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Shoei J Cruise Helmet

The Shoei J-Cruise is the Cadillac of open-face helmets. The classic ¾ design has been upgrade with features that make the J-Cruise a world class touring helmet. An internal drop-down sun visor, distortion-free Pinlock face shield, adjustable ventilation system and 3D Max-Dry liner provide all day riding comfort. The face shield even has an integrated air dam that helps stabilize the helmet at speed and mitigate buffeting. If you like the freedom of a ¾ helmet the Shoei J-Cruise is your ticket to ride.


  • Lightweight, AIM (Advanced Integrated Matrix) shell
  • Adjustable top and rear exhaust vents
  • A Multi-Piece EPS liner allows for smooth passage of air, improving cooling performance
  • Easily removable shield secured by the shield stopper to prevent unexpected opening at speed
  • Five layer construction in cheek pad
  • 3D Max-Dry removable, washable interior liner
  • Padded chin strap

Sun Shield Visor System:

  • Built-in QSV-1 sun shield gives riders instant relief from sun glare in one quick motion
  • Visor meets ANSI Z80.3-2010 standard for non-prescription eyeglasses
  • Large and easy to reach switch activates the 3D injection-molded inner sun shield
  • Distortion-free shield blocks 99% of harmful UV rays
  • Forehead area of the outer shell is raised slightly to accommodate the internal sun shield, helping allow for the integrity of the helmet’s inner EPS liner to remain intact

CJ-2 Face Shield System:

  • QRSA allows tool-less shield removal and eliminates side covers for a flush, quiet fit
  • Wide, three dimensionally curved shield offers increased peripheral vision and optical clarity
  • Scratch-resistant coating
  • 99% protection from harmful UV A & B rays
  • One-piece injection-molded for consistent fit
  • 10mm longer than the CJ-1 it replaces
  • Shield Pinlock-ready

Safety Certification:

