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Shoei Qwest Solid Helmet

Aerodynamic Shell Design

  • Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and professional riders feedback
  • Dual Layer EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation
  • Five shell and six EPS liner sizes present increased fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes
  • Molded air spoiler to reduce drag and lift as well as diminish 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 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 System

  • 3-D 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, CW-1 Pinlock prepared shields are available to accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts 
  • The CW-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces 
  • Optional, CWF-1 two-dimensional Pinlock® equipped racing shields with tear-off posts are available 
  • 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 Specs

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

Please Note:  The vents on the Brilliant Yellow helmet are black, not yellow as shown in product photo.

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Shoei Qwest Helmet - Solid 4.6 5 281 281
Great helmet at a great price I got this helmet for my wife and she loves it the price was good and it's DOT AND SNELL APPROVED April 14, 2014
Great product for Naked, Upright seating position Great helmet from Shoei, very comfortable. Quick lens change. Only problem with it is it looks like an astronaut helmet. It's massive and looks a bit ugly even on a larger person like me... no doubt it would save my life if it came to it though. March 1, 2014
Great Helmet This helmet is my first Shoei, and I must say, the quality of the helmet is great. It's not the best airflow helmet on the market, but it sure is quiet. The only thing I wished it had was an internal visor, so I will be looking to upgrade to the GT Air sometime. If you want a helmet that makes not rattles or wind turbulence, this helmet is for you. February 28, 2014
It works well I bought this Shoei because I was tired fiddleing with the quirky Arai face shield system. Shoei's face shield system works much better. I'm satisfied with the helmet after I've altered the cheek pads. If your jaw is as wide or wider than your crown, consider a larger size than indicated by the chart. I haven't worn it in the hot summer heat but it seems to flow air well and is nice and stable in the air stream. February 24, 2014
Air flow in most conditions so bad it's unusable The helmet looks great, fits well, and I'm sure has fine protection in a crash. But the airflow is atrocious. The two tiny little vents do nothing in summer, making it sweltering, while in winter it fogs up so badly (even with spray, even with pinlock) that I can't make it more than a block from my house before it becomes a big opaque wall. Even riding with it cracked does nothing. In less than 60 degree weather you have to ride with the visor half or more open, or else the helmet is entirely unusable. And despite all these complaints, which would lead you to believe it's relatively sealed and therefore quiet - it is not. It's fairly noisy. Not the loudest I've ever had, but certainly not quiet. Add to that a non-removable liner (good luck with that during summer with the poor venting rendering your head a cesspool), and the fact that alternate visors are $90, and you've got yourself a rip-off. December 16, 2013
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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Duy T: For my girlfriend. Shoei is a good brand plus it was on sale Apr 3, 2014
Yana M: It's a helmet made by a very good reputable company and at a great price Mar 23, 2014
William C: From the Shoei lineup it seemed to be the best suited for me. It was also at a great price! Mar 16, 2014
Bill R: First full face helmet. Did a lot of research on helmets. I think this will do well for me. I ride a harley and the black matte seems appropriate. As I get older I wanted to further protect myself. Not to say I shouldn't have been riding all these years with out one. The price was right. Shoei has been a trusted name in the motorcycle world. Nuff said lets ride. Mar 9, 2014
Wayman P C: Recommended by a good, trusted source of information. Mar 1, 2014
R W: I've used a previous Shoei helmet (Raid II) and always found it to be very comfortable and easy to use. Feb 24, 2014
Jaime S: DOT and Snell approved, not as expensive as other high end models or brands. Feb 11, 2014
B E: After what seemed like millions of great reviews for this helmet I decided to buy one and try it out for myself. Worth every penny and then some! My Bluetooth set fits perfect into the ear pockets and the noise at highway speeds is the best I've experienced. The helmet shield will fog a little on cold mornings or rides without the screen cracked open but every helmet seems to have at least one quirk and this is the Qwest's. Feb 3, 2014
Elijah S: I needed a safe helmet with good airflow for city riding and commuting. I like the simplicity of the styling as I am a "less is more" kind of guy. Jan 28, 2014
Jeffrey D: More comfortable helmet for longer rides Jan 17, 2014
Jorge V: the price - safety and features ratio was amazing. And you cant go wrong with shoei Jan 16, 2014
A S: Excellent reviews all over, especially for an upright riding position. Anthony's review was thorough, and practically answered all my questions (and, if you add in FREE SHIPPING and REVZILLA CASH, it's cheaper here than most places!) Dec 28, 2013
Markel H: Because a really good friend of mines who rides recommended this helmet to me as one of the best on the market, plus is came in a sweet color!!! Dec 16, 2013
Joel Z: My son wanted it for Christmas. Dec 13, 2013
O P: Excellent viability and fits my intermediate oval head. Dec 10, 2013
Kevin L: Shoei is a quality name brand with great finish, function. and styling. Is DOT & SNELL rated too. Oct 28, 2013
william l: The reviews online and the great video info on this helmet Oct 17, 2013
John P: This helmet was for my wife. She wanted a full face helmet and we were both impressed by the quality of my Shoei Neotec that I knew we were going to purchase another Shoei and that it we would purchase it from Revzilla. Oct 12, 2013
Peter E: Old helmet is Shoei. Good reviews. Price. Oct 3, 2013
Simon D: my wife wanted it. Sep 15, 2013
James V: Loved the video and the reviews Sep 8, 2013
Lonnie B: Reviews of how quiet it is, good air flow, styling and good value. Sep 6, 2013
Peter A: Quality Aug 27, 2013
Esteban Y: THis is as good as it gets for helmets and it gives you a bang for your buck cant go wrong with shoei! Aug 24, 2013
David C: Lightweight, great quality and the quietest helmet I can find. Aug 17, 2013
Craig B: Reviews, yellow for visibility/safety, hoped for quiet Aug 15, 2013
Jim K: MSF class recommended either an Arai or a Shoei. A few hundred bucks to save a few hundred thousand in brain surgery. A no brainer (pun intended :)) Aug 14, 2013
A shopper asked: Does the Qwest come with a face shield, or will I need to order one? May 3, 2011
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Roger11: Yes. I just bought the Quest from RevZilla and it came with a face shield.
Comes with a clear shield.
Also comes with the breath guard & a stretch piece to cover between the bottom front edge of the helmet and your throat (for cold conditions)
I didnt read all the details but the shield one that Shoei is proud of & includes with the RF 1100
So no worries that you will get a good shield
May 11, 2011
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Dena J: Needed a SNELL rated helmet perfect for upright and tuck. Plus the quietest and lightest helmet which makes it perfect. Just remember if you are between sizes right the helmet on. Was told I was an XS on the bigger size but when I tried it on I had too much difficulty removing the helmet. Bought a Small instead. Fits perfect, no temple/head pain, doesn't move no matter what I do, and doesn't pull on my brow (like the XS did). Dec 8, 2013
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Smeggy: Wow, so long and nobody has answered! Must be a difficult question ;-)

