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Shoei GT Air Journey Helmet

Enjoying the ride is what motorcycling is all about and having a helmet that is comfortable and safe is just facilitates that enjoyment. The Shoei GT-Air has been designed from the ground up to be the ultimate all-rounder. With a fully adjustable ventilation system, drop-down internal sun visor, fog-free Pinlock CNS-1 face shield and Shoei’s legendary comfort and quality, the GT-Air has all of the features you need to keep your focus on the road instead of on the discomforts a lesser helmet can cause.

The Shoei GT-Air was developed using wind-tunnel testing at Shoei’s state-of-the-art facility in Japan which lead to an aerodynamically tuned tri-composite shell that mitigates buffeting, as well as wind and road noise. The plush removable liner is comfortable, quiet and removable when you need to wash it. Light, safe and comfortable, the Shoei GT-Air meets and exceeds the needs of contemporary riders, allowing them to enjoy what they love most…the ride.

Aerodynamic Shell Design:

  • Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel testing 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, allowing the integrity of the GT-Air’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 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

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
XS (RF1100)
XS (X-12) SM

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.

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Shoei GT-Air Journey Helmet 4.6 5 497 497
Pro: Air Flow, Weight, Sun Visor Con: Price, Chin Strap After wearing Modular Helmets for approx. 10 yrs, this was a nice change. Very light and lots of air flow throw the top air scoop. Fit was also nice after being broken in, I have own this helmet for about 9 months. The down side to this helmet is the price, I would loved to have bought one with graphics but I could not see myself paying the additonal cost. The extra $100 plus was too much. Also, the Chin Strap will dig into my neck if snug. The helmet will also whistle depending on the angle of my head. But still the best airflow of all the helmets I've owned. November 24, 2015
I have to say, its a very good helmet Love the switch for the shades, it's very convenient. Very light weight. Provides wide vision. The design it's fire. November 23, 2015
Great Helmet, just get past that break-in period This is an exceptional helmet, all of the features are well thought out and designed, and they work! It's important to get one that fits though! I am a size small and when I first tried this on I tried a medium that was comfortable in store but rotated a bit too much on my head. I went with the small and felt general head pressure and claustrophobic for the next 10 hours of riding. It's all broken in now and it feels great! Those cheekpads will break in over time. As for the features: -The sunvisor is great and saves me the hassle of shield changes at night. Also the mech feels solid and low-profile so it wont break -The pinlock shield is awesome, no fog even on the coldest rainiest days, however the sunvisor will fog up -The chin curtain is great and stays in place solidly -This helmet vents a lot of air, but when sealed up it is nice and quiet (AKA the vents actually work unlike a lot of other helmets...) -Feels rock solid on a naked bike at highway speeds, doesn't buffet much at all Really great helmet overall, a huge step up from the cheaper stuff and well worth it. Also, if you need to replace liners etc...Shoei actually offers that stuff. November 21, 2015
Good helmet The older RF1100 used to have a toggle where you could slightly crack the windscreen. The GT Air has detents, but this feature is missing. I think the theory was that if you have the pinlock, you don't need to be able to defog the helmet. In practice, having the toggle to slightly crack it would still be useful, especially if you wear glasses. November 16, 2015
Great helmet overall I thought the look of this helmet was pretty slick so I went for it, I've used Shoei helmets exclusively for 12 years and have not had a problem, and this one lives up to the same standard. Great fit, great look. The only problem I had with this helmet is that the small pin in the visor for attaching the replacement visor shields was missing on the right side. Without it, there is a small hole in the visor that causes an unbearable whistle noise. So I will have to reach out to Revzilla or Shoei to see if I can get a replacement plastic pin just to fill the hole. November 9, 2015
Great helmet in my limited experience of three other helmets My riding experience, Kawasaki Ninja 650, ZX-9r, Suzuki GSXR 600 and a 1000, BMW K1200RS and R1200RT. The RT is my main ride, hence I was looking more of a cruiser type helmet. So far, I have about 200 miles on this helmet. As a base of helmets: I have a Seven-Zero-Seven (large), Arai Corsair V (medium), and a Scorpion Exo 1100 (large). This is my baseline of helmets, so take it for what it's worth. The 707 is a good FIRST helmet for me. It is a large, and too big for safety for me. The Arai is a medium and was loose in the cheeks. I got new pads and it fits like a glove, but it whistled. It might just need new seals, but it is over seven years old. The Exo-1100 is a more of an oval elongated helmet. This does NOT fit me, especially in a large. But it has the integrated shield which I really LIKE! I got the SHOEI GT-AIR for the following priorities 1) safety, 2) fit, 3)integrated shade, 4th and 5th are a tie for noise and cost. Cost is somewhat a factor, especially at the $500 - $650 range can be an very expensive helmet. My head is worth it to me. It did take me some time to save this up for a while though. Hence, the GT-AIR. SAFETY: I THOUGHT this is same shell as the RF-1200 with SNELL rating, but I didn't really know. I was told the GT-AIR would have gotten the SNELL rating except for the integrated shade. I really want the shade. So I got this. FIT: The GT-AIR fits my (presuming) mostly round head very well. I am not even sure if I broke in the helmet yet. I've put about 200 miles on it so far. It is quite a tight fit. When I first put it on, I get equal pressure all around my head. At first, it is a lot of pressure, but I quickly get used to it, like within the first minute. It really does fit like a glove. I think this is the way it should fit. The Large is definitely too loose for me. I expect the pads to break in some more over time. It is more difficult to take off than even my Arai so far. NOISE: The GT-AIR does block a few more decibels of wind noise, but unfortunately, at the sacrifice of blocking other noises (such as engine and traffic). It's not so blocked that I can't hear, but it is definitely muffled compared to all the other helmets I have. The Corsair is probably muffles noises too. I am not sure if this is good or bad yet. I turn my SENA unit (I have these mounted in all my helmets) down on this helmet. It could be because the speakers are a little closer to my ears, or it could be because it blocks more noise. SHADE and FIELD OF VIEW: I'm disappointed in the GT-AIRs shade flips slider. I really like the EXO-1100 shade flip lever near the ears. The field of view is good. Not exceptional, I think my Exo has a slightly better field of view, but it could be because it is a large and this SHOEI is a medium. The GT-AIR field of view is better than my Arai. Remember, my Arai is quite a bit older though. Trying to move the slider, to me, always seems like I am trying to slide it the wrong way. Getting my gloved fingers on it's little bump of a slider is a bit of a learning experience still. VENTING: The venting, while clearing the face shield of fog is good, the head venting is not as good as my EXO. The EXO, especially in the summer, I can feel the air go on the top of my head. This SHOEI really seems to only clear the face shield fog at around 20 mph or more. WEIGHT: The SHOEI is probably a pound or so lighter than my EXO, but I am used to my EXO, so weight probably isn't that big a deal to me. PRICE: For the safety and features, and the sale price (close-out) from RevZilla, this was a good deal. I expect better prices as these get older and we get to the holiday season. Post a reply/question, hopefully, I can comment and answer. RIDE SAFE! November 2, 2015
Simply an awesome helmet I've used different helmet vendors over the years, and I keep coming back to Shoei. Everything simply works. The GT-AIR has been a nice upgrade over my RF-1000 that it replaced. It fits me just as well and has increased air flow. I love how easy it is to remove the shield for cleaning, and I can ride all day without any issue from the helmet. What else is there to say - great product, and I'd buy it again. October 26, 2015
Great helmet but I have found that the air flow isn't that much better than my previous helmet and I was expecting it to be way better being it is a GT-Air. Also on very cold rides (in the 30's) I am finding the interior face shield does fog up a little around the nasal area which is also a tad disappointing. I was expecting perfect and I have found that perfect is not for real even in a $500 helmet. October 26, 2015
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Richard M: great helmet Oct 8, 2015
Jerry P: Because it closely matches my 2015 R1 Black and Red color scheme. May 30, 2015
sharleen b: brand reputation
features offered in the package
May 12, 2015
Alex M: Good reviews. Also, really like the built in sun visor feature. Apr 6, 2015
Kevin P: Wanted a cool helmet with distinctive graphics Apr 5, 2015
Andrey S: I saw a lot of reviews, tried different brands and models, this helmet is quiet, has a good shape for my head, build-in sun protection, removable parts and it's should be a good quality and best protection on the market! Feb 11, 2015
Mark I: nice and lightweight, and its "Bitchen" Jan 23, 2015
Matt O: Needed a replacement for an older helmet. Reviews stated it flowed a lot of air. Nov 26, 2014
Rick H: Great looking helmet with great features made by one of the very best helmet manufacturers Oct 14, 2014
Daniel C: Phenomenal helmet with all the features. Stylish, functional and safety-minded in design. Sep 23, 2014
CHRISTOPHER A: reputation as a great helmet Jun 22, 2014
Derek M: Good reveiews Jun 13, 2014
Ana Isabel C: Modern, good looking, safe, best in the world, good price Jun 7, 2014
Mark M: I wanted a helmet with an integral tinted visor, and I'm a Shoei fan, so the choice was easy. Apr 29, 2014
B O: for the look, the fit and "quietness" Apr 28, 2014
Jose Emmanuel B: Perfectly designed to fit snug. It's design also does an amazing job at muting outside wind noise. Great air flow. Not heavy but durable. Apr 23, 2014
G L: I purchased this based on Anthony's review and the review of others. We are upgrading from an RF1000 Apr 9, 2014
Juan C: all around comfort Apr 6, 2014
Jason O: Only the best for my cabeza! Apr 5, 2014
Terry S: Highest value to cost. Needed new highway hat for new Yamaha FJR 1300 ES. Love the look and SHOEI quality saves noggins. Apr 2, 2014
B K: It's Shoei. Do I need to say more? Mar 19, 2014
F E: because I use prescription glasses so I don't have to worry about sun plus they are shoei so I don't have to say anything else thx Fernando C. Mar 2, 2014
Axel H: Awesome design and offered built in sun visor and pinlock lens. Feb 18, 2014
Robert J: I love this helmet. the most comfortable helmet I've ever had. Feb 9, 2014
Tom D: Quality and safety Jan 19, 2014
Gary A: Styling, weight, and retractable sunglasses Jan 8, 2014
Jassim A: I like its style fits my ride Oct 29, 2013
Ryan W: Ratings, known quality, technical specs, and overall design led me ot the Shoei GT Air Journey helmet. Revzilla made me educated all aspects at once! Sep 25, 2013
Johann C: This product offered in red, white & blue color matches with my bike. Sep 15, 2013
Brian S: Had a Shoei for the past 10 years loved it so figure since I ride everyday why not replace it with the best Sep 9, 2013
Jose D Z: Safety and second shield Aug 31, 2013
Norman P: It had the best ventilation ratings that I found and it fit my melon the best. Aug 25, 2013
Robert C. M: Loved the styling and the videos from Anthony were the final deciding factor. I would take a trip to Philly just so I could check out the store and shake your guys hands. You rock! Thanks, Robert Aug 22, 2013
A s: I wanted an upgrade from my HJC and wanted an integrated sun visor. This helmet feels great, very quiet and much more stable on the highway. I would really like to see Shoei reduce the prices a little to make these helmets more available but it is what it is. Aug 19, 2013
Hien T: Awesome graphics with awesome functionality (ventilation, sun visor, aerodynamics). Aug 18, 2013
Victor H: Always been a Shoei guy. The internal sun shield sold it. Aug 7, 2013
A shopper asked: hello, i have a gen 2 busa i commute,top out, and drive the heck out of it ocassionally and i currently have a hjc fg 17. I am looking at getting another helmet i was thinking about this one because it has a sun shield and i heard on the video its good for different types for riding positions. However, i was wondering is it quiet? i would like a quieter helmet this time if not this one then can you recommend one?
i also love the graphics on this journey. thank you
Aug 13, 2013
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David L: I have not used an HJC helmet for years, but I know that both my shoeis are quieter than any of my HJCs ever were. I used an X-11 and now have a GT-air. I liked the air flow better in the X-11, but the GT-air is a quiet helmet. I wear earplugs for anything more than a ten minute ride, but I have not been disappointed with it in any way. The way the neck roll and chin curtain are designed really help with wind noise. The sun shield is great, and the helmet feels very stable in the upright or 3/4 position. I don't get into a tuck much anymore since my V-max is not really set up for chin-on-tank riding. I feel that the GT-air will be very nice tucked in, though. There are spots I can get into on my bike where it's so quiet it feels like I'm in space. Sorry for rambling. If you've got the cash, go for the Shoei. I think the only thing quieter right now might be a Schuberth. Aug 13, 2013
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Jesus R: This is a relatively quiet helmet, but like all, depends on a lot of factors.

I have three helmet references: A mid range HJC, a Shoei RF1000, and this one. From those, I find this one to be the best. I find that it is quieter if the bike doesn't have a fairing that puts the wake on your face/head. My '07 Ducati Monster does, and it's noisier than riding the Diavel, which doesn't have a one.

I think the helmet is great. The shield and the pinlock are awesome. Plenty of vents on a hot day, and tight enough when it's cool.

Historically, Shuberth helmets are quiet, but very expensive. Most helmets can be quieted down with a neck ring-type diffuser, but the best and recommended way is to wear ear protection. Get Sure-fire plugs., They're designed to block noise > 80db, so you can still hear while wearing them.

Aug 15, 2013
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Hien T: Hi there,

The GT Air Journey can be ridden in the 3/4 position or tuck (sport) position and air flow is great. If you're touring, this helmet may not get as much air flow.

As for quietness, it's definitely quiet. Considering your previous helmet, I believe this will be quieter. To give you an idea, I currently ride a Harley Davidson sportster with aftermarket exhausts which are very loud. Also, I don't have a windshield on my bike. Once I put this helmet on, the exhaust tone decreases by quite a few decibels. With no windshield - wind noise is substantially less. Also, the sun visor works wonder on this helmet.

To give you a comparison - my previous helmet was a Nolan N85.

