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Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet
  • Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet - Black/Silver
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Shoei Neotec Borealis Modular Helmet

The Neotec Borealis graphic offers a high-vis option to the Neotec lineup.  Building upon the success of their previous modular helmets, the Shoei Neotec Helmet was designed with long distance and ADV touring in mind. The innovative tri-composite shell has been designed to provide riders with a smooth and quiet ride while reducing, lift, weight and increasing overall safety. The shell of the Neotec has also been designed to house the internal drop-down sun visor, eliminating the need to reduce the thickness of the EPS liner and potentially compromise safety.

An integrated face shield shield and chinbar pivot point reduces the number of moving parts, mitigates wind noise and enables riders to close both the chinbar and face shield in the same motion. Shoei’s stainless steel 360° Pivot Locking System secures the chinbar when it is in the closed position and the dual-layer EPS liner provides enhance impact absorption and is channeled to facilitate ventilation.

From the shell to EPS to the 3D formed comfort liner, the Shoei Neotec is purpose built to provide unrivaled rider comfort and safety. Perfect for nearly any type of ride and rider, the Neotec is the ultimate in touring performance. 

Shoei Neotec Helmet Features:

Face Shield Features

  • Easily operable lever mechanism
  • Anti-fog, anti-scratch, 99% UV blocking
  • Pinlock-ready CNS-1 faceshield
  • Wider and taller than the CX-1V that it replaces
  • Includes Pinlock insert
  • 3D injection molding process ensures a distortion-free view

Ventilation and Aerodynamics

  • Vortex generator vents pull air through helmet
  • 276% more airflow than Multitec
  • Added inlets and outlets
  • Vents are flush against helmet to maintain aerodynamics

5-Ply Shock-Absorbing Fiber Shell

  • 3 shell sizes
  • AIM Multi-Composite construction
  • Lightweight yet strong
  • Shell-integrated spoiler reduces lift and drag during high-speed riding

Dual EPS Liner

  • Multi-density EPS for optimal protection
  • Two vents funnel fresh air through the EPS liner
  • Dual liner channels route and disperse air evenly throughout the helmet
  • EPS liner in chin bar


  • Fully removable 3D interior liner
  • Top center pad is removable and washable
  • Improved cheekpad design allows better fit with eyeglasses
  • Included chin curtain can be inserted into the chin bar to reduce turbulence and noise
  • All Neotec Helmets sold in the US have a double D-ring closure