  • DOT-218

Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States

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Shoei J-Cruise Helmet 4.8 5 70 70
Great product Helmet runs a little tight in cheek pads so next size up may be needed. February 23, 2015
Like this helmet The helmet arrived really fast, it has a early 2014 date code. The fit was tight at first but after wearing around house for a bit it feels just fine. My head measured a loose 23" and 22 7/8 tight. Which actually put me at the top end of a Meduim. I ordered a large and am happy with th fit. I will use it on my Gl1800 so was concerned with a headset install. I installed a new universal HS-EHI-787-UNV-XHO clamp on headset from J&M which fit without any modification of the helmet. I did remove the back layer of velcro material from the speakers so they would sit in the recess of the speaker area of the helmet and then put velcro material around the perimiter of the speakers for the top speaker covering material to adhere to. Larger speakers would fit if you are willing to remove helmet material, I chose not to do this. Pricing on this helmet from Revzilla seems to be about the same as other retailers, The free size exchange takes the worry out of the purchase. Using the helmet I think it is fairly quiet for a 3/4 with the vents closed and the face shield and sun visor are of good optic quality. Venting seems good. Weight is not an issue. The interior material is of excelllent quality. All things comsidered I am pleased with my purchase and would consider another Shoei product when that time comes. Now lets Ride!! February 23, 2015
J cruise helmet After 40 years of hanging onto a set of handlebars, I thought I would splurge once and get away from those 75 dollar helmets I've worn over the past years. After the sticker shock wore off, I got a decent weekend to ride last weekend and try out my new shoei. The quality of the fit and finish exceeds anything I ever wore, and the ventilation actually works. That is new to me because my other helmets with vents do not seem to circulate any air like the j cruise does. I am really impressed with the optics on both the shield and the shades. The helmet shield is also ready for a pin lock lens. The finish is very deep and glossy, not like the pictures would indicate. I got mine in gloss black and it really shines. The main reason for the purchase was to install the upgraded interphone headset. I am hearing impaired and had difficulty hearing with those stock speakers, but I hear comfortably now at half volume. My Softail has Vance and Hines long shots and is loud, but this helmet cuts down on the sound very noticeably. And the speaker kit fits the inside of the j cruise seamlessly. February 16, 2015
Almost perfect Helmet fits great maybe a little to good. Aerodynamic, no buffeting and almost no wind noise. Great wide angle vision. Not to heavy. I haven't used it in the rain yet. It's winter and I haven't used the vents yet. The only reason this helmet doesn't get a perfect score and this is a personal issue is that I can't wear my hearing aids or glasses with this helmet. Pulling the helmet on rips my behind the ear hearing aids off of my ears and also pulls my glasses off. The same issue when pulling the helmet off with the glasses on. I can't put the hearing aids back in because the cheek pads fit to tight to get my fingers inside the helmet. It's difficult but I can put the glasses back on again but the cheek pads are very snug and squeeze the glasses arms and makes them uncomfortable against my temples. Taking the cheek pads out solves those issues but then the helmet doesn't fit as well and is slightly loose. FYI, I ordered an extra set of the smallest size cheek pads. Good thing my hearing and vision are not debilitating because I can ride without either. But I don't like to. It would be helpful if Shoei made cheek pads that would be just cheek pads and not also fit up the side of the ears or adjustable so that you can remove small sections so they can adjust to the rider. I like the helmet but it won't be my all the time every day helmet, more of a winter or rainy day one or where I don't have to hear or see as well. February 9, 2015
You get what you pay for with this helmet. This helmet is one of the more higher priced open face helmets but the quality far exceeds most all other helmets in this category. The air vents are large and easy to use with gloves as is the lever to deploy and retract the integrated sun shield. I have always worn extra large in shoei helmets and they have all been slightly loose according to the videos that I have watched. According to the Shoei size chart I should be in a size large so that is what I ordered. Just as another reviewer stated, there was unbearable pressure points at my frontal and high temple area which I am sure would not go away with the 10% break in of the interior pads. So I sent it back and got the extra large and it feels so much better. This is my first buying experience with RevZilla and I am really impressed with them. When I called about the helmet exchange, I talked to a very friendly and helpful staff member and then was sent a return shipping label to my email for free return shipping. And then the new helmet was sent to me also free of charge. I will continue to purchase from RevZilla in the future. December 27, 2014
Great Helmet! I've been wearing a 1/2 helmet with 1/2 face shield, but I wanted to move to something with more coverage (and quieter). I'm not comfortable with a full face helmet, but this was a great compromise. It's very quiet (compared to the 1/2 helmet). I wear contacts, and I've always needed to wear googles to prevent dry eyes. I don't think I'll need them with this helmet. It's true, the Harley speakers don't fit exactly in the designated spot, but they fit well enough -- no problems so far. At first, the fit was tight, and I planned to order the thinner cheek pads. After several rides, I've decided that won't be necessary. The fit is snug, but not tight. All in all, I love the helmet. December 1, 2014
Excellent product-just needs to be broken in My head measurement is about 25", so it is difficult to find a decent helmet that fits. The Shoei J-Cruise, size 2x fits me well (I think). Being that my previous helmet was to large, I am not used to the tight fit. With time the tightness should decrease by 10%, so I should be an ok . I wear glasses (trifocals), and it is difficult for the glasses to fit properly (distorted image), and have yet to find a solution to correct it. Perhaps cutting an opening for the frames to slide in. It is wonderful to have a built-in sun shade. It works well, and don't have to worry about switching to sunglasses. It is a real blessing. The air flow is wonderful and can't wait for the summer to see how efficient it is. November 30, 2014
should try the size and dont rely on the normal sizes of the shoei. the size medium is not the same as the size medium on the multitec. It does not feel comfortable on and above the ears . November 24, 2014
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Shoei J-Cruise Helmet
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Kevin R: Research says quality item, that will fit my head. Visor system Mar 1, 2015
Kareem M: I like the design and fit. I wanted an open face helmet, due to living and Tx, a full face helmet is a little suffocating on hot days. Feb 23, 2015
Fred P: I like open face helmets and i usually wear a Bell custom 500 but it has no vents for the hot days. Feb 18, 2015
A G Y: Quality. Feb 8, 2015
Adly A: was looking for a prime helmet , watched Revzilla review and i was sold immediately . Feb 5, 2015
Michael O: Superior fit and wind dampening Dec 12, 2014
David C: I have always believed that you get what you pay for and although more expensive than other helmets, Shoei is well worth it due to their quality. I currently have a J-Wing that will be ten years old in January. I know I should have gotten a new helmet after five years, but time passes quickly and I didn't check my helmet's manufacturing date. So that is why I am giving myself a new J-Cruise for Christmas. I hope all who read this will have a Very Merry & Blessed Christmas too. Dec 12, 2014
