Shoei Qwest Goddess Helmet
Great everyday /everything helmet
Wanted the quietest, upright/ tuck helmet that was SNELL rated. Shoe I was the best for the price. Wore it for the MSF course and it breathed very well going 20mph and the vents weren't opened all the way. Visuals are perfect. Easy to find and move vents with gloves on. Love the lock feature for the shield. Use it primarily for upright riding though go in 3/4 occasionally and breathes good.
Do recommend that if you are in between sizes try on both. You may have to get the larger like I had to. I think if it was a rounder helmet the XS may have been better.
Love it and will always have it in my aresnal.
December 8, 2013
Lovin my Shoei Qwest
For quite a few years I wore both an open face and full face helmet from a top rated manufacturer. After a serious accident five years ago in which I was fortunate enough to be wearing the full face, and it saved my life, I determined that I would henceforth wear only a full face helmet and I bought another one of the same brand to replace the one badly damaged in the accident. I have always understood that any helmet’s protective materials deteriorate over time and should be swapped out every five years or less and there is plenty of research data to back this up. So with the helmet being five years old I started shopping for a new one. After comparing several brands I decided this time to go with a Shoei and because I wanted a solid bar full face, not a modular, I chose the Qwest. Every helmet I have ever owned has been solid white and I kept that tradition with the new Qwest. A criterion that was important to me was that the helmet must have both DOT and Snell ratings which the Qwest did. I do not have that many miles on the Qwest yet but already I am very glad I made the swap. I have a large head and the Qwest seems to fit better, is more comfortable and is quieter than any other helmet I have owned. The multi position face shield is a huge benefit to my personal liking and the way it is spring loaded so when it is fully closed it pulls it shut tight is a huge boon in making it quieter. The only issue I have with the Qwest is that for me personally is that it does not have an adequate enough air flow. All and all I am thrilled with the Qwest and look forward to wearing it on many pleasant riding miles in the future.
BTW, I also bought a new Scala Cardo Q3 Bluetooth system for the new Qwest helmet and the design of the Qwest was such that installation of the Q3 only took about 15 min. When I close the face shield of the Qwest and use the hands free phone feature of the Q3 I can hear the other party very clearly and I have had them say they could hear me so well they would never have guessed I was on a motorcycle.
I also have to get in a well deserved hoorah for Revzilla for the product knowledge of their customer service reps, their extensive stock and great prices and the efficiency and speed with which they fulfill orders and get them out the door.
November 25, 2013
Great helmet with only one flaw
This is a great helmet especially for the price range that it is in. There is very little wind noise and the airflow is pretty good. It is very light compared to other helmets I looked at. I've used it in temps from low 40s to mid 90s and have been comfortable. The vents are easy to use even with my winter gloves on. My head size is between the medium and large so I went with the smaller size. It was a little tight at first but I contacted Shoei and they allowed me to exchange the cheek pads for the smallest size. After wearing it for a few weeks it fit great. There are speaker indents and my Sena bluetooth kit fit with no issues. The only real flaw is the non-removable liner which makes it almost impossible to clean. I do wish that it came with a pinlock shield but I really haven't had much trouble with it fogging. I would recommend it to friends.
November 25, 2013
Cant Go Wrong
This Helmet is amazing. its quite. its a full face( safe), great quality. I had my quest helmet for over 3 years and I am still very happy with it. great helmet!
November 18, 2013
FOR THE MONEY YOU CANT GO WRONG!
Third helmet in as many weeks. Replacing my very old Arai Signet/E. Tried the Shark Vision to no avail, wobble at speeds. Tried an HJC race replica felt like a toy. Then the helmet gods smilied on me with this Shoei Qwest. Field tested it today in every kind of weather possiable excluding snow. 30-40 MPH winds, light to heavy rain, 30 degree changes in weather from AM to PM, urban settings to running accross the sugar cane fields in South Florida in the sun. "BEST" helmet I have ever owned/used period! I'm on a Triumph D675 and now will pass on getting a larger windscreen because this helmet is so comfortable and steady. Triple digets are no problem. Thanks Revzille for the fast and painless returns and delivery of my new Shoei Qwest
November 10, 2013
Great helmet, except
I've used two HJC helmets prior to upgrading to a Shoei. Wanted a helmet that would work in the widest range of seasons and would be a little more quiet for longer distances. Overall the build quality of the shell, liner, padding, and venting is great. The helmet will fit an intermediate oval shape, as my head is slightly closer to longer oval but not fully. I fit it, with a slight gapping inside toward the sides of my head. Face has adequate room for my SENA SMH10 w/wired mic. Venting was adequate for a quieter helmet. Cold weather down to about 40 degrees can keep fogging to a minimum. Wind flow over the shell is well controlled and worked well in most conditions. BUT I have two large reservations about the helmet. I had to adjust the shield about 10 times to try to get an annoying whistle to stop. The whistle is from around the shield seal (not sealing). It is my personal opinion that Shoei needs to ditch that hinge mechanism and find a more positive route to suck that shield in without finicky and non-positive sliding brackets held by two screws with vague location adjustments. Take some lessons from Scorpion for example, Shoei! I hate the whistling and lack of positive shield seal. This feature alone would make me look elsewhere for a helmet. Secondly, the chin strap is poorly padded and chaffed my neck badly on a recent 4,400+ mile trip. The strap sheathes on either side are flimsy and do NOT stay in place without careful time-consuming adjustment. My former HJC was 5x better at this.
I'll use it and deal with the problems, but next time I'm finding something that seals and doesn't chafe a groove in my throat.
Just for perspective, I ride a 2011 fully uncorked FZ1 and consider it my everywhere bike. I am moderate-aggressive rider and a knowledgeable enthusiast.
November 6, 2013
It's worth the money
I bought this helmet based on the reviews. I am very pleased with it . Unfortunately I went down on my bike( don't worry I'm totally fine) the helmet did its job perfectly. I had damaged my helmet but the impact of the ground was soft because of this helmet. I will definitely buy this again with out a doubt.
November 4, 2013
Favorite Helmet So Far
I'm a commuter and wanted a Snell helmet. You have to trade some of the fancy feature when you go Snell (modular is out, and usually retractable sun shades are too) but I like the amount of air this helmet flows. Visibility is great in the helmet too. I do think it is a little loud and I usually wear plugs. I also think the cheek pads were a bit tight, but those are replaceable.
I hear that this helmet will soon have a transition lens option. This will make the lack of a retractable sun shade a non-issue. Whatever the future may hold, this helmet is solid and has the conservative look that I enjoy. Ride safe!
October 30, 2013