Shoei GT-Air Helmet - Solid
Larger sizes don't "Break-in" as stated in the review
In the video review it is recommended that if you are between sizes you should purchase the smaller size because the helmet will break-in about 10%. This may be true of the smaller sizes, which use thicker cheek and top padding, but it doesn't seem to be the case of the 2XL. I'm right in the dead-spot between the 2XL and the 3XL so I ordered the 2XL assuming that it would loosen up a bit. After using the helmet for a couple of months I can say that it is still just as tight as when I first put it on. I think this is because the padding is all very thin on this particular size of helmet. I think it's a great helmet but I suspect I'll have to spend $$$ replacing it with the proper size after wearing it for as long as I have.
August 11, 2016
Excellent Helmut - Few Minor Issues
Overall this helmet is very well made. It does have a few minor faults.
1. The internal visor develops a strange haze on it that requires it to be wiped off. This is really annoying. It doesn't matter if you leave it down or put it up. The haze always appears, normally after riding for a while then stopping off to eat or drink. Then when you take off again it's hazy and you can't see. So it becomes useless. Also happens after being in the rain for a little bit and its up. After rain stops and sun comes back you lower it to find its not usable due to this haze. Air flow does not clear it away.
2. Very loud when behind a windscreen. Quiet when not..
3. Runs a little small.
Overall its a great helmet. Fix the sun visor issue and noise problem, it would be excellent.
July 30, 2016
Style: This is a cool, modern looking helmet. Mine is matte black which enhances the look, I think.
Fit: The size chart is accurate. It is somewhat oval, IMO, should be comfortable for most majority of riders. Interior padding is nice.
Build & Durability: Exceptionally well made. No funky glued on, screwed on bits. No plastic rivets holding the bottom together (see Schuberth).
Ventilation: This could be better. The chin vent is effective but I don't feel the top vent adds much.
Noise: Average loudness maybe. They did not design it to be slippery (to the wind) where the face shield connects to the body of the helmet. This leads to a fair amount of wind noise at higher speeds.
Other: You will have to patiently fiddle with the face shield to get it on and off.
July 29, 2016
Shoei GT Air
Very quiet - the best sealing helmet I have ever had. Definitely keeps noise and noisy air out. I ordered the 31 mm cheek pieces...still a little tight on the cheeks...there is a point in the helmet in front of the center of the cheek.
I would have though for the price there would have been more options for cheek pieces...and the cheek pieces are expensive.
The ear speakers were easy to install.
I selected this helmet for the built in sun visor...I have quite a collection of visors for my older Shoei that I had to take with me when I traveled - prefer 1 built in visor.
July 26, 2016
Expensive helmet, but a good one
Purchased this because it fit more comfortably than my previous one, and because I wanted an integrated sun visor. My older helmet was fairly noisy, but this one is noticeably quieter and the sun visor is great. No complaints, except for the higher price tag.
July 26, 2016
Shoei does it right!
I have been a long-time user of Shoei helmets. I rode with the RF900 for years and it was (past) time for an upgrade. I considered the RF1200, but opted for the Shoei Air for its internal sun visor. This has been a great added feature. The visor is nice and dark and goes over my glasses without issue. I also like the pin-lock feature, though it doesn't stop my glasses from fogging up.
The air flow is less than I expected, but only marginally so. The vents are easy to operate and offer multi-position openings. My only critique of this helmet is that the first click up on the visor is too high to leave open when in stop and go traffic. My old helmet had a toggle prop to keep it open only a few centimeters.
I have installed the Sena 10 communicator in the helmet and it fit like a glove. The ear pockets were deep enough to facilitate the speakers and still left room for my ears.
Overall, I find this to be a superior helmet and worthy of the Shoei name.
July 19, 2016
Best helmet yet
I had a slightly bigger HJC CL-17 and after losing some weight needed a new lid. My head is rounder than the "Shoei" fit so I had to purchase some cheek pads (XL cheek pads are interchangeable) and after those, this fits great. If the rim around your forehead fits and the cheeks are too tight, I suggest this modification. With the zilla bucks it's only $20 more and a great adjustment. The noise level is really quiet if you use the chin skirt and amazing air flow without it but slightly louder. I'm extremely happy with this lid, even at 100 mph I can turn my head without any wind pull so the aerodynamics are killer.
August 9, 2016
Great Helmet Overall
I really wanted a great helmet with a drop down sun visor. The Shoei GT-Air fit the bill. Love Shoei helmets!
My previous helmet was an RF-1100, which I thought was a little more comfortable. Overall, I feel like the RF-1100 has a better fit and finish to it. The liner material in the GT-Air doesn't seem as nice, but it is close. If it had the comfort of the RF-1100 I would have given it 5 stars. I'm not saying the GT-Air is uncomfortable, just not quite as nice as the RF-1100. The GT-Air does have thicker foam, so +1 for safety.
The drop down sun visor is fantastic. Easy to work with gloves on. Easy to find, even with my Sena 10C sitting under it. Unlike the amazing pinlock visor, the sun visor can and does fog up from time to time. I've never had a pinlock visor before and I'll never have another helmet without it! Awesome technology!
The pinlock visor and the drop-down sun visor push this helmet to the top on my personally owned helmets list.
August 4, 2016