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SHOEI introduces the Shoei GT Air, a lightweight full-face helmet with improved ventilation, a fully removable noise-reducing interior, a built-in sun visor and a distinctively stylish shell that is as good looking as it is integral to its performance while on the road.

Aerodynamic Shell Design:

  • Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and professional riders’ feedback
  • Multi-Piece EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation
  • Three shell and four EPS liner sizes provide increased fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes
  • Molded air spoiler reduces drag and lift, as well as diminishes pressure on the rider’s neck while riding at speed

Sun Shield Visor System:

  • Built-in QSV-1 sun shield gives riders instant relief from sun glare in one quick motion
  • Visor meets ANSI Z80.3-2010 standard for non-prescription eyeglasses
  • Large and easy to reach switch activates the 3D injection-molded inner sun shield
  • Distortion-free shield blocks 99% of harmful UV rays
  • Forehead area of the outer shell is raised slightly to accommodate the internal sun shield, helping allow for the integrity of the GT-Air helmet’s inner EPS liner to remain intact

Ventilation System:

  • Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior
  • Large upper intake vent positioned to maximize performance behind wind screens
  • Easy to operate large lower intake vent
  • Lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation
  • The rear/neck vents allow for effective air exhaust
  • Breath guard and chin curtain included

Advanced Integrated Matrix (AIM):

  • High performance fiber materials are combined with elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra-lightweight, rigid and resilient

Interior System:

  • 3-D Max-Dry center pad and multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads
  • Chin curtain prevents wind entry and reduces noise
  • Cheek pads are replaceable or removable for maintenance
  • Eyeglass compatible interior
  • E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick-Release System) allows emergency medical personnel to easily remove the cheek pads from the helmet of a rider involved in an accident, in turn making the Shoei GT-Air more easily removable

Standard Chin-Strap Clip:

  • Neatly secures chin strap

CNS-1 Shield System:

  • The CNS-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces
  • Includes new redesigned Pinlock® Anti-Fog Lens for more coverage of the CNS-1 shield
  • Dual-Ridge window bead increases contact with the shield to reduce wind noise
  • Scratch-resistant shield coating
  • 99.9% protection from harmful UV A&B rays

Safety Certification:

  • DOT-218

Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, the GT-Air Helmet and other Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States

