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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 5 444 444
Very comfortable and well constructed Pros: Great visibility, well built, solid mechanics, comfortable (I tried all the other big brands first) Cons: Noisy, airflow limited, lots of fogging up, old style buckling (would be nice to modernize for gloved operability) Overall: The fit and solid feel outweigh the downsides. I have an oval/round skull and this is the first helmet that didn't give me a headache on long rides. July 14, 2014
Paying for quality So I bought this based on this site as well as other recommendations. It has a really nice fit and after a couple of times wearing it, the cheek pads broke in. I bought this also because of the Sena bluetooth. The helmet has cutouts for the speakers. Everything functions quite well and that the helmet has grooves for my glasses is a big bonus. My only complaint is snapping in the chin strap. The female end of the button seems to be a bit difficult to locate and snap in. July 24, 2014
My Favorite Helmet I upgraded from a small HJC SyMax II to a small Shoei Neotec. - The check pads were REAL tight for the first 600-800 miles, but loosened up to the point of comfort. - The flip up mechanism feels more robust than the HJC's. - Forehead vents flow lots of air; chin vent does not. - Drop down sun visor is darker than the HJC's. July 24, 2014
Finally A Modular that Fits!!! I love this helmet, I wanted to wait before writing a review of this helmet. Put in some seat time with the helmet. Since I have locs which are really thick I've always had a problem finding a helmet that fits. My other helmets are Bell Mag9 3/4 and Shoei RF1000 love them both. But this helmet fits the bill for me. Pros: Pin lock visor, ventilation, weight (super light), sunshade, wide view, quietness of the helmet Cons: There is some vibration while riding with it closed. I am 5'3" with a windshield on my M109R. I think I might have to raise my windshield up a little. The D-ring connector should have been something similar to a ratchet connection that can be operated with gloves on. July 24, 2014
I was looking for a modular helmet with comfort, fit and a good sunvisor. The Shoei Neotec excceded my expectations. I ordered a Shoei Neotec for both my wife and myself. At this time my wife has not had the opportunity to have used her's on an extended ride. However, I recently wore my Shoei on a 140 mile ride and was very happy with the helmets performance. The fit was snug but comfortable and weight was not an issue. The airflow with the face shield open just a notch was great and the sun visor came down far enough below the eyes allowing no glare from below the lens. At this point in time I would have to say the only negative aspect for me is locating the sun visor slide once I'm wearing the helmet. July 21, 2014
Love the modular format but... I have always wanted a modular helmet, and I am getting back into riding after a break of many years. Equipment overall has come a long way. This isn't a cheap helmet, and most of the features work as advertised - almost a five but not quite... I am wondering if I could get better results in a few areas: Airflow isn't really that astounding, I keep checking to be sure that the vents are actually open. I find myself having to crack open the visor to get airflow, and unfortunately the turbulence causes the visor to shake a lot. Bleh. Also the fit was pretty tight in the jaw at first, but it is getting better the more I wear the helmet. Also the chin mask is a great idea, reduces noise, but it was loose when the helmet arrived, and it doesn't quite want to fit back in right so I put it away for the summer... it helps a bit with airflow but the noise level went up. That's expected, but I wish it was more secure when mounted. At this price point I wonder if the Schuberth would be better? I don't know, but I'd like an opportunity to check. July 21, 2014
Great Helmet, but... I'm a longtime Shoei fan- (this is my 4th), and wanted to try a modular helmet, and when I saw that Shoei now made one with an interior sun visor, I was ready to drop the $$$. I have a 23" or 58.5 cm head circumference, which is in-between Med and Large, and I decided to go Large, because I have a head that is fairly wide. It was a good decision. At first it was pretty tight for a couple of weeks around my eyebrow- outer corner of my eye socket area, but after a while, it loosened up really nicely. One feature of the sun visor that I have not seen anybody else mention is that it can be lowered partially, if all you want is just a little light blocked along the top of your vision. The only slight annoyance to doing this is that the curve on the bottom edge of the shield that is made to avoid hitting your nose makes a slight bright spot right between the eyes. Still, it is a cool feature. Also, I don't have any issues with the sunshield hitting my nose, when it is fully lowered. The only real grumble I have about the helmet is that it is pretty loud at any speed above 40 mph. I ride a Triumph Bonneville SE, with a Dart flyscreen, that forces an extra bit of wind directly at the helmet, but it is still pretty loud without the screen off. Put it this way, if the helmet were stolen, I'd get another one.. the noise is not a deal breaker. Airflow is decent, especially at the chin vent, but could always be better. (I live in Hawaii) I would imagine that in cooler climates, it would be quite adequate. Now if Revzilla could import the J-Cruise in Black/White/Black, like the Japanese markets have... July 16, 2014
Love this Helmet! Feels really good and comfortable.... Love this Helmet!Love this Helmet! Feels really good and comfortable.... July 14, 2014
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Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
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 SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
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