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Weight: 3.67 lbs

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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

Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States.

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Size Head (cm) Head (in)
2XS 51 - 52 20 1/8 - 20 1/2
XS 53 - 54 20 7/8 - 21 1/4
SM 55 - 56 21 5/8 - 22
MD 57 - 58 22 1/2 - 22 7/8
LG 59 - 60 23 1/4 - 23 5/8
XL 61 - 62 24 - 24 3/8
2XL 63 - 64 24 3/4 - 25 1/8
3XL 65 - 66 25 5/8 - 26

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

How To Measure

H Head Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows and ears. Pull the tape comfortably snug, read the length, repeat for good measure and use the largest measurement.
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White/Red/Blue / XS 878673 0118-1002-03 Out of Stock
White/Red/Blue / SM 878674 0118-1002-04 Out of Stock
White/Red/Blue / MD 878675 0118-1002-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
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Shoei me a better helmet for the price....
I have to admit, I'm a Shoei guy. I loved my X-11, which the GT-air is replacing. This review will compare features and pro/con between the X-11 and GT-Air.

Fit: The neck area of my X-11 went onto my head easier than the GT does. However, the insides of the GT are far more inviting. I have to wiggle it around to unfold my ears after it's on, but once that's done it fits like a glove. I do get a sort of helmet "butt print" on my forehead when I take it off, but it's never uncomfortable when I'm wearing it. I feel like there's almost a bit more room vertically in the GT and the top really fits my head well. The X-11 was great, but it was more harsh feeling. My glasses fit inside this helmet without issue. They're pretty wide, stiff frames, too. If I had slimmer or more flexible frames it would be even easier.

Noise Level: I wear custom ear plugs every time I ride. The GT is pretty quiet. I can hear the air flow, vehicles around me, and the wind. At highway speeds, my pipes are barely part of the soundscape. I'm sure the thicker neck roll and built in chin guard are what does this, but I wore a Wind Jammer on my X-11 all the time. It was probably quieter than it was designed to be. I do find that I can change the sound with a bit of head tilt if I want to, but I'm still experimenting with that and windshield height.

Weight: It's a well-made helmet... with a visor... and plenty of padding. It weighs about what I thought it would. My neck didn't get tired after four hours of riding. I think it'll be fine.

Shape: Who doesn't think this thing was engineered to death? The shape is awesome. Head checks are like nothing's even changing. I like the little duck tail. It's great.

Vision: Holding this up next to my X-11 and my Scorpion, I can tell that the shield is bigger. I had a pinlock visor on my X-11 when I rode from Houston to DC. I swore I'd never have another helmet without that system. It's fantabulous. I didn't realize (maybe it's new) that the pinlock visor only lets in 80% of available light. It says not to use it at night right on the packaging. I think this is ridiculous. If you sell me a helmet with a visor that's not supposed to be used at night, what am I supposed to do? I don't notice any diminished vision at night anyway, but I have to ask why either company (PL or Shoei) would make this situation the default. i will continue to ride late into the night with the pinlock shield on there, and not think about it. It really makes no difference. If you're worried about it, stop worrying. I just thought it was odd that the safety manual says don't use this in the dark. The flip-down tinted shield, however, is AWESOME!!!!! It may not be the darkest smoke available, but it was great in the Texas sunshine last weekend for hours. I got to wear my normal glasses (better setup than my prescription sunglasses), and didn't have to worry about carrying anything extra for that.

Overall: You can see my rating. I've been waiting to buy a new helmet and was going to get a scorpion EXO-1100 for the visor. I'm sure I could have been happy with that Scorpion, and will probably get one for my wife, but I'm glad I went with the Shoei. The optics in the flip-down are great, the pinlock system is great. It's got a noticeably larger field of view. PLUS when I showed my wife the red/white/blue graphic, she said, "There's something cool about that one. Is that what you're gonna get?" ..... It feels sort of throw-back theme colors to me. I was going to just get silver like my X-11. Everyone that sees it wants to touch it. The paint looks great. I wish the little silver stickers were really reflective, but I'm sure I'll find a way to do something about that.

I love this helmet. If you have the cash, fit a Shoei, and want enough air flow to feel your hair blowing around inside your helmet (seriously, I could feel it moving). Get this thing!
May 2, 2013
Ride:
2001 Yamaha VMAX
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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4 / 5
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5 / 5
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Very satisfied customer!
I usually take a very long time to do my research before I purchase or do anything in life, and this was no different. With a hefty price tag of around $600, it took me a while to pull the trigger on this order. After much gathering of information, I knew I wanted an internal sun visor, the pinlock lens insert, a helmet that was all about air-flow, and obviously a helmet that was aesthetically awesome to me.