Larry P: Reviews convinced me plus previous experience with Shoei helmets. Turned out to be a great lid, especially like the PinLock feature. Dec 11, 2014
chris d: multi function touring helmet Dec 1, 2014
Manabu N: I have the same helmet in Japan. It works very well. It is comfortable. Nov 24, 2014
Douglas T: Almost universal positive reviews for this helmet and Revzilla. Nov 9, 2014
Roland S: Have a Shoei NEOTEC and needed a new open face helmet. Like the NEOTEC so much I bought the J-Cruise to get the same fit and safety in both. Nov 2, 2014
Dave S: For comfort and safety. Most comfortable helmet I have ever had on my head. The best. Oct 9, 2014
Kelly B: Wife wanted a good open face and this seemed to fit the bill Sep 9, 2014
John P: Helmet has all the features I was looking for. Great protection and creature comfort items Sep 1, 2014
Raymond N: I did quite a bit of research and this seems like what I am looking for. Aug 22, 2014
H I: Great reviews on this helmet. Getting ready to go on a 4,000 mile Three Flags Classic rally ride to Canada and back. I wanted a high quality helmet for this ride. This is my second helmet, since starting to ride after retirement in 2013. Have about 24,000 miles on my 2012 trike. Aug 18, 2014
luis d: I pick this one because in a tropical environment it allows more air coming in as well as it covers my face from bugs. I also love the style, comfort and still have the full face protection. I have three different shoei helmets and always felt comfortable and safe wearing them. Jul 22, 2014
Daniel W: My first helmet was a SHOEI and was very comfortable and quiet. I really didn't want to spend $400.00 plus for a helmet, however, I know the quality. Also, I like the side speaker compartments. Jul 20, 2014
Kelly A: To see if a higher dollar helmet is worth the money spent. I take longer trips hope this works. Jun 30, 2014
Paul C: The video on Revzilla. Jun 20, 2014
Chad M: Not been wearing my half helmet due to buffeting.. Recently rendered aid to a downed rider on the highway who was not wearing helmet...it was not pleasant. Wanted to buy a quality helmet which I will wear. Jun 12, 2014
George L: safety, air flow and weight, nice interior May 6, 2014
John S: Torn in buying my first premium helmet between this and the Arai XC. Chose this because of the removable liner. The interior of this helmet just seems to be focused more on comfort than the Arai. Don't think you could go wrong either way, but we will give this a try. Apr 21, 2014
David B. W: Understand Shoei is a premium product and want a decent quality and quiet helmet. Apr 18, 2014
A R: I use Shoei I like their stuff also having a built in sun shield is a great idea. Mar 31, 2014
Kathi W: I love this helmet. I was out east over Thanksgiving, tried it on in the store. Since I flew out for a visit I decided to wait and look a bit more. Nothing I looked at measures up. Might be expensive, but this is protection for my head.... not only is it the best protection, best fitting and Revzilla had the best price. Just can't wait to start riding with my new helmet. Mar 28, 2014
Ernesto G: Because is a premium helmet top of the line after reading a lot good reviews and research . I wanted an open face for view and comfort for a 8 hours ride cruising and sightseeing . I chose brilliant yellow color so drivers can see me on road. I wear bright neon yellow jacket also for safety to be see :-) Mar 22, 2014
Timothy H: Im tired of buying & wearing cheap is-fitting helmets. Mar 17, 2014
HERCULANO C: Its the most comfortable open face I've ever used specially on a long ride. The ventilation is very good as well. Mar 6, 2014
Tom S: Safety Feb 2, 2014
PÃ¥l E: Well known manufacturer With good reputations, and a helmet between a full open helmet and a full 3/4 helmet witch suits me perfect.
It also suits my motorcycle perfect, a Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Limited.
Jan 25, 2014
Herbert H: Had the last version- very nice, so time for an upgrade - very nice new color as well- anthracite! Dec 17, 2013
Michael S: Have a Shoei full face helmet and am very satisfied with it. When looking for a 3/4 helmet, I naturally preferred a Shoei and it has the quality and features I was looking for. Nov 4, 2013
Dudley C: style and features, wanted the flip down tinted sun visor Nov 1, 2013
Brian B: My wife does not like the confinement of a full face helmet and this one provides great 3/4 protection and a sun visor to boot. She loves the helmet. Oct 18, 2013
Andrew K: I needed a new helmet as both of mine are over ten years old. The old Arai Corsair Nicky Hayden replica doesn't look right anymore. I'm older now so a low key grey helmet will suit me just fine. My old motocross helmet is a Shoei and I hope the new lid fits similarly. Oct 7, 2013
David G: Got a Shoei head Oct 2, 2013
Keith J: Sizing, full face protection for warmer weather. Shoei quality! Oct 2, 2013
Bob P: heard it was ver good helmet. Sep 26, 2013
Brent L: Qualifies for 30 day no-hassle exchange.
Plus like the sun visor, looks like it is well made, Good 3/4 visor fit to Helmet
Sep 20, 2013
Louise H: The name Shoei, the looks, features of helmet and reviews. Sep 19, 2013
Barry G: Fantastic helmet. Fits well extremely comfortable and good ventilation in tropical climate. Sep 11, 2013
Glenn R: Best fit. Tried several 2XL helmets and none worked better. RevZilla has the best price and return/exchange if it's not just right. Sep 9, 2013
bruce w: Quality Aug 30, 2013
A shopper asked: In the video Anthony mentions he likes another open face better but does not mention the brand. Can you tell me which helmet he is referring to? Would like to have his opinion before I decide. Thanks. Feb 21, 2014
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William H: Im not sure if I'm the one you want to reach . But the J Cruse helmet is the best helmet I've ever own. Fits well as all Shoei helmets do, the vent system is outstanding but you can only expect so much there. But much better air flow than any other I have tried. Im a Harley rider so the high cut up the back of the helmet is not something I'm crazy about. But by no means would trade it for another for that design. It is very quite and comfortable to wear. You can fill a little cold Air in the winter time but very little. I ride 20-25 thousand miles a year so this isn't a review after two trips around the block. For what it worth I have about dozen helmets on the shelve in my garage. I think its money well spent, and your dealing with a quality Company so you get it and it doesn't fit they will exchange it. I wear an extra large in all Shoei Helmets , the same in the J Cruise and it fits great. I probably road about 1800 mile with it since purchase . it mid last last last year. Hope this helps you. Great Helmet by a great Company and sold by a great Company! Feb 21, 2014
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Ahmed Medhat E: Hi
i'm sorry for my belated reply, it was me at work for too long!
Anthony is a great reviewer and i think in his J-Cruise detailed video he meant by the better helmet that he likes (because i think he likes that brand more in general) is the Arai CT-Z open face helmet i quote "the most technically advanced, best venting and most protective helmet that we've seen anybody do so far..... pause and digest that" and i know that video was 1 year before the j cruise video came out but i just think he loves the Arai CT-Z better.
i hope i've helped you and have a good day!
Mar 8, 2014
Janet S: Sorry. I am not sure which helmet he was referring to. I will say this. I fit into both the small and medium helmets. Against their advice, I purchased the larger one. Even at that, after wearing this helmet several hours, I found my cheeks hurt. The padding was just too tight. I had to order smaller pad which were very expensive. I only use this helmet in the frigid weather. It does a nice job blocking the wind but not the most comfortable.