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Shoei GT-Air Helmet 4.6 5 333 333
Pretty good helmet Second quietest helmet I've ever had. The built in sun visor was something I wouldn't need but turns out I use quite often and I'm glad it's there. November 26, 2014
First Class for your ride. Helmet has all the comfort and quality you'd expect from Shoei. The flip-down sun visor and pin-lock system work well to keep sun and fog at bay. Never had a problem riding day or night in temps down to the low 30s. The only caveat with this is that you will get some fogging outside the pin-lock inner layer, which reduces your peripheral vision slightly. The airflow on this helmet is most noticeable directly from the top of the forehead over a skunk-like stripe pattern straight back to the maybe-bald-spot on your head. It's effective for the area it hits, but leaves me wondering if the rest of my head will overheat in the warmer months. November 24, 2014
100 times better than my last one I used to have a HJC and this helmet blows it out of the water. No competition. Its tight fitting, as it should be and so much quieter. Comfortable, not heavy and the sun visor is awesome. November 10, 2014
Really pleased with my first Shoei This is my first Shoei purchase and I'm very happy with it after just a couple of weeks riding in it. Placed into reserve with the purchase of this GT Air is my 2011 Arai RX-Q. Nothing wrong with the RX-Q, I just wanted an internal sun visor in a helmet with removeable liner and cheek pads. This is also my first helmet with a pinlock lens and I'm enjoying that on these crisp fall mornings; no fogging. This GT Air is a few unnoticeable ounces heavier than the RX-Q. Since I'm never on the track, both helmets feel about the same to me with regards to aerodynamics - and the non-Snell rating of the Shoei becomes a non-issue. Both helmets also seem to me to be about the same with noise level. The GT Air's venting scheme seems to work very well and the return of hot weather will really tell the tale of venting effectiveness. I will say Anthony's description of a "... Mohawk of air..." is no exaggeration; excellent air flow. For now the GT Air is nice and warm in the chill with vents closed. The chin vent is very effective in operating in the advertised manner of driving air over the faceshield to my forehead. I like the faceshield and it is easy to remove and replace in short order. I can remove and replace the faceshield on my Arai in about 10 seconds. The Shoei takes about the same amount of time. But this brings me to the internal sunvisor. The internal sunvisor was a deciding factor in buying the GT Air. It works as well as advertised and I like not being compelled to change face shields. The interior of the helmet is comfortable and snug. I change the cheek pads out for thinner ones and that has improved comfort and will break-in nicely. My only complaints: I think the sun visor ought to drop down about 1/4 inch further because it leaves a band of unfiltered light sweeping around its bottom edge, In this same area runs the silicone bead of the pinlock lens making this strip of light kind of busy in the daylight when glancing at the instrument panel. I know that with more time in this helmet my two minor complaints will fade into being un-noticed. Thus far I give the GT Air an "A" rating. Falling short from an "A+" due to my two minor complaints. November 5, 2014
Solid quality My first helmet ever, so I have no reference, but here are my impressions. For me the best feature is the visor. It has a total quality feel, snaps in multiple positions, has a low ("city") open position and feels very tight.. there is zero chance you will loose a detent. Visor itself is crystal clear. The sunvisor has a smooth feel in operation, comes down very far. The overall angle of vision is almost (within %95) of my actual eyesight FOV. The air flow is limited to a central portion of your head, but anything above 40mph you can really feel it flow! It goes from the chin vent up, but the top has huge cooling. It is light, not super light, but very good. Overall, its quality and you can really feel it. I wish they had a high viz solid... but oh well. October 20, 2014
not a quiet helmet I decided to replace my year old Shoei Qwest helmet (it had been badly scratch in an encounter with barbed wire) with something more quiet and with a sun visor. After reading any & all the reviews I could find, I chose the Shoei GT air over the Schubert. -The sun visor works great. In Arizona we ride often with bright sun in our eyes early AM or late PM to avoid the peak heat. And in very bright sun you can easily wear sun glasses behind the visor too. -Noise wise I was surprised how much wind noise and turbulence there was. On my next outing I swapped the 2 helmets a few times on the same ride. Definitely the GTAir was certainly no quieter than the older QWest & a much cheaper helmet in spite of the extra padding the GT had. That was a big disappointment! It could be because the airflow from the motorcycle windscreen hits right at the top of my forehead & hits the helmet right at the air vent. I am 6'1" and ride high. In any case I am getting a Ilium lip on top of the windscreen & that should resolve the issue by lifting the air flow an inch or more. But still, it is not a quieter helmet & I wish I had not bought it. -The air circulation inside the helmet is very strong and the cooling effect is good. Unfortunately the air flow hits in one spot on the top of the skull & after an hour or more riding that spot gets numb & painful. October 19, 2014
Great features, comfort, fit... This being my first motorcycle helmet, I believe was a great choice. Extremely comfortable, lightweight when you've been in the saddle for any period of time, and the drop down sun visor definitely comes in handy. October 13, 2014
Great helmet, but picks up scratches easily! I have been using this helmet for a month now and I am pretty happy with everything but the fact that it gets scratched very easily. The matte finish looks great, but has started to peel out on one of the scratches (look at the attached image). This helmet fits a little smaller as compared to my AGV, both are medium. The air flow is great and almost no noise as compared to the AGV. I wear prescription glasses and they fit easily as well. November 12, 2014
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Norm D: Sun visor feature, very comfortable fitting helmet Dec 19, 2014
Brandon B: Supremely quiet helmet that's a big step up from the RF1100. Internal sun visor is amazingly useful. Dec 15, 2014
D R: My husband ride a bike to work every day. His current helmet doesn't have a face cover. The Matte Black Shoei GT Air will make a nice present for him and make winter riding so much more comfortable. He will be thrilled!! Dec 9, 2014
Michael M: I'm replacing a Shoei RF 1000 that's 10 years old. The GT-Air has good reviews. Dec 3, 2014
Abdulla A: I need a quiet helmet, this seems to be what I'm looking for, will know when it arrives, also my helmet is 6 years old when I bought it, I'd rather have a helmet that stayed on the shelf no more than 1-2 years. Nov 8, 2014
Sharon M: It's what the hubby wanted. Nov 4, 2014
craig h: The Revzilla product video was all I needed to see. Was instantly sold after that. My current hat is over 7 years old and I've always been a fan of Shoei products. Also, the no hassle return policy in the case of a not perfect fit was the cherry on top. If all goes as smooth as I feel it will, I will certainly be a repeat customer! Oct 25, 2014
Peter N: Built in flip down shade in a high quality comfortable helmet Oct 17, 2014
jake j: Shoei's fit me the best, every other helmet I've tried give me a head ache after a while. I got the gt air because of the venting and drop down visor, works awesome! Oct 15, 2014
Ty L: In stock, comfortable fit, nice features and styling. Oct 12, 2014
Steven P: Bought one based on reviews, Oct 10, 2014
Daniel C: I have always liked the Shoei helmets but thought they were a little expensive. After buying several helmets I realized I should have started with the one I really wanted in the first place. It would have saved my some money in the long run. I also really like the sun visor... Oct 3, 2014
Michael M: Great reviews, quiet, light. Oct 1, 2014
Michael C: I've always like Shoei helmets and this one has all the features I have been looking for. I especially look forward to the enhanced ventilation and the drop down sun shield. Oct 1, 2014
Andrew R: I always ride with a helmet, even on the warmest days. I wanted better ventilation than with my HJC. The airflow is good while at speed. Sep 30, 2014
Thomas H: Fantastic helmet that provides great protection, quiet ride, very good air flow for a closed helmet, and the style is very good. Sep 25, 2014
John W: Claimed improved ventilation and quiet performance. Heads up or slight lean rider - design for. inside sun shield. Sep 22, 2014
ion l: primarily because of the reviews it has about noise. Sep 8, 2014
Alessio T: always been with Shoei, great helmets. The GT-AIR is 100% a good choice! Sep 2, 2014
Kurt M: sun visor Sep 2, 2014
Daniel M: The reviews and then your recommendation because I called to gain a last bit of insight before my purchase. You guys were very helpful and patient. I am pleased with my purchase having worn this lid for about 3 months now. Aug 31, 2014
John B: After sifting through around 400 helmets the Shoei GT-Air stood out above the rest. I wanted a helmet that would have a versatility as an all season helmet. The lines on the Air are aggressive and simple, and lets not forget the fit. After an initial break in it fits like a glove. Finally, the price, I find that helmets and any other protective gear are a lot like bullet proof glass, there are some things you just shouldn't skimp on. Aug 22, 2014
Michael T: Good reviews on web & video review on RevZilla. Aug 18, 2014
Basil C: I chose this helmet because I wear prescription eyeglasses and I didn't want to have to switch between clear lenses and sunglasses. I can just wear my clear lens eyeglasses and if it is sunny out I can pull down the integrated sun visor. Aug 17, 2014
Glenn H: My first helmet was a full face AGV (25 years ago). I thought that was a great helmet, at the time. Only 125 bucks and it was a great fit. It was obtained at the time I purchase my first dealer bike, a 550 Seca. I still have the AGV - it's a testament to the build quality from long-ago. Fast forward to last week and I pulled the trigger for the GT Air. It was between this and the RF1200. Venting and visor shade made choice easy. But TIGHT! 31MM cheek pads ordered (as others suggested). Aug 14, 2014
Robbie M: I bought a different bike with a windscreen and called to get advice as to which helmet would be best suited for that bike. I was given a choice of 2 that Phillip said he would suggest to be the best for that type of bike. It was more than what I actually wanted to spend but once I watched the videos and read some reviews I decided to go with the Shoei GT-Air. Aug 11, 2014
Steven M: Best protection for the money. Liked the dark visor Aug 6, 2014
Conrad K: Shoei quality and the sun visor Aug 6, 2014
Ben R: I want quiet, and the Revzilla reviews suggest that this is a great product for that. For safety, I trust the Shoei name. The integrated visor and clean design are a bonus. Jul 28, 2014
Christopher D: Mostly because it's comfortable and has a built in sun-visor. I tried the helmet on in a brick and mortar store to get the right size. Jul 28, 2014
Douglas H: Because of the quality of the product and the positive reviews of those who had one Jul 22, 2014
Jack L: I previously have owned a Shoei helmet and liked it. It finally wore out, and I like the look and features of the new ones. Jul 18, 2014
Thomas G: I talked to a few owners and watched the videos on the website. good job yall Jul 9, 2014
Christopher Z: I chose this helmet because of the internal sun visor, style and look, and quality Jul 7, 2014
ANDREW P: Lowest prices Shoei with a visor Jul 7, 2014
Nicholas R: A quality helmet brand with a lot of features. A lot of reviewers describe it as having good airflow, which is important to me because it's a furnace where I live. It doesn't look like a cheap piece of plastic. Jun 29, 2014
Douglas A: Time for an upgrade....Fantastic test fit at the motorcycle show. Can't beat Revzilla's customer service, shipping and pricing. Jun 24, 2014
Thomas T: Flip down sun shield, past experience with Shoei along with customer reviews. I like the ventilation and it looks cool. Jun 23, 2014
Steven K: The Shoei helmets fit my head better than any other brand. The GT Air full face is my long distance helmet. Great air flow and most importantly to me it has an integrated sun visor that I rely on. Jun 20, 2014
M I: sun shade, and hoping that it fits--- my head is impossible to fit Jun 16, 2014
David K: Shoei is the only helmet that fits me well. LOVE the internal shade visor. Jun 13, 2014
John T: A friend had this color and I really liked it, so when I returned the GT-Wanderer I ordered this instead. Jun 13, 2014
Warik R: Looked good. Had a visor and had good reviews. Jun 11, 2014
Rick B: I needed a new helmet and after having the GT Air for a year, it was the right choice! Jun 7, 2014
Walter B: Good reviews. First bike in a long long time... treating myself. I tried a bunch of brands and sizes on in local stores - the Shoei GT fit was excellent for me. Do yourself a favor and don't rush. Try on as many as you can to see what fits your head shape. Jun 3, 2014
Bassam G: I liked the customer support May 28, 2014
Jacek P: I just hope this will work. Please, work! May 26, 2014
Gerald B: The same reason i choose everything fir my bike your videos. I pick the color as my own swag! May 25, 2014
Kevin L: Good ventilation, built in sun visor, Shoei quality. May 21, 2014
Brett B: I did a ton of research. Bought this over the 1200 for the sun visor. Really looking forward to riding with it. May 19, 2014
David W: nice helmet May 15, 2014
John M: Reported low noise and high airflow. Sunvisor a plus. May 3, 2014
Jansen H: It fit like a glove when I tried it on in the boutique. It seems to take all the features innovation of the Schuberth S2 but in a modern, more solidly built package. I had been lusting after an S2 for years, but the RevZilla staff made me try on the GT-Air before I bought. I am so glad I did! May 1, 2014
S A: I've had a Shoei helmet for over eight years and like it. I wanted to try something different though. I spent many hours researching other high end helmets like Schuberth and Arai. In the end, this Shoei was the only one that had all the features (including fit) that I wanted. Apr 30, 2014
Rafael D: Had an accident with my RF1100 and the sun visor seem like a nice feature, compared to the RF1200, and it is almost the same price. Apr 22, 2014
Jeff T: Time to retire my X-11. This helmet has the features I was looking for. Have used Shoei helmets for over 25 years. I trust their quality. Apr 21, 2014
Kevin P: On the advice of a friend who spent years in the motorcycle industry, he said you can't go wrong with Shoei. Tried one on at a local shop, liked the fit and features, so I went on line to purchase it from revzilla. The price was the best and the reviews were extremely helpful. Apr 17, 2014
Timothy C: Should be superior helmet for my cruiser, climate (very hot in the summer), and taste. Good demo from Revzilla helped, as did high level of customer satisfaction with product. Apr 12, 2014
T E: Based on reviews and price point it seems to be the best helmet for me. I need quiet, comfort, sun visor, and safety all in one. Apr 10, 2014
Marinos K: Looking for an an all year helmet, something that has good quality. This one has it all: sun visor is super useful, so I don't have to put on sunglasses every time. Also, pinlock system is a plus. Only thing missing would be a quick release strap system. Apr 8, 2014
Robert E: I have been shopping for a helmet and decided on the Shoei GT Air based on your awesome review and all of the great customer feedback. Apr 6, 2014
Anthony M: Needed to replace my Shoei RF1100, I like the Shoei fit and quality and the features on the GT Air. Mar 26, 2014
Timothy W: Loved the design and convenience of flip shades. Mar 19, 2014
John R: After searching and trying many brands this one fit me and my needs the best Mar 18, 2014
Andrey A: Good travel helm Mar 18, 2014
Benjamin B: Only because the Shark fit too tight front to back in. After having the Shoei for a little while I wish the Shark would have fit. My first Shark helmet was hands down better than Shoei for less money. Mar 13, 2014
michael c: fits my head, tried it on locally. my 58.5cm head fits the large very snuggly, but not crazy tight. my prescription glasses fit inside the helmet well, no pinchpoints. my last helmet had hot spots making rides more then an hour painful. comes with pinlock lens. sun visor built in is easy to use. expensive-but to me worth it. Mar 11, 2014
Steven K: Talked to one of your gear geeks and watched your video. Mar 10, 2014
C E: This will be my 3rd Shoei having had an RF200 & a RF1000. Based on very satisfactory prior experience with the Shoei brand & very happy with the fit and the way the helmets have held up over the years, I chose to stay with what seems to work best for me. I am sure other brands are very good, but I looked at some of the others but kept coming back to Shoei. I am hoping the new ventilation & internal sunvisor will help with the Oklahoma heat & sunlight! Mar 5, 2014
DEAN U: I chose this helmet because it met all of the criteria I had for protective head gear with features galore! Mar 3, 2014
Jim G: Internal visor, reviews say it's quiet. Owned a Shoei before (Qwest) Mar 3, 2014
doug g: I did hours of research on new helmets. Shoei GT Air is a well constructed helmet with allot of attention to detail. Light weight, great visibility, and rated to be very quiet. Doug G Feb 20, 2014
Scott R: Based on good reviews Feb 7, 2014
J R: Reviews regarding quietness. Jan 20, 2014
Wayne S: Drop down visor, fit and helmet of the year from web bike world. Jan 9, 2014
Dawn P: Really like the new design of this helmet. It is light weight, and easy to use. The visor is great and works nicely with gloves on. Dec 31, 2013
Thomas H: Chose this helmet for complete versatility. I live in Switzerland, where the riding season is short. However, we travel to warmer climates, so I wanted a helmet that would provide all-seasonal protection and comfort. I am expecting it to perform well in cooler weather and rain, as well as in the heat of touring in the SW of the US. Hope I made a good choice! Dec 9, 2013
Jon C: Sun visor Dec 6, 2013
Raul B: Was looking for a helmet with a built in visor and have always bought Shoei helmets. This helmet came out at the right time. I have 0 complaints. Dec 5, 2013
Bruce R: Shoei reputation for quality products. Features such as internal sun visor. Recommended by a friend who has one. Dec 2, 2013
Joseph S: Helmet fits perfect and the internal sun visor makes the helmet more flexible in changing
conditions.. The pin lock system is fabulous!!!!
Dec 1, 2013
Ulf R: Comfortable, quiet and safe Nov 27, 2013
Allison H: Internal sun visor and styling. Nov 15, 2013
Rob M: Almost love this as much as my Schuberth helmuts. Oct 29, 2013
J I: Drop down vizor Oct 29, 2013
Bryan W: I like the fit, feel, and the sun visor of this helmet. I like the reviews of the airflow. Oct 28, 2013
Chase F: Wanted something sporty and good for touring. The quietness and sun shade were a huge part of choosing this helmet. Oct 27, 2013
Jose V: I had a Shoei helmet in the past and even though it is not inexpensive the quality of the brand is well worth it. Also I was looking into a helmet with integrated sun visor. Oct 22, 2013
Vlad N: Airflow, safety and ability to wear glasses. Oct 18, 2013
Evgeniy G: High-end, full-face, internal visor. Oct 2, 2013
Brady R: Brand reputation, air flow, de-fogging, durability, safety features, noise reduction, style, and internal sun shade Sep 30, 2013
Edward K: I was debating over the Arai Vector 2, RX-Q and GT Air - I choose the GT Air because of the flip down sun visor option. Sep 30, 2013
BRIAN F: Cat from the retail store spent her time assisting me with finding the right helmet. Great customer service ! Sep 19, 2013
Constantine P: Brilliant yellow for better visibility on the road. Flip-down sun visor is a very attractive feature. Sep 18, 2013
Scott S: Based on user reviews and reputation. I am looking for a quiet helmet for fall and winter riding. Sep 14, 2013
Jeff M: Replaced Schuberth C3 that did not fit my head shape, specifically, it left a red mark on my forehead. Also, the communication device was buggy. Sep 13, 2013
Huy L: Ventilation Sep 8, 2013
Thomas C: reviews & video make purchase easy Aug 29, 2013
Nicholas R: To protect my head Aug 29, 2013
WILLIAM Y: I bought a F6B and needed a new FF helmet. I wanted one with a internal visor, so that eliminated Arai. Hopefully the reviews claiming low noise and high air flow are correct.

