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Shoei Qwest Overt Helmet

The Shoei Qwest Motorcycle Helmet was built with a focus on minimizing helmet weight, optimizing fit for comfort and protection and lowering noise levels to bring a new level of comfort to touring helmets. Featuring a slightly round oval internal shape, the Qwest helmet is manufactured with 4 individual shell sizes to keep the helmet as low-profile as possible. The smaller the helmet shell, the lighter the helmet weight. The Shoei Qwest Helmet also uses the Shoei's CW-1 visor technology with the Q.R.S.A system. This system guarantees a tight seal at the faceshield  by pulling the shield back to contact the opening seal evenly. The Qwest also touts an extra-wide viewport for additional peripheral vision so you can more easily take in the world around you.

Aerodynamic Shell Design:

  • Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and feedback from professional riders
  • Dual-Layer EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation
  • Four shell and six EPS liner sizes increase fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes
  • Molded air spoiler reduces drag and lift as well as diminishes weight pressure on the neck while riding at high speeds

Ventilation System:

  • Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior
  • Large upper intake vent positioned to maximize performance in high wind conditions
  • Easy to operate large lower intake vent
  • Lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation
  • Rear/neck outlets allow for effective air exhaust
  • Breath guard and chin curtain are included

Lightweight Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus (AIM+):

  • High performance fiber materials are combined with extremely elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra lightweight, rigid and resilient

Interior:

  • 3D center pad and multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads
  • Cheek pads are replaceable or removable for maintenance
  • Eyeglass-compatible interior
  • Standard chin strap clip neatly secures chin strap

CW-1 Shield and Q.R.S.A. System:

  • Q.R.S.A. (Quick-Release Self-Adjusting) base plate allows for tool-less shield removal and installation
  • Spring-loaded base plate pulls the shield back to contact the window beading evenly and ensures a proper seal
  • Scratch-resistant coating 
  • 99.9% protection from harmful UV A and B rays
  • Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional Pinlock equipped racing shields with tear-off posts are available (sold separately)
  • Optional, CW-1 Pinlock prepared shields are available to accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts (sold separately)
  • The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces 
  • A pre-set lever can easily lock the shield in place to prevent the shield from opening unexpectedly, as well as prop the shield open to increase airflow 

Additional Features:

  • Construction: AIM+ (Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi Fiber)
  • Weight: 3.644 lbs / 1,653 grams (approx, for Size Medium)
  • Standards: Snell-M2010, DOT

Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States

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Shoei Qwest Overt Helmet 4.6 5 414 414
Nice Helmet but the reviews were right! I just received this helmet today and went for a 55 mile ride to check it out. I live in New Jersey, and it was 48 degrees and sunny. First of all , Revzilla is fantastic. I ordered the helmet late Sunday and it was delivered this morning! Thanks Revzilla! I have an oval head with a wide jaw, and normally wear a large, and the large I bought fits great. I mention this because I just bought and returned to Revzilla a Scorpion EXO 900 that actually hurt my jaw because it was not wide enough. This helmet fits great and feels very comfortable out of the box. It is a high quality helmet with a very nice finish. I installed the chin curtain provided and it really kept my chin and lower face warm. But like many reviews I read, the helmet fogs up immediately when the shield is closed. If you use the setting to crack the shield open, the shield immediately clears but the whistling noise is unbearable. I normally ride with the shield up in warmer weather, which is fine. However, in this weather it would be nice to close the shield. It is warmer with the shield closed and it makes the helmet very quiet. It looks like I will also be buying a pin lock shield as others have. One final thing. The helmet was manufactured in October 2011. I would normally have a problem with this, but the SHOEI instructions say the helmet is good for five years from the date it is put in service. December 16, 2014
1st Shoei - a keeper Yet another 5 star review for Shoei? Well, yes. Very comfortable, very wide eye-port visibility, pretty quiet, Snell certified, understated hi-viz graphics, shield seals tight, pretty good airflow. Only issue is when shield is cracked for minimum ventilation it whistles (but may be my combo of windshield). Ears feel pinned back slightly, but may be break-in period. And Service: ordered on Tuesday night and received on Thursday... Nice. December 4, 2014
Well-Rounded Helmet - They did a good job of making a hi-viz product stylish. - I found that the visor fogs up easily in the cold, but there are many solutions to this such as using the visor lock to crack it open a little bit. - The shape is definitely a little rounder than my head, but this is as advertised. November 17, 2014
GoodLooking Protection I had a Shoei RF700 in the old days and more recntly was wearing a 3/4 HJC. I wanted to go back to a Shoei as I knew the fit, sound protection, visor system, and flat out protection are superior. I had an unfortunate get off while wearing my RF700 and it for sure saved by noggin and life. This helmet is no different. The fit is exactly what I had expected with it being snug but comfortable. The padding is also excellent at supressing the wind noise. It handles this better than my old RF700. The shield system is the best I've seen in the helmet market. With a simple push you can crack the bottom edge of the shield which will keep fogging at bay during cold temps. The shield also easily stays in place with each of the ratchet positions. Speaking of cold temps. On my ride this morning to work it was a cool 38F and this helmet kept my head comfortably warm. On the ride home it was raining and the helmet stayed nice and dry inside.. I am also pleased with the color. As I have gotten older standing out in traffic is a bit more important to me. Having experienced a pretty major get off makes it that much more important. The colors are really nice and tasteful, yet gets you noticed. When I opened the box for the first time I thought that it looked better than what you see in the online pictures. The yellow is very bright against the black but in a nice way. I was very glad that this was my choice in color patterns. Overall this has been better than expected in every way. I am looking forward to putting many thousands of miles on my bike while wearing this comfortable helmet. Great value for a great helmet. October 28, 2014
Nice helmet. This helmet is light weight and doesnt hurt while driving. Though fog forms up at standstill, but the moment I get back in motion, it fades off. Fit has been excellent and the view is better. December 3, 2014
Exactly as described in the Revzilla review SHOEI quality and Revzilla service. This was a great fit using the size chart and for the $ this is a very good helmet. I purchased the HiViz version. October 17, 2014
Nice Helmet I want bought this helmet in future! Nice design, and i know SHOEI, its they have 5 stars in protecting rating November 26, 2014
