Shoei GT Air Journey Helmet
I've had this for a while now and still not happy with the noise level but more importantly the constant whistling.
November 11, 2014
First Class for your ride.
Helmet has all the comfort and quality you'd expect from Shoei.
The flip-down sun visor and pin-lock system work well to keep sun and fog at bay. Never had a problem riding day or night in temps down to the low 30s. The only caveat with this is that you will get some fogging outside the pin-lock inner layer, which reduces your peripheral vision slightly.
The airflow on this helmet is most noticeable directly from the top of the forehead over a skunk-like stripe pattern straight back to the maybe-bald-spot on your head. It's effective for the area it hits, but leaves me wondering if the rest of my head will overheat in the warmer months.
November 24, 2014
Great helmet, but picks up scratches easily!
I have been using this helmet for a month now and I am pretty happy with everything but the fact that it gets scratched very easily. The matte finish looks great, but has started to peel out on one of the scratches (look at the attached image).
This helmet fits a little smaller as compared to my AGV, both are medium.
The air flow is great and almost no noise as compared to the AGV.
I wear prescription glasses and they fit easily as well.
November 12, 2014
What is your head worth!?
My first helmet. "A friend said, don't skimp on gear, you get what you pay for." This holds true here. While I have nothing to compare it too, I've ridden with this helmet for the past 800 miles. The padding breaks in fairly quick, but I imagine that might be the same for all helmets. As a result, it's slightly loose than when first bought, again, probably normal. But remains snug and I don't feel anything is compromised.
There is quite a bit of wind noise. Problem for me is I've worn military flight helmets and tactical helmets for years, so that's all I have to compare it to when it comes to outside noise. So take that for what it's worth. Its not unbearable and most of the time I don't take notice. Though it does have an appreciable affect when talking on the Sena SMH10R, sometimes listening to the other person a tad difficult.
The pinlock is a great option to have and the insta-tint visor is one of the things that sold me on it. The only drawback is that internal visor will fog within seconds when sitting still, but still a great option to have.
Some people may scoff at the price, and maybe there is a price for the name, but my melon is priceless and I'm overly safety conscious as it is due to my career, so it was worth the cost. And in the unfortunate event I have to test it....well, I'll come back to let you know.
I didn't buy this helmet through Rev, but I did all my research here. Thanks for all the great info.
November 10, 2014
100 times better than my last one
I used to have a HJC and this helmet blows it out of the water. No competition. Its tight fitting, as it should be and so much quieter. Comfortable, not heavy and the sun visor is awesome.
November 10, 2014
This is the first helmet I have bought. I did a lot of research between different brands and models and finally chose this one. I was reluctant at first because of the price but after using it for a season now I'm confident to say it was a great buy. It is a little tight of a fit at first but breaks in quite well after some use. The main reason I went with this one was because of the internal sun visor, the looks, and the reviews from other people. It is an expensive helmet but is very well made and extremely quiet. The only con is the brightness of the color. I went with the red stripe and it is a lot brighter than what it looks like on here. I have a darker red bike and it just doesn't quite look right.
November 9, 2014
Best helmet so far. Highly recommend. Worth the money.
I flirted for two months with this helmet before pulling the trigger. It is an expensive helmet and that was the source of my doubt.
After a week of using it, I can comfortably say this was one of the best buys I've done.
The helmet is the quietest I've used. It is so quiet, ear plugs are no longer required for shorter trips. Audio coming from my Sena SMH-10 is clear and perfectly audible. I can hear sounds around me, but they are not noise. Wind noise is greatly attenuated with this helmet, especially when the vents are closed.
This is a $600 helmet. The quality and construction of it are superb. Nothing about it feels flimsy or fragile. The liners inside feel soft and cozy.
This is also the first helmet I've used where you can actually feel air coming in in a controlled manner when the air vents are open; there's no air all over the place because the helmet fails to block it. It is controlled with finesse. So if it is a hot day, the air coming in from the top will cool your head down.
Pinlock, as usual, works as expected, greatly reducing or completely eliminating fog caused from your breath on cold days.
Regarding fit, I took a leap of faith and bought the L size, despite the fact that it felt very tight when I tried it on at a store. A week after using it, I can predict it will continue to expand slightly and mold itself to give me the perfect fit. This process has already begun and it is feeling much better, but it isn't quite there yet.
I'm glad I bought this helmet. If you have the money to buy it but think it is pricey, I can tell you it is well worth the money.
November 7, 2014
Really pleased with my first Shoei
This is my first Shoei purchase and I'm very happy with it after just a couple of weeks riding in it. Placed into reserve with the purchase of this GT Air is my 2011 Arai RX-Q. Nothing wrong with the RX-Q, I just wanted an internal sun visor in a helmet with removeable liner and cheek pads. This is also my first helmet with a pinlock lens and I'm enjoying that on these crisp fall mornings; no fogging.
This GT Air is a few unnoticeable ounces heavier than the RX-Q. Since I'm never on the track, both helmets feel about the same to me with regards to aerodynamics - and the non-Snell rating of the Shoei becomes a non-issue. Both helmets also seem to me to be about the same with noise level. The GT Air's venting scheme seems to work very well and the return of hot weather will really tell the tale of venting effectiveness. I will say Anthony's description of a "... Mohawk of air..." is no exaggeration; excellent air flow. For now the GT Air is nice and warm in the chill with vents closed. The chin vent is very effective in operating in the advertised manner of driving air over the faceshield to my forehead.
I like the faceshield and it is easy to remove and replace in short order. I can remove and replace the faceshield on my Arai in about 10 seconds. The Shoei takes about the same amount of time. But this brings me to the internal sunvisor.
The internal sunvisor was a deciding factor in buying the GT Air. It works as well as advertised and I like not being compelled to change face shields.
The interior of the helmet is comfortable and snug. I change the cheek pads out for thinner ones and that has improved comfort and will break-in nicely.
My only complaints: I think the sun visor ought to drop down about 1/4 inch further because it leaves a band of unfiltered light sweeping around its bottom edge, In this same area runs the silicone bead of the pinlock lens making this strip of light kind of busy in the daylight when glancing at the instrument panel. I know that with more time in this helmet my two minor complaints will fade into being un-noticed.
Thus far I give the GT Air an "A" rating. Falling short from an "A+" due to my two minor complaints.
November 5, 2014