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leon t: shoei is a very good product and i was looking for a very good aerodynamic helmet. Aug 12, 2013
A shopper asked: What is the difference between the GT-Air, Wanderer, and Journey? Is it just the available color schemes or does the Wanderer and Journey shaped in a more sleeker and aggressive way? Jun 17, 2014
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John L M: It's just a color scheme nothing more,all helmets offer the same features. Jul 2, 2014
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Jim P asked: I wore a GT Air around a local dealership for about 15 minutes. There was too much forehead pressure. The rest of the helmet fit right. One size up was too loose. Am I out of luck with this model? Will it break in in the forehead area? Sep 10, 2013
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A s: I normally wear a size Med in Shoei, but went with the size Large because M was too tight at the temples. The L fits me pretty well. I can't say if the forehead pressure will ease or not, but that's a lot of money to spend on a helmet that may not be comfortable. I found out the hard way that Nolan doesn't fit me - bought it and then sold it on Craigs List after wearing it on a couple of extended rides.

Otherwise, I can say that the GT Air is a very good helmet - tons of air flow, comfortable fit (for me), well made, etc. The internal visor works great, and that was one of the main reasons I chose this helmet.
Sep 11, 2013
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Jamin B: Hey Jim; I have a long-oval head as well, with a point on the front of my forehead. I had a hot spot there for the first month or so. I "helped" break the helmet in by compressing the EPS liner a little at that point. Since that and a month of wear, it's been perfectly comfortable.

That said, I didn't notice the hot spot as quickly as you did, and mine was a small area, not my entire forehead. If the pressure is across your entire forehead, you might be better off looking for a different shaped helmet.

Good luck!
Sep 11, 2013
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lytle B: I have worn a GT air for about 2 hours. It was tight all around at first and now feels much better. It is still snug but comfortable. It is a size large. My X-large shoei rf-1000 felt good at first but ultimately got too loose. Can't say the forehead pressure will get better, but mine has loosened up. Sep 11, 2013
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Reg M: Mine broke in and now "fits" fine. One thing that I had to get used to is the thickness above the eyes at the forehead. I kept on looking up at it! I assume this is to be expected as it contains the drop down visor which I love. After 4000 kms I am very comfortable and love the lid. Sep 11, 2013
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Vishnu H: I haven't experienced that problem myself with this helmet, but in general I find that pressure spots work themselves out with helmets. Of course, if it's so tight that it's painful or distracting this might not be the helmet for you. Sep 14, 2013
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James P: I don't notice any "breaking in" of the internal fit, so I would doubt what you're feeling would improve. I'm lucky in that it fits my head comfortably and it's been my favorite helmet so far. Sep 11, 2013
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Stephen A: The helmet fit like a glove right out of the box for me ultra comfortable and no hot spots or pressure.