Let's start with the internal sun visor. All of the reviews I was reading were leading to the Shoei GT-Air being the top of the line as far as functionality with the sun visor system, and as soon as I tried it on I could easily see why. The cable lever system feels extremely solid and is easy to use even with my gloves on. Once it is down, it's like putting on your best pair of sun glasses in terms of blocking out the sun. Eye strain is non-existent once you lower your sun visor, and the coverage is better than any other helmet I tried on (and I went to a LOT of powersports places testing these).

Now onto the pinlock system. This was one of the factors that convinced me the price was worth it. If I was to buy a different internal sun visor helmet and then buy the pinlock visor and the pinlock insert, the price difference becomes a smaller gap than before. In terms of functionality, you literally can't fog the visor up. No matter what the temperature, humidity, or time of day, this visor will not fog. I tried breathing hard into it, even while still, to put it to the test, and it passed with flying colors. Best of all, the pinlock visor and insert on this helmet are so wide that you don't even notice it in your field of view.

Ventilation and air flow, another one of the things I boast about with this helmet. When I am riding, and I have the chin vent open, it as if I am not even wearing a helmet. There is no breathe coming back in my face, and it's just like being outside the helmet breathing in an endless intake of fresh air. Opening the top and rear vents keeps your head cool even in very hot weather. I could feel the "mohawk" effect that people spoke of...you can feel the air start at your forehead and swoop over your head and out the back. This helmet is unbelievably quiet compared to others that I've worn on rides too. There is a slight whistling (at higher speeds) at one head angle with the top vent, but this is easily corrected with a slight (few degrees) tilt of your head. Last point with the vent system, and another one of the factors that pushed me toward this helmet, is how easily the vents are open and closed. With only 3 large slides to worry about, it's a "breeze" (had to...) to position them to open/half/close, even with gloves on. Never have I had any trouble finding the vents or positioning them to the desired lock while riding, it all takes seconds to do.

To conclude this review, I will mention a few other things I like about the Shoei GT-Air Journey. The style is beautiful for me, I bought the black Journey helmet, and I get compliments on the looks all the time, and best of all, I am in love with the way it looks. The lines and art contour the natural shape of the helmet perfectly and they compliment each other exceptionally well. Speaking of the shape, the engineers did superb on this one. At very high speeds, and any speed for that matter, I feel like a jet streamlining through the air...my head feels like a hot knife cutting through butter, with no pushing around. Even head checking feels smooth and solid. The only thing that worried me at first was how tight it felt around my ears when I first put this helmet on. I thought I was going to need to go up a size, even though I measured myself and had others do it for me many times over before purchasing. However, it has broken in to where when the helmet is actually on me, it feels PERFECTLY fit to my head. It is still very tight coming on and off, especially on my ears, but it is temporary only to taking off and putting on. All in all, I am in love with my purchase and feel that the Shoei GT-Air is fully worth the asking price. I would, and do, recommend this product to anyone looking for all these features packed into one amazing helmet.
July 28, 2014
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
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Why it is called the GT-Air
I'll start off with correcting a huge misconception of this helmet. It is called the GT-Air NOT because it has fantastic airflow. It is called the GT-Air because it slices through the air quietly, with almost no resistance. SHOEI developed this helmet in a wind tunnel to reduce noise, increase ventilation and reduce rider fatigue.

Noise:
On that note, yes this helmet makes no wind noise while riding at any speed, and due to how the neck padding comes down more, keeps the helmet quiet. (Always wear earplugs!) It is drastically quieter than my HJC IS-MAX, ventilation is greatly improved. The double seal around the visor, along with the spring load tension keep wind noise and vibration from appearing at any sane speeds I've been at.

Comfort:
At first it was tight, too tight, I had to get the GT-Air 31. MM replacement cheek pads. After I loaded these in, fitment was better, but still slightly tight. Riding for a couple hours made the helmet fit better. And the more I ride the better the fitment gets. Helmet is just so much more comfy than my HJC. The padding is fully removable and washable too!