I hope this helps. P.S. The graphics on this helmet looks even better in person.
Aug 14, 2013
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Kenneth A: It's definitely quieter than the Shoei RF-1000 I've used in past. And both were during surface street speeds. I can't comment on highway speeds, but I'm sure it'll translate to be quieter then. Good luck. Aug 13, 2013
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Joshua B: For the price of the helmet I was expecting it to be a little quieter than it is. So if a quiet helmet is your number one priority, you might want to look at another helmet. Don't get me wrong, I like the helmet. I have the red and black helmet and I think it's one of the best looking helmets I have ever seen. I really like the sun visor. It's like looking through a pair of premium sunglasses. The helmet fits good. The cheek pads were a little tight, so I ordered some thinner cheek pads that fixed the problem. So really my only complaint about the helmet is the it being a little too loud for my liking, but my definition of loud could be different than yours. Aug 13, 2013
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Malte S: In my experience the Shoei GT Air is very quiet. More quite than my Schuberth S1 (which when I bought claimed to be extremely quiet). Also is decidedly less noisy that an older HRC I own.
I ride a Speed Triple R to give you a reference on riding position.
Am very happy with the Shoei! Very stable and calm at higher speeds. Only limitation is limited ventilation on hot days especially when compared to the Schuberth, which I find kind of ironic given the "Air" in the name of the Shoei.
Aug 13, 2013
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Patrick E: Yes, I am a big fan of this helmet. I ride a 2012 Triumph Thruxton and a 2003 Triumph sprint. I do a lot of miles on both. My previous helmets are the Arai Signet Q and the Shoei Qwest. The Shoei Gt Air Journey is the quietest of them all by some margin. The features are good, fit is solid, the flip down visor is smooth and a nice feature. I would recommend this helmet to anyone who rides long or short distances. Plus, it looks awesome in black and red.
Aug 13, 2013
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John L: Yes it is quieter. I have two HJC Helmets (Modular and full face)and purchased them because they were the first to have a good sun screen system. I have had the Shoei GT for about three months and I prefer it over the HJC because it is quiet, better in the rain and the sun screen works well.

FYI: I also have a couple of Nolan's that I use to decorate my garage.

John....San Francisco Bay Area
Aug 13, 2013
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Marcelo F: Hello. I am very satisfied with the gt air. I also own a Shoei Qwest. In comparison with the Qwest the Gt Air is quieter and the size seem a litle more snug. However I use the same size in both models. The sun shield is well designed and works properly. I did not tried the included Pinlock yet. Overally I recommend this helmet. I currently ride a 2012 Yamaha Fazer FZ8. Aug 14, 2013
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Walter C: I have an RF1100 and a GT Air Journey. The GT Air is quieter than th RF1100. As far as comparing it to your HJC I could'nt comment. I do know that you'll love this helmet. The internal shield is great and it is very cool with the vents open. And yes the graphics are great as well. Aug 13, 2013
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Mahmoud M: This is a great helmet! The visor is amazing and the cut outs for a bluetooth communication system are perfect. I had an Arai RX7 before, i would say they are about the same in terms of quiteness. It is a quite helmet. Aug 15, 2013
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Hilster R: Hi, this helmet is quiet when compared to a Bell Star and it is louder then a Shark SAUER. Aug 13, 2013
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Corey C: I was very disappointed it was not more quiet then my bell. Aug 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: Do the 'emergency' and SHOEI stickers on the sides of the helmet come off or are they under the clear coat? Dec 1, 2013
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Mitch S: The emergency cheekpad removal stickers are applied over the clear coat and -could- be removed without destroying the finish, but are there for a very important reason!

Unless you are removing them to repaint the helmet and intend to reinstall them immediately after, this is an I'll advised and potentially life threatening move, in, what would appear to be, the name of vanity.

These stickers instruct any emergency personnel who might come to your aid (likely when you are unconscious or at least, very dazed), on the removal of your cheekpads from the outside, prior to attempting helmet removal.

This is an important safety feature which could save your neck/life, by minimizing the chance of further spinal injury while struggling to remove a snug-fitting helmet.

Any minor aesthetic benefit from the sticker's removal, is far outweighed by the increased safety afforded by the ability to remove the helmet with minimum torque applied to the rider's neck… safety, ostensibly, being the reason for spending over $600 on a helmet in the first place!

Remember: Stupid Hurts!
Dec 1, 2013
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Marcelo F: No, the emergency stickers are not under the clear coat. Anyway after six month of daily use mines are still in it´s place and they do not seem like to come off soon. The SHOEI stickers, indeed are under the the clear coat or maybe are painted. These ones can not come off. Dec 2, 2013
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John B: They are just stickers on top of the clear coat on mine. Correction, the emergency stickers are on top, but as would be expected the Shoei I stickers are under the clear coat. I will read the question more carefully before answering in the future. Dec 1, 2013
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Adrian C: ALL the SHOEI stickers on this helmet are under the clear coat but the "Emergency" ones not, so they can be removed easily . Dec 1, 2013
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A s: The 'emergency' is a removable sticker. The SHOEI logo is under the clear coat. Dec 1, 2013
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Damien P: They are under the coat so removing them would damage it. Dec 1, 2013
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John B: They are just stickers on top of the clear coat on mine. Dec 1, 2013
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Gene T asked: I don't see a mirrored or iridium shield for this helmet. Is one on the way? Aug 20, 2013
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Jason O: Not aware of any upgrade sheilds. The sunshades that slide down seem to be polarized but, the user manual does not specify if it is or not. Aug 20, 2013
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Leandro M: Could you please clarify the question?

