Shoei Qwest Overt Helmet
safe / reliable
If you're not so concerned about style and want maximum protection, you must consider this helmet. DOT + Snell approved.
The shell/padding are thick and give the impression that this thing could really take an impact.
The size/profile is big, so it does catch the wind when I'm turning my head to check lanes at speed. Also, the wide jaw does collide a bit with my shoulder protection when I turn my head. Slightly annoying but manageable.
If you're a parent buying for your kid and want the best protection, you'll want to consider this helmet for sure.
November 25, 2013
This is the first full face helmet that I have used in 30 years I hesitated buying one .This helmet is like night and day Fits perfect , head checking is no problem It does fog up due to the time of year and weather in midwest. November. I will most likely buy the pin face shield for it .a huge safety factor in Chicago I think people see you better
November 24, 2013
I love it!!
I had a shei RF-1000 the Qwest is a better fit, feels lighter, is MUCH more quiet, and I get less head buffetting on the freeway.
November 9, 2013
Qwest (in any color) is an EXCELLENT choice!
I went from the Shoei RF-1000 to a Scorpion EXO-700 and I'm back to Shoei with the Qwest Overt. It fits me perfectly, as I am oval-round (Charlie Brown) head. I wear a 7-1/4" fitted hat.
I took out the stock 35MM cheekpads and bought 33MM and the fit is tight but not cutting off circulation - a perfect fit. The padding will break-in and lose about 1-1.5MM I am told.
The color is fantastic! The green pops from a mile away and it is hard for the cagers to miss. Shoei's perfectly painted and glossy shine will last a long long time.
The airflow is great through the helmet. However I am having some fogging issues on very cold mornings. To relieve that i use the visor-vent/lock but the whistling air through the gap can be annoying. On hot days the air moves through the helmet well. When riding with the visor completely up on hot days the visor chatters a bit, but I think that is due to the lower windscreen on my V-Strom and the way the air flows over it.
There is little to NO buffering on this helmet. it is SUPER stable and SUPER quiet. This is where the helmet shines for me. Putting in 500 miles a week I need a nice quiet helmet and the Qwest is the ONE! Solid as a rock, no chattering or shaking at high speeds - VERY stable indeed!
Over all I am 99.9% satisfied with the helmet. I will buy a Pinlock visor to relieve the fogging next winter season as I hear they are fog-proof.
November 7, 2013
Nice, but could be better... it's Shoei
First, this helmet gets complimented all the time. The hi viz green pops and that's important to me. Be safe, be seen. Pros: great fit, looks great, nice finish, good visor, wide view (very nice).
Cons: this helmet should be quieter!! For a Shoei, it has a weird pitch of noise coming up by the ears. I where ear plugs and it is still semi-annoying.
November 4, 2013
Great-looking, comfortable, quality helmet
It's a great-looking, comfortable helmet with a quality finish. The airflow is probably not better than average and it's heavier than I expected, but it is plenty quiet, feels well made, and looks good. I've done about 10,000 km in my Qwest through wind, rain, snow, and heat and I'm quite happy with it.
October 28, 2013
High quality for an excellent price.
I have wanted to try Shoei for a long time, and decided to buy the Qwest as it seemed to best fit my desire for a sport touring helmet. I am very pleased with the purchase so far. I just ordered the pinlock lens visor and lens to decrease fogging in cooler weather; the tight weather sealing that makes for a quiet helmet does predispose the lens to fog somewhat.
October 21, 2013
HiViz Helmet with some style
I ordered two Qwest helmets and they arrived quick, well protected inside another box with good packing. They were both brand new in the boxes.
October 21, 2013