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
This helmet has very nice features.
I bought this helmet recently and have not been disappointed. The price is a little higher than i wanted to pay, but it was worth it. Air flow is great. I love the built in sunscreen. Very convienent. It cuts out alot of the noise of the road. I would highly recommend this helmet to anyone looking for a good quality helmet.
August 25, 2014
Very nice helmet
Since this is my first helmet I can't compare to anything, but it is definitively a very nice helmet, you can appreciate the details anbd the good crafting. The sun visor comes in very handy as well.
August 25, 2014
the low end of the premium world of hemets
love the helmet so far. It is too pricey first and foremost. It's pretty light and arrow dynamic. it was not as quiet as I hoped it would be; still too loud for the highway and need ear plugs. Love the day glow off center strip. The pads are easy to remove and installing a Sena headset was easy as pie. The drop down sun visor is my favorite part and is very very useful. You don't have to worry about too sunny situations and not being prepared for it. had to take off the chin part of the helmet as it was too hot for the summer but will prove well for the winter that awaits. it comes with the anti fog visor to install as well which is a huge benefit.
August 20, 2014
Killer quality and super quiet... in a pinch
Shoei is killing it, in terms of modern design, as compared to other makers (like Bell), and they seem to know just where/how to build in in cut-outs and channels for comfort and airflow. Head checks put zero strain on my neck, so that's great, too!
This helmet is very light and very quiet (I'm coming from Nolan 90s). I ride a V-Strom, and with the stock windscreen, around town, no earplugs are needed for a quiet ride. I still wear 'em for prolonged highway rides. Speaker pockets are perfect with the Sena SMH10 Bluetooth device, and install is easy.
Maybe my head is more oval than I thought, but it's tight. I size at the upper range of the Medium. I'm only about 20 hours into it, and it continues to break in. Those with larger ears or pronounced ears need to be careful putting it on/off.
I am used to a modular helmet but did not want to spend so much for the Neotec... this GT-Air was the perfect compromise, and I only miss the opening feature of the modular when stopped at a light on a hot day.
BTW - Revzilla continues to get ALL of my business due to the patient and savvy phone advisors. It's clear that they know their products and love their jobs. Thanks, team 'Zilla!
August 19, 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