Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet (Size MD Only)
A good helmet
Helmet is quite a good deal. Got it on sale, apparently people don't like HI VIz stuff. It's pretty quiet, a lot more than a bell I have.
May 31, 2016
fits well, quiet, and not too heavy
You get what you pay for in life. Expensive, but worth it in the long run. Fits snugly and is pretty light compared to lesser helmets. Looks nice also...
June 15, 2016
I tried a couple other brands of helmet and they were too round and put pressure and caused forehead pain after a half hour or so. I bought this helmet and took off on a 4 day trip on my new bagger and not once did i have any discomfort. Love this helmet. Wish I bought it years ago.
Very easy to use. Love the flip down sun visor and the modular function which makes is much easier to have a conversation during a quick stop without having to take off the helmet.
June 15, 2016
A very nice and aerodynamic helmet
I first looked at the Shuberth C3 pro, but it was a bit too round for my head, so tried the Shoei Neotec. It's a bit more oval than the C3 and the fit was perfect for me.
It's a pretty quite helmet, although MAYBE not as quiet as th C3, but noticeable quieter than the Shoei J-Cruise I was wearing before.
What I like most is how aerodynamic it is. Looking straight ahead, I get less buffeting than with the J-Cruise. With the J-Cruise, when I turned my head to the side the wind grabbed at the helmet a little bit. Not with the Neotec. When I turn my head its still a very neutral feeling, with maybe even a slight tendency for the helmet to straighten into the wind. This helmet seems to slice through the wind better.
I liked it so much that I bought my girlfriend one to replace the inexpensive (can I say cheap?) full-face helmet she had been wearing. She rode pillion with me for about an hour before we stopped, and her first comment was that she had been waiting for me to stop so that she could thank me for the great helmet. She said riding was much more enjoyable with the Neotec because her head wasn't being buffeted around like it was with her cheaper full-face helmet. I got a big kiss! Although not an inexpensive helmet, by any means, that alone made it worth every penny!
I do wish it came with more options for internal communications, since I'm not a fan of the remotes you have to use with the Sena 10u and the Cardo SH-1 system doesn't appear to be available in the US, at least not yet. I've ordered a dual set of Sena 20s and will see how that works out.
June 14, 2016
Nice upgrade from my old Shoei helmet!
My trusty Shoei RF-1100 (large) helmet was finally due for replacement. I intended to go with the RF-1200 but decided to give the Neotec a try. I am glad that I did!
The fit & comfort of the new Neotec is easily on par with my old RF-1100 -- which is to say that it is very comfortable and a good fit for my round-ish head. Weight and noise are also similar (good) although the venting seemed a little better on the RF-1100. I did have to move-up in size from L for the RF-1100 to XL for the Neotec, but the fit is very good.
I like the Neotec modular flip-up design, the removable padding, the Pinlock fog shield, and especially the integrated sun shield -- no more sunglasses! The flip-up Chin Bar & Face Shield material does not feel as sturdy as the material used for the rest of the helmet shell, but seems more than adequate to offer proper chin & face protection. This helmet also comes with a 5-year warranty!
I was not thrilled that the Neotec is labeled as just a DOT helmet -- and not a Snell helmet like my old RF-1100. The Revzilla customer service rep at their Philadelphia Boutique (where I bought the helmet) explained that the internal sun shield disqualifies the Neotec from achieving Snell certification. I ultimately decided to look past this issue since I have used Shoei helmets for over 20-years and their quality is second-to-none.
In summary, I am very pleased with my Shoei Neotec modular helmet, and I look forward to many years of safe & comfortable riding with this excellent Shoei product.
PS - you owe yourself a trip to the Revzilla shop in Philadelphia, with their awesome selection of top-quality gear, and their knowledgeable customer service reps (props to Sokrady)!
June 14, 2016
Expensive replacement for the Multi-Tech
Very similar to my old Multi-Tech helmet with some major exceptions. Much better air flow to the top of my head riding my Road Glide Ultra. I didn't see anyone else mention the following topics concerning the helmet and are peculiarities I wish I knew about the helmet before buying it. Speaker cutouts too small in diameter for Harley's Boom Audio and Communication Set speakers. I used two layers of adhesive velcro to fill the space between the helmet cutout and the back of the speaker to get them to attach. The face shield automatically closes whenever the chin bar is raised. Just a new norm to get used to since I was used to grabbing the chin bar through the face shield opening to close it on my old helmet. Chin bar locks closed with a less audible click. Can't always tell if the chin bar is locked on the first try.
June 9, 2016
Sena SMH10 Compatible
After much research and a couple returned helmets I settled on the Neotech. I cannot say that price was a factor as there were less expensive Neotech helmets available (solid colors).
My search was based on a few "wants". I wanted a drop-down sun visor, I wanted a graphic helmet, I wanted to be sure I could get my Sena into the helmet. I tried to get an adventure helmet that did these but failed. (Watching for the Scorpion EXO-AT950 to be in stock soon.)
I'm one of those guys that has a fat head. I know it and if you met me you'd say it too. I am always nervous to purchase over the internet for this reason but the calls and service to/from Revzilla cinched my decision to go with them. I did try a friends Neotech on so I knew about how it would fit. I was able to comfortably purchase an XL. The helmet fits my fat head perfect.
The reason I'm writing a review is:
1- To show anyone doing research for anything really should put Revzilla high on their go-to list.
2- The Hi-Vis yellow graphic is not overwhelming and looks quite nice.
3- To let everyone know that they can get a Sena SMH-A0302 headset clamp kit into this helmet and nicely, I might add. The install was pretty easy, and it seems that this helmet was made for the Sena to mount into.
June 8, 2016
This is the first helmet I have ever worn that I have felt the air flow in 40 years of riding. With the visor down that is.
June 7, 2016