Good luck with your purchase.
Feb 21, 2014
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alexander d: Thats a good question and one I wouldnt be able to answer. Your best bet is to call Revzilla and ask them specifically. Im just a customer who wrote a review. That being said, I have really come to love this helmet and its the first one I reach for now. I find it to be stuffy with a small field of vision when I put on one of my full face helmets again. Feb 21, 2014
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Robert W: My guess is that it is an ARAI helmet which he seems to believe are the best helmets available. Feb 22, 2014
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Michael H: Pretty sure it is the Arai XC 3/4 helmets. Feb 21, 2014
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A shopper asked: how does the face shied perform in lite rain, heavy rain etc ? does the rain get on the inside of the shield ? Does it leak ? I have ear speakers and a mike, are the pockets for the speakers large enough that they do n ot press hard on your ears Thanx Chet Jun 24, 2014
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William H: Works good in rain, no leaks. I also have speakers in mine doesn't press to hard against ears but I do have to reach in and adjust my ears after putting helmet on the tops seem to fold down. Over all my favorite 3/4 helmet! Jun 24, 2014
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Leigh G: I have rode with this helmet through the heaviest rains riding to tail of the dragon last year. It held the rain out very good. There is a good seal. There is good face coverage too.
I ride a harley ultra w ear speaker pads. They fit perfectly. The speaker boom fits nice when the shield is down. It has deep speaker pockets.
Revzilla has great return policy, so if you get it and does not fit your stuff, as long as you don't wear it outside, you can return it.
Best regards,
Jun 24, 2014
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David G: William could have written my answer - spot on. No issues with rain, was in some downpours in Wyoming last summer and shield worked really well. Only complaint is that the speaker holes could be a little deeper, I also reach in and make sure the tope of my ears are flat. Only uncomfortable if not done. Overall, a great 3/4 helmet. Jun 25, 2014
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Pat P: I don't know about the speakers but I have been in rain showers and have not got any inside. I have not been in a downpour but I think it would do good.

Jun 24, 2014
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Douglas F asked: Even with a 3/4 helmet I like to ride with the face shield raised slightly. In hot humid weather it helps with air flow. I currently have an Arai CT-Z and unless the shield is fully closed it vibrates just enought to make it annoying. I ride a fully faired bike but the wind screen is short enough that I look over it, just the way I like it. I think the issue is the CT-Z shield is so long top to bottom that hard to keep it rigid.

I'm wondering how the new J-Cruise is in that regard. The shield looks to be shorter and with that compound lip at the bottom maybe it's more rigid? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Jun 23, 2014
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James O: Douglas, you should find that you can open the face shield slightly to clear any fogging, or even completely open with no vibration at all. I have many thousands of miles on J-Cruise helmets and have never experienced vibration, even at highway speeds. I was out yesterday and it was so hot that I opened the shield all the way several times at speeds up to 60 mph. On the slab at 80 I'm going to have it down, mainly for protection and noise reduction. I also have a short sport windshield (Klockwerks Flare) and I can tell you vibration is not an issue with this helmet. Jun 23, 2014
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Yaroslav N: Hi Douglas! I am riding Suzuki DL650A and all wind is on my head and shoulders. But I am able to open the shield almost half way which creates little bit more noise but trade off is a fresh air. Overall like the helmet especially interior - since I own one did not wash it there is no odor and after a year of use looks like new. I am riding 10-12K a year. Jun 23, 2014
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William H: I have noticed no vibration. Truly is a great helmet. With the face shield fully open it restricts the airflow thru the helmet . Blocks the air thru the front vent . What I did to over com this was to buy an extra shield had it cut about the same length as the sun shade shield . This gives me the best of both worlds in the hot summer heat. Jul 1, 2014
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Peter T. K: Doug, i have used the J-Cruise for a season so far, and i love it! It's the best of both worlds for me: perfectly solid and quiet when closed (has rubber gaskets and a longer face shield for much quiet and great vision. In street speed traffic, the face shield locks fully open for a great wind in your face ride. Peter K Jun 24, 2014
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A shopper asked: Where does this helmet sit on the shape scale of 1 (narrow) to 5 (round)? May 1, 2013
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RevZilla: The Shoei J-Cruise helmet has an intermediate oval internal shape that is slightly round. If I had to put it on a scale of 1 (narrow) to 5 (round), intermediate oval would be a 3 and the J-Cruise would be slightly less than a 4. May 8, 2013
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Don W: My head is 23.5" and I'd say long oval to long narrow (if there is such a thing). J-Cruise Large is too tight across the forehead, although fits well otherwise, whereas the Bell Mag 9 Sena Large fits me well. Dec 7, 2013
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Ann P: I'd say about a 31/2. Aug 19, 2013
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Roberto R M: 4-round May 24, 2013
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A shopper asked: Does this helmet provide any useful frontal impact protection with the clear shield? Is the sun visor easy to remove for cleaning, or is a pain in the butt? Finally, how does it feel after break in, is the frontal section tight? Feb 13, 2015
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Darryl P: The face shield will offer some/very little protection if you bite it face first but like any helmet the real protection comes from the shell and inner impact foam. As far as I know the flip down visor is non removable. I think they all are that way. Simply take off the face shield and you can easily clean the visor that way. Lastly Shoei helmets fit me great. Everyone's head is different so it helps that REVZILLA has a great return policy. Give it a try. It's Shoei quality! Feb 17, 2015
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John w: Sun visor pretty easy to remove and clean not as much protection as full face but I like the better visibility. Like most helmets its a little tight in the front for my narrow oval head Feb 17, 2015
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A shopper asked: Does the JCruise have the micro ratchet chin strap? Jan 26, 2015
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A S: Thanks! Then why does the manufacturer's website shows the ratchet? Jan 29, 2015
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David G: Double D-ring strap Jan 26, 2015
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A shopper asked: Somehow, I scuffed up the tinted sun shield and I've purchased a replacement from Revzilla. How do you replace the sun shield? .