Sounds like your head and helmet were not made for each other.
Sep 11, 2013
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Daniel H asked: How come a $600 helmet is not SNELL certified? I was engaged with the RF-1100, moved to the Qwest and I'm trying to decide if the GT Air is actually a "better" helmet Oct 14, 2013
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Minh-Son D: i tried on the RF1100, the Qwest, and the GTAir. i went w/ the GTAir.
i bought it in august and has logged a over 5k miles. my head shape is more rounded than oval. GT Air fits better than the arai rxq and signet q. the minor adjustment i made, a layer of bubble wrap inside, has made this a PERFECT fit.
during a 10-day trip, i encountered rain and fog and a range of temperature, the pinlock shield worked as advertised, no fogging. my peeps wore arai signet q and schubert c3 experienced fogging. the seal was tight and no water got inside. the air vents work, actually cooling my head. i can feel the draft. i especially appreciated the sun visor that is easy to flip down and up. this feature eliminated the need to carry the clear visor for riding before sunrise and after sundown.
the pinlock shield comes w/ so the final price actually is reasonable. hope this is helpful. good luck.
Oct 15, 2013
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Joseph g: I have the rf1100 and the gt air.. I like the rf 1100 better. I feel the rf1100 seems like a better build. Fits my head better , has better air flow, has crack open notch for that extra air thru the shield, is only marginally louder than the gt air.. Gt air ain't that quiet . . Also my blue tooth communicator does not fit in the ear cutouts in the gt air...
Only thing gt air has going for it is the drop down visor but is it worth the extra cost? I really don't think so
Oct 14, 2013
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Colin S: The Helmet is not SNELL rated because it has an integrated Visor. Snell won't even look at a helmet with a visor because most models in with the visor compromise the integrity (and effectiveness) of the EPS liner near the forehead by making it thinner. The great thing about the GT-Air is that they didn't do this: they made the outer shell larger in that area to allow for the visor.... but still no SNELL rating. May 31, 2014
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Derek L: The GT Air has a build in rotating sun visor which makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible to get SNELL certified due to some technicalities of the SNELL specification. I personally think it is a better helmet with the touring friendly features of built in sunshade and great ventilation. As far as safety, it still has a very strong composite shell and the emergency release system. Oct 14, 2013
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Vishnu H: My understanding is that you can't get a SNELL certification for helmets with internal retractable visors, or for modular helmets, no matter how much you spend. It has something to do with interference with the integrity of the EPS liner, I think.

I recently went from the Qwest to the Air and am quite satisfied. The Air feels lighter and the fit is excellent. I love having the internal visor, which was the main reason I bought a new helmet. Venting is good, the noise level is good but not as improved as I'd hoped for. Intercom speaker placement and wire routing is easy. You also get the addition of emergency pad removal.

My only complaint is that when I put the helmet on it folds over the edge of my ears because of a smaller circumference cutout area for ears- it's easy enough to reach in and fold the ears back, at which point they fit the space beautifully, but that can become a little uncomfortable if you're doing it many times in a day. I haven't figured out a permanent fix, but would like to- it's not like I have exceptionally big or prominent ears.
Oct 14, 2013
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James P: I wondered the same thing, and discovered Snell won't even test a helmet with an integrated sun visor (or, for that's tater, modular helmets). So, I don't think the GT Air is any less safe than the RF-1100 or the Qwest.

By the way, I really like the GT Air. It replaced my Qwest, and I like it better.
Oct 14, 2013
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Jin P: You can't have an internal sun visor and SNELL certification at the same time. Do you know of any racetrack helmets that have internal sun visors? No. Because in the event of a 100mph+ crash, that's a safety issue to have parts moving around in front of your eyes. Dec 2, 2014
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Daniel H: Thank you MINH-SON, now that the RF-1200 has been released, how would you feel about it? Would you still buy the GT-Air. I'm excited about the GT-Air but the lack of Snell certification threw me off if I'm honest. What are your thoughts about that? Thanks again Oct 15, 2013
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Daniel H: I'm now seeing there's the RF-1200 out. Do you happen to know the Qwest? Oct 14, 2013
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Daniel H: Great great answer. Thanks Oct 14, 2013
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stefanno d asked: I wear prescription glasses. Is this helmet glasses friendly? Thank you very much. Jan 20, 2014
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Ashok K: I personally really do NOT like the way my glasses sit with this helmet. I had the exact same problem with older Shoei as well. The glasses feel like they are squeezed and pushed up.

The same glasses sit perfectly in my Arai Rx-Q.

The built-in visor does not touch the glasses so that's fine.

Your experience might be different, obviously.
Jan 20, 2014
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stefanno d: Thank you. I own a X12 and I feel that it squeezes too. Obviously is a racing helmet and very tight fitment, so I imagined that this one is a bit more large. Jan 20, 2014
Hank M: I wish I had better news for you. I am only answering for myself. I wear an XXL and unfortunately I can not where my glasses with this helmet. I wear bifocals and the helmet forces my glasses to push down my nose. A little inconvenient when trying to look at GPS map, otherwise not a big deal for me. Sunglasses work fine. Hope this helps. Jan 21, 2014
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Steven S: Yes . i wear glasses and i have no problems.i take them off to put the helmet on then put them back on once the helmet is on.
I have tried several full face and this one was one of the most glasses friendly also the inner dark shade is awesome.
Jan 21, 2014
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James P: I wear prescription glasses, too, and this helmet accommodates them well. I have to carefully insert the temples between my head and the side foam, but that is not an issue. Great helmet. Jan 20, 2014
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Minh-Son D: i don't know b/c i don't wear glasses. the sun visor eliminates the need for sunglasses and changing shield. it fits pretty snug so glasses might be a problem. Jan 20, 2014
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Reg M: Have not yet had to test that feature but I hope so as I just got driving glasses. Love to see the responses. Jan 20, 2014
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WILLIAM M: No it is not Jan 24, 2014
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shawn e: Yes Jan 20, 2014
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Jim P asked: I wore a GT Air around a local dealership for about 15 minutes. There was too much forehead pressure. The rest of the helmet fit snug and comfortable. Will this area break in? I tried the next size bigger and it was too loose. Sep 9, 2013
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Richard B: Hi Jim:
It definitely breaks in... It's a nice helmet and step up from my last helmet, the Shoei Qwest. For me, it's an all around snug design... I've not gotten around to getting thinner cheek pads so I deal with a constant puckered feeling, but the helmet is awesome and the fit is great. The stability in the wind stream, the airflow, the pinlock, the ear pockets for my Bluetooth system speakers and the eye shade are all awesome. For me, it was money well spent.
Regards,
Rich
Sep 11, 2013
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Brian F: Yes, the padding will break in a little, it did on my helmet. My front was also slightly tight, just enough to cause a bit of redness on the forehead even after short 30 minute rides. Now that I've got several thousand miles on the helmet, it fits perfectly. Honestly, I don't remember the tight feeling after the first 4 or 5 hours of using the helmet... It's one of those situations where it broke in but I don't remember exactly when it did so, as it was a gradual thing. Sep 11, 2013
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Andrew B: I can't say I've ever noticed any pressure on my forehead when wearing this helmet. I feel this model fits snug all around. I purchased this helmet based on a Shoei Qwest that I really liked. I also liked the internal shield in the GT Air. It turns out you can't ride w/ the PinLock during the night & I don't care for the chin spoiler. In retrospect I would have purchased another Qwest for a few $100 less for a snell & dot tested helmet. A. B. Sep 11, 2013
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ALEXANDER V: I have had the GT Air for a couple of months now. When I first bought it it was very snug all over. Now it fits perfectly. The padding needs some time to "break in". I have about 4000 miles wearing this helmet and I love it. It's light and comfortable. It all depends on your head shape. Try the Arai and see which you like better. Either way you can't go wrong. Sep 11, 2013
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Aaron P: Yes it will break in. The ear holes are also adjustable, just remove the pads and peel off the back side. This makes it fit much better. Also remember on the road it will also feel different. Sep 12, 2013
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William H: I did not have the tightness to the forehead but to the cheek and face, I have not resolved the issue and don't wear helmet because of this. Sep 11, 2013
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Jim P: Thanks for the replies. I just ordered one (matte black). I'll put it on my head for an hour or two at home before I do anything else Sep 14, 2013
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Mike M: Hey Jim, I bought this helmet two months ago and mine has broken in and now fits perfectly. Mine was snug at first in the cheeks and forehead. Sep 11, 2013
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A shopper asked: I am shopping for a new helmet that fits. My head measures 22 1/2" which would make me a medium in most helmets however a medium feels tight where a large feels snug at first but comfortable. I ride a GS but foung the Shoe Hornet to have too much uncomfortable wind drag at speeds above 50/60/70+. I like the GT-Air and dont really need a Dual Sport. Though thats my riding preferance I dont ride w/ goggles.

I am a intermidiate oval w/ hair cut close to thr head. My thoughts are to go with the medium and hope it breaks in?

Would appreciate your input. I have been fairly disipointed in the local shops knowelge in this regard. Non have bothered to measure for proper fit.