Quality:
Top Notch! Nothing was loose when I got it, Visor movement is just a bit tough, that will ease as the visor action wears in. Smooth movement from all the vents and drop down shade. Visor vision is crystal clear and no distortion. Same with the interior drop down shade. As was mentioned earlier, no vibration from anything at speed. This is a huge plus! Paint/sticker and clear-coat are fantastic in quality.

Appearance:
Graphically the GT-Air Journey appealed to me the most. I wanted as much white on my helmet as possible with just a splash of color design. To each there own.

Anti fogging:
The included breath guard is near useless if you have the chin guard in place. I used the included pinlock anti-fogging kit and it is amazing, I had it on my HJC and it works the same, you simply cannot fog this setup!

Any Other Issues of Note:
1. while wearing thick warm gloves, finding and actuating the interior slider is difficult.
2. Again with thick gloves, hard to open and close the visor, and snapping into the lock down position is even more difficult. I have found just to push down on the top of the visor works to get it to snap into position. Hopefully this will wear into play better.
3. as mentioned in a lot of reviews, the button snap for the extra chin strap is placed very high, hard to find at first, but you get used to it, and actually keeps the strap more out of the way from my jacket neck.
4. Had to pay extra to get the smaller cheek pads. I bought the helmet over Christmas 2013 and didn't try it out until March 2014, negating the 30 day (free) exchange on the cheek pads.
April 9, 2014
Ride:
2012 Honda NC700X
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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Light, Comfortable, and Cool - Excellent Helmet!
I have only had this helmet for a few weeks but enjoyed using it for over 1500 miles on a trip through New England. I ran into everything but snow...Rain, Fog, Cold Mornings and Hot afternoons and was thrilled I bought this helmet. Everything works great. The pin lock is amazing technology. I am so used to not having it that at first I didn't have it on and was fogging up for about 20 miles the first morning before I remembered I had one. Pulled over, put it on and wow no fog. In the rain I still had some fogging but not a problem just a little around the bottom of the shield but the shield is water tight - no leaking. The venting is the best out of all the Shoei helmets I have owned (RF-1000 and RF-1100). The flip down sunscreen to block the morning and evening sun glare is something I always wanted and it works great. Just like the sun visor in the car by putting it down the extra screen it takes care of the glare that sunglasses alone cannot do. The construction is high quality and the fit is true Shoei. I wear a medium in the RF's and the GT-Air. Really glad I bought this helmet.
July 15, 2013
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
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5 / 5
Awesome product. The Helmet was far better than my old ones
I really needed a helmet that made the air flow around my head on highway smoother. This worked, and my head was not a Sail like the other helmet I had.
May 28, 2013
Ride:
2006 Honda VT600C Shadow VLX
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Do not hesitate!
First off some details
so you understand where
my perspective comes from:

I am 30yr old male.

5 foot 7 inches 184lbs.

21.5 inch head, according to the measurement
above the eyebrows, which Anthony suggested.

From: Washington state.
The temperatures ranged from 50F to 80F. No rain. A Lot of sun.

I have used this helmet for about a month now.
I feel after this much time I can give an accurate review.

Fitment:
My head measurement - 21.5”
I ordered the medium at first but it was very tight. I returned it and then ordered the large. A mistake, I should have stayed with the medium as the large is now just a bit loose. I also would have had a lighter helmet!

Weight:
I don’t have much of a comparison but I had previously worn a exo 400. I would say the Gt Air Journey was light for the size. It also included MUCH more soft plus padding, sun visor, and much quieter interior. Like I said I should have stuck with the medium and I would’ve been much happier in the long run. I didn’t realize you could buy different cheek pad sizes. They are expensive but worth it. My father currently rides with me and he has scorpion helmet. He has neck problems and he said using this just one session made him realize how much of a difference weight makes.

Ventilation:
“I can't believe how much air flow this helmet offers. I can feel the immediate air flow through the back of my occipital which I couldn't before. The designs of the vents are amazing since I can open/close with minimal effort while wearing gloves.” I could not have said it better myself.

Quietness:
This is one of the things I noticed immediately! Coming from the exo 400 I felt a very significant and noticeable drop in decibels from my motorcycle. For reference I ride a 1991 Suzuki GS500. Not the loudest bike but I was more worried about road noise; Cars, wind noise, trucks, screaming engines. This is easily one of the best things about this helmet.

Build Quality:
Awesome. The plastics and shield feel SOLID. There is no squeakiness or cheap parts. It feels like an Apple IPhone in its construction. I hate iPhones but there is no denying they are an amazingly constructed product.

Riding:
“My riding conditions have been 45 deg. F to 80 deg. F and the helmet has been fine. Around 50 degrees, I just close the vents and my head feels nice and toasty. At 65 degrees or up, I just open the vents and more riding I go. Wind buffeting is much better with this helmet (maybe because it's smaller).”
I would add that I cannot completely close venting into the helmet from the jaw. The top and back are completely closed, if you choose so, but the jaw still emits air either up into the shield to into your face.Also the padding is just the nicest helmet padding I have ever felt. It is extremely comfortable even for 5-6 hour rides as I have done. I get many compliments on the helmet as well. I chose the red/white/blue combination. The pin lock shields add on is freaking amazing. I used it for about 2 weeks without installing it. Immediately after installing it even on the most humid, cold morning not once did I have a single square millimeter of fog. It is the single best investment if you have ANY issue with fog. It is incredible. The last thing I want to touch on is the visor. It has saved me many a time from being practically blind when facing the sun. It’s a great addition to the helmet and is certainly very useful.

“Overall, I really like this helmet. All the functions advertised by Shoei are true to their words and I'm glad I chose this helmet as my guilty pleasures helmet.” I wholeheartedly agree!
August 6, 2013
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
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5 / 5
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Pleasantly surprised.
I had signed up for the Motorcycle Safety course and I needed a helmet for the course so I bought a Nolan N85 in haste. Nothing against the Nolan, but it was a little big for me and I felt like a bobble head every time I ride. So, I decided to get a new helmet...

Fitment:
My head measurement - 21.75"
I read that this helmet ran a little small, which it does, so I got a medium, but I think a small would have fit me more properly. It still fits more snug that my N85 (size medium) though.

Weight:
Much lighter than my Nolan and I can shoulder check without feeling like my head is going to come off from wind.

Ventilation:
I can't believe how much air flow this helmet offers. I can feel the immediate air flow through the back of my occipital which I couldn't before. The design of the vents are amazing since I can open/close with minimal effort while wearing gloves.

Quietness:
I ride a Harley Sportster with after market exhaust, so it's pretty loud. I would get the occasional ringing in the ears with my N85. After riding with this helmet, oh my goodness! What a difference it makes! Much quieter and I can definitely tell the difference because my exhaust tone went down a few decibels!

Build Quality:
To sum it up - when I pick up my Nolan, it squeaks. When I pick up the Shoei, it's silent and ready to take on the wind.

Riding:
My riding conditions have been 49 deg. F to 90 deg. F and the helmet has been fine. Around 50 degrees, I just close the vents and my head feels nice and toasty. At 65 degrees or up, I just open the vents and more riding I go. Wind buffeting is much better with this helmet (maybe because it's smaller).

Overall, I really like this helmet. All the functions advertised by Shoei are true to their words and I'm glad I chose this helmet as my guilty pleasures helmet.

NOTE: I would put on 3 coats of Klasse or Zano to protect the cool graphic design from bugs and construction debris.
August 1, 2013
Bang For The Buck
5 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Great feature set on a helmet by a proven company
I couldn't be more pleased with this helmet. It has the features I wanted, most notably the drop down sun visor. Wearing sunglasses under a helmet can be a royal pain. Besides, if you're riding into the sunset and it gets dark, well, now you've got to stop and remove, and store your glasses. I would think that people that wear glasses for vision and not sun would really appreciate this feature. I know this helment is not Snell approved, as they do not test helmets with visors integrated into the helmet. Having said that, I know that Shoei makes great products.

The venting is top notch, but I may not be the best person to comment on that since I shave my head, so even a little flow will be felt to a higher degree since my nugget is exposed.

The pinlock system is a snap and since it comes in the box, you don't feel ripped off on models that require a separate purchase. Being in Minnesota you can expect the shield to fog, so I tested it without... foggy, and then again with... Fogless! Perfectly brilliant!

The price is on par for a helmet of this quality, and feel it was well worth the investment. Cheaper helmets will yield to stiff pressure with your hands on either side, but not with this one. It's rigid, yet comfortable.

The bottom line is that if you want to protect your head, leave your shades at home and have a breezy, quiet shell, look no further!
April 30, 2013
Ride:
2012 Triumph Speed Triple
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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5 / 5
I f***ing love this helmet!
Im coming from an HJC cl-16 and wow! What a difference! My hjc feels so heavy now. I have a similar shaped head to anthony and the shoei fits perfectly! I was blown away at how well it fit, and its so light on the head, it makes it so comfortable. The vents work surprisingly well, like you can feel the little jets of air when you open the front vent. Its pretty quiet, I feel like i can hear my bike much more now and the wind noise is minimal, and! the neck roll and chin guard really do their job, I rode in 45 deg weather and could barely feel any air go up into the helmet. Also a nice bonus with it having little slots for my sena speakers. The visor at least so far is a bit of a pain to pop open, not sure if thats just from it being new or not yet but its there, I have to use my other fingers and push against the helmet instead of just pushing the visor open, not a huge annoyance tho. ALSO it does seem to fog up easily, Ive kept the pinlock in and it hasnt been a problem. OH! Also love the built in sun visor, one of the biggest reasons I got this over the other shoei's, and its awesome! Half the time I just keep it down about an inch and it blocks the sun, or just put it down all the way! So convient! I'll never not have one again, so much better than using sunglasses pressing against your head and ears. It is also way more stable at speed than my hjc, my hjc would wobble and move around on the highway, the shoei is super stable and very comfortable. Overall if you can afford it I would totally recommend this helmet!
February 3, 2016
Ride:
2009 Kawasaki Ninja 250R
Bang For The Buck
4 / 5
Protection & Durability
5 / 5
Features
5 / 5
Comfort
5 / 5
Style
5 / 5
Shape
Narrow
 
Round
Weight
Light
Avg
Heavy
Noise Level
Quiet
Avg
Loud
Air Flow
4 / 5
The usual Shoei greatness with a few new tricks.
I had been in need of a new helmet and replaced a 2010 era Shoei RF1100 with a brand new GT-Air. Based on numerous web reviews (reddit/r/motorcycles, rideapart.com, revzilla.com) I knew that the GT-Air was what I wanted.

I've been riding for a little over 16 years now and have ridden almost exusively with Shoei helmets the entire time (RF800 - RF1000 - RF1100.) they simply fit me the best (oval/long oval.)

The basics: The usual outstanding Shoei fit and finish. Show quality paint job, good double walled seals, solid latches, comfy interior.

The GT-Air ups the ante over the RF1100 and the newer 1200 with a built in drop down visor with little to no added weight. Add to that a pin lock visor as standard equipment.

I wear glasses, and the interior dimensions of the helmet allow me to remove/don them with no pinchpoints or irritation.

The liner is (as usual with Shoei) very comfortable and easily removable for cleaning. Their are no places inside the helmet where my substantial cranium touches hard plastic, even with the fully removable liner. And that's saying something - my head is like Sputnik (if anyone reading this is old enough to catch that reference, bravo.)

Airflow and noise are both above average to very good. I wear cheapo foam earplugs, so noise is rarely a problem.

The venting is much easier to manage than the 47 individual vents that the RF1100 had (okay, it had 9. But still, that's like 7 too many) with 2 vents. One in the chinbar area and one on the top rear of the helmet. Both vents are multi position, and neither have exposed fasteners. (Exposed fasteners = whistling.)

Head checks are good at speed, and the visor stays locked. For a little bit more security at stupid fast speeds, look to the X12. But the two helmets are for two different purposes anyway. The GT-Air is a very very good "street/sport" helmet. The X12 is a race helmet.

I have a J&M Integrator IV for Rider2Rider comms ( With a Motorola talkabout walkie talkie, FM radio, IPod integration, and rider/passenger intercom as well) and about the only negative thing I can say about the GT-Air is that the speaker pockets are too shallow for the high fidelity J&M speakers. Oh woe is me, I had to buy normal fidelity speakers instead.

All in all a gorgeous, great fitting, comfortable helmet with great visibility and good airflow. My girlfriend has already requested her own when the time comes.
May 12, 2014
Ride:
2004 Honda RVT1000R RC51
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Why did you choose this?
RevZilla Store
Previous positive experience with Shoei Helmets, features of the helmet and review of features on Revzilla by staff and buyers.
Michael M on Sep 20, 2016
Recommended by friend
Christopher M on Mar 26, 2016
Previous positive experience with Shoei Helmets, features of the helmet and review of features on Revzilla by staff and buyers.
Michael M on Sep 20, 2016
flip sun visor and shoei fit and quality
T E on Jul 19, 2016
Recommended by friend
Christopher M on Mar 26, 2016
This helmet has a fold down sun shield on the inside. By pushing back on a lever on the left side of the helmet drops the sun shield down. Quick and easy on those bright sunny days. I chose Shoei because of the Quality, Graphics, and Comfort.
Steven S on Jan 24, 2016
Shoei rules, awesome helmet, great graphics, love it!
Vincent T on Dec 15, 2015
great helmet
thecaddaddy on Oct 8, 2015
Because it closely matches my 2015 R1 Black and Red color scheme.
Jerry P on May 30, 2015
brand reputation
features offered in the package
t3ichou on May 12, 2015
Good reviews. Also, really like the built in sun visor feature.
Alex M on Apr 6, 2015
Wanted a cool helmet with distinctive graphics
Kevin P on Apr 5, 2015
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!
Andrey S on Feb 11, 2015
nice and lightweight, and its "Bitchen"
Mark I on Jan 23, 2015
Needed a replacement for an older helmet. Reviews stated it flowed a lot of air.
52edub on Nov 26, 2014
Great looking helmet with great features made by one of the very best helmet manufacturers
Rick H on Oct 14, 2014
Phenomenal helmet with all the features. Stylish, functional and safety-minded in design.
Daniel C on Sep 23, 2014
reputation as a great helmet
CHRISTOPHER A on Jun 22, 2014
Good reveiews
Derek M on Jun 13, 2014
Modern, good looking, safe, best in the world, good price
Ana Isabel C on Jun 7, 2014
I wanted a helmet with an integral tinted visor, and I'm a Shoei fan, so the choice was easy.
marcopolo on Apr 29, 2014
for the look, the fit and "quietness"
B O on Apr 28, 2014
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.
Jose Emmanuel B on Apr 23, 2014
I purchased this based on Anthony's review and the review of others. We are upgrading from an RF1000
G L on Apr 9, 2014
all around comfort
Juan C on Apr 6, 2014
Only the best for my cabeza!
Jason O on Apr 5, 2014
Highest value to cost. Needed new highway hat for new Yamaha FJR 1300 ES. Love the look and SHOEI quality saves noggins.
Terry S on Apr 2, 2014
It's Shoei. Do I need to say more?
Ayitirider on Mar 19, 2014
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.
F E on Mar 2, 2014
Awesome design and offered built in sun visor and pinlock lens.
Axel H on Feb 18, 2014
I love this helmet. the most comfortable helmet I've ever had.
Robert J on Feb 9, 2014
Quality and safety
Tom D on Jan 19, 2014
Styling, weight, and retractable sunglasses
Gary A on Jan 8, 2014
I like its style fits my ride
Jassim A on Oct 29, 2013
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!
Ryan W on Sep 25, 2013
This product offered in red, white & blue color matches with my bike.
Johann C on Sep 15, 2013
Had a Shoei for the past 10 years loved it so figure since I ride everyday why not replace it with the best
Brian S on Sep 9, 2013
Safety and second shield
Jose D Z on Aug 31, 2013
It had the best ventilation ratings that I found and it fit my melon the best.
Norman P on Aug 25, 2013
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
RobMac on Aug 22, 2013
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.
Mark F on Aug 19, 2013
Awesome graphics with awesome functionality (ventilation, sun visor, aerodynamics).
Hien T on Aug 18, 2013
Always been a Shoei guy. The internal sun shield sold it.
Victor H on Aug 7, 2013
flip sun visor and shoei fit and quality
T E on Jul 19, 2016
This helmet has a fold down sun shield on the inside. By pushing back on a lever on the left side of the helmet drops the sun shield down. Quick and easy on those bright sunny days. I chose Shoei because of the Quality, Graphics, and Comfort.
Steven S on Jan 24, 2016
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
A shopper on Aug 13, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
Do the 'emergency' and SHOEI stickers on the sides of the helmet come off or are they under the clear coat?
A shopper on Dec 1, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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!
I don't see a mirrored or iridium shield for this helmet. Is one on the way?
Phineas Whipsnake on Aug 20, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.
What does "Standard Chin-Strap Clip" stand for? Doesn't sound like D-ring.. Is it something like micro ratchet?
A shopper on Dec 2, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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.)
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?
Tebpac on Jun 18, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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.
A shopper on Jan 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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...
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
A shopper on Oct 13, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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!
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!
A shopper on Jan 19, 2013
BEST ANSWER: 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
Is there room/design space inside for any of the aftermarket bluetooth communicators?
A shopper on May 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: 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.
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?
Will M on Mar 26, 2014
BEST ANSWER: 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.