Shoei Unveils The New Glamster

A stylish lid aimed at the hipster set, but it’s Europe-only for now.

Shoei has rolled out the new Glamster helmet as part of its Neo-Classic series, though it’s only available in Europe for 2020 (so far).
Shoei has rolled out the new Glamster helmet as part of its Neo-Classic series, though it’s only available in Europe for 2020 (so far).Shoei Europe

It was only a matter of time before the major helmet manufacturers caught on to what the kids are wearing, right? Cue the new Glamster helmet from Shoei, a modern lid with retro-ish, hipster-y features that signals its main target market with the tagline, “Style for Miles.”

The stylish new Shoei Glamster comes in four colors, one of which is this Basalt Gray.
The stylish new Shoei Glamster comes in four colors, one of which is this Basalt Gray.Shoei Europe

Which is pretty bold coming from the traditionally conservative Japanese lid makers. But Shoei at least has somewhat had its ear to the ground in terms of current motorcycle culture, with the introduction of the fun-loving JO in 2015 and the Ex-Zero in 2019. Those models are part of what Shoei calls its new “Neo-Classic helmets,” each bringing modern comfort, function, and tech, along with a heritage design—though the series seems to be limited to Europe (so far, anyway). As part of that Neo-Classic series, Shoei Europe has introduced the Glamster, a new full-face helmet with on-road style but (presumably) with greater comfort and functionality than you might expect in that segment.

You’ll find modern style elements like these horizontal vents near the lower chin bar.
You’ll find modern style elements like these horizontal vents near the lower chin bar.Shoei Europe

Borrowing style and design features from the current crop of hipster/café/classic lids, the Glamster’s compact shell uses Shoei’s tried-and-true AIM (Advanced Integrated Matrix) shell and an EPS liner with two densities. The Glamster aims for a Biltwell Gringo vibe, though it’s a bit higher profile, likely to fit the liner. But you’re still not getting all those sharp creases or spoilers on the shell line, and the result is a smoother overall shape with a simpler vent system and a classic, simpler face shield. You also have detachable and washable cheek pads and center pad, and the helmet uses a traditional D-ring chinstrap.

The Glamster looks to target the café/scrambler/tracker set with its compact shell and retro style.
The Glamster looks to target the café/scrambler/tracker set with its compact shell and retro style.Shoei Europe

The Glamster brings in hints of the Simpson Street Bandit as well, with angled horizontal side vents near the lower chin bar that also serve as a styling element, and there’s a fairly large, clunky-looking forehead vent, so airflow should be more than adequate. Black trim around the eyeport and lower edge offer a nice contrast, and Shoei puts an old-school curved visor (the CPB-1) specially designed for this helmet, fixed by aluminum outer screws, over the whole enchilada.

This Laguna Blue colorway is our favorite option of the five color choices.
This Laguna Blue colorway is our favorite option of the five color choices.Shoei Europe

You can choose from six size options (XS–XXL) based on three different outer shell constructions, and several basic colors on the Glamster, with Laguna Blue as the standout hue. You can also have it in Black, Matt Black, Basalt Gray, and Off White. But it’s the graphic variant we’re really stoked on—the various Resurrection options look especially dialed.

Resurrection TC-5 graphic in Black/White.
Resurrection TC-5 graphic in Black/White.Shoei Europe

Will we see it here in North America? No word on that yet, but the Glamster will hit European dealerships in time for the start of the new motorcycle season in spring 2020. We’re hoping it makes it way across the pond.

The Resurrection TC-10 graphic.
The Resurrection TC-10 graphic.Shoei Europe
And one with the blue TC-2 graphic.
And one with the blue TC-2 graphic.Shoei Europe
Basic Basalt Gray.
Basic Basalt Gray.Shoei Europe
Scrambling with the Glamster.
Scrambling with the Glamster.Shoei Europe