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Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet
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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

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 next business day
Black/Silver / SM 977555 0117110504 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Silver / MD 977556 0117110505 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Silver / LG 977557 0117110506 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Silver / XL 977558 0117110507 Out of Stock
Black/Silver / 2XL 977559 0117110508 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / XS 850362 0117-1103-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / SM 850363 0117-1103-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / MD 850364 0117-1103-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / LG 850365 0117-1103-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / XL 850366 0117-1103-07 Out of Stock
Black/Hi-Viz Yellow / 2XL 850367 0117-1103-08 Out of Stock


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Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet 4.7 5 609 609
Helmet is best in class. I purchased this helmet after returning a Schuberth C-3 modular helmet. The Shoei helmet was a much better fit and more comfortable. I had trouble with fogging initially but after I installed the pin lock visor that came with the Shoei helmet the problem was solved. The cheek pads seemed a little tight at first but has gotten better with more wear. The helmet is pretty quiet but when you get up to highway speeds with the vents open it can be a little noisy but not deafening. I really like this helmet and would purchase it again. October 20, 2015
Great fit and feel The whole package: good fit so that it doesn't crush ears; excellent ventilation that works even behind a windscreen; low noise, comparing favorably with every other helmet I've worn. Only issue is initial tight fit of face pads. After wearing a few hours in the house over several days, I just did a two-hand crush , pressing on outside of helmet and other hand pressing hard on the face pads. There is some sort of crushable material in there, and after this crush, all is well. Still a little snug, but no longer uncomfortable. November 23, 2015
Very quiet but a little narrow This is my first Shoei helmet and although I had gone to my local motorcycle shop to try it (and many others) on, it ended up being a bit too tight in the cheeks for me at a size medium after wearing it around the house for an hour. My head size was at the low end of the medium size measurement so I was originally thinking it would "break in" to a more comfortable fit. Long story short, I ended up having to buy the thinner set of cheek pads from the stock 35mm down to the 31mm) which added an additional cost to the helmet. End result is a good and comfortable fit. I've had it on a couple of 3+ hour rides and I have to admit it's very quiet and very comfortable after the addition of the thinner cheek pads. All in it's all a quiet, well made helmet with good airflow for a decent price (although it cost more than I had planned with extra expense for new pads. Shoei should rethink how they manage that IMO and maybe give the dealer the ability to exchange pads at a reduced cost or free of charge) November 23, 2015
Great helemt OK. it saved my life a few months back when I took a spill doing 50 mph,10 miles from home after a 2500 mile trip. Deep gravel on a windy road. The helmet performed admirably, but is no longer usable. The face shield popped off. The left side is cracked. The latch mechanism still works. I think a had a brief episode of concussion since I don't remember the actual accident, only remember tumbling on the road with the bike tumbling behind me. The helmet is heavy but well balance. I have an arthritic neck, but had no discomfort during the trip. A little noisy, but not too bad. It doesn't completely stop the rain from coming in, as the liner was damp after it rained constantly for 10 hours during one of the days. It is also little nosier than the Schubert, but I have a Shoei head, so it fits better. Overall, a great helmet, but also quite expensive, primarily because of the brand. November 23, 2015
Should have bought one a long time ago! Revzilla price matched on a Monday, I had the helmet Wednesday! Amazing service. The fit and finish quality is excellent. Mechanics and latches very positive and solid. Size chart spot on for me. I have a medium oval head and the headliner fit perfectly all around. The cheek pads a little snug but loosened up after several uses. First ride was in a gusty 25mph wind and I could not feel any wind buffeting of the head, very stable. Also minimum wind noise. This will be a great fatigue reducer on long rides. Great peripheral and vertical field of view. Shield has very positive detentes for cracking open at various positions. Only nit-picks are that the sun visor screen is not very dark and the chin vent is hard to find and manipulate with heavy gloves on. I would absolutely purchase again. November 19, 2015
Great lid but runs smaller than other Shoei helmets This helmet fits a little smaller than other Shoei helmets. I usually wear an XL but a XXL is a better fit in this model. Shoei went to 4 shell sizes and the XL and XXL shells are the same with the only difference being padding thickness. Good news is if you are an XL or XXL you can "make" either size helmet size with different pads. I still have to spoon a little styrene at the front of the helmet due to a small pressure point at the forehead. Excellent features, ventilation, and the Pinlock visor is a must have. Once you ride with a modular you'll never go back to a conventional helmet for regular street riding. November 15, 2015
New Helmet Very nice quality helmet. Fast easy service & shipping. October 27, 2015
Great features and good fit I was wearing a Bell Revolver but I found that on longer rides I was feeling a pressure point on my forehead that was getting very annoying. The reviews on Revzilla stated that the Shoei Neotec was a more oval shape which should match my head more. They seemed to be correct. This helmet is very comfortable for long rides. I also really like all the other features of the helmet. It is definately a step up, though the price point is a lot higher too. October 26, 2015
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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 J 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 helmet...you 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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