Shoei GT-Air Journey Helmet
This is a very good helmet.
This helmet is marketed as quiet, and one of the ways it is made to be quiet is to make the opening for your head smaller; IOW the helmet scrapes your ears as you slip it on. The solution is to pull both chin straps to the side to make the head opening wider as you pull the helmet over your head.
It is worth the effort to gain the quietness of the helmet.
I also like the built in dark shield that you can deploy when you are facing the sun.
I wanted a one piece helmet for its' additional safety compared to a modular (opening face) helmet.
Mine is mostly white so it is more visible to car drivers.
April 27, 2015
I bought this helmet to cut down on noise and it worked. This helmet is just made with such quality compared to some of the other helmets I looked at. Well worth the money. I would buy this again even if they doubled the price.
May 18, 2015
Shoei GT Air vs Schuberth S2
I'm not the review writing type but I was looking for a comparison of the GT Air and the S2 for ages, due to the severe lack of such comparisons I deciding to try both. If you are only interested in the punch line: I ended up with the GT Air.
If you were interested in the details, here are my thoughts:
I've been riding for over a decade. After a good run I decided to replace my trusty old Shoei XR-1100. I also own a cheap AGV, but using that as a comparison point wouldn't be fair (it's a quarter of the price than the others).
I have a "Shoei head-shape" so the medium GT Air fits me perfectly. No complaints on the fit of the S2 either though. No pressure points on the forehead, my chin isn't bumping the front, all good. The inside lining of the S2 is exceptional, way nicer than the Shoei. Not that the GT is horrible, but in comparison the S2 wins hands down.
BUT, there is the chin strap issue: the Shoei comes with the usual double D-ring, you get what you're used to. The Schuberth on the other hand has this awkward ratchet style closure. It's massive, which means that it will press on your Adam's apple pretty hard, when I first put it on out of the box the thing wanted to choke me as I turned my head. Fiddling around with the position of the ratchet makes it bearable eventually and you'll probably get used to it over time but it's a pain in the... well, neck.
People complain that the neck rolls on both lids are so thick that they are hard to put on. I didn't find this to be a problem at all, in fact they are both better than my old XR-1100, as my eyebrow piercings don't get hooked as much and neither of them tries to tear my ears off.
To me the Shoei wins on comfort, only because of the chin strap and because I care less about the plushness of my helmet's interior. If you're comfortable with the Schuberth style straps, the S2 is more comfy overall .
First of all, I ride an SV1000S, and I'm 6ft tall. This is important because noise will depend on how your height interacts with your bike's fairings. In my experience both are pretty bad, at least compared to my 7 year old XR-1100. Almost a decade of development and Shoei came up with a noisier helmet! All that wind tunnel testing was good for what exactly? (Either that, or the XR was a higher category and should be compared to the X-12.) In real use the Schuberth started developing some noise around 30mph that became an awfully loud, high pitch whistle by 60mph on the motorway (and of course I never tested any higher speeds, as that would be illegal, but you can guess the trend). The GT Air develops some wind noise around 40mph that get louder at speeds but nothing as bad as the S2. If I duck behind the little fairing on the nose of the SV1000S the noise disappears, unsurprisingly. More interesting that the noise also disappears when I stick my neck all the way out (and ride like a giraffe), meaning that the fairing dumps so much air on the lid that it makes it louder that it should be (this I only tested on the GT Air). So maybe if you ride a naked bike it's just fine. Overall the Shoei is marginally better in terms of noise.
The Schuberth moves more air in the helmet than I would have thought is possible. It is truly incredible. The Shoei isn't bad either, but the Schuberth is better. S2 wins the air flow, hands down.
The S2 is pretty good, not an improvement on the old XR-1100, but good. Until you put in the pinlock (which you want, trust me), then the upper edge of the insert is right in your eye line when you're looking at a traffic light in front of you. At night it also gives you double vision of every light source on the road (and there are a few). During the day, if you fancy putting down the internal sun visor you'll notice that the bottom edge is just about at the bottom of your field of vision. So, no upper part because of the pinlock, no lower part because of the built in shades... On the other hand the GT Air is fantastic, great vision in every direction, optically clear pinlock (hardly any doubling of external lights) and the sun shield is out of your line of sight. Well done Shoei, much unlike the Schuberth, the rider can actually see out of your helmet!