Thanks in advance for your service.
Feb 8, 2014
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Michael C: I’ve ridden only 200 miles with the GT-Air, so my experience with the helmet is limited. However, I am extremely pleased with my purchase. My head measures 22”, intermediate oval. That puts me at the top of Shoei’s measurement range for size Small, but I opted for a Medium instead. Glad I did, because the Medium was uncomfortably snug at first. With a 22½” measurement, I’m not surprised you would find the Medium too tight.
Hope you enjoy the helmet as much as I do.
Feb 19, 2014
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John L M: The GT-Air is a good choice, the aerodynamics really work to keep it stable at speeds above 50 mph. If you get the med. and it's to tight revzilla will trade you a size up. When I got mine it fit fine but the cheek pads were tight so I let them break in (about a week of riding) it wasn't bad. I did go a size smaller in my cheek pads and now it's perfect. I bought three helmets before this one and this by far is the best ventilated and comfortable helmet I've ever owned. Feb 18, 2014
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A s: I measure out to a Medium (don't know the exact measurement) and previously had Shoei helmets in Medium that fit well - snug but not too snug. The GT Air felt too tight for me in Medium, pressing uncomfortably on my temples, and I went with the Large. Have been using it since last summer and no complaints. A little looser than my previous Shoei but not moving around at all. Overall very comfortable and a very good helmet. Feb 18, 2014
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Ed C: On the Shoei chart I wear a large helmet. I bought a large. Seems to be true to size. The top and side padding is just now starting to form. The cheek pads are still snug. I prefer snug vs loose. I also keep hair cut close. I hope that helps Feb 18, 2014
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Jim P: I had a few large hjc helmets, and the large shoei gt air fits me well. It's tight getting on because of the smaller opening around the neck, but once it's on, it's snug with even pressure-- no hot spots. Feb 18, 2014
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Robert L: I purchased a medium and exchanged it for a large, so I would suggest going bigger. I haven't noticed drag, but there is some wind noise at certain angles. Feb 18, 2014
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David F asked: I'm considering the Shoei GT-Air. My head measure seems to be exactly between a small and a medium - 22 1/4". Should I go Small or Medium?

Thanks,
David
Oct 26, 2013
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Richard H: I am exactly between a large and X large. I went with the Large. A helmet WILL break in some. The Large fits me fine now. It was a little tight at first but now it fits great. I really like this helmet best one I've ever owned. Oct 29, 2013
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Keehwan H: If you're in between, I recommend going with the larger size. I used to wear a Shoei Qwest Helmet in Large and bought the GT-Air in the same size, but it was too small so I had to go up to an XL. Hope that helps. Oct 29, 2013
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David O: This seems to run a little smaller than the RF-1100, if that helps, but I kept the same size when I made the switch. I've got a big noggin, though, so no direct advice for you :-( Oct 29, 2013
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John L M: You should go with the medium, the cheek pad are a bit snug. If you go with the small I believe you'll be very uncomfortable. Oct 29, 2013
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james h: Go to a local dealer and try it on. then BUY IT FROM REVZILLA because they are bada$$ Oct 29, 2013
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Dan B asked: what tinted shield fits the GT Air ? Dec 3, 2014
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Jared F: I don't recommend changing the main visor to a tinted One. This helmet has 2 visors, the interior is already tinted very dark. You would eliminate the purpose of having two visors if you tinted the main one. This is my favorite helmet FYI. Dec 3, 2014
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Gary P: None of them. Because the helmet has a drop down sun visor, the shield only comes in clear. Dec 3, 2014
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James P: It has a built-in drop-down tinted shield which works great, and is why I bought it!
Dec 3, 2014
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David M: Part # CNA-1 - not sold in U.S.
Try Amazon, got mine from England.
Dec 3, 2014
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A shopper asked: I have been having a problem with my visor fogging up on me, mostly at night. I have had the GT Air for a few months, I like everything about the helmet, especially the sun visor (during the day), but that too fogs up, and when I lower it I can't see. From what I've read, it suggests that not to use the Pinlock at night. So what am I supposed to use at night? I cannot find any other alternative visors. I have removed the chin skirt, but have kept the Breath guard in place. Oct 3, 2014
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David M: Sorry I haven't noticed any fogging problems at all on my GT-Air. At night or in rain even foggy mornings. I wear eyeglasses too. Put the pin lock shield in when I got it and forgot all about it. The difference might be that I left the chin skirt (mesh panel) in but took the breath guard (plastic spoiler thing) off. I ride a naked bike KTM Superduke. So no faring, upright aggressive seat position and plenty of airflow because I'm usually averaging 10-20 over the speed limit. :) Stoplights I like to raise the shield. Love everything about the helmet except the ridiculous triple mohawk I have after wearing it. Lol. Wearing a heat out beanie helps some. It's worth it for the fighter pilot look when the smoke shield is down I guess. :)
Hope this helps.
Oct 5, 2014
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Thomas H: The clear pinlock has worked fabulously for me on this helmet. I ride year-round, day and night. I do need to keep my fingers - and everything else really - off the pinlock to keep it functioning correctly. In summer, with chin skirt removed - nose shield is always in place - there is plenty of ventilation to help prevent fogging. However, stoplights do require raising the shield as the helmet will get hot and even the pinlock will have to work overtime to stay clear. That said, the sun shield will fog in summer, but as soon as there is air flow, it clears nicely. Cheers! Nov 19, 2014
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Ulf R: First of all make sure you really have the vents open. Secondly, use the pinlock at night, especially when temperature drops. Otherwise it's like sitting in a steam bath Nov 17, 2014
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Ulf R: Forgot, I also wear glasses, so took the breath guard out and left the rest. Works fine. Nov 17, 2014
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Mike W asked: I previously tried a Shark helmet with drop down sun visor and actually RETURNED it due to the sun visor fogging up when riding with the main shield down.

Has anyone experienced any issues with the sun visor fogging up in different types of weather?
Jul 20, 2014
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Michael C: I have ridden with the GT-Air for about six months in weather ranging from cool and damp 50's to hot, humid upper 90's. I have not experienced any fogging of the sun visor. Jul 21, 2014
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David O: if it's been tucked away in colder whether and collecting condensation, it can be a little foggy when you deploy it. But it vents well and should clear up pretty quick. Aug 22, 2014
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Jim P: The visor fogs a little, but not so much on sunny days... And that's when the visor is needed. Jul 28, 2014
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Jesse T: Mine does occasionally, but only in the morning at temps below 45f at stop lights. Jul 20, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hi,

question on size for GT-air in shoei. i'm little bit under 22 1/2 head size. more about 22 1/4 what should i get for size ? i'm between 2 sizing.
i'm driving a yamaha fz-07.

thank you
Jul 19, 2014
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Minh-Son D: i went for size small. previously i had a medium hjc. the small gt-air fits snuggly around my cheeks, which did not bother me. i have been riding w/ it for a year. i had issue w/ the top which was a little big. i used bubble wraps for extra cushion and it helped. Jul 21, 2014
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lytle B: my headsize is 23 3/4 inches A large is very snug. Maybe should have gone for the XL. hope that helps. Jul 20, 2014
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Alexander I: Take smaller size. Jul 20, 2014
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Michael B: My hat size is 7.25. The large Shoei was a good fit. However, I returned it. It was an ugly helmet and too expensive. I later bought an HJC CL-17 Redline (L) and it was just as comfortable as the Shoei, was more attractive and cost MUCH less. The HJC is just as quiet as my older Shoei 900, though I can't compare the noise level to the GT-Air since I didn't test the GT-Air. I ride a CBR 250, a Goldwing and a Vulcan 1500 with a windshield. Jul 20, 2014
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A shopper asked: im writing to find out how this helmet performs in the rain being that i do deliveries on a scooter some times in the rain, it doesnt allow any rain in does it? May 14, 2014
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Derek L: I have had this helmet for about one year and have used it in all types of weather. It has a few features which makes it especially nice for the rain. First, the shield port has a double gasket which doesn't allow any rain to enter through the front. All 3 vents are very easy to open and close with gloves on. I find that I can leave the exhaust vent open in a downpour. There's still a bit of airflow and your head stays dry. The included pinlock insert allows you to ride with the visor down without worries of fogging. The only caveat is that the integrated sun shade will fog up in a rain storm with the visor down. Fortunately, it is usually cloudy when it rains so you don't need to use the sun shade. May 14, 2014
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Minh-Son D: i went through thunderstorms and downpours last august in oregon and northern california. the helmet worked superbly, keeping water from my head. the anti-fog insert works. i was riding w/ others who wore arai and schuberth. they experienced leakage. my head was dry through the downpours. i definitely recommends the gt-air. May 14, 2014
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Philip F: Disclaimer - I have a BMW with adjustable windshield.