I don't understand what are you asking.


Aug 20, 2013
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pedro m: No not really needed with the smoked sunvisor that is built in the helmet is great I love it highly recommend Aug 20, 2013
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A S: Can anyone say why manufacturers don't offer polarized lenses? Are there aftermarket polarized lenses? Apr 3, 2014
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Richard P: There's no need for that. Considering there's a sun visor included. Aug 20, 2013
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Brett B: It is internall there is a slide lever on exterior of helmet. Aug 20, 2013
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A shopper asked: What does "Standard Chin-Strap Clip" stand for? Doesn't sound like D-ring.. Is it something like micro ratchet? Dec 2, 2013
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Jeffery D: If you purchase your helmet in the USA, it is a D-ring. European and Japanese versions and some other countries offer the ratchet system. I think what they mean by the standard chin-strap clip is the little snap on the strap to keep the extra length from flapping about (which is badly located and sometimes a pain to get it to snap.) Dec 2, 2013
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Hien T: In Northern America (specifically U.S.), the "Standard Chip-Strap Clip" is a D-ring set up. In Europe, it's usually a micro ratchet set up. This helmet actually has a D-Ring setup, NOT a micro ratchet set up if bought in the US, I'm not sure how it's set up in other parts of the world. Hope this helps. Dec 2, 2013
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Joshua B: It is a standard D-ring. I think European versions got some kind of ratchet strap, but the the American version is a D-ring. Dec 2, 2013
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Malte S: It's essentially a standard double D ring design. Little strap on one of the rings makes it easier to open. Dec 2, 2013
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David L: It's just a regular strap with D-Ring. I wish they'd use a rachet. Dec 2, 2013
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Todd B asked: I notice that the Pinlock anti fog shield comes installed on the GT vs uninstalled on the RF 1200. Is the anti fog shield easy to remove if not needed? Jun 18, 2015
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Walter C: The shield is very easy to remove. To be honest, when I got mine they had just hit the market and they did not come installed. Jun 19, 2015
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Norman P: Yes, however I found that after installed there was no need to remove it. Jun 19, 2015
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Steven P: takes about 5 seconds! Jun 18, 2015
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Richard B: It pulls right off. Jun 19, 2015
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A shopper asked: Hi. I ride a ducati streetfighter 1098s without any windscreen attached. I plan to get a another helmet mainly for daily commuting use to work (looking for one with internal drop down sun visor as i ride between sunrise and when the sun goes down), occasional weekend twisties, some long distance touring and hitting the track as well occasionally. Pretty much and all round helmet with good airflow (live in really humid +95 degrees climate here), aerodynamic, non-buffeting, stable daily helmet with sun visor for a naked bike. Noise levels control would be a plus too.

Have shortlisted between the Shoei GT Air and the Shark Speed-R. Can't make a decision between the two and need some thoughts or advice, especially from those that have used both, and on a naked bike? Many thanks.
Jan 7, 2014
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LEONARDO R: I have both, a Shoei GT-air black and red and a Shark Speed R Sauer Black-Green-white. Both of them are a good choices. Shark are more comfortable to use on trail and custom bikes (I have a custom bike vulcan 900 custom) but it also are weak on aerodynamics... my head shake a little going over 130 km/h surpassing trucks... on shoei gt-air this does not happen. Shark have a better airflow... shoei have a better noise level control... between shark speed r and shoei gt-air... i recommend shoei x spirit 2... has a better airflow, aerodinamics, noise control.... only problem no sun shield... Feb 6, 2014
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Vic H: I know nothing about the Shark, but I came from a Shoei Hornet. When I sold my 990 with a windscreen, I got a 690 without a windscreen and then got the GT Journey. I'm so glad I did, far and above a better helmen than the Hornet. And just slices thru the air at speeds. And the flip down visor, after riding with one, you will not be without one again.

