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
FAIRLY QUITE BUT THE ONLY REAL NOISE LEVEL IS AROUND THE NECK , BESIDES THAT GREAT
July 14, 2014
A great helmet
One of the better helmets out there. Good fit for those whose head isn't round. Air flow is better than average and it is relatively quiet. Much better than my older Arai that needed replacement due to age.
July 7, 2014
I have taken this helmet on rides with 105 degree heat in the California valley to Freezing temperatures in the Alps. We also went over 120 mph on the Autobahn. In every condition the GT Air was comfortable and stable. Love this helmet ! Revzilla service and price is also outstanding.
July 29, 2014
Nice helmet in this price range,
Nothing different in my review.
This helmet fits tight, initially. as it breaks in, it loosens a little. Even new and tight , I had no points of pressure, it had an even gentle squeeze.
Fits my head well, my old HJC IS16 was a bit too round for my head. This one is more oval.
Very quiet with chin curtain in. Above 70 degrees and its too hot for me to wear chin curtain. This is on a R1200RT in full ATGATT. Not real noisy with chin curtain out, I always wear earplugs.
Vision is awesome, quality shields for sure. Good detents on main shield. Sunshield actuator has no detents, but stays in place. I put black tape on top edge on sunshield to act like a visor on a ball cap, works well.
Venting is good.
I would buy again, but would hope new model is lighter.
July 29, 2014
Love this - looks great - screen is very helpful and the fit is as expected
July 28, 2014
Love the helmet. The included Pinlock is great. I've ridden through multiple rainstorms with no fogging. Airflow could be better. At full tuck you can really feel it, otherwise the flow is there, but not as strong as I'd like it. Also the airflow through the mouthpiece is almost non existent. The flip down tinted visor is a great addition as well. Lets you keep the clear visor for night/ low light riding and with a simple slide of a button you have direct sunlight protection. I've ridden into the sun with no problems with this visor. All in all great helmet, I'm extremely happy with my purchase.
July 28, 2014
less air flow than expected
First of all, let me say I really love this helmet. It has all the features I was looking for including pinlock insert, breath guard, chin spoiler, drop down sun visor, removable and washable comfort liner and of course Shoei build quality. The Wanderer graphics are awesome - love the classic look since I have never been one to wear dragons or flames or crazy paint schemes. It is very quiet on the road with very little wind noise.
However, I was a bit disappointed with the amount of airflow that I am getting. Based on the "GT Air" model name, I was expecting better cooling. Perhaps this is the tradeoff for the quietness of the helmet. I tend to run hot and sweaty so I end up with a bit of a sauna situation in this helmet especially in slower stop and go traffic. Detents on the visor are very pronounced so it is easy to crack the visor up one notch and run it slightly open to get a blast of air.
I was between this helmet and the Schuberth C2 Pro and this one just fit my head better. I had a pretty big pressure point on the top of my forehead with the Schuberth that would have been painful after any significant riding time. Schuberth had similar features plus modular design and a really slick (but pricey) OEM intercom accessory.
The Shoei pairs really nice with the Sena SMH10R intercom with its existing speaker cutouts that fit the Sena speakers perfectly.
Overall great helmet but a little sweaty.
July 28, 2014