Thanks for the help.
Nov 12, 2014
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Stefan M: the replacement its explained in the video, if revzilla offers a spare google, I dont know. Nov 14, 2014
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A shopper asked: I currently wear the Shoei Multitech in XXS. How does the XS in the J-Cruise compare? It took a long time to break in the Multi-tech and I believe this helmet, along with the Neotech has a slightly more oval fit than the multi tech. Want to try it, but no one has one in my size, so I will have to order, just don't wish to if I know it will be too big from the get go.
Aug 18, 2014
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"" ": I have the Shoei J-Cruise in Medium and it seems to fit like all other Shoei Mediums.....except my Shoe GT-Air in medium is tighter than all other Shoe Mediums I tried. Oct 1, 2014
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A shopper asked: How much does the shoei jcruise XS helmet weigh? Apr 6, 2013
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RevZilla: The approximate weight of an XS Shoei J-Cruise Helmet is 3lbs 6oz. Apr 11, 2013
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Roger C asked: Very interested in the JCruise but i want to make sure that it will accommodate the headset speaker system that comes with my HD motorcycle. I have seen an number of conflicting comments about whether or not the Harley headset speakers will fit into the recesses in the JCruise helmet? Feb 28, 2015
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Shoei Helmets

Size Hat Size Measurement (in)
2XS 6 3/8 - 6 1/2 20 1/8 - 20 1/2
XS 6 5/8 - 6 3/4 20 7/8 - 21 1/4
SM 6 7/8 - 7 21 5/8 - 22
MD 7 1/8 - 7 1/4 22 1/2 - 22 7/8
LG 7 3/8 - 7 1/2 23 1/4 - 23 5/8
XL 7 5/8 - 7 3/4 24 - 24 3/8
2XL 7 7/8 - 8 24 3/4 - 25 1/4
3XL 8 1/8 - 8 1/4 25 5/8 - 26

RF-1100 / X-12 Shell Size Breakdown

Helmet Size Shell EPS Liner
XS (RF1100)
XS (X-12) SM

X-12 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 optional
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 optional
41 optional

RF1200 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 2XL
35 SM-XL
39 XS
43 optional

RF1100 Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 3XL
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 2XS
41 optional

GT-Air Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 2XL
35 SM-XL
39 XS

Qwest Cheekpad Sizing

Size (mm) Defaults
31 optional
33 optional
35 XS - 2XL
37 optional
39 2XS
41 optional

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

Click here to see the full Shoei Helmets Size Chart
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black / XS 878697 0130-0105-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / SM 878698 0130-0105-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / MD 878699 0130-0105-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / LG 878700 0130-0105-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / XL 878701 0130-0105-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black / 2XL 878702 0130-0105-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / XS 878727 0130-0135-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / SM 878728 0130-0135-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / MD 878729 0130-0135-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / LG 878730 0130-0135-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / XL 878731 0130-0135-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Matte Black / 2XL 878732 0130-0135-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
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The J-Cruise at 1000 feet is Shoei's next foray into a premium three-quarter helmet. We've seen the RJ Platinum. Before that, we saw the J-Wing. These are different helmets that were configured slightly differently.

This is using a lot of the new upgraded features from Shoei including their internal sun visor, part of that sun visor family, but really looking north of $400. Again, it's going to stand toe to toe with some of the other super premium three-quarters in the market. Honestly, in my mind I think there's only one, and I won't mention them by name.

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Now, before I go foundational and work with some of the nuances all the way up to the helmet, let's talk a little bit about fit here on the J-Cruise. Intermediate oval head shape. What that means is there are no surprises. If you wear a Shoei helmet right now you shouldn't have any issues.

This is a size large, weighed in at 3 pounds 6.4 ounces. No surprises there, either.

It's going to be DOT rated, not Snell. They're saving some weight, but again, you're not getting that Snell rating. A lot of times you wouldn't see a Snell rating on an open faced helmet anyway. Keep that in mind.

Remember, if you're scared about buying the J-Cruise on the Internet, don't worry. If you need to buy it from us, we ship for free, exchange for free, no restock fees if you need to send it back to us. Try to take the guesswork out with the video, and then don't worry. If you get it wrong we'll help you make it painless on the swap out for a different size.

Now, as we dive back into the J-Cruise helmet, the first thing I want to note - changes on the helmet. Now we're using the premium QSV-1 sun visor system here on the J-Cruise; optically correct, fog free, retractable, operated with a very easily found slide on the side, same as the Neotec, same as the GT-Air.

Again, it's cable operated, so it's very smooth. No clicking. You can see it as it drops up, comes down there. Again, gives you plenty of coverage, and is replaceable; really nice touch. Nice to see that integrated.

If we look at our AIM shield, fiberglass, carbon fiber resins. It's going to be very lightweight. It's not a polycarb shield. This is an upgrade from Shoei.

You're also going to see on the J-Cruise that we have this band in the front as it kind of wraps around. That band allows them to stay aerodynamic, but it bulges to accommodate sun visor outer shell EPS. You're not giving away anything by way of production here in this multi-density shell when you have that bulge.

Again, same level of protection. It looks good. They've styled it in, but again, you have that bulge to accommodate the sun visor. We see it on the GT-Air as well.

Other key features. Notice it's a locking . . . I think it's the J2 or the JW2 shield. I'd have to check the site. Notice the locking mechanism. It's the small detent on the bottom that just taps right into that molded injection mounted piece right there. You're going to see it from the side. Again, a nice upgrade here in the J-Cruise. We've never seen a locking mechanism like that.

If I had to gripe, there are no detents. There's a detent on the top that locks it in, but there are no detents all the way around.

If you notice also on the shield they give you based on their last model of three-quarter you have an extra centimeter - ten millimeters here on the bottom that create this air dam. They help with buffeting. They help as a lift to deflect wind or moisture as it's coming in on the shield.

You can see the side profile here of it really, really nicely. As you look at it, again, it adds a little bit of flash, but it is a very functional piece.

Moving up, double wall construction in the eye port gasket. That is new. We see it on the GT-Air; single wall even on something like the Neotec. Again, they're taking a step forward to say hey, if you get caught in the rain we want to make sure that you have the best chance to have a nice seal there. Even when it's locked down and in you're going to see that spring loaded piece on this hinge which sucks the face shield in and gives you that nice and tight seal from Mother Nature.

Keep in mind as well that you see these pinlock posts. The J-Cruise helmet is going to come pinlock ready, and it'll take the same pinlock that we see available for the Neotec or for the newer helmets. You'll see it listed on the site. That's a pinlock lens you buy separately, and a pinlock lens is how you use the laws of physics to stay fog free forever without any coatings that might wear off. Nice touch.

Moving into the vent scheme - new ventilation scheme for 2013 from Shoei. We're seeing it on the J-Cruise here. We also see it on the GT-Air. They're calling it their shutter system. What it is, main intake vents that are going to vent ten millimeter vent holes into channels that kind of create this effect of this mohawk of air as it comes through the helmet. What you're going to see is the air gets pulled back and it's going to exit out these active venturis.

It's nice that they're open and closable, but if you notice there are three positions - open, middle, and closed. You have the ability to tune your airflow. Also, on our front chin vent . . . I'm sorry. No chin vent. On the chimney vent, same kind of deal, three positions, open, middle, and closed allow you to tune the amount of air coming in. Going to hit your head, hit the channels.

There's a new 3D Max-Dry system in this helmet. You really feel the air flow through. It's going to vent out the back.

What most people don't realize, same thing on the GT-Air, is if I pull the snap here in the back there's actually a vent right down here where my pinky is, and the air is going to escape out of your neck as well. Again, giving you a better chance for full airflow through the helmet.

As we move into the guts of the J-Cruise, keep in mind, too, when it comes to airflow it's an open faced helmet. It's a three-quarter. You're going to get a ton of airflow up under the rim, and you even have the ability to have that air come up under the visor here and, again, add to that channeling back. We would see that happen in a full face helmet through the chin bar through the chin vent. Here it's just coming up under that air dam.

I'm going to bring out my donut here. It's a Shoei donut called a Shonut. What I'm going to do is I'm going to start breaking down the guts. Fully removable, washable liner. Notice how it comes out, and notice the way this is set up. You could get a commune on this. Shoei knows that most people out there are looking at aftermarket Bluetooth or comm systems.

We have our cheek pad. It's going to be very plush against your skin, have a nice contour, be replaceable if you want to get a different size, and a little bit more durable towards the temples. It's going to collect sweat. It's also going to accommodate the stems from your eyeglasses if you want to go that way. Same thing on both sides. Double D-ring construction in the chin strap. Chin vents are very easy to remove.

Another very cool feature here on the J-Cruise. We now, from a quiet standpoint and from a functional standpoint, see Shoei using ear pocket what we would call fills or removable pieces. Foam backed, will slide into a pocket that would accommodate a speaker. They snap in, so they're not going anywhere, and they create a seamless, flush place. Against your ear it's going to be very comfortable.

If I open it up you're going to see that pocket right about there. You can see that pocket that is kind of cut away so you'd have the ability to get in there and get your 3D or . . . Sorry, your Bluetooth comm unit.

If we go into the main guts of the helmet, I've already done my two snaps along the back. I like that it's across the brow which means no pressure points up front. This is the new style premium comfort liner here in the J-Cruise. We're seeing as an update over anything we've seen 2012 on back from Shoei, and the reason being is we see the same plush wicking liner that's going to pull sweat away and create great airflow.

Now we have the 3D Max-Dry system which is kind of a bubble or hollow weave which allows that mohawk of air . . . Remember, it comes in across the top. It's going to fill to your head. You're really going to feel it, but again, because it is a 3D bubble, which we've seen perfected in other brands of clothing before it showed up in helmets, what it does is it wicks sweat better, it transfers air better, and it allows your head to breathe and allows that perspiration to come off, create that evaporative cooling effect.

You can see it less or so here in this back mesh. Also, it has a nice density to it, so it's going to add comfort to the helmet as well.

Remember, helmets will break in about 10%. When you buy it, it should be snug but not uncomfortable, and then it should break in, no problem.

If I bring my J-Cruise back over you can start to see the venting channels all the way up and down the back; really nice touch. Ten millimeter vent holes.

Again, you're looking at a $400-plus helmet. It comes in a multitude of colors, multitude of different styles. It's from Shoei. It's premium. It's going to last. It's an heirloom product, although we do recommend you replace your helmet every five years just to keep up to date with the latest safety standards.