Learning As I Go Starting from scratch on a motorcycle has a very steep learning curve. All that staying upright, using one hand for clutch, the other to brake while the left foot changes gears while the right one is busy doing some braking, takes a while before it comes naturally. Signaling, counter steering, tight slow turns, loose gravel in tight turns at speed, and my favorite- wet, scored roadway under construction in a heavy crosswind. Then of course there are lots of other vehicles, most of which contain distracted drivers without a clue who, or what is around them. Then there is gear. What do I want? What is mandatory? How should it fit? How much does it cost? What level of protection am I comfortable with? Where should I buy it? How much does it cost? What size do I need? How much does it cost? I am leaving out completely what bike I shall I purchase, another whole paragraph. Turns out through trial and error, through my developing comfort level, that I am ATGATT. And I want good gear. That fits. Here is where I get to the Shoei Qwest helmet. I didn't know what size helmet to get. An XXL seemed to fit fine and the GMax I got was fine. Until I was told it was way too loose. I moved down in size and up in price to a Shoei Air in XL. Again seemed fine, until it wasn't. A State Trooper checked my fit and declared it too loose again. Bigger cheek pads didn't help. This Shoei Qwest uses four different shell sizes to allow a better fit. I got a size L and it fits great. Tight but not strangling. And the Qwest is light, quiet, and comfortable. Now I know what a motorcycle helmet is supposed to feel like with a proper fit. I feel secure with this helmet on. I recommend this helmet heartily. I recommend proper sizing even more. November 25, 2014
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Harry C: I chose this helmet because of the fit and the hi-viz. I have an older Shoei and other helmets do not fit my large oval head the same. Dec 16, 2014
Barry P: like Shoie, wanted high viz Dec 13, 2014
Michael M: I wanted a comfortable hi-viz helmet. This helmet seemed to be the best value. Nov 11, 2014
Gert L: I wanted a safe, high-visibility helment for city commuting. Nov 10, 2014
Michael A: Old helmet is 6 years old - Shoei 1000. Time to get a new one and wanted a full face helmet that was designed better for upright riding. Oct 20, 2014
mark f: great helmet Sep 27, 2014
Mark S: Solid reviews for a touring helmet with Snell certification. Reasonably priced and visible coloring. Sep 21, 2014
Jose O: It´s a very good brand and if you don´t want loose your head, you must protect her with the best. Aug 10, 2014
Somil M: Because I needed a good quality helmet which will also fit my head properly and hopefully it will last me 5 years. Aug 7, 2014
Sai S: Recommended on /r/motorcycles Aug 5, 2014
Bradley C: SUPER QUIET helmet, Shoei quality, and on a killer sale with a price match. Aug 5, 2014
Locke H: It is a Qwest Shoei Helmet, and it is Hi Vis at a close out price. I have avoided many accidents because I wear Hi Vis protective clothing. this Shoei helmet meets my needs. It is to bad they are discontinuing it, but I am sure something else will takes its place. Jul 26, 2014
Lori S: Price here was better than anywhere else. I need a full face helmet for scooter riding - and if safety is key, then "see me yellow" is best. Besides, I like the idea of resembling an odd zebra. Jul 23, 2014
Marlon A: I choose this helmet because it is a Shoei. It's at an amazing low closeout price right now. The graphics and color scheme is just what i was looking for. The black with Hi-Viz Yellow is a perfect combo to go along with my AplineStars Viper Jacket also Black and Hi-Viz. More reviews to come once received and worn on a ride. Jul 20, 2014
Gerald M: Was looking for a new helmet and since I ride a black FJR1300 touring sport bike, this helmet and it's color scheme fit perfectly. The helmet is also designed for touring and got very high safety marks, so after ensuring the helmet fit me correctly...it was an easy choice. Jul 15, 2014
Jeffrey B: Safety, Comfort, Price, Colors Match my bike. Jul 14, 2014
Jeffrey S: High viz shoei, snell & dot approved, Jul 11, 2014
Michael H: It should be good for longer rides, I like the safety of the added hi-viz colors, and it's pretty cheap since it's discounted for closeout. Jul 1, 2014
jason p: I needed a full face lid, that provided good visibility, quiet AND fit a round head. The Overt was on closeout so it was about the same price as a solid colored Qwest. The Hi-Viz is not really my thing, from a style point of view but I cannot deny the safety aspects so I went this route. Jun 28, 2014