Jan 7, 2014
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Marcelo F: Never tried Shark Speed-R, so I can not help you. I own a Shoei gt air since june and I am very satisfied with it . Regarding aerodinamics, my bike has a half fairing (Yamaha Fz8 Fazer) but I didn´t notice any buffeting at all. Jan 8, 2014
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Kassem E: Shoei GT AIR hands down Jan 28, 2014
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A shopper asked: hi, im in the market for a new helmet and seriously considering the gt air and i know my head shape is perfectly fitted for a small Shoei Qwest Overt Helmet, is this size and shape transferable to the gt air or am i better off staying with what i know? as i tried the rf 1100 and the fit just wasn't as right as the qwest Oct 13, 2013
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Christopher P: I own both the RF1100 and the GT-AIR. The GT-AIR is not as deep as the RF1100 and, on my head, brings the front the helmet closer to my mouth. While I am unsure of the Quest, I can compare the GT-AIR to fitting close to an Arai helmet as in overall size and fit. Hope this helps! Oct 13, 2013
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joseph W: I had the rf1100 before the gt air. The gt air fits the same as the rf1100 but a little firmer everywhere. So if the rf1100 didn't fit well you will probably have the same issues with the gt air. Oct 13, 2013
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David L: I don't think that you'll like the GT-air as much as another qwest. When I try on the Qwests, they feel a little taller inside with less of a slope back in the forehead area than the GT-air. Oct 14, 2013
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John B: The GT Air fits very similar to the RF1000 so if that doesn't fit you, then the GT Air probably won't either. Oct 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: The RF-1100 XL is the most comfortable and snug fit for me, but the GT Air has interesting features. I was just wondering in terms of head shape and cheek pads if the GT Air's spacing is similar to the RF-1100. Thanks! Jan 19, 2013
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Adam S: i have a RF1100 (large) currently how is the GT air size fit, i heard that if your a large you have to get an xl for the gt air becuase large is too snug, is that true? the only thing that bothers me on the gt air is that the external tinted visor is not available Sep 19, 2013
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SpeedTripleHooligan: I tried the Qwest, the RF 1100 and the GT. I felt that the GT fit better than the rest, most notable around the temple area. It may be due to the build for the visor. It was minimal but noticable. I think in science they would call that statistically significant! Apr 30, 2013
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VFRK30: I have a RF-1100 currently, in XL. I tried on a GT-Air at a local shop and the XL fit was the same. A little snugger but that is to be expected as my helmet is pretty well broken in. Mar 15, 2013
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Seanzilla: I believe they fit the same; I wear a size Large in both the RF-1100 and the GT-Air. May 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is there room/design space inside for any of the aftermarket bluetooth communicators? May 24, 2015
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Patrick E: Absolutely. I have been using my sena SMH-10R with maximum comfort. I have had comms on an Arai Signet Q and sometimes the internal speakers would get loose and dig into my ear. I have no such issue with the GT Air. I don't even notice it is there. May 24, 2015
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JOHN D: I ride comfortably with standard in ear headphones. I have never rode with a bluetooth device. I also don't recommend it, phone+bike is a little much even for me, and I'm not exactly one who follows rules. May 24, 2015
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Jeffrey M: I have the Sena SMH10R mounted in my GT-Air. There's enough room, but it takes a while to get the wires situated beneath the padding so you don't feel them while wearing the helmet. If you take the time and don't just jam everything in, it's fine. May 24, 2015
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Will M asked: So I bought a M and it has arrived. Feels VERY tight compared to my 2-year-old HJC. I wore it for 25 minutes and never got a headache so maybe it's the right size? I measured my forehead again and with the tape pulled tightly across my widest part i'm coming in at 23" exctly.

M = 22 1/2 - 22 7/8
L = 23 1/4 - 23 5/8

I'm between the two sizes, closer to M.

I guess my question is while I didn't get a headache, I did feel a little 'dizzy' perhaps, making me think I might be cutting off some blood flow to my brain : - )

I know they are supposed to 'break in' after a while but my fear is I'll decide it's just too tight and I won't have enough time to return it in the 30 days.

Does anyone else have a 23" noggin and if so what size did you get?
Mar 26, 2014
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Hien T: Hi there. Unfortunately, my head size is NOT 23". My head size is actually 21 3/4". I still bought size Medium since this helmet is considered to run small. However, after 4 months of using it, it did break in, but not much. The break in period gave another 1/8 to 3/4" in wiggle room but the helmet still fits in my head very well.

I know this might not be the answer you're looking for but look at it this way. At $600, that's a lot of money to "wait and see" if you'll get that 1/8 - 3/4" to get to your size of 23". I know this is a lovely helmet and I would have a hard time letting it go if I were in your position (I'd be tempted to take the chance too, believe me!). I'd look a one size up or maybe looking a different brand (I know, it's easy for me to say since mine fits). But seriously, it IS $600 and it IS your blood circulation we're talking about here. I really hope this helps you in any way and good luck to you.
Apr 4, 2014
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Gary A: I bought a Shoei GT Air Journey in XL and I also had a HJC (Joe Rocket-101 Carbon) in XL size. At first the GT Air was very tight (tighter than the 101) but amazingly a simple hair cut made the problem go away. After 3 months of frequent use it is now "perfect" fit. May 9, 2014
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Todd B: I have a 23" head and that will definitely not fit a large let alone a medium. I tried on a GT Air XL and it was fairly tight to the point where the cheek pads were pushing fairly tightly on my face. Otherwise it felt comfortable. Mar 31, 2015
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A shopper asked: Snell? Feb 11, 2014
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Marcelo F: The helmet has no indication that it is Snell approved, but I supose it is. Feb 19, 2014
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Charles S: This one is not Snell rated because of the internal sun visor. Feb 18, 2014
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Hien T: No, only DOT approved. Feb 18, 2014
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adil k asked: Is the Shoei GT Air Journey helmet available in Matt red and black graphics or gloss ? as there seems to be no indication with regards to the same although the picture seems to look like a Matt. Also awaiting your shipping quote.
Please keep in mind size required is XS.