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

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Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet 4.7 5 595 595
Worth the money. I looked long and hard at this helmet. Pricey, but Shoei quality. Wider field of vision than my old RF1000 and better ventilation. Visor is a nice addition and the modular design is cool. The Borealis graphics are nice and reflective. Now is all I need it a bike with a matching paint job. P. August 19, 2015
Neotech Borialis Purchased in December of 2014, first used March of 2015, now I have 5000+ miles with it. Hotlanta, 103+ degrees, Indianoplace, 101+ degrees. Had no problem with heat in helmet, one does feel the air move if sitting in traffic, and then it starts to go. I have a big head, XL was what my many, head measurements read on their size chart. I ordered an XL without trying it on first, and it was TIGHT when I first had gotten it. It took no time to break-in. After 500 miles it started fitting like a glove on my head. Absolutely no complaints with this helmet. It is the definition of QUALITY. My only minor issue is with RevZilla. helmet comes with a 7 year warranty from date of manufacture, or 5 years from purchase. My helmet, ordered 12/2014, was manufactured 11/2012. So I lost a month of my 5 years of warranty. But really RevZilla, selling a popular helmet that was sitting on the self for 2 years!?! The quality, fit, and function of the helmet outweighed any and all RevZilla issues. Love it. August 17, 2015
Crashed in it I had a pretty good spill while wearing this. It was scratched all to heII but, no signs of it coming apart structurally. It did it's job. My head is a long oval and I have high cheek bones. It was a little uncomfortable on my forehead at first but, after breaking in it became super comfy. With my high cheek bones I had to get the optional cheek pads. Kind of annoying to shell out another $40 after spending $600. It vents ok. Nothing to write home about. It's also a bit noisy at speed. The built in shades are awesome. All in all it's a good helmet. I'm probably going to try a schuberth next. September 28, 2015
Great Helmet Just returned from my first trip using this Shoei Neotech, a quick 3 day blast from SLC to SFO and back. It was very comfortable, quiet, and great airflow. Being my first modular helmet I especially liked how easy it was to adjust my earphones - always the right fit for sound and comfort. Temps were in excess of 90 degrees every day and the venting was great, though I got a little damp from the sweat I never got too hot. Mornings dipped into the mid 40's and the pinlock shield never showed a speck of fogging. Definite winner! September 28, 2015
good product delivered quickly I ordered the yellow one in extra large. I wear a 7 5/8 cap or hat normally. It seems to fit correctly as described in the pamphlet, though I am a beginner and it seems tight to me. The color is yellow, not high vis green, which is fine with me, it is still a highly visible color. As a beginner I ordered the modular helmet because I am not used to having my head encased that way, and I figured the modular front would allow me a greater sense of freedom. I like how the visor and sun shade work - very positive, easy to use even with gloves on. It's expensive, but so is brain surgery. September 23, 2015
Quality tends to come with a price tag$$$$ Received my matte black helmet and headed out on a 1,500 plus mile trip the following day at 5am. For the last few years I have been riding with a 1/2 helmet and switching back to a modular was quite a change and for the first 10 minutes was wondering if I would regret my purchase. 15 minutes later it was becoming clear that I made the right choice. I have a fairly oval shaped head and measured right on the med/large scale and went with a large... no regrets on my decision. Prior to my 1/2 helmet (yes it was DOT approved) I wore a Shark Evoline 2 which just never fit right. The Shark was better suited for a rounder shaped head and while it was a decent helmet, the Neotec is in a different league. The interior quality and comfort is what I consider premium, the visibility is very good which surprised me coming from a 1/2 helmet. The only visibility issue I experienced was the shield fogged up easily (it was 50 degrees when I left) so I added in the pin-lock and and have not had a problem since. Compared to a 1/2 helmet and the Shark, the Neotec is quiet. The built in and multi-position sun visor is AWESOME! Have not needed sun glasses once which is nice because it means 1 less thing to pack when I leave the house. The multiple shield clicks is another nice feature which allows you to keep the shield open slightly or up for even more airflow or completely shut for a quiet ride. Turning your head to check lanes next to you has never resulted in head bobble. Nice! Airflow is adequate but would like a bit more flow from the chin vent. September 18, 2015
Best Shoei Helmet I ever had My wife and I both upgraded from the Multitec model that was about 7 years old. This fits more snugly but is very comfortable. Much quieter than the Multitec. Airflow is great! The best part of the helmet is the sun visor. Easy and smooth to operate. I can now read my instrument cluster and GPS with no problems that I had wearing a dark smoke shield on the Multitec. Expensive, yes, but I feel a great upgrade and value! September 16, 2015
1st Modular Helmet and very pleased I changed from a RF1000 to the Neotec. The sizing was basically the same. The Neotec has much greater airflow than I thought. Overall great helment. September 14, 2015
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Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
john w: Quality, fit, reputation, modular advantage, on sale Aug 29, 2015