I've been caught out for hours in some pretty heavy downpours and my head stayed nice and dry. The rest of me, not so much. The anti fog comes in quite handy too.
May 14, 2014
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James P: I've been rained on a few times with the GT-Air and no rain got inside the helmet at all. May 14, 2014
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Jeremy D asked: Ok my head measures about 22 1/4 should I get the small or the meduim size? I wear an Icon airframe in medium right now. Seems to fit ok. Also would this helmet be heavier than my airframe? Im hoping its alot quieter but I just dont want it to be any heavier Mar 24, 2014
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Ken C: My hat size is borderline LG/XL, so I originally ordered my GT-Air in LG. It was a tad too snug. I returned the LG for an XL, which fits fine. I'll say go larger.

I didn't change the cheek pads in either helmet, although it's very easy to do so.

A quick search of the interwebs shows that the GT-Air weighs about 2 oz. more than your Airframe.

My GT-Air replaced a Shoei RF-1000. The new helmet is somewhat quieter than the old.
Mar 25, 2014
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WILLIAM M: medium Mar 29, 2014
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Jeremy D: Medium arrived yesterday. Might buy the smaller cheek pads but other than that feels great. Mar 29, 2014
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Jeremy D: After wearing it for a few hours on the bike yesterday, It fits great. Love it. Not even going to bother with getting smaller cheek pads Mar 30, 2014
Reg M: I am unable to answer as I have no basis for comparison...I do love my XL GT Air though Mar 25, 2014
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A shopper asked: I'm an intermediate oval 62.5 cm- which is exactly between XL and XXL. Which should I go with? Dec 9, 2013
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Thomas U: Go with the size smaller. I am between XS and S, i originally got the S and it was too large, the XS fits perfectly (which is to say, it's not loose, it squeezes my cheeks and it doesn't have too much lateral movement). Dec 9, 2013
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Alexander I: I use MD (57.1-58.1) with oval 58.5 if fits great, but first couple rides it could be little bit tight. Jan 13, 2014
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Dakota K: go with the xl the helmet get loose after a short while Feb 5, 2014
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Jose G: Go for the XXL, I believe that will be your best fit. Dec 17, 2013
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William L asked: I'm a new rider, 44 yrs old, going to be riding a Suzuki TU250, so more of an upright position. I ordered a Shark Vision R, small based on the sizing chart, but it was pretty uncomfortable. I tried the Shoei GT-Air at a local shop and it felt much better, and it seemed like it was a bit better made, so that's a plus as well. I tried a medium which seemed to fit though they said I might be a small (of course they didn't have it to try). My question, does this seem like a good match of helmet to type of riding, and if I'm in between sizes, any advice on whether I should go with the medium or try the small? I just hate to keep getting and returning helmets. Thanks! Oct 13, 2013
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Brian F: The GT Air is fine for almost any riding position. I use it for my ZX6r (2013) with a pretty aggressive riding position as well as my wife's Ninja 300 that is pretty upright and her 250cc scooter that has a very upright seating position.

Personally I'd go as tight as possible as long as it isn't actually causing pain around the head. Padding will break in giving it a comfortable fit. If the cheeks are still too tight after a month you can replace the cheek pads with thinner ones, but I doubt you'll need to if you give it 10 or 20 hours to break in to your head shape.

Any helmet I've ever had that felt "just right" from the onset has been to lose in a month.

Oct 14, 2013
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Larry G: I would get one that feels good today, as opposed to keeping your fingers crossed that a small will work in, so if that's the medium, get that. I just picked up the 2XL GT Air and it's a tad snug, at least compared to my well worn in XL RF1000. Incidentally, the 2XL RF1100 was less snug on my giant melon, and frankly if I'd known the RF1200 was coming out I'd have waited to at least try that. The Revzilla video says the 1200 is sized much the same as the 1100. Whatever you choose, you can't go wrong with any Shoei. They're all quiet and comfortable, good in the rain and cold, for touring or commuting. I do about 20,000km (12,000 miles) per year and have done several big tours to the Canadian east coast and I can't imagine getting another brand. It seems to fit my head better than any Arai, Schuberth, Icon, Bell or Shark. So if you have a Shoei head, I'd pull the trigger on a M GT Air...but I would slip on an RF1200 just to see. Oct 14, 2013
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donald g: I ride a Yamaha Super Tenere also upright riding position. I'm on my second GT-Air, the first was an XL fit great at first but after a couple hundred miles loosened up. I now have a large that fits great. Air flow is good and I love the pin lock and use the tinted shield more than I thought I would. I would go smaller if you are between sizes it will loosen over time. Oct 14, 2013
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David L: I ride a GT-air on my V-max. it works great for the in the upright position as long as you pull the helmet down properly and don't have the chin bar up too high. I'd go with the larger size if you're between. I'm surprised that a shop would tell you that you're between sizes based on the tight entry of the GT-air. Oct 14, 2013
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A shopper asked: It looks pretty close to the riders face and I wonder if it would hit if you are wearing glasses? Jan 21, 2013
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Lizard72: Nope! Sure doesn't interfere at all! It's actually surprising how far away it is from the face. (I'd say at least 1/2 an inch from the tip of my nose. My old drop down would actually sometimes clip my nose, this one doesn't even come close and comes down further on the sides! Mar 1, 2013
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DrDanElliott: NO not at all! I went on a hundred mile mountain hills ride last weekend and used the dark visor with my sun glasses. I did not use the face guard however, as it was awkward to insert and caused fogging. But without that, everything was fine. Feb 21, 2013
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RevZilla: The GT-Air is designed to comfortably accommodate glasses, so all but the biggest diva frames or 80's-era Aviators will fit. Jan 23, 2013
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Alan77: I wear prescription glasses and with the sunvison it does not interfere with my glasses. May 13, 2013
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Edward M asked: How is this helmet for prescription eyeglass wearers? Thanks! Jul 28, 2014
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Jim P: My prescription glasses fit well in this helmet. There seem to be grooves in the cheek pads that allow the arms of the glasses to fit along the side of my head. I also use a Sena SMH10 headset and the speakers fit well.I just wish my glasses had a pin lock system like my helmet. My glasses sometimes fog up. Jul 28, 2014
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Edward M: Thanks Jim,
I have the SMH 10 also. Was it easy to install in this helmet? Did you use the clamp? Jul 29, 2014
Jim P: Yes, the SMH10 was easy to install. I did use the clamp Jul 29, 2014
David O: Great. I wear thin rimmed glasses and heavier sunglasses and they all work pretty well. The pads will hold the glasses in place where you insert them. Just be careful if you try to scratch your eye and shift your glasses while on the road; The glasses will probably stay in their shifted position... Aug 22, 2014
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Gary P: I wear eyeglasses and wear this helmet all the time. Shoei did a great job accommodating eyeglasses in their design. Of course you will have to put the helmet on and then put on your glasses. The gaps in the lining/padding work as advertised. Jul 29, 2014
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Colin S asked: I just purchased this helmet, in size XL, and am concerned with the fit. I have a long oval head shape. I've been wearing an Arai Signet-Q for over a year but wanted something a little sportier. I wore the GT-Air helmet in the store for about 20 minutes and didn't have any issues. I took it home to wear it on the couch for an hour or two and started to notice some pressure above and aft of my forehead. I think the helmet is long enough front to back but I feel like my head sits a little too deeply in the helmet and the top of my head is coming in contact with the top of the EPS liner (I do not fit in a size Large). Out of the box this helmet comes with the XL 9mm Center Pad. I'm wondering if getting the 13mm liner will add padding to the top so that my head won't fit so 'deeply' in the helmet and thus eliminate this pressure point. I feel like the fit is ALMOST there. I like the helmet so much that I'd like to try to make it work if I can. Can anyone comment on getting a thicker liner and whether it has this desired effect? Thank you! May 31, 2014
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Craig B: I had almost the exact same problem and I loved the helmet enough that I wanted to make it work. I ordered the 13mm pad, which changed the fit considerably. The thickness of the new pad created some pressure on the sides of my head at first but after a few hours of use, the fit is great and I don't even think about it anymore. Good luck. Jun 1, 2014
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Colin S: Craig: I noticed that the EPS liner (inside the helmet) is two pieces and they happen to meet exactly where I'm feeling the pressure point. I noticed that the joint is uneven in the center; creating a ledge. I believe this is the pressure point I'm feeling through the liner. I was wondering if you had any similar issues with the EPS liner inside your helmet? Jun 1, 2014
David L: I don't know if a thicker liner would help or not. My GT-Air fit right out of the box. This helmet is the most comfortable and quiet one I've owned out of seven others from various manufactures. So, I'd try a thicker liner before buying something different. May 31, 2014
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Kevin L: I normally wear an XL but after reading reviews I opted to buy a 2XL. Even with one size larger, I still could not get the helmet over my ears.
I returned the helmet and visited the store where Bobby B. helped me find a perfect fit with an Arai RX-Q.
May 31, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does a clamp on Bluetooth like cardo fit in this helmet? Apr 6, 2014
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Derek R: Yup. I have the Scala G4 on my GT Air and my buddy has the Scala G9 on his GT Air Apr 7, 2014
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Minh-Son D: yes, works like a charm. i have the scala rider G9. May 14, 2014
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GERRY D: Cardo installs without any problems. Apr 19, 2014
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A shopper asked: I tried on the GT Air for about 15 minutes in a local dealership. There was pressure on my forehead. Is this an area that will fit better over time / after the helmet is broken in? Everywhere else felt snug and cumfortable. One size bigger was too loose. Sep 9, 2013
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Greg N: I would say that forehead pressure indicates the internal shape of the helmet does not necessarily conform to your own head shape. It's possible that over time the padding will give and make the fit more comfortable, but there is no guarantee that this will be true. In my case, I found the GT-Air to be initially uncomfortable around my ears which did disappear quickly as the helmet broke in. I never experienced forehead pressure with this helmet. I like the GT-Air quite a bit, specifically for the internal sun visor, but still find the ventilation (for my tastes) and the quietness of the helmet to be not to the standard I desire (Arai sets the bar in this arena as far as I'm concerned). I will likely return to Arai helmets when the GT-Air needs replacing, although Schuberth helmets might warrant a look too. Sep 18, 2013
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Glen J: I also had helmets with pressure points. I ended up going into the store and trying on helmets till I found one that fit. It was an Ah Ha, so that's what it should feel like moment. The pressure points on forehead, sides of the head, or back of the head will not go away. Minor pressure on the cheeks may go away OR get the smaller cheek pads (most helmets have a variety). If your head is oval (rather than round) try the Signet Q and similar helmets. Sep 19, 2013
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Minh-Son D: it sounds like the gt air is the wrong shape for your head. i have the gt air and after minor adjustment, is pretty awesome. my head is more rounded than oval. i tried on the arai signet q and rxq. they both left too much room either in the forehead or the back. i think they are more oval. maybe you should try the aria. Oct 15, 2013
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A shopper asked: will my scala rider g9 unit (mic and speakers fit into helmet? May 18, 2013
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RevZilla: The Shoei GT Air was purpose built to accept almost any communication system. The Cardo G9 is a universal system as well, and you should not experience any trouble installing the unit on the GT Air. In fact, the same would be true for any of the Cardo units, or Sena units that we currently sell. May 31, 2013
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whlightning: My Scala q2 works fine in it May 19, 2013
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HawaiiBiker: Yes, mine fits easily. May 20, 2013
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Paul R asked: Hi Guys. I currently have and love the fit of the RF1100. ( large ) From the videos it would seem the GT Air is a similar fit. Can anyone confirm this? Particularly interested to hear from past or present RF1100 owners who have experience with the GT Air. Thanks. Aug 22, 2014
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Paul R: Thanks David. I actually managed to try one on today and the GT Air in Large fits just like the RF1100 in Large. A little tighter getting on but a non issue. Thanks Again. Aug 22, 2014
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David O: I bought the same size and it works fine. Maybe not identical, but it's hard to remember how my RF1100 fit when it was brand new... Aug 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: With respect to helmet sizing, I am in between a Medium and Large according to the size chart. Would you advise getting a medium with thinner cheek pads or a large with thicker cheek pads? Jun 16, 2014
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Garrett W: Large with thicker padding. My head is a TINY bit bigger than your most likely, and squeezing a medium on is not something I ever want to attempt again, even though I should be between sizes. My old RF 1100 cheekpads wore down after a while and the helmet developed play, so I ordered the thicker ones, and if that helmet weren't 6 years old, I would still be wearing it. The cheekpads are amazing to help dial your fit. Jul 17, 2014
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Minh-Son D: i went w/ a small shoei gt-air. i put in bubble wrap on the crown of my head to have a perfect fit; otherwise, my head hurts around the perimeter. i used to wear medium in hjc. cheek pads get smaller w/ wear. hope it helps. Jun 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: I note that the helmet is available in black but cannot tell from the image what finish it has. Is it matte, gloss, or satin? Apr 7, 2014
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Derek R: If you choose the color "black" it is a gloss black finish. If you want matte black, there is a color option "matte black" Apr 7, 2014
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marvin w: It has a real nice gloss finish Apr 7, 2014
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A shopper asked: I am considering this helmet but am concerned with the rough texture of the comfort liner . I no longer have the luxury of thick hair do to premature balding. Is there a way to swap out comfort liners with say a neotech or other helmet with a softer material? Feb 5, 2014
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david c: Can't comment on the liner swap, but I am in the same hair situation and find the helmet very comfortable, as all the Shoei helmets I have owned have been. Feb 5, 2014
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Dakota K: you should look at the shoi quest instead, but the quest does't have the internal visor Feb 5, 2014
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A shopper asked: Maybe I'm looking in all the wrong places, but are there no alternate shields available for this helmet yet? It'd be great to snag a dark smoke shield or something, even if it doesn't have the pin locks. Apr 1, 2013
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RevZilla: Nope, you're not going crazy - Shoei is not making a tinted shield for this helmet. They figure that with the internal sun visor, a tinted shield (pinlock or regular) is overkill, so they're not doing it. That could change in the future, of course, but for now they're drawing the line. Go figure! Apr 3, 2013
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Bose: JeremyB796 not sure why you would want a dark smoke shield when you have a built in sun shade which is a high quality dark retractable shield with his helmet in addition to the clear pin lock ready outer shield. The sun shield drops down far enough to block out bright sun and still clears eye glasses if you have to wear them. Hope this helps... Apr 8, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is the yellow version a hi-viz neon? Mar 11, 2013
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RevZilla: The Brilliant Yellow version of the Shoei GT-Air Helmet is not considered to be a true Hi-Viz Yellow. Mar 13, 2013
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BackStage: Hi-Viz Yellow Mar 18, 2013
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A shopper asked: From a head shape point of view, does the GT-Air fit more like an RF-1100 or Qwest? Jan 21, 2013
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RevZilla: The GT-Air is Neutral/ Intermediate oval in shape. It would fit more like the RF-1100 than the Qwest, which is a bit more round. Jan 22, 2013
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Bravo21: Definitely fits like the RF-1100. I know, I've owned both. Mar 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: The review video indicates the new Shoei GT Air helmet is only DOT rated. No Snell rating? Why? Seems odd for a Shoei full-face helmet. The Snell rating, combined with their high quality, is one of their strong selling points. Jan 13, 2013
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RevZilla: The GT-Air is not Snell rated due to the internal, drop-down sun visor. Snell will not pass any helmet that includes a drop down sun visor over fear that it will compromise the safety of the helmet because many helmets bore into the EPS liner to create space for the visor. Shoei, however, has circumvented tearing into the EPS liner by creating a space between the EPS liner and the actual shell of the helmet, thus reducing any compromised safety that normally comes with an internal visor. This, however, is still a sticking point for Snell. Jan 14, 2013
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lyric911: Snell ratings are currently not possible with internal sun visors. Apr 8, 2013
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A shopper asked: The helmets in the photos seem to have a pinlock shield and visor, but he description doesn't mention it.
Are they included?
Thanks!
Jan 8, 2013
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FortunaFire: Did a little Youtube sleuthing and tentatively determined that yes, the GT-Air comes with both the Pinlock visor and shield. Jan 9, 2013
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RevZilla: The GT-Air does come with a Pinlock shield + lens. In fact, it is a redesigned one which will provide even more coverage! Jan 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does anyone know how the Shoei GT-Air helmet compares with the Schuberth C3 Pro in terms of wind noise (the C3 pro lists 82 dB at 100 kph on a naked bike but I can't find any such info about the Shoei)? Aug 16, 2014
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Jansen H: I cannot give you specific dB numbers, but I will say that the Shoei seems quite quiet, with the same type of neck roll surround that the Schuberth sports. If possible, I would highly suggest you try both helmets out to see the difference in quality. Schuberth has been my dream helmet for nearly 10 years. I tried one on and liked it a lot. Then I tried on the GT-Air. What a difference! While the Schuberth is a good helmet, the Shoei is just a much nicer piece. The venting is outstanding, the tactile feel is quite rugged, and the internal shield is much more solid and offers better optical quality than the Schuberth did. It is a more comfortable helmet for me, as well.