Looks and feel:
The Schuberth in my opinion is gorgeous, clean lines but still a bit aggressive, perfect looking helmet. On the plus side the GT Air is not quite as ugly as the pictures show it. The groves on the sides are actually not very deep at all, so the helmet looks OK (and the black Wanderer paint job is actually pretty nice). However while the Shoei feels rock solid, my Schuberth was making all sorts of horrible noises right after I first picked it up. It's creaking and screeching like the plastic parts in it are moving around and rubbing on each other somehow. Not a good way to inspire confidence if you ask me. Admittedly, my S2 could have been a "bad copy", it happens.
After much consideration I've sent the Schuberth back and I'm sticking with the Shoei GT Air. If you want a helmet with a built in sun shield (I, for instance, need that as my eyes are sensitive to sunlight and I hate wearing sunglasses under the helmet) I'd suggest buying both and keeping the one that's right for you. Kudos to the Revzilla crew for making this possible at the minimal cost of shipping one helmet back.
May 11, 2015
Expensive, but worth the coin.
This thing is awesome for me. I moved up from a lower model HJC helmet and I wish I had done it sooner. It is quiet, comfortable, and moves a ton of air on the highway. The sun visor leaves a gap in the bottom portion of my field of vision which is a little annoying but that's a nit pick really. If you're looking for a stylish, comfortable, high quality helmet, then look no further. Very pleased with this helmet.
May 8, 2015
Love this helmet
I've had my GT Air for about a month and is by far the best helmet I've ever owned. Had an RF1100 and a couple HJC's and this is by far my favorite. Very comfortable, head-checks well, minimal buffeting at speed, relatively quiet for a helmet with the sun-visor. The actuation of the sun-visor is by far the best of any of the ones I've experienced. Most feel cheap and floppy, this one is very solid and smooth. One of my two complaints is I seem to be a bit between sizes. I got an XL which seemed plenty snug when I tried it on, but as it's broken in I can sometimes feel it getting pushed farther back on my head when bucking a headwind at 70mph+. The other complaint is that there isn't a good "city" position for the face shield. It's either fully locked, all the way down but not locked (maybe open 1mm if that) or one notch up which is open a good 15-20mm. This is annoying in hot weather because at city speeds (c. 40-50mph) it makes my eyes water having it open one click up and there's not enough airflow just leaving it unlocked. I wish it had the locking lever like my RF1100 did, because you could prop it open just 5-6mm which was perfect for around town. Other than that it's incredibly well built and engineered, in typical Shoei fashion.
May 6, 2015
This is a great helmet
I love this helmet. It's light, quiet, and well vented. The sun visor is a great feature, no more squeezing sunglasses into my helmet. And the pinlock lens works as advertised, no fog.
It's not cheap, but you do get what you pay for. The fit is on the small side, I am a large in Shoei, my last helmet was a medium HJC.
May 5, 2015
You get what you pay for
Got this helmet to go along with my 2014 Triumph Daytona 675, and it is phenomenal!
Nice snug fit, that doesn't make wearing a full face uncomfortable, with a nice wide wind screen, meaning I don't have to crank my neck to check over my shoulders.
The airflow if great, and it's the first helmet where I could actually feel the wind blowing over the top of my head while wearing it.
A nice bonus is the drop down sun visor, although it could be just a touch taller, as there is still a decent gap that can let sun in. Minor issue, all things considered.
I would highly recommend this helmet, as you get what you pay for, and with Shoei, you know you'll be getting a quality product.
May 4, 2015
Vary happy with the GT-Air
This is only the third helmet I've owned, so I don't have a lot to compare it to. My first two helmets were from a more budget conscious brand, and they worked fine for my first four years of riding. But when it came time to get my next helmet, I was able to afford to be a little pickier. I did a fair amount of online research, and tried on a bunch of helmets, and this one simply fit my head the best - pure and simple. The drop down sun visor was a huge bonus, and definitely my favorite feature so far. I haven't yet tried the pin-lock inner shield yet, but I will shortly as I experienced a little fogging during my last chilly morning ride. The noise level is definitely improved over my previous helmets, which is nice since I don't feel the need to wear earplugs anymore while riding. And as a pretty safety-conscious person, I really appreciate the emergency quick release system if my helmet did ever need to be removed in a worst case scenario.
My only complaint, and this is pretty nit-picky, is that the securing snap on the tail end of the chin strap seems harder to snap down than on my previous helmets, but I suspect this will get better over time.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this helmet, and while definitely towards the more expensive end of the spectrum, I'm glad I invested in it.
May 4, 2015