Shoei GT Air Journey Helmet
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Picked a black and silver Journey and it's a real head turner. This is no doubt one of the very best all around helmets available from any manufacturer. There really are no weaknesses here; the GT Air is outstanding!
April 8, 2014
Perfect fit , and very comfortable
Would recommend this helmut for anyone looking for a quiet , well fitting helmut . Great bang for the buck , well made , like the flip down sun visor and great esthetic . works well with my black and red Diavel
March 3, 2014
After many hard Northern California winters, it was time to replace my beloved Shoei RF1100. I wanted Shoei quality and fit, but I wanted some feature upgrades. I went for the GT Air, and could not be happier. The mid-oval shape fits like a glove. My RF 1100 was a Large, So I went Large on the GT Air. The fit is spot-on. But remember kiddies, new helmets fit tighter than old ones, so don't panic, it takes a week or so to break in. The tighter neck roll/chin dam is slightly higher effort to get on/off. But the stunning quiet provided by the GT Air is worth the effort. The flip down sun visor is SWEET! It has a huge amount of coverage, without crowding your face. The helmet feels noticeably lighter than the 1100. It has no perceptable wind buffet on either my BMW GS, or my Boxer Cup. The ammount of air the vents flows is staggering. Some complain of a whisteling sound. I don't agree. You can hear a soft hiss with the vents open. I find the hiss usefull as audio confirmation of vent position. Bottom line, this helmet rocks. Shoei and Revzilla, perfection. Nuff said.
February 21, 2014
Im a first time rider and decided to splurge on this helmet. Its pretty pricey but its a great helmet and all the features are an excellent help. When I first put on the helmet it felt a little heavy but that just might be because its my first helmet. I didnt put the pinlock visor on and it fogged up immediately. Once i installed the Pinlock lens...dude...NO FOGGING! It works great and built in sun visor is on point. I rode around a few times with the sun visor down and had no issues and works great with bright sunny days. I paid the 100 bucks more and got the red/black design and its looks effing awesome. For my first helmet I love it. One bad thing is that it did hurt my wallet but you only live once right so eff it! If you got the cash go for it!
February 17, 2014
So, if you have owned a Shoei or already do, then you are aware that they offer the best in protection, designs and features. The GT-Air is an example of combing these characteristics into a piece of art. The Pin-Lock visor will absolutely not fog, even in cold and humid environments. The visor detents are very solid and DO NOT allow the wind to shut the visor, even at high speeds. Air Flow is superb!
I bought this helmet primarily for the sun visor which is ideal for my daily commute. The visor offers great shielding from the sun, and is dark enough to tolerate even direct sun light on my eyes.
Compared to my Shoei RF-1100, I prefer it. It's just too bad it's not SNELL certified.
February 8, 2014
I really impress , looks great fill great worth the money , and very very important is revzilla service which i found to be fantastic ,
January 26, 2014
Very nice helmet
Overall it's an excellent helmet.
It fits snugly, but I don't notice any pressure points.
The drop-down internal visor works well and is very clear. It's fairly dark, but there's plenty of room to wear a pair of sunglasses underneath if you need it darker (since there aren't any tinted shields available).
The air flow through the vents is good. An extra benefit of the drop-down visor is that (at least at lower speeds) you can ride with the main visor up and use just the drop-down visor inside - lots of extra air flow, plus your eyes are still relatively safe from bugs!
The helmet is stylish, quiet, and overall feels like a quality piece of gear (as it should, given the price).
My main complaint about this helmet is the pin-lock anti-fog system on the visor (this is my first pin-lock helmet, so it's possible that I just don't like the system in general...).
First off, it seems to work pretty well most of the time, but on one cold ride (I believe it was around 50 F, with a bit of wet fog and 60 MPH speed), the shield fogged up. Normally that's no problem, I would just crack the visor to get some air flowing and it would defog, but no such luck with this one. The pin-lock system is design to resist fogging, but it seems it's equally resistant to defogging - I had to just open the visor to see where I was going (not what I want to do in the cold!).
According to the manual, the pin-lock insert is not supposed to be used for night-time riding (so instead of pulling over to change out a tinted shield, you would pull over to remove the insert... having the drop-down sun visor means you don't have to change shields at night... but having the take out the pin-lock removes that benefit).
Personally, I didn't notice any issue with the pin-lock insert at night, but I did notice a lot more glare during the late afternoon hours.
About half-way through my first long trip with the helmet I threw the pin-lock insert in the trash. I'm much happier just using an anti-fog coating on the visor itself.
January 2, 2014