Shoei Qwest Overt Helmet
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
- 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
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
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
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