Shoei GT Air Wanderer Helmet
Annoying howling noise from the visor mechanism
Bought it at my local Bike7 (japanese bike store) in Malaysia at bout USD732, it was just airflown and was about to put to display, only 1pcs and its about my size 58.50cm but i go for the L sized 59-60cm. It fitted very well when i tested it .. i even wear it for about like 5minutes in order to get the feel of it. And since this is my 1st Full Face helmet and with this investment, i checked at Revzilla.com to read more about the previous owner review. It helps me alot to decide to just get the 1 and only piece in Malaysia and just arrived, new stock. The next arrival would be end of Jan 2014. I can't wait that long duh...
Noise level. After 2 days of using it, can i summarise that this helmet is very windy ... i hear whispering noise and i try to close the lower air intake ... and upper air intake ... it did not stop the annoying whispering ... we'll this is my 1st full face helmet and with USD732 i expect close to closecell earphone kinda feeling ... i notice the wind must have caught up on the visor mechanism and create a howling noise... very very annoying
Air ventilation, the lower air intake do take away the fog of the screen but i still find the upper vent is not really functioning well as i tried to open n close it ... i do not feel much air clearing the heat n moist in Malaysian typical weather of 30~38*C and Humidity from 65~100%.
Aerodynamic, this is really a air tunnel tested helmet ... keeping your vision straight with just abit of resistance ...
Breath guard, it does it job well
Chin curtain is also excellent as it also block debris when tailing vehicle...
Overall, from what i pay, it better protect my head when i do kiss the gound ... but i guess that is the price to pay for assurance from a world reputable company and i sure hope this helmet will NEVER see tarmac. Its very pricey from the country i came, you can buy a moped with these price.
November 23, 2013
Looks even better in person than online. I was hesitant spending so much on a helmet but I absolutely love it, it was worth it! Fits true to size and it's the most comfortable helmet I have ever worn!
November 11, 2013
I tested many helmets the RF1100 and a few other brand helmets. Nothing compares to the GT Air, after putting on the GT Air I knew this was the only one that will satisfy my taste.
I purchased this helmet from Revzilla, but I notice that its missing the nose piece. Hopefully Revzilla will send me the missing nose piece. Other than that everything seem perfect with the helmet.
November 3, 2013
Excellent Helmet, poor anti-fog system, high wind noise in turbulence
This helmet is slightly small fit which works great for me as I can comfortably wear a large. My head is a 7 1/4 hat size last time I checked. The finish and fit are excellent. The helmet is quiet in smooth air, but the mouthguard vent system has some contours which make terrible wind noise in the turbulence off of my dual sport windshield. It is so loud I either have to get a different helmet or modify my windshield. If I hold my fingers over the vent are on the guard the noise goes away. The Pin system is cool but the anti fog lense is for "daytime use only" as it has less than 85% transmittance of light as per USA requirements. This makes it useless for my morning commutes in the dark and high humidity. The stock pin shield fogs up very badly if air is not constantly flowing over it. I wanted a helmet with the built in sun shade and high quality fit.. I hoped to find it with Shoei but I am disappointed with my purchase. Still, it will fit the needs of some riders and their circumstances and to them I say, thumbs up. It is a beautiful helmet, I bought the white model to help cut heat in the southern summers.
November 1, 2013
X12 vs GT Air Wanderer (yellow striped)
I absolutely love my X12, nothing beats it for summer venting, but as for my best all around helmet, the GT Air has now taken the crown. I ride a 2012 zx-10r, the lid I grab is the GT Air and it's not even close. All my lids are a medium, and yes out the box the GT Air is TIGHT, race fit tight (which I love# and then some . . . then it starts breaking in nicely. Vs my x12, on my scale anyway it's .2 pounds lighter than my x12, it's as stable #lower triple digit speeds anyway#, can't vouch for anything higher, pinlock comes standard, it's quiet. . . with earplugs in I can CLEARLY hear my music on the Sena SMH-10 at, once again, triple digit speeds. This lid is the truth and maybe Shoei's best effort to date. My concern was that it wouldn't be sporty enough #read: stable at high speeds). It's not a concern anymore. On a track I will still rock my X12 but I'd be lying if I didn't feel the GT Air would perform just as well. So here goes. X12 for venting. GT Air for EVERYTHING else. High speed stability is a draw. DO NOT SIZE UP!! Get your normal Shoei size and it will break in nicely.
October 28, 2013
Great helmet, but pinlock shield is overrated
Fit and form are excellent. The sunglasses work great and aren't too dark or too light. The pinlock shield on the other hand is very problematic. I commute every day in heavy traffic and use 100% of the visor surface area for viewing, peripheral vision, etc, like most motorcyclists. The pinlock shield insert doesn't go all the way to the left and right sides of the visor and so when you are looking over your shoulder to check for cars when changing lanes, you are looking out of the extreme edge of the visor where the view is divided in half by the edge of the insert, which is incredibly distracting. The pinlock insert causes very strange reflection/refraction of light while riding at night especially in heavy traffic. Brake lights, headlights and any bright lights reflect off of two surfaces at once, the visor and the insert, which are separated by approx 1 or 2mm. This causes a slight misalignment of the reflection, making blurred, scattered light in your field of view. I simply cannot use the insert for night riding, finding it very dangerous. Thus the manufacturer's liability statement that it is not to be used at night.I usually ignore these kind of legalese warnings, but this time it was totally true. You also get significantly different light levels through the insert vs. the bare visor which makes peripheral vision strange as well.
Recommendation: don't get this for the pinlock anti-fog function. I'm going back to a normal shield with anti-fog coating and might use the pinlock insert when it's raining. The anti-fog insert is incredibly effective at preventing fogging, it's the side effects I can't live with.
October 28, 2013
Only one potential negative; I get a lot of lift at high speeds...
October 21, 2013
Great Helmet, expensive.
This is a great helmet, size runs a little smaller than other helmets. Airflow is great, very stable and quiet at higher speeds, no wobbling. Would be nice if it was not so expensive.
October 21, 2013