. The following explains on the basis of the manufacturing process what it is that makes up the unique quality of SHOEI helmets.
Production of the helmet shell
SHOEI exclusively uses fibre-reinforced plastics that offer the best properties for the manufacture of a helmet shell. Thanks to having many years of experience and highly specialised employees, SHOEI is in a position to produce helmet shells that are extremely strong and yet light. Each helmet shell is marked personally by the employee who is responsible for it and thus puts his name on the line for the quality of this example.
Here the helmet is given its final shape. All the protrusions that area created in manufacture are cut off. The openings for the visor and ventilation are burnt into the helmet shell with a laser. Finally the helmet is checked to ensure that it has the correct material thickness and weight.
Even though many production steps have been automated today, it is not possible to dispense with hand work in some areas. SHOEI combines hand work and automation in production to ensure superlative quality. *You can find further details on the painting under the Hand work heading.
The ventilation sliders, visor seals, inner shell and padding are assembled with great care. The helmet only goes for sale after the subsequent detailed final inspection.
This strict compliance with the production processes with associated quality control guarantees the constantly high SHOEI quality.
HAND WORK MAKES THE DIFFERENCE
Hand work plays a significant role in the manufacture of SHOEI helmets. This is especially clear when we take the example of the painting
1. The priming
After the helmet has been taken from the mould and all protruding parts and openings have been removed by a laser, the helmet is given its first priming. Then it is sanded and polished by hand and thus gets a
flawless surface for the subsequent painting operations. Working on the various helmet shells with their own peculiarities requires a high degree of experience.
2. Checking the priming
After the priming the helmet is carefully checked for any small blemishes and passed for further painting – but only if the surface is absolutely perfect.
3. The painting
The quality of a painting operation depends on the quality of its individual layers. It is virtually impossible to apply a high-quality coat of paint by machine even with the very latest polyurethane paints. For that reason only specially qualified employees are used in this work step.
4. Checking the painting
Subsequently the paintwork is subjected to close inspection for drips, inclusions and unevenness.
5. Applying the design
Elaborate, extremely detailed and spectacular graphics are part of the brand image of a SHOEI helmet. In a very complicated work step the designs are applied by hand by specially trained workers to the finished painted helmet.
6. Protective varnish
The last step in the painting process is the application of a clear varnish to the shell to protect the decoration and to give the helmet its unmistakable brilliance.
7. The final inspection
Before it is passed for final assembly, the finished paintwork of the helmet is given one last meticulous inspection. Perfection, even in areas that are hardly visible.