Feb 5, 2014
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Jeffrey J: I'm a customer of Revzilla, I purchased this helmet last year. The GT Air Journey has a gloss shine.

If your looking for a matt finish look at the GT Air Wanderer version. I provided a link below.

I personally like the gloss (journey) version better, I think it will hold up better. To me the Matt version seems like it would be easier to see the scratches from everyday use. I have scratched mine up a few times and the scratches aren't that noticeable.

Hope this answers part of your question.

Feb 18, 2014
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Joshua B: The GT Air is gloss. I have the red and black and it is a very good looking helmet. There is a lot of small detail on the helmet that you can't see in the pictures. I am very pleased with the GT Air. Feb 18, 2014
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Wesley K: This helmet is gloss. You can get it a solid mat black. Feb 20, 2014
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A shopper asked: What face shield goes with this helmet? Mar 19, 2013
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David L: It comes with a clear pin-lock visor with the clear anti-fog insert in the packaging. May 1, 2013
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RevZilla: The Shoei GT-Air uses the Shoei CNS-1 Faceshield. Mar 20, 2013
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Seanzilla: Shoei CNS-1 Pinlock Faceshield. May 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hope this isn't a "dumb" question but what are differences between the new Shoei GT-Air vs GT-Air Journey other than the graphics? Or maybe that is the only difference. Thanks. Jan 14, 2013
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Daniel C: The only difference I could see between the Air Journey and the Air Wanderer is the graphics. The GT Air is just solid colors, while the Journey and Wanderer have more options color-wise. May 9, 2013
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Seanzilla: All GT-Air helmets ("regular", Journey, and Wanderer) are functionally the same, and only differ cosmetically (graphics). May 13, 2013
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RevZilla: Not a dumb question at all! But yes, the only difference is the graphics. Jan 15, 2013
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Addie E asked: Hello,

Does this helmet has similar sizing with the Neotec Model since i'm really comfortable with Shoei Neotec XL? Thanks in advance
Jul 7, 2014
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Matt O: I found the Neotec to run about one size smaller. So I had a small and it fit well. I could not tolerate a small in the GT Air so I got my usual size medium. Jul 8, 2014
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John B: I've never worn the Neotech but I had an RF1100 before this and it fit the same sure GT Air. Jul 8, 2014
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Gene T asked: What's the difference (besides price) between the Air and the new RF-1200?. Are they targeted at a different audience? Oct 18, 2013
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LEONARDO R: No they are to the same public. Road drivers. Basicaly the gt-air has integrated sun shield and a better ventilation then rf-1200. Oct 22, 2013
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Wesley K: The gt air has a built in sun visor and the rf1200 dosent. That's the only differance as far as features go. Oct 25, 2013
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A shopper asked: OK, so I know they are in different in price points, but how would you say this helmet stacks up against the Scorpion EXO-1100? I'm trying to figure out if it's worth 2x the price.

Thanks - RevZilla rocks!
May 8, 2013
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Daniel C: I bought the GT Air Journey helmet in March, and couldn't be happier with it. It is just pure quality throughout. Fits well, great features, and truly a work of art. I bought the Red/Black one, and it matches my bike perfectly. Nice that the Pinlock Fog Free lens is included with it, I love the TopGun inner shade, and the way air flows through the helmet. I tried on a Scorpion EXO-1100 at the Revzilla showroom, but just didn't like it as much as Shoei. I'm not implying the Scorpion isn't a good helmet, but I am definitely happy with the Air Journey. May 9, 2013
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MyNamenick: I rode with a Scorp EXO-1100 for a few months last season. I've ridden with Shoei RF-1000's for a few years but wanted the integrated sun shield. After a month or two I went back to the RF-1000. I didn't like the fit of the EXO-1100, it was never quite comfortable. Particularly in the forehead area. It seemed to rub and the cloth at the transition area in the forehead to the visor opening was rough. The Shoei fits my head properly where the Scorp seemed to press front to back. May 20, 2013
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A shopper asked: Would like to know the shell size of Shoei GT Air. Does Small and Medium come in the same shell size ? Or small and medium are different in shell size ? Apr 8, 2013
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RevZilla: The GT-Air shell breakdown is as follows:

Apr 12, 2013
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Seanzilla: There are 3 shell sizes:
1) XS, S, and M
2) L
3) XL and XXL
May 13, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hello, I like to know if I could use yours helmets in Europe. Thanks, best regards. Apr 3, 2013
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Seanzilla: The North American version of this helmet is not ECE certified. It is only DOT rated. I believe there is a different European version which is ECE certified. May 13, 2013
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RevZilla: Shoei Helmets sold in the U.S. are homologated for the U.S. market, which means they are DOT approved. They are not ECE certified. Apr 9, 2013
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A shopper asked: Repeat since the question "disappeared": Would you address any differences in "quiet" between the GT Air and the Neotech? Jan 15, 2013
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Craig C: Check out the reviews on Web Bike World (see links below), when I was deciding between the Neotec and the GT Air these reviews helped a lot.