John P: Hi Viz, top quality helmet, good match for my Ducati Monster 1100 Evo Diesel -w yellow accents. Bike is a two time award winner Jun 27, 2014
Todd G: My first "good" helmet -- this seemed like a great price on very well respected helmet brand, thanks Revzilla! Jun 27, 2014
Bruce B: looks like the safest helmet. I hope it is quiet too. Jun 6, 2014
Scott E: Sounds like the Qwest is perfect for my needs and was looking for hi-viz. Perfect timing since Shoei is discontinuing this color scheme. Jun 1, 2014
Luis B: Nice design and Shoei is always a great helmet Apr 30, 2014
Yuvaraj S: To fit my Intermediate to round oval head shape and upright riding position. Apr 26, 2014
Russell M: I love Shoei and it had a great color pattern. Also, better price than I could fin any where else. Apr 20, 2014
Sunbir W: I was looking for a SNELL certified Helmet that I could use while riding a Cruiser. Shoei Qwest offered me the best balance in terms of Protection, Comfort, Looks and Pricing Apr 15, 2014
Bryce B: I was looking for a good HiVis Helmet, I have owed Shoei before and like the way they fit. I did not have much experience with the visor mechanism and now that I have the helmet I really like the way it works. Very pleased with my purchase. Apr 8, 2014
Joseph K: Really nice helmet with attractive high viz look. Tried several other helmets including Arai and like the fit and feel of this one the best. Mar 31, 2014
Lorena G: Protection, quality, comfort. Shoei good reputation. Mar 18, 2014
Bryce B: Hi Vis, Shoei, On Sale Mar 18, 2014
Jason H: I picked this helmet because it fit my desire to have a Snell full face helmet with high visibility. After that, the Qwest seemed to be the best bang for my buck. Mar 11, 2014
Douglas M S: Good price and nice graphics. I have 2 shoei this one is very good for take a ride on the road. The other one is a Multitec and i use then for the city. Mar 5, 2014
Matthew V: I've had a Shoei Qwest for a couple years now and think it's a great helmet. But after a wreck I needed a new helmet and decided to go with a high visibility option, and this Shoei Qwest Overt meets my wants/needs perfectly. Feb 14, 2014
Chris F: The great price fora hi rez Shoei helmet, and the upright touring position. Dec 9, 2013
Robert O: Needed a new helmet--choose this color scheme thinking that maybe it might provide just a little more visibility to autos and keep me vertical .
Choose Showei for its quality and the Qwest because I am averaging 20k miles/year on my 650 V-Strom and am hoping it will provide the better comfort on those long days
Dec 9, 2013
Glenn M: Excellent protection, comfort and visibility. This was a replacement for one damaged in a high-speed crash. I did not even feel my head hit the pavement. Nov 23, 2013
Paul G: Comfort. Wind noise reduction. Safety. Nov 3, 2013
thomas c: good quality helmet and the on line video explains product well and takes some of the quess work out of disicion Oct 31, 2013
Angie B: Husband selected. Oct 26, 2013
Ray M: Needed new helmet to upgrade my Shoei RF-1100 that I dropped! UGH! Oct 13, 2013
P C: Snell rated, Hi viz, and faith in shoei brand/quality Sep 24, 2013
John A: close out price on premium helmet. Sep 21, 2013
Chris W: Sport touring features for long distance were a perfect match for my needs, brand, visibility, options. Sep 14, 2013
Doug R: Best price I found on line for this product. Like the hi viz color and been looking at upgrading to shoei brand for a while. Sep 11, 2013
Jim B: review was great Sep 9, 2013
James Z: Experience with Shoei helmets & combination of high vis with cool graphics & finally price. Aug 30, 2013
John P: Have a sport touring ducati, and wanted a hi viz touring helmet close to the RF1100. AWSOME helmet. Aug 17, 2013
Ben S: Good product at a good price! Aug 16, 2013
Michael M: I'm a night rider in city traffic-want to be seen on the way home... Aug 10, 2013
M A: Webbikeworld gave a great review along with you YouTube video Aug 6, 2013
A shopper asked: Are there speaker recesses for a comms unit ? Sep 28, 2012
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RevZilla: Good news, there are speaker recessions in the Shoei Qwest Helmet! Oct 1, 2012
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A shopper asked: I am looking for a very quiet full-faced helmet. My ride: BMW GS800. Any suggestions? Jun 30, 2014
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James B: I have this very helmet, which I wear when I ride my BMW F800GS. I don't consider it a very quiet helmet, though. I get a lot of wind noise with it. So much that I ended up installing a Madstad adjustable windshield to get the airstream to hit the TOP of the helmet rather than the MIDDLE.

