Shoei GT-Air Helmet - Solid
Good but not the best Shoie
Just came back from a 2800 mile trip in temps ranging from mid thirties to 106. This baby worked well in the cold with the vents closed. This is my sixth Shoie in a row; my Gary Lawson was the best in the heat. I think that was an RF-1000.
On the long ride the visor operated perfectly. I really like it. It saves having to take two visors, a clear and a tinted. The visor does hold out some heat, also.
Mine shell is white, due to the heat here and for added visibility. In case you don't know, the Honda ST1300 ambient temperature stops registering at 125. It just blinks '125' above that. You would not know this unless you were sitting on the bike in that heat. If you don't like heat, don't live in Texas.
Here is the first downgrade. The airflow is less than Shoie's older models, e.g. RF900 and RF1000. I buy helmets that talk about the amount of air they move. This one is
OK but not great for high temps. Also, the vents on this baby seem to add noise; something new to me.
The second downgrade: Between the air moving around the shell and the added vent noise this is not the quietest Shoie. The Air is reasonably quiet but (I) still wear ear plugs for extended riding. I can't wait for active sound cancellation on Shoie (hint)..
After nine days of putting this on and taking it off my ears were pretty sore. That should not be an issue for a couple or three on/offs a day.
The Shoies fits my head and the fit is typical for them. I think I am more round than oblong.
I hope my downgrades and comments do not talk you out of Shoie. This is a good helmet and I have trusted my life to them for a long time. Just know what you are buying...and ride!
June 23, 2016
Lots of features and typical Shoei quality
I've had Shoei helmets since the 90s and when I got back into riding, I knew where to start looking.
I've always like the Shoei shield system and always thought it worked well. I could replace my smoke shield with the clear while wearing the helmet and gloves.
After reading multiple reviews, most of which talked about the quiet characteristics of the lid, I pulled the trigger.
Typical Shoei quality.
Easy to integrate the Sena 20s.
Pinlock shield (a first for me) works very well.
Integrated sunshield easy to operate with gloves.
Flows adequate air- On a hot day, it's still going to be uncomfortable.
Fully removable (and size customizable) liner should extend the life of this pricey helmet.
Whomever decided to move to a "button" style strap retention system instead of the D-ring retainer that Shoei used for years needs to be found and beaten. The button on the strap is easy to find, the button on the D-ring strap is WAAAY up in the liner of the helmet. This means that attaching the strap is a consistent pain in the butt, and impossible to do with gloves.
The shield is much more fiddly than previous Shoei helmets- I'm unable to remove the shield while wearing the helmet, and even with the helmet off, it was an exercise.
This helmet does seem to run a little small- My previous 3 Shoei helmets have all been a comfortable XL, this one is a tight XL. Not dangerously tight, but I don't want to take it off and put it on more than necessary.
The breath guard which is supposed to deflect airflow away from the visor is of poor quality. I can't keep it attached to the helmet and I've since lost it. It looks like it has bayonnet fittings that would keep it in place, but once installed, you can remove it by just turning the helmet upside down and it'll fall right out.
The visors on Shoei helmets used to have a nice grab tab, which made cracking the visor at a stoplight easy. The tab on this visor is much smaller and harder to get a handle on, especially with gloves on.
It might just be me and the fitment of the particular helmet, but I don't notice that this helmet is particularly quiet. Admittedly, I fitted the Sena 20s prior to riding with this lid, but I was expecting a quieter experience. I'd wager that my older Shoei helmets are at least as quiet (if not quieter) than this one.
Pricey. My last Shoei came in around $350 or so, and I suppose I was expecting more for another $200. It is a nice, premium helmet, but all of the cons make me like it a little less.
With all of my previous helmets, I've used a dark smoke visor to help prevent sunburn on my nose and face while riding on a bright or hot day. I wasn't thinking when I ordered this one- I liked the idea of not having to swap shields. Unfortunately, my first ride was on a bright, hot day at very slow speeds (motorcycle support for an ACS bike-a-thon) and I left the sun visor down and the clear visor up. My nose got badly sunburned, and I was reminded why I used to like the dark smoke visors. This isn't a crack against the helmet, but is good to know if you're fair skinned like me.
Overall, I'm happy with the helmet and will continue to buy Shoei in the future.
June 21, 2016
I bought this to replace my RF 1100. This helmet is lighter and quieter than the 1100. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it comes stock with the Pin Lock system.
As others have said purchase one size bigger than you think you should. When I measured myself I was just under a size medium. When it came in I could not fit it over my head.
Fortunately the no hassle exchange process was awesome and in just a few days I had the correct size.
June 20, 2016
No fog. Good airflow. Good visibility. Comfortable.
I can only compare to my other recent helmets.
I recently got a Scorpion Exo R2000 because of its safety certifications, but I found it a bit too noisy and uncomfortable for day use. I finally decided to get the GT-Air and I am very happy about it.
wide field of view.
absolutely no fog thanks to the pinlock
very good air flow
confy and quiet.
you can wash the internal padding.
The R2000 has less wind noise.
I feel more safe with the R2000, ad I use that for track days.
June 18, 2016
Great helmet on the freeway, never use my other one.
Great helmet on the freeway, never use my other one.
June 16, 2016
fit is perfect once it is on. opening is tight though...this is a helmet i don't like to take on and off a lot.
ventilation is awesome. you can feel the breeze inside. have to crack the visor at stoplights, but have had to do that in every helmet i have had.
defogging is excellent. just finished weekend in mountains in pouring rain, pea soup fog and 50deg temps. zero fogging issues. even enough venting to keep my glasses fog free.
installed sena 10u intercom designed for the helmet. can't even tell it is there. perfect design.
love this helmet. got it in high vis yellow. looks good and folks can see it.
May 26, 2016
Not for Me
I have owned this helmet for a few months now. I am very torn on how to rate this helmet overall.
The Good and not so bad:
This helmet is very quiet. I thought my monster 821 was actually quiet until i cracked the visor open at a light. I can barely hear the bike run until i lean out far and get the engine sound back off the ground. I gauged how close i was to the ground in my old helmet by how loud the engine tone coming back at me was...That is not the case with this helmet. Road noise...other cars...my bike, all are drowned out pretty well. Wind noise isn't bad.
Fit and comfort are great for me at least. My head fits in very snug. I'm not sure how my bluetooth will fit in this helmet for this reason. Not well is going to be my guess. The helmet isn't too small, just very snug. I gather the helmet is so quiet in part for how well it fits and insulates my head.
Looks, I really love the way it looks. I own it in matte black solid. Matches my monster 821 dark pretty well.
Features. The visor is easy to release and re secure with gloves on. No problems finding it, i like that there is no button or release, just a detent that is easy to use. The visor switch is also very easy to find and operate while in motion. The vents are equally as easy to find and adjust.
Airflow. Not bad, I was expecting a little more to be honest with how large the intake looks. I find it to be average at best. My other helmet flows better. Its not awful but for the price point i imagined it to be much better.
What I Don't Like:
Ventilation. Not great while stopped. I have other helmets i don't feel compelled to crack open at every light i sit at for more than a few moments. I feel like i'm suffocating in this helmet at a stop when its above 70 degrees out. It's fairly humid a lot of the time in the area i live in, this helmet does not breathe as well as i would like. Its fine once you get going, but this is a serious issue for me. I don't have this problem with my other helmet.
Fog. In piggy backing off the ventilation issue, the next big one is fog. It's terrible. A pin lock is pretty awesome, it keeps the visor totally fog free. Then you drop the shade down and its one big foggy mess inside the helmet. You have perfect vision right until you want to keep the sun out of your eyes. The drop down shade was one of the biggest reasons i purchased this helmet. it was the feature i was after the most and have been greatly let down by it.
Between how much this helmet holds the heat /humidity and fogs up with the internal shade lowered...very disappointed. And for how much it costs, thats a very expensive disappointment. This has become my helmet i only use if i think i might stay out passed sun down. I prefer my other helmet to this one. I would definitely not purchase this item again and couldn't recommend it to other riders.
May 12, 2016
A bit pricey but definitely worth it!
I've had two HJC helmets before this and I was tired of the quality so I decided to splurge and get this helmet. I'll never get anything but Shoei again. Yes, it was a but expensive but it more than pays off. I didn't want to have to worry about getting a tinted visor and switching it which is why I picked this one for the visor. I absolutely love it! The noise level is very low and the over all comfort is just incredible once the pads are worn in a few times. I'd recommend this over and over anytime!
May 10, 2016