Re: Shoei X-Eleven
Got a large X-Eleven today, in metallic titanium. Being new and all, it was a very snug fit, just like the Quantum and the RX7 that I bought new. One immediately noticeable plus is the removable Shoei sticker, and the removable stickers and info on the sides and rear of the helmet; you can practically have it look completely stealth, not much giving away the fact that it's Shoei's best.
I rode in the heat for a bit over 1.5 hours. First and foremost, the aerodynamics of this helmet are awesome. Where I'd get buffeted with my Arai helmets, the X was, well, unnoticeable; it was almost like not having it on at all. Second, the helmet was about as quiet as the Quantum that I wore on the way to the shop, and definitely quieter than the RX7.
Towards the end of the ride, however, I started feeling two symmetrical pressure points in the back of my head. By the time I got home and got the helmet off, it was a relief to do so. I'm certain that helmet vs. head shape is to blame, and I'll look into ways of maybe molding the two spots in the helmet that bothered me. On a positive note, the outer ear cavity is much better than what Arai has, and there was no undue pressure on my outer ears, or the earphones that I hardly ever ride without.
Overall, I feel that these are superior to the best that Arai has to offer at this time, the minor fitment issue aside.