The Air was rated higher / better in the noise category, it's rated as "Very Quiet". The Neotec is rated as
"Quieter", which is a notch louder than the Air.

Generally speaking, modulars are going to be noisier than non-modulars, of course comparing helmets of the same build quality. Hope this helps-


May 6, 2013
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RevZilla: Compared to the Neotec, the GT Air is almost as quiet, but it is much quieter than the RF-1100. The chin curtain on the Neotec is able to come a bit closer to the neck, which is what helps to make it quieter. For a full-face touring helmet, the GT Air is a direct comparison to the Schuberth S2. Jan 16, 2013
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A shopper asked: Do they have interchangeable shields for this helmet? Like a smoke or mirrored visor? Oct 27, 2014
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Christopher P: I have not seen and shoei branded ones, but a quick google search will deliver any aftermarket brands Nov 11, 2014
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A shopper asked: where can i get the Safety Certification DOT 218 Document of this model? Mar 25, 2014
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A s: Sorry, I don't know. Mar 25, 2014
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A shopper asked: hello guys i would like to know what is the best helmet in the market right now??? i have 3 choices the arai crosair v, the agv corsa,and the shoei gt air. wich is better???

thank you for your time.
Aug 21, 2013
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Thomas J: I can't tell you about the Arai or AGV as I have never owned any of them. As to the Shoei GT Air, I really like it. It is comfortable, fairly quiet (I still use earplugs). The most useful feature for me that I like is the internal flip down sun visor. I use it all the time. It is extremely useful for me as I can easily flip the sun visor (while riding) up or down or partially up/down during sunrise and sunset rides. I can feel a difference too on the airflow over the helmet compared to my older Shoe RF- 700. The GT Air does not seem to get buffeted around near as much in strong crosswinds, and I can actually feel a slight stable downward pressure I guess form the helmet shape and from the little spoiler like lip on the back of the helmet. Aug 21, 2013
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Rick H: I really like the helmet. I bought it for the name and the fact it matched my bike lol. After several rides its pretty quiet, has good airflow characteristics, and feels pretty light on my head. The only drawback might be the cheek pads are very snug, not uncomfortable but very snug. I did try several pads before ordering but not a lot of middle ground. The helmet looks great, feels great, and I am very satisfied with my order, Revzilla also got it to me super quick and at a great price thumbs up to both Shoei and Revzilla. Sep 29, 2013
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William G: I would say it is a tie between the Arai Corsair V and the Shoei GT Air depending on what fits you better. My head fits both acceptably well and I use them interchangeably. I like the very compact feel of the Arai's smaller shell. On the other hand, the Shoei is the most versatile helmet I have ever owned; the internal tinted shield is terrific when my ride covers sunrise or sundown; no stopping to change shields! If I had to pick one, I would choose the Arai for its lighter and smaller feel. Aug 21, 2013
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Emiliano R: Cant speak about the others but the GT air juourney is a great helmet. The looks are fantastic. Material quality are awesome, what you can expect from shoei. Could be a little bit less noisy, but is not that bad unless you plan doing long trips (2hs>). The weight is very appropriate and gentle on the neck. The sun visor worka great and is very accesible with gloves. Has carves out space for intercomm headphones which is great.

Hope this helps.
Aug 22, 2013
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Brittany T: Once you get into the upper price range in helmets, I feel you can't really make a mistake. I personally went with the GT Air for the airflow weight and the internal visor. I absolutely love it. It's a pretty quiet helmet but not the quietest. It exceeded my expectations for a helmet and the included pinlock is a must have. Let me know if you want any more detailed infor on the gt air. Aug 21, 2013
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ANDY K: Hi, I used Shoei GT Air. Love the shape and aerodynamic. Can feel the air flow in thru air vent. Make my choice after watch the video.
There are plus and minus of each model but you may understand more once you run thru the video review. Very helpful.

For me, GT air did not let me down and no complaint so far.

Aug 21, 2013
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Thomas R: I recently just got the Shoei GT Air and I love it. The weight, the air flow, the flip down sun visor, and the field of view are all perfect. I haven't tried the others you mentioned, but you can't go wrong with the Shoei. Aug 21, 2013
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Mauricio C: Hi dude!

I can't say nothing about the arai or the agv but the Shoei is really comfortable and also the air that enter through the helmet is real good. I'm so happy with my Gt-air and i recommend you Shoei
Aug 23, 2013
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Brent B: Had many lids over the years and will say the Shoei GT Air is the finest I've ever owned. Really like the built in sun visor and the optical clarity is simply unreal.
Thumbs up and you should buy it....
Aug 21, 2013
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Ghaith B: I think shoe get air is better , maybe it's not the best one in the market but its for sure better that Avg, and shap wise better that aria cross Aug 22, 2013
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Sharafa A: Shoei GT air will be a good choice, fits perfectly, great airflow and its looks very cool. Aug 21, 2013
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