A friend of mine bought a Qwest a few months before I did, and he considered it a quiet helmet. But he is a new rider, and had nothing to compare it to. I would have tried his first, but it was way too big for me. I got the Qwest largely on his recommendation, but wish I hadn't.

I owned an Arai RX-Q before this Qwest, but sold it on eBay after I sold a previous bike. I wish now that I had held on to it. It was quieter than the Qwest, and better in many other ways as well. For example, you can take the liner out of the Arai (to wash), but can't on the Shoei.

I don't think the Qwest ventilates as well as the RX-Q, either.

I have 2 other helmets I can compare to the Qwest.

Before I bought the Arai RX-Q for street riding, I bought an Arai XD3 for dual sport riding on my Suzuki DR-Z400s. Great helmet, but even noisier than the Qwest on the highway. I like it's bill (beak) for shielding the sun, though. Arai's are THE most comfortable (and safe) helmets for me.

I also still own a Speed and Strength SS200 hi-viz, which I bought because it was cheap ($175) but still are both DOT and Snell approved (like Shoei and Arai). Very uncomfortable helmet, for me anyway. Also lots of wind noise (more than Qwest and RX-Q, but less than XD3). IMHO.

I'm not sure there IS such a thing as a quiet highway helmet. Schuberth claims to be wind-tunnel tested, and are purported to be very quiet. My budget hasn't allowed me to try one as yet.

Final note: a good set of earplugs makes ANY helmet quieter. Also reduces post-ride ear pain from wind pressure.
Jun 30, 2014
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Anderw R: I like this helmet and it is quite but, and this is huge. Your height and position on the bike will have a lot to do with just how quite the helmet is. I ride a Suzuki V-Strom and I'm 6'-2". Buying a new windscreen with an extra 2" in height made a huge difference. Enough that I went from hearing the wind to little wind and the purr of my engine. I live in FL and the helmet is comfortable all year. However, your head shape will also influence your comfort.
Essentially, and this may not help you much, the quietness of the helmet will be more influenced by the overall aerodynamics of where your head is in relation to all the other factors that can cause buffeting and noise. Give it a try, the helmet looks great and the folks at Revzilla are very generous on their don't like/doesn't fit policy.
I hope this helps.
Jun 30, 2014
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TEd D: This is a great helmet as far as quality in the way it's built and finish. When it comes to quiet, I wouldn't call it a very quiet helmet but it is more quiet then the $200 helmet. It is quieter with the visor open then is with it closed. Winter time there is a big fogging problem. As always to avoid loss of hearing, wear ear plugs. Jun 30, 2014
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TEd D: It is a well constructed helmet but it is not what I would call a very quiet helmet. It's quieter than some and definitely quieter than the less expensive helmets. There is a fogging problem in the wintertime. To avoid hearing loss I always wear earplugs. Jun 30, 2014
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michael m: Nice helmet only has a few problems one is very hot in summer.
Other problem is the visor blows closed about 50 mph
Jul 5, 2014
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Travis P asked: I am looking for a super quiet adventure style helmet. Airflow is also important. I ride a BMW GS800. Do you have any recommendations? Jun 30, 2014
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Bruce B: It very quiet with shield down, but with shield down you will be very hot.
The air vents work very well only if you are going over 60mph.
also with the shield down like all full helmets the shield fogs up.
Jul 3, 2014
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Chris W: I love this helmet, quiet, yes, but I always ride with earplugs. No buffeting from wind, I ride a K1600GTL and a R1200GS. It has a good airflow, enhanced with the visor gap setting on. Great value for money, having used Scorpion in the past, this is a class on its own. Easy to wire for headset intercom. Jun 30, 2014
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Aaron B: This model could be quiot. But it fogs super easy. Meaning I ride with it cracked most of the time. Plus I have not found the air flow to be all that great. Jun 30, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is this helmet hi viz green or yellow hard to tell from pictures? Mar 26, 2014
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Ray M: Aloha...it is definitely yellow. I own this helmet and it has a distinct hi-viz yellow that looks great! Apr 6, 2014
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James B: Definitely hi-viz yellow, rather than green. Apr 6, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does Shoei Qwest Overt Helmet come with pinlock shield or do you have to buy it separately? Apr 13, 2013
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RevZilla: Shoei Qwest helmets come with a standard clear face shield. To upgrade to Pinlock, the purchase of an additional shield and lens is required. Apr 19, 2013
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laken s: The Pinlock upgrade is a must for this helmet. You might as well order it as soon as you buy the helmet. Feb 15, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is there any difference between the Qwest Overt and the Qwest Solid other than the color/graphic? Jan 29, 2013
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RevZilla: The only difference is the solid versus graphic color scheme. All Shoei Qwest Helmets are built to the same specifications. Jan 30, 2013
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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.

Click here to see the full Shoei Helmets Size Chart
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Yellow/Black / XS 805943 0115-0703-03 Out of Stock
Yellow/Black / SM 805956 0115-0703-04 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Yellow/Black / MD 805955 0115-0703-05 Out of Stock
Yellow/Black / LG 805884 0115-0703-06 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Yellow/Black / XL 805883 0115-0703-07 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours
Yellow/Black / 2XL 805881 0115-0703-08 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours