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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.  Evolving on previous designs, Shoei has revamped its modular helmet style with a streamlined and attractively sculpted shape that conveys the feel of freely moving through the outdoors in the Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet. Overall shell size is kept compact by incorporating the internal  sun visor’s open/close mechanism inside; all ventilation mechanisms are shaped and positioned in such a way as to reduce  any possible drag. A redesigned aerodynamic spoiler also helps  to cut lift, reducing neck strain on long, cross country rides. In the Shoei Neotec all these features combine to create a premium helmet that excels in appearance, protection, comfort and performance.

The Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet's chin bar is connected to the same axis point and mechanism as its shield, minimizing extra parts. This also enables simultaneous closing of the shield with the chin bar, which is then held in place with an easy-open lock release button. The shield lock system offers secure closure or the ability to keep the shield slightly open to allow for increased airflow.  With the Shoei Neotec Helmet, Shoei now includes a built-in sun shield, the QSV-1. The visor tucks neatly away beneath a non-intrusive shell built into the helmet’s liner, and can be lowered with the easy control of a sliding button.

Face Shield Features

  • Easily operable lever mechanism
  • Anti-fog, anti-scratch, 99% UV blocking
  • New 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

Improved Ventilation and Aerodynamics

  • Newly designed vortex generators 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

All new interior

  • 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: Helmet is gloss finish.

Be sure to check out our Shoei Neotec Review above, in which we detail and break down all of the features and functionality of the brand new Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet.

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 5 469 469
All in All a good helmet but for the price some details need attention and they are not expensive improvements. Just completed a 3700 mile road trip and these are my findings. Pros: Helmet has great aerodynamics with no buffeting at speed, irregardless of head position. Good ventilation on hot days. Nice and light and never gave me neck pain. Sun visor works well and love all the firm stopping positions on main shield. The Borealis graphics and finish quality is excellent. Cons: I purchased the large based on the size guide, but after long riding periods, the helmet gave me hot spots in my ear areas. Also is a little tight around my cheeks. If doesn't improve with time will get the XL liner. The finger grip to open the main shield should be in the middle, so you can open with either hand. Very difficult to open with your right hand. The chin strap padding comes up short and does not cover the strap, so gets irritating. "D" ring is clumsy, time for a change. Same helmet in Japan has ratchet system. The vent on top gives good airflow, but increases wind noise when open. With all the hype, expected the Shoei to be much quieter. I think, if on the modular helmets, a male and female rubber flange was incorporated to engage the top and bottom when the helmet was closed, this would reduce a lot of the wind noise. September 10, 2014
high quality Works with glasses, yet still fits quite snugly as required for safety, no mean feat - 3rd helmet I ordered attempting to accomplish this. Modular style makes it functional for glasses. Yet it is competitive with the high end of the spectrum. September 9, 2014
Much better overall design than the Multitec Replaced my Multitec. Excellent sun shield/visor. Can be none, all the way down, or anywhere in between. Quite a bit quieter than the Multitec. Much more snug than the Multitec - cheek pads and front to back are almost too tight. Have worn it approx. 15 hours and it has loosened up a little. Hoping for more, then it will be very comfortable. Haven't had a chance to use it in the cold, but because it's much more tight in terms of air circulation than the Multitec, it may have a tendency to fog some. Haven't been able to notice how much different the air flow is with the front and top vents open or closed. Don't seem to notice a huge difference. The ear sockets allow plenty of room for speaker install. If they have micro velcro, it sticks to the lining of the helmet so install is very easy. Nice that the helmet lining is completely removable. Overall, more aerodynamic, so a fair amount more quiet. Clear visor very easy to remove and install. Sun shield excellent. Would recommend. September 16, 2014
Love It.. This is my second Shoei and I like the fit and feel of this one over the Hornet hands down. I also have an XD-4 - nice but, not Neotec nice. I use this for Dual Sport riding and just took a trip up to Canada with my Son. 1100 miles in 3 days and my last worry was my helmet. We use Scala communication and the cut outs for the ear phones are great.. Low wind noise was such a plus on that grind.. was hoping for a little better air flow but, it was good, one can feel it moving. I have a big ole peanut head and got the L but, that was a little to snug so got the XL and bingo.. Highly recommend. Ed. W. September 15, 2014
3rd Year Decent helmet. Biggest complaint is the noise and the pads around the neck come lose at the back. Have Schuberth SC2, much quieter, but doesn't flow air near as well...guess ther is a trade off one for the other? September 14, 2014
a lot of helmet...a lot of money well spent nice helmet with a true fit. I have 7-3/8 size noggin and the large helmet fit nice and snug. I am glad I ordered the smaller size cheek pads and put them in right away...they are definitely required for me...even with these the helmet is still quite snug in the cheek area, but I believe it will break in fine. I feel an xl size would've been too loose. Now, I spent the $40 some odd bucks on the alternate size pads but it sure would have been nice to be able to get the size pads you want with the pretty high purchase price when you buy the helmet. Only other gripe I guess would be the pin lock did not perform like I would have expected, but its my first time with a pin lock so I'm really not sure what expectations to have anyway. also noticed a little fogging on the sun shield...not to big a deal. Everything else on the helmet is really excellent which is tough for me to say as I come from the minimalist helmet arena...lol. I believe it was money well spent and it is a very high quality helmet September 11, 2014
Excellent Helmet! This was my first helmet when I got my first bike so I don't have anything to compare it to but it is very comfortable and light compared to some of the other modulars that I've looked at. I was hoping there would be more airflow but it's still adequate enough to feel the difference and keep me from sweating on all but the hottest days. The only gripe I have is the D Rings are close to the helmet and hard to get around my hooks under the seat of my Kawasaki 650, an extra inch longer would be ideal. September 9, 2014
Fantastic helmet for the Price I've had the helmet for about two or three months now and have had a chance to put about 500 miles down with it. The biggest praise I have for the helmet is the aerodynamic quality. It cuts through the air when face on or with my head turned with barely any increase in resistance. This in turn noticeably helps quiet down wind noise. The chin bar mechanism works very well. It's easy to access with gloves on and locks into place firmly and with no additional effort. The C3 needed an extra little push to hear the bar click fully into the down position. The venting works noticeably well. This is especially true for the vent on the top of the helmet working in concert with the venturi vent on the back. I've worn the helmet in temperatures up to 97 degrees Fahrenheit and the venting while moving really works. You can feel the air flow across the top of your head cooling you down. The chin vent also works well but you definitely notice an increase in noise when its opened. Finally the flip down sunvisor is easy to use and provides excellent coverage. You scarcely notice its there and it acts like wearing a polarized pair of sunglasses. All in all the helmet is a great, and cheaper alternative to some of the highest-end helmets. I'm very glad I went with this helmet and would highly recommend it. September 9, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
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?

Thanks.
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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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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gordon h: Additional charges apply. I purchased the thinner pads and my Medium fits perfect. 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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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
XXS XS XS
XS (RF1100)
XS (X-12) SM
SM MD SM
MD MD
LG LG LG
XL XL XL
2XL 2XL 2XL
3XL

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.

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Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black/Silver / XS 977554 0117110503 Out of Stock
Black/Silver / SM 977555 0117110504 Out of Stock
Black/Silver / MD 977556 0117110505 Out of Stock
Black/Silver / LG 977557 0117110506 Out of Stock
Black/Silver / XL 977558 0117110507 Out of Stock
Black/Silver / 2XL 977559 0117110508 Out of Stock
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 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Black/Hi Viz Yellow / 2XL 850367 0117-1103-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours