Shoei Neotec Borealis Helmet
As everyone says it is tight
This is replacing a Scorpion EX400.
My head measures 23 inches and going by RevZilla recommendations I went down a size to medium. It was painfully tight in the cheeks and jaw. Even after several days of wearing it around the house (Be prepared for much giggling and odd jokes from your significant other) it was barely tolerable for more than 1/2 hour. I followed the advice of another reviewer and removed several layers of the padding from the cheek pads and it was perfect!.
It is much quieter than the Scorpion and where I used to have to check to see if the vents were open I can now feel and hear that they are.
There is a good field of view and the only complaint I have is that the shield does seem to scratch easily. There are several nicks already and I ride behind a full faring. I haven't tried the included pin lock shield yet but without cracking the visor on a cool morning, fogging is an issue.
Attaching my Sena SMH10 was easy enough. Overall, particularly at the closeout price, a good deal.
May 15, 2016
Everything the review said it would be.
Great product. Everything it was advertised to be. Very satisfied.
May 24, 2016
Big step up in price, but worth it
Bought one for both the wife and I several months ago and so glad we stepped up to the Shoei Neotec! The Neotec is significantly quieter than our previous helmets. We still wear earplugs to save our hearing, but there's a tremendous difference in the noise level at speed. The Neotec is extremely comfortable and accommodates the wearing of glasses without putting any pressure on the ear pieces. The large built-in sun visor really does the trick and riding straight into the setting sun is tolerable - so much so that I've often wished for something similar in the car. The Airflow from the top vent is amazing and you can actually feel the airflow from the top of the head down to the neck. The chin vent doesn't seem to do much for cooling but I think it does help to keep the face shield from fogging a bit. The pin shield is a great addition, but I still get some fogging on chilly mornings and have to crack open the shield. Having recently wore my Neotec during a marathon 1000-mile weekend, I can say that the cost was well worth it.
May 19, 2016
Love the look, and is very comfortable. My last helmet was a modular HJC which I liked well enough for the price paid, but little annoyances made me step up in price for a nicer helmet. I chose the Neotec over the Nolan because I could use my SMH10 with it (the Nolan's visor lever is right where I'd want to mount the unit). I'm very happy with the fit (runs true to size), and the quality of materials is excellent. The sun visor is easy to use, as are the vents, which provide plenty of air flow. The inclusion of the pinlock visor is great as well...never used one before, but will never be without one now. Overall, excellent purchase...very happy!
May 17, 2016
Fantastic Modular Helmet
I was looking for a new modular helmet and after putting in about 500 miles with this one, thought it was time for a review.
I found the fit true to size to just a touch on the small side. I have a head circumference of 56.7cm, this would appear to fall between the small and medium sizes. The small fit but was uncomfortably snug causing headache after a few minutes. The medium fit well, passed all the fit tests, much more comfortable. Many have complained about the cheek pads. Perhaps I have an oddly shaped face but they fit me appropriately. Proper fitting cheek pads should be snug and give you a bit of a chipmunk sensation.
My favorite part of this helmet. I have ridden in temperatures ranging from 50 degrees and raining to 85 and sunny. With warm weather open up the three vents and you actually get ventilation! Nice and cool. This is in contrast to my last helmet where the vents could either be open or closed but you never got any ventilation no matter what you did with them. Riding through the cold/rain I have kept the vents closed and my head stays nice and warm. If ventilation is a priority, give this helmet serious consideration.
Noted some minimal fogging initially when riding through a rapid temperature change. After installing the pinlock and breath guard this is no longer an issue (now if I could just keep my side view mirrors screen from fogging!).
Great field of view. Much clearer than my previous helmet. The visor does have relatively firm detents and is a little fussy to change the visor out (say to install the pinlock). The flip down sun visor is fantastic. Drops down far enough to not have an annoying line across your visual field. No distortion. Mechanism is easy to operate with gloves on.
In all honesty I wasn't certain how much use this would get but wanted to give it a try. I love being able to stop at a light and quickly raise the chin bar to cool off a bit, or be able to get a quick drink in or have a conversation while taking a quick stop touring. I always hated taking my helmet all the way off in the rain just to get a drink/snack. Your hair gets wet and if you put your helmet on the ground so does your neck roll. Highly recommend a modular helmet if you are in to touring.
This helmet score 4 stars by SHARP and carried a DOT certification. The chin bar stayed down 93% of the time in SHARP testing. If you are not familiar with SHARP they are a UK based agency that evaluates helmet safety by testing different impact zones and assigns a rating of 1-5 stars. 4 starts I pretty solid for a modular helmet.
If anyone is on the fence about giving this helmet a try in my opinion it is well worth the investment. Happy riding everyone.
May 17, 2016
Very good helmet
This helmet is built very well.. It has good vision and the noise level is acceptable.. It breathes great.. You can feel the air flow over your head.. Some of the other reviews state the cheek pads are to thick, causing pressure on the face.. I agree with this and Shoei should include the smaller pads with the helmet.. Your have to spend another 45.00 to get it to fit right.. I will see if the big pads will slowly break in, as they are not unbearable..
May 17, 2016
Great helmet. Best I've ever owned
This is a product that is very versatile. Quiet helmet and good airflow.
May 16, 2016
great helmet with well thought out features
At price point, probably should include second set cheek pads ( i had to buy 31 mm to have better fit . otherwise helmet very high quality for the features and benefits.
would highly recommend it.
May 11, 2016