Shoei GT-Air Wanderer Helmet
You get what you pay for
It's a good solid helmet. You should get it if you can afford it.
June 22, 2015
BEST $550 ever spend on a helmet. BIG BOY HELMET!
I stepped up from Bell Revolver. I love the aggresive look on my Bell. BUt, it is just heavy and loud compare to this GT-AIR.
It is like you have a hot sexy girl friend and you trade up for a 9.5/1. Yes, it is that much better. Yup, you have to pay to play.
GT-AIR really earns its name. It is light, stylish, function and form. even though, it is quite pricey. I worth amount you pay.
You will feel a really good level of comfort, high speed low drag!
Integral sun visor is really use full in Shoei. I have a same thing in my Bell. But, it wasn't clear and fog up very easily.
I like Bell a lot. Now, I find myself only wear GT-AIR for my VROD.
P.S. Get it and be happy. :)
June 12, 2015
fits comfy for a normal sized shape head
saved my skin once when I broke my collar bone, banged my head on the ground real good. so I went and bought the same one again. works great with a chatter box (speakers fit right in like was meant to be). a lot of wind noise can make it loud but other than that its a great helmet
June 30, 2015
Comfortable secure helmet,love the sun sheild.
Their measurement for size is too small. I understand the tighter the fit, the better protection under impact. Measure your head and choose the next size up.
Love the helmet, visor easy to remove and clean. The drop down sun shield is icing on the cake.
Well worth the price
June 29, 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
I feel I paid twice the price for half the helmet
I'm only giving this two stars because it (presumably) does its job of protecting my head. Beyond that, it's been massively disappointing. I came from a Nolan flip up that I loved, but it was ruined by water. I've been hearing about Shoei for years, and I could finally afford one, and hoped for greater noise reduction. This will likely be my first and last Shoei helmet.
Pros: It protects my head(?!). The sun visor works.
Cons: I put this on and it smelled like house paint. Not that nice "new helmet smell". House. Paint. I figured it would dissipate after a while. I still smell it after 1.5 years. The mechanics on the visor and vents are stiff, and I really have to work to pinch open the visor, and the snap lock doesn't allow for any extra circulation or anti-fogging that I've noticed, it just makes it harder to get open. I figured this would break in and get easier. It's still annoying. Same for the vents. Too stiff. And the chin vent, as far as I can tell, offers no ventilation at all. Which brings us to the Pinlock, which is a joke. I wore this helmet to Patagonia - Argentina and Chile, with the full spectrum of weather and temperature, and I ended up not only taking out the fogged up pinlock (yes, it was properly installed when I got the helmet), but having to leave the visor open while riding in the rain and mud so I could see without the fogged up visor. So a pricey helmet that requires a pinlock for anti-fogging that has to be installed by its new owner, and doesn't work. I'm unconvinced.
Wind noise. A big reason I got this was to reduce wind noise, especially after coming from a flip up helmet, which are typically noisier than full face. Patagonia is known for being windy, so it was the perfect testing grounds. I couldn't comfortably ride in this helmet without earplugs. Maybe I need a thicker neck to close the bottom, but the noise was intolerable for me.
Also, the strap is ye olde DD rings, rather than a ratchet strap, which I prefer.
Other than that, hey, it's better than going without a helmet.
June 23, 2015
Noise level and Air flow much higher than Quest.
I haven't been able to get out and ride a lot since purchase.
This helmet is replacing Shoei Quest which is a good helmet, functionally great as far as I am concerned considering the impact it took and I received no head injuries. The bike took to long for repair (some parts coming from Germany) and a broken Scapula took a while to rehab. Not to mention 6 busted ribs.
The time I have ridden with all vents open the GT-Air does seem much louder than the Quest. I ride looking over the windshield to insure good air flow over the helmet.
I ride a BMW R1200RT and air flow is minimal at best behind the windshield.
The G-T Air has considerably more air flow over the top of the head and thru the helmet than the Quest.
The increase of noise is a small trade off for increase in air flow to keep the top of my head cooler.
June 23, 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