Shoei Qwest Overt Helmet
A great helmet for the money.
I previously had a Shoei Qwest in matte black, and when I went looking for another helmet, I just couldn't find a better helmet, knowing what I know now. And with the Overt currently on closeout, it couldn't pass it up. As a replacement, I also wanted a high visibility helmet, and the Overt color scheme perfectly matches my hi-viz Klim Badlands Pro jacket. The yellow, black, and silver look great. The fit and finish of the helmet are fantastic; Shoei builds a very, very good helmet. After adding a Pinlock shield and lens, I'm ready to go in any weather. This is a quiet helmet, but you sacrifice some venting to achieve that reduction in sound, so this helmet is fairly hot in the summer. In the cold, I think you'd need the Pinlock to prevent fogging since, as I've noted, there's not a great deal of venting to keep the shield clear in cold weather. Nevertheless, I've ridden up to 115° in this helmet and so long as you're moving to get some venting, your brain won't bake. And I've ridden down to 0° with the Pinlock system and never had the lens fog up. I highly recommend this helmet. I hope this review helps you.
March 12, 2014
Great Fit, Great Visibility, Easy To See!!!
I got a large and it was just a bit tight at first, but it quickly wore in and fits perfect now. I love the visor lock feature when you need to get a little air in to clear the fog or just cool down. The vents do a good job in getting air in and out. The Hi-Vis scheme makes it a lot easier for people to see you! I can verify that I have had multiple people nearly pull out in front of me and look my way see me cause of my helmet and jacket. Hi-Vis may not be "cool", but its hard to be cool when your dead...
Down side of the helmet is that it fogs like crazy. If its cold, you can almost forget about it. On normal warm days (above 50 degrees) you have no problem once you get on the road and have some airflow. When you buy this helmet, just go ahead and buy the pin lock system with it.
All in all, this is a great helmet that I feel very safe wearing. Buy it! Now! Go!
February 15, 2014
Sure glad I didn't pay full price for this helmet.
Protective (Snell AND D.O.T. rated).
Highly visible in this color.
Impossible to keep shield from fogging up. Had no choice but to spend ANOTHER $75 for Pinlock shield and inserts in order to ride in anything below 60 degree weather.
Lots of wind noise (hoped it would be quieter than my previous helmet, an Arai RX-Q with its pod-mounted shield, but if anything, it's noiser).
The only thing removable on the inside are the cheekpads.
Can't remove neck roll or liner for cleaning or routing speaker wires.
Had I paid full price for this helmet, I would have deeply regretted the purchase. CONS outweigh the PROS.
January 28, 2014
Great, light helmet
Love this helmet as an upgrade from my previous Shoei. Definitely a great bargain and a good choice if you're looking for a new helmet.
January 20, 2014
Great helmet hi-vis helmet and a great deal.
Great helmet for the price. Love the hi-def. Pretty good ventilation. Medium is a snug fit for me and hasnt packed out at all yet. It really should come with a pinlock face shield, as the stock one fogged all the time even with the vents open. Solved the problem by buying a pinlock.
January 6, 2014
I left behind riding with a 3/4 helmet and traded it in for this full face. Great fit, comfortable and true to size. Revzilla customer service was great when answering my questions. Does not have an obnoxious hi-viz look - just looks great with the added benefit of being more visible on the road.
January 5, 2014
Definitely a step-up from your average helmet.
Yes, the Shoei brand costs more but you do get what you paid for. I'm very satisfied with my Qwest helmet! I was looking for something that was highly visible, quieter, and with better venting. This helmet fits all my requirements. My only negatives are that..for my face...the cheek pads are a little tight but should relax some as I wear it more, and that it would have been nice if it included the Pinlock visor system for the price. Otherwise, excellent helmet. Love the graphics, too,
December 27, 2013
Air Goes Into Eyes
Great Helmet for the price. I like the combined style and safety of this helmet and I have gotten compliments on it. I have a round oval head and wear a 7 5/8 fitted hat and the Large fits perfect. I do hear a slight whistle with the visor and all the vents closed but it's minor, I wear earplugs whenever I go on highway or long rides. Otherwise the helmet is fairly quiet closed.
One major annoyance I have is that the mouth vent when opened directs air directly into my eyes. This is with or without out the breath guard attached. I wear contacts so this can dry my eyes out but it never got to the point where I had to stop riding. I only experience it at highway speeds and I just close the mouth vent when it does get terrible but fogging is an issue in cold weather so I need to keep it open.
Still it's an excellent helmet with lot's of flow, perhaps too much in my case.
December 23, 2013