I went into Revzilla with my heart set on a Schuberth. I left with the GT-Air & I could not be happier.
Aug 19, 2014
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Dave W asked: Why is there no SNELL rating on this helmet? Nov 9, 2013
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Santos b: Because of the retractable visor snell won't rate a helmet with a retractable visor. Nov 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: Why is there no SNELL rating on this helmet? Nov 9, 2013
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Dakota K: gt air cant be snell rated because of the internal visor. which i find very useful, and much safer than a tinted visor, and much more convenient than having to pull over to but on sunglasses. Nov 10, 2013
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Brian M asked: My Harley Communication Headset has large speakers that will not fit in some speaker pockets because that are just too large (diameter). Will they fit into the shoei gt air speaker pockets? Oct 31, 2013
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Thomas S: The speakers of my Sena SMH10R fit perfectly in the GT Air ear pockets with room to go - the pockets are somewhere around 1.25 inches in diameter. Dec 17, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does anyone know if the US version of the GT-Air is the same as the European GT-Air? I'm wondering because the European GT-Air should pass the ECE standards, and if they're the same, this would mean that this helmet is in effect both DOT and ECE...
Or are the two different, so that the US version may not fulfill ECE requirements (and vice versa)?
Sep 23, 2013
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Alexander R: I'm not sure, but I read somewhere that they not the same and the weight is a little different.

I import this helmet to Israel that covered by ECE and have not any problem when importing -> I think it's supports ECE also.
Sep 30, 2013
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James P asked: I have had an RF-1100 for a couple of years and thinking about replacing it with the GT-AIR. Which helmet is quieter: the RF1100 or GT-AIR? Anyone with experience with both? Sep 11, 2013
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Keith S: Don't have experience with the RF1100, but I made the switch from an RF1000 to a GT-AIR at the start of this riding season and couldn't be happier. Didn't do a side-by-side comparison, but I would say the noise level is virtually the same (I do wear earplugs). At moderate highway speeds my wife typically can't tell if the my headset microphone is muted or not, so it is really quiet from that perspective.

However, there is no comparison from an airflow perspective. The GT-AIR is easily the best ventilated helmet I've ever had.
Sep 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: Question then reason behind the question.

How does the Shoei GT-Air compare one-on-one against the Arai Defiant for fit, weight, noise, and stability at speed (35-100 MPH) and both in relation to the Shoei RF-1100? (Size: Medium)

I have an RF-1100 I purchased from Revzilla about 4000 miles ago (with upgraded pinlock shield and insert) and like it a lot. I have been wanting to try the Arai Defiant for some time but there is not a dealer in my area that carries them so I can not try-on-before-I-buy like I did with the Shoei RF-1100 to see if it fits my melon. I had a cheep"er" helmet that I bought when I got my N1K that had a flip down sun visor (which was the only thing I liked about it) and have missed that feature so I have been thinking about the Shoei GT-Air. My issue is this... I like the RF-1100 but I don't "Love" it. It tends to rock back on my melon due to the riding position on the N1K (sport touring position...aka more upright than a sport bike but not cruiser upright) and the way the air comes over the windscreen. I wear a medium (I am just on the cusp of being a large) and the fit is quite snug. I have to occasionally open the visor and pull the front of the helmet down to reposition it and that gets old on a longer ride... not to mention that it takes my focus off the road and I end up thinking about my lid and not the ride.

Thanks
Sep 6, 2013
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Marco G: I find the fit of the RF-1100 and the Air to be very, VERY, close. As in almost EXACT. It's not; but it is very hard to notice a difference. The RF feels like it was made custom for my head. That's what drove me to trying the AIR. I liked the fit. I, too, am probably a M/L split. But I like my RF-11.
I can't speak on the Arai I've never tried it on. But,
for an upright or more "naked" bike try the Shark RS. It's what I wear on a Speed Triple (naked) and feel no lift. It also has a very good flip down tinted visor.
My .02c.
Hope it helps.
Sep 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: I would like to know which is quieter w.r.t. wind noise - the GT-AIR or the NEOTEC .. or about the same? Thanks! Feb 28, 2013
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RevZilla: The Neotec has a tighter neck roll so will probably be quieter. Also, the "Air" designation is a dead giveaway (wind is moving air ---> so more air = more wind = more noise). With that said, wind noise is super subjective. If it's a problem for you, we recommend wearing some ear plugs (no joke). A lot of the guys around here wear them. Feb 28, 2013
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A shopper asked: Dear Revzilla: Will Shoei produce the GT Air with graphics, or just solid colors ??

Best regards,

MJL
Jan 29, 2013
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RevZilla: Good news! Currently Shoei is going to launch the GT Air in two different graphics, the Journey (which has three different color options) and the Wanderer (which has two different color options).

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/shoei-gt-air-journey-helmet
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/shoei-gt-air-wanderer-helmet
Jan 30, 2013
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A shopper asked: When do you plan to start shipping these? Jan 26, 2013
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ZepRider: Expected to ship late-February. Jan 27, 2013
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A shopper asked: My current helmet is a X-11 left over form my racing days. Does any one have any experience on how the GT air fits versus the X-11? Dec 12, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hi, does the inside of this helmet have the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1698:2006?
I would like to purchase. Thank you
Aug 27, 2014
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Shoei Helmets

Size Hat Size Measurement (in)
2XS 6 3/8 - 6 1/2 20 1/8 - 20 1/2
XS 6 5/8 - 6 3/4 20 7/8 - 21 1/4
SM 6 7/8 - 7 21 5/8 - 22
MD 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 22 1/2 - 22 7/8
LG 7 3/8 - 7 1/2 23 1/4 - 23 5/8
XL 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 24 - 24 3/8
2XL 7 7/8 - 8 24 3/4 - 25 1/4
3XL 8 1/8 - 8 1/4 25 5/8 - 26

RF-1100 / X-12 Shell Size Breakdown

Helmet Size Shell EPS Liner
XXS XS XS
XS (RF1100)
XS (X-12) SM
SM MD SM
MD MD
LG LG LG
XL XL XL
2XL 2XL 2XL
3XL

X-12 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 optional
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 optional
41 optional

RF1200 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 2XL
35 SM-XL
39 XS
43 optional

RF1100 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 3XL
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 2XS
41 optional

GT-Air Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 2XL
35 SM-XL
39 XS

Qwest Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 optional
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 2XS
41 optional

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

Click here to see the full Shoei Helmets Size Chart
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black / XS 878625 0118-0105-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / SM 878626 0118-0105-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / MD 878627 0118-0105-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / LG 878628 0118-0105-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / XL 878629 0118-0105-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / 2XL 878630 0118-0105-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / XS 878661 0118-0135-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / SM 878662 0118-0135-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / MD 878663 0118-0135-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / LG 878664 0118-0135-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / XL 878665 0118-0135-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / 2XL 878666 0118-0135-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / XS 878637 0118-0109-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / SM 878638 0118-0109-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / MD 878639 0118-0109-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / LG 878640 0118-0109-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / XL 878641 0118-0109-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / 2XL 878642 0118-0109-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Silver / XS 878631 0118-0107-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Silver / SM 878632 0118-0107-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Silver / MD 878633 0118-0107-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Silver / LG 878634 0118-0107-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Silver / XL 878635 0118-0107-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Silver / 2XL 878636 0118-0107-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / XS 878643 0118-0117-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / SM 878644 0118-0117-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / MD 878645 0118-0117-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / LG 878646 0118-0117-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / XL 878647 0118-0117-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / 2XL 878648 0118-0117-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Shine Red / XS 878655 0118-0131-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Shine Red / SM 878656 0118-0131-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Shine Red / MD 878657 0118-0131-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Shine Red / LG 878658 0118-0131-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Shine Red / XL 878659 0118-0131-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Shine Red / 2XL 878660 0118-0131-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / XS 878649 0118-0123-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / SM 878650 0118-0123-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / MD 878651 0118-0123-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / LG 878652 0118-0123-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / XL 878653 0118-0123-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / 2XL 878654 0118-0123-08 In Stock: Ships next business day