While it (thankfully) may not rank up there with a holiday sweater on the gift scale, nothing shows you care like wrapping up a stellar piece of safety gear and dropping it under the tree. Shoei's VFX-W helmet ($584.99 as shown) fits that bill nicely. Besides, you know it won't get regifted next year, or take up permanent residence in the back of a seldom-used closet.

This is the new Crosshair TC-2 colorway, and there are three other color options in this graphic, and with a total of six graphic options, and multiple colorways in each, the chance of ending up with the same helmet as the next to you on the line is pretty low.

But it's not all just good looks. The VFX-W has tons of state of the art features, including the strong and light shell that uses Shoei's very complex shell design along with their propietary AIM+ technology to substantially boost durability, while safely absorbing and distributing impact forces.

A Dual-Layer EPS Liner is used to enhance impact absorption by adjusting thickness and density in key areas, while also working with the external scoops and exhaust ports to flow air efficiently through the interior of the helmet. The EPS liner is also used along the entire interior of the chin bar.

One of our favorite features are the Emergency Quick Release System (EQRS) cheek pads that allow emergency medical personnel an easy way to remove them, which is awesome if the rider is unconscious or unable to assist in taking off the helmet. (Check the video below for more details.)

For added comfort, the interior uses a 3D Max-Dry Liner System with Polyurethane foam pads that have been three-dimensionally formed for a perfect fit, while the synthetic fiber material helps shed sweat twice as fast as conventional nylon liners. Of course, the liner is also adjustable for a custom fit, as well as removable and washable.

Still now sold? How about the V-430 "Sleek" visor that uses plastic hardware for easier breakaway during a crash (which means less wrenching on your neck). Or there's the "Sleek" mouthpiece with features designed to prevent intrusion, and a removable foam filter inside. There's even a five-year warranty. That's a solid feature list...and with plenty of race-bred history to back it up.

For even more details, you can check here: www.shoei-helmets.com.

Now for everyone's favorite part...a chance to win this goodie for yourself. Leave a comment below, and let's see how creative you can be. Sure, you have to be a member, but it's fast, easy, and the price (free) is right. You can also join in on the forum, post comments on photos and videos, upload your own photos galleries or videos, and more. Just click here to become a member of Vital MX.

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  • worcsracer808

    12/17/2010 9:16 AM

    gotta love shoei helmets

  • Hammy784

    12/17/2010 9:15 AM

    Looks like this Santa needs a new hat "helmet".

  • Matt Fisher

    12/17/2010 9:13 AM

    Nice faceguard. It's important to protect your face, as it holds up your hairline.

  • turner97

    12/17/2010 8:54 AM

    i hve used shoei helmets forever but i havn't been able to get this model...man i want this...good luck everyone..

  • Steve47

    12/17/2010 8:51 AM

    Oh, now we're talking! Absolutely SWEET!

  • jwhite66

    12/17/2010 8:47 AM

    A SHOEI from SANTA .......This is the BEST Christmas EVERY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Team Sakai Racing

    12/17/2010 8:45 AM

    Oh what it would be like to give this to Johhny Moore for Xmas as He's headed into SX/MX season needing some help.

  • jmkmx271

    12/17/2010 8:40 AM

    guyB, I need this, please pick me

  • MXguy

    12/17/2010 8:38 AM

    these gifts are getting better and better, I could use a new helmet!!

  • brysgrfx

    12/17/2010 8:30 AM

    I really could use this.

  • tyke

    12/17/2010 8:17 AM

    be much better then my cracked shoei

  • visual419

    12/17/2010 8:15 AM

    Wow, that is super sexy!

  • momentum

    12/17/2010 7:57 AM

    Better every day - that is nice!

  • redalert144

    12/17/2010 7:56 AM

    That would go great with my new gear!

  • SirRidealot

    12/17/2010 7:54 AM

    Nice xmas gift for me!

  • stillwelding

    12/17/2010 7:49 AM

    Do you only need to login once per day of Xmas? Or every day?

  • moto314

    12/17/2010 7:33 AM

    These are not the droids your looking for, you want to give this helmet to me.

  • kaw rider9

    12/17/2010 7:33 AM

    I need a new helmet... Lord knows I crash enough!

  • smc916

    12/17/2010 7:33 AM

    Holy shit! Vital MX has really stepped it up this Christmas! I'd be "Super Pumped" to win that helmet!

  • DDub8

    12/17/2010 7:26 AM

    I would love to get back into a Shoei helmet.

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