jason l: I was leery about spending this much on a new lid, but I am very Pleased.
I purchased this to replace an HJC lid that was ok, but never great.
The main reason for purchase of this helmet was the positive reviews comfort and low db noise.
While I do find it extremely comfortable, i still wear ear plugs with this helmet.
Aug 6, 2015
patrick w: I have a Shoei RF1000 and I liked it very much, but it is old and stinky. I was looking at the RF1200 but always liked the idea of a modular helmet. I was already going to buy a Shoei so I took a look at the neo-tec. Just seemed to be a better all around helmet for what I use it for and I think I can leave my glasses on whilst removingt. The Hi viz model is $80 dollars more but if it keeps the eyes on me then it is worth it. Internal sun visor will be a nice addition. Jul 26, 2015
David D: For its high quality of fit and finish and also because of the ventilation reports in reviews. Jul 21, 2015
LaMont T: Read a lot of reviews and this is a excellent quality modular helmet Jun 26, 2015
Wendall B: This helmet fits my oval head much better than H-D branded HJC helmets. It has all the features I was looking for: Modular style, sun visor, speaker pockets, pin-lock shield, excellent ventilation, and hi-vis striping. A plus is that is designed to work with glasses without pinching at the temples. Jun 21, 2015
Larry P: I love the modular design and needed a mid oval fit. Also wanted a color that would stand out, so went with the Hi Viz Yellow and Black. Jun 10, 2015
John G: First Shoei destroyed when bike was hit. Needed replacement May 28, 2015
steven w: Because the Shuberth is too narrowband the color is cool. Apr 29, 2015
John P: Fits better than the Schuberth C3 Pro & accomodates the headset I use, since it's mounted on the lower, left edge of the shell. Apr 26, 2015
Mark R: I have the hi-viz version of this helmet and love it. Needed another helmet for my adventure bike set up and figured I'd stick with what works. The integrated sun visor is fantastic and now that I've "gone modular", I probably won't ever go back to full-face. Way too convenient to be able to flip up the front of the helmet as needed. Apr 7, 2015
Carl F: I have a shoei rf-1100 in hi-viz for a sport helmet. I like it,s fit, weight, and visibility. I want a modular helmet for my sport touring and looking to replace my Nolan Mod with the Neotec. Mar 24, 2015
Maximus U: Positive past experience with Shoei Multitech (previous model), flip up helmet integrated sun visor, and Hi-Viz color scheme. Jan 4, 2015
Steven B: Just time to get a new helmet and I felt that this was a great choice. Have had the helmet for awhile now and I am very pleased with it. Dec 22, 2014
Tom R: New and improved design that should be less noise on the road. For my wife and she likes Shoei helmuts Nov 13, 2014
Joel M: Fit perfect, eliminates out noises and it brings an extra protection on the hi viz yellow color.
I love it.
5 starts
Oct 27, 2014
mark f: great reviews Sep 27, 2014
S A: Liked the style and features. The Revzilla review also helped with describing the features. Other positive reviews made this an easy choice Sep 24, 2014
Heather T: Had to replace my RF1100 as it was trashed in an accident. Shoei has always been my go-to brand for fit and comfort Sep 1, 2014
JAMES E: It's a Shoei Sep 1, 2014
Hunter R: quality Aug 18, 2014
Rondall B: I chose for the reputation of Shoei and the Hi-Viz print. Jul 14, 2014
Milton A: I like it. the down side it fits very tight on my chicks, the chick pads are too thick. It fits good on my head. I order one size larger I hope it takes care of that. Jul 6, 2014
Graeme P: I have a Shoei RF1100 that fits me well but is getting long in the tooth and I need a replacement. I ride with others and wanted a modular helmet in Hi-Viz. This is the only option from Shoei. Jun 22, 2014
Mike B: For many years I bought Shoei MX helmets for my son when he was racing. His safety was more important than the cash even thou it was tight at the time. Now its my son telling me to spend the money for myself. The quality was always good then and I know it still is today. I will submit my opinion on this helmet after some use. Jun 15, 2014
Phil P: Modular design, Shoei quality and features, high visibility stripes, Jun 13, 2014
Curt D: I wanted a great modular helmet- Scorpion brand was not as comfortable- Shoei is and looks great. biggest issue has been fogging though. I have a fearing on my bike so the vent at the chin does not have that much affect. I wish they would not have gotten rid of the lever that they used to have on the visor that would prob the face shield just a tad. Great helmet!!! May 31, 2014
MICHAEL I: Anthony's video and your call-in rep answered all my questions. It has all the features that I want in a helmet May 8, 2014
Jewell H: Great product. May 2, 2014
Lorena G: Protection, High visibility, comfort, nice looks, solidity, shoei reputation. Mar 18, 2014
Albert B: Superior product to protect the noggin! Better to have something that may just save your bucket than to have a serving bowl as a helmet! Feb 12, 2014
Joe T: I need a high quality helmet and wanted extra visibility. Cost for graphics seems extreme but what can you do? Feb 3, 2014
Michael B: Like the hi vis and wanted a modular helmet Jan 19, 2014
Joseph L. M: I had a Shoei years ago, and now my Son has one now for his new HD Ultra. I thought this style with the graphics would give this old man more visable to other traffic. Also your sun shade comes further down, let doesn't smack ya in the nose... Dec 26, 2013
Roger S: I have his helmet in matte black, which fits and works well. I especially like the built in sun visor and the ability to flip up the face shield when stopped at a light on a hot day. I have a Sena SMH-10, which works very well.

