Shoei GT Air Journey Helmet
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
Great helmet - reasonable price
I bought a pair of these helmets for my wife and me. They are very comfortable and were perfect as our communicators Cardo G9.
It gets a little tight to wear it and remove it, but the use is comfortable and quiet inside the helmet, even at high speeds, lets you listen to your favorite music while driving and also clearly talk with your partner or your partner road.
The top of the helmet provides a great base for your camera, as you can see in the video. We were using a Sony HDR-S100V.
I live in Brazil and do not speak English. So, sorry my English translated by Google.
I hope my review will help you find the best helmet for you.
August 18, 2014
This is my first helmet, and of course, I can't compare it to other brands. That said, it fits very well, even for long rides.
Considering that I live in sunny Costa Rica, considering humidity, it is a great choice! Both visors are great and do not fug that much.
Cut-outs for speakers are great; and now I am looking to integrate a Bluetooth headset...
Overall, I think it is a great helmet and a very good choice!
August 15, 2014
Great Helmet. Very comforatable.
Love this helmet. Cheek pads were just a bit snug, but I bought the 31mm and it fits my fat face perfectly now!
August 14, 2014
Helmet fits great and feels great even on long rides. It's not too noisy at all. There are a few reviews that complain about a whistle but I only notice that if I don't have the visor locked down completely. The intergrated smoke visor is an amazing feature since I leave in the morning and usualy don't get home until after dark. Having the cut-outs for speakers is just smart desinging on Shoei's part. The air flow is there and helps but isn't too much which I think helps cut down on noise. Overall this is a great helmet.
August 11, 2014
Needed a better helmet and got what I wanted in this Shoei GT Air. Great protection, fit, look, comfort and features. What helped sell me is the internal sun visor.
Immediately bolted on a new Sena 20S Bluetooth intercom unit and have been happy ever since I plan on using it every day
August 11, 2014
Good Helmet works well w super Nakeds
Great looking Helmet
Viser works well Good dittents
Fit and finish Excellent
PinLock works Great
Aero Dynamic and no buffeting/ I ride a Naked bike so thats a must have.
Comes w space for speakers for ears ( works well w my Sena)
Needs a bit more space for my ears ( I need to sweep mine back while putting it on)
At 45 mph theres a slight wissle in the wind but at higher speed
turns to a howl of wind over my head but if you wear earplugs or listen to music you shouldnt notice so much.
August 5, 2014
Overall this is a really good helmet. The sun visor is awesome!
I have a Shoei head. Their helmets fit me. I'm coming to this one after an RF-1100. I'm not sure the GT-Air is quieter than the RF-1100 and also the airflow is about the same or possibly a little less (keep the hair buzzed and can feel venting really well).
All-in-all it's a really nice helmet and I'm happy with it. It looks good, feels good and has an awesome sun visor without being a super large helmet.
The standard issue pinlock is also awesome and makes the helmet a better deal. Overall I recommend the helmet & Revzilla is the bomb.
August 4, 2014