Shoei Neotec LE Helmet
Great fit, comfort
This is a premium helmet. A bit pricey, bit worth every nickel.
July 19, 2016
Best helmet I have ever owned! (40 years of riding...)
- Perfect fit for my shape of head
- Very comfortable
- Light for a modular helmet
- Great peripheral vision
- Easy to operate
- More wind noise than I expected, but not bad... With the vents closed it gets quieter, but the vents work really well to keep the air flowing. I am amazed at the effectiveness of the vent system!
**Summary: I never thought I would spend this much on a helmet, but after trying on the Shoei, the rest of the helmets I tried on seemed lacking in more than one area. This helmet is exceptionally comfortable. It was more expensive than what I was looking for, but considering the fact that it's so comfortable, I wear it all the time. For me this helmet was well worth the extra money!!
July 12, 2016
Best fit I've found
Very pleased with the fit. Snug without pressure points. Overall a very nice product. Good air flow. Great, easy to use features even while riding. My only minor gripe is that it is a bit loud with the top vent open, but not overly so.
July 12, 2016
Exactly what I hoped it would be! :-)
I bought the Wine Red version, and it has a beautiful, high gloss wet-look finish to it, and everything works smooth, locks tight, and feels solid. 25.5-inch head makes for a perfect fit inside of a Medium size. In my case, I will not need to purchase the thinner cheek pads, so no complaints about being too tight here. LOVE the interior drop down sunvisor!!! It's a perfect shade to cut the glare of the sun without being too dark. And it is so much more quiet inside than my old, helmet. My bike is my only transportation, and I love being able to go get groceries or gas without having to take off the helmet (frees up your hand to do other things), just flip the front, and suddenly you go from menacing mystery biker up to who-knows-what into you friendly neighborhood spiderbiker out for some cat food & ice cream before your favorite show starts. :-) And the visor detente is not nearly as open on the first detente as it might seem. It's barely more than you normally expect a visor to be when you open at a traffic light.
July 11, 2016
Good helmet, recommended.
I bought this helmet for 3 reasons. One, for the safest possible helmet, two, for the flip up feature, three, to use the integrated SENA 10U system. The included pinlock lens was also a positive factor when considering. Is the helmet safe? I don’t know and I hope I never find out, but this helmet does feel like a quality built safety device, I’m satisfied. Does the flip up feature work as expected? Yes, I am very happy with this feature and I do use it. The helmet can be used at slow speeds in the up position and I often ride like that. There mechanism is smooth and very consistent with a firm engagement, you know it’s locked in when you bring it down. No need to slam either just bring it home firm. The release is also easy, no complaints with this feature. I did buy the SENA 10U integrated system, it’s not part of the helmet review except that I didn’t want another gizmo hanging off the side of my helmet, so to the extent that I can be integrated into the helmet, I am happy with the fit. It is a good set up.
Something I read in many reviews was that the helmet had both above average air flow and below average noise and in my experience this is accurate. However, I would add that the airflow has a downside. There are two holes on the top of the helmet, one on each side of the intake. These holes are about ¼” wide and there are channels molded into the EPS that allow for great air flow. It works pretty well and compared to other helmets I’ve owned; it is the best. The bad news is, bugs… I shave my head and I cannot ride with the vent open in warm weather or at least when bugs are out. Those holes channel everything right to your skull, great air flow, but bugs on head = bad. Regarding the low quietness of the helmet, it is probably a result of good build quality and tightness of fit. I have a small head and narrow face, it is difficult for me to find the right fit. My new Shoei is a size large, never been out of the medium before and it squeezes my face so hard if I chew gum I chew my cheeks. Not kidding, I even spent more money on the thinner cheek pads, which I never imagined I would do. I have been using the helmet for 3 months, weekly, and it is just now starting to break in. Is this a bad thing? I don’t think so, but if you’re thinking of spending this much cash on a helmet you should know what to expect.
The included pinlock lens works great, don’t buy any helmet with this feature.
In summary, a good helmet.
July 5, 2016
Way better than helmets of just a few years ago.
This helmet is way lighter, quieter and has a wider field of vision than my previous helmet of the same brand or my Italian made helmet. The Sena SMH-10 and its speakers fit easily, but the boom mike comes up a little short and sits off to the side a bit. Great helmet for those of use that wear glasses as it has relief build into the liner. No more pain behind the ears!
July 1, 2016
Best Helmet BUY IT!
Ive been through a couple of helmets and I have to say that everything about this one blows the others out of the water.
I tried on a million helmets at shops and even most 2XLs I could barely fit on my big head. I ordered this one knowing it was modular so I had some room to work with but I accidently order an XL and to my surprise, it fit me perfectly. Everything about it is comfort comfort and more comfort. I tried it on at first while the kids were playing xbox in the room with me and it was like I was wearing shooting muffs. I might wear it around the house just for that and it is light as a feather.
Once I got it on the road I was immediately impressed with the lack of wind noise. I feel like Im riding in a car and I ride a NAKED bike. My old helmet was miserably loud. The aerodynamics are second to none as well. I can turn my head and not fight the wind to view my blind spots.
Lastly I rode with a heat index of 105 and while I was significantly cooler than with other helmets, I expected better air flow. I found that if I kept my chin down I could feel more flow on the top of my head but it isn't quite a natural position. Not a deal breaker at all.
Overall worth EVERY penny. Considering I ride a naked bike and feel like Im riding in a car, this helmet has completely changed my riding experience and it looks great with my bike.
June 28, 2016
Comfortable but costly
This helmet is very comfortable and sound. I find it to be relatively quiet. Overall, I really like it. Though, I am having a problem with the internal visor. The latch that brings the visor up and down is "stuck" and the mechanism to control it has broken. I've also had to replace the plastic facing, as well. I purchased the helmet a year ago. Given the initial cost of the helmet, I wouldn't anticipate having to fix those items in less than 12 months. In that respect, the helmet has been disappointing and has cost me more than I thought I would pay for what I thought was going to be a top-of-line experience.
June 27, 2016