I wanted something with a bit more visibility without going all the way to solid hi-vis. I'll add add a Sena bluetooth to this helmet, give my other one to my pillion and be in business!!
Oct 15, 2013
Stephen B: I am more concerned over safety lately, and like the reflective pattern that may make my bobbing head more visible to cages at night. Oct 10, 2013
Lawrence W: Great quality , great features and hi viz without looking like a geek Sep 23, 2013
A shopper asked: Is it possible to use the internal sun visor while wearing eyeglasses? I know that would depend somewhat on the eyeglasses but does anybody own one or tried one on that could comment?

Oct 5, 2012
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SARGE67: I wear a pair of Oakley wires with this helmet and the visor functions perfectly. The sun visor on this helmet seems to sit out a little further and comes down farther so that the bottom edge of the visor is not in your field of vision more so than any of the other major competitors. Oct 14, 2012
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RevZilla: No, the Internal sunshield mechanism is not designed to be worn with glasses. You are correct that some glasses may fit, and would depend on a case by case basis.

However, it is not recommend as the sun shield would most likely interfere when engaged in the down position.
Oct 9, 2012
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kaizen: I have 2 different pairs of glasses, and the visor of the Shoei Neotec works fine with either. I have had no contact between my glasses and the sunvisor. Dec 10, 2012
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Christian B: I don't have any problems with the sunvisor at all. Their is a lot of space between my glasses an the visor. I'd like to see glasses that don't fit ^^ Oct 19, 2013
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Karen123: I do wear eyeglasses all the time. This helmet easily accommodates the space needed for using the sun shield with my glasses on. Apr 28, 2013
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FatboyRider: I have no problem using the visor with my eyeglasses. Nov 19, 2012
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A shopper asked: Can the Shoei Neotech Borealis Hi Viz be ordered with the narrow cheek pads, or do you have to pay additional for them? Nov 21, 2013
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gordon h: Additional charges apply. I purchased the thinner pads and my Medium fits perfect. Nov 21, 2013
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Bryon B: I ordered mine separately. Didn't see an option to order with narrow instead of regular. Nov 21, 2013
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Jeffery W: You will have to pay extra for them. Nov 21, 2013
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Stephen W: I was concerned about the helmet fit after returning a GT-Air in size M which was way too tight. (Revzilla provided their usual excellent support and the return was painless.) Owning an aging X-11 in size M which was an excellent fit, I contacted Shoei Customer Support. Shoei informed me they would swap the interior pads for a larger/smaller size at no charge if the helmet had only been used for sizing and not ridden.

My size M of the Neotec fit perfectly as received from Revzilla.

Suggest your contact Shoei to confirm what they informed me.
Apr 22, 2014
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A shopper asked: is the black on the black/silver a matt black with a shinney silver? May 20, 2015
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Donald N: Unless Shoei changed the helmet since 2014, which I dont belive they have, the black is gloss. Great wont be disappointed. May 21, 2015
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JACK R G: Shiny but not Pimp Shine Shiny May 20, 2015
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Alan H: It is all shiney. May 21, 2015
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A shopper asked: How does the Neotec fit as compared to the RF 1100? I presently wear a size medium RF 1100 that fits OK, but does leave a "dent" in my forehead after wearing. Mar 29, 2015
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J Scott C: I "dent" doesn't sound good.The Neotec is a great helmet. I'm was in a hundenus accident wearing one and it did it's job. I purchase a replacement but only won it once. Got the black and yellow one thinking I needed to colorful. I decided to wear a one peace helmet and now wear the Schuberth SR1 and it's the best helmet I've owned. Mar 29, 2015
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Alan H: I cannot provide a direct comparison of the Neotec to the RF 1100, as I have not worn an RF 1100. I did note that both the Neotec and the RF 1100 are listed as having an "intermediate oval" shape. Therefore, I would expect that the fit would be similar between the two helmets. Based on the sizing guide for the Shoei helmets, I purchased mine in large, whereas I normally have worn an XL in most other helmets. Mine is snug, but comfortable for long rides.
It may be that you would find a helmet with a long oval shape to be more comfortable, based on the "dent" in the forehead you are experiencing with the RF 1100. The Revzilla reviews will indicate the shell shape (round, medium or intermediate oval, or long oval) for a particular helmet.
I find the Neotec to be quite comfortable for my particular noggin shape.
Mar 30, 2015
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Christian B asked: Hey guys !

Are there any tinted or mirrored faceshields available for the Neotec ?
Oct 19, 2013
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Jeffery W: No, Shoei doesn't make any tinted shields for this helmet. For their helmets with the inner visor, they don't make tinted shields so as to not let someone create too dark of a visor to see through. Oct 19, 2013
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Keith H: I don't know. Oct 19, 2013
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A shopper asked: Has anyone had any experience mounting a Harley wired-headset to the Shoei Neotec? Are there any issues or is it an easy install? May 8, 2014
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Tom S: Not sure about Harley hook up but i installed scala rider on outside just in back of where modular part and helmet separate. It works /fits the same as on my solid full faced bell star helmet. Install of wires was easier . Other thoughts... Flip down sun visor is the nuts. Easy up and down of modular. Still getting use to fit which is good. My bell star helmet buffeted some but the Shoei is stable which I didn't expect. Really Love my star but not sure if I'll get to wear it again because the Shoei gives me the extras I was looking for... Sun visor, modular, great hi vis style.. Nil buffeting.. The fit will get better with wear as it did with star which for me makes this the perfect helmet. May 8, 2014
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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/Silver / XS 977554 0117110503 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Silver / SM 977555 0117110504 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Silver / MD 977556 0117110505 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Silver / LG 977557 0117110506 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Silver / XL 977558 0117110507 Out of Stock
Black/Silver / 2XL 977559 0117110508 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / XS 850362 0117-1103-03 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / SM 850363 0117-1103-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / MD 850364 0117-1103-05 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / LG 850365 0117-1103-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / XL 850366 0117-1103-07 Out of Stock
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / 2XL 850367 0117-1103-08 Out of Stock