The Qwest ships with a standard clear visor, options for tinted and mirrored visors are alongside if you want to add them. Make sure you select the correct visor model if you are ordering extras. Great helmet too, well worth the money.
Aug 29, 2011
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NoiseZero: It comes with a face shield (clear), but if you want to custom fit cheek pads you'll have to get them separate. It also comes with a chin curtain and a breath guard. I have the breath guard in but not the chin curtain at the moment as I think it seemed to fog more. May 23, 2011
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Fisticuffs: It comes with a plain clear one. If you're going to be wearing sunglasses underneath you'll be alright probably, but for a decent price you can order an additional shield that's smoked out or reflective. Jul 26, 2011
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Chris K: All full face helmets come with a clear face-shield unless notated otherwise. if you need an extra smoked or other type of face-shield, then they are available to purchase separately. May 3, 2011
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Kev5: The Qwest comes with a clear lense face shield. I ordered an extra in Light Smoke color.
It is perfect for moderate sun and not too dark if it clouds up.
Jul 25, 2011
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B.D.: It comes with a clear shield. If you want tinted, or a pinlock, you've got to order that in addition. Jun 13, 2011
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Chris L.: Yes, the quest comes with a fine clear face shield with a very wide field of vision. May 4, 2011
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Rhuadh: Yes. The Qwest comes with a clear face shield that works wonderfully. May 23, 2011
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Sumo: The qwest comes with a clear CW-1 sheild. Jul 27, 2011
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Whitey: Yes Jul 23, 2011
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eric e asked: I just bought a Shoei Qwest. Size L, Yellow. Fits really nice. High quality. But it whistles like a teapot. I mean LOUD. At any speed over 40 or so, regardless of vent configuration. Has anyone else experienced this and how did you resolve? Jan 13, 2014
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Justin F: Make sure the visor is pulled down tightly around the seal. You can adjust how much pressure is required at the mounting plates on either side of the visor. Jan 13, 2014
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Mookie M: Me thinks something is defective with THAT particular helmet. While the 1.5 decibel decrease claim - or whatever - is insignificant to a guy like me who was in a band for 6 years, it shouldn't whistle.

I didn't find the Qwest so much more quiet than my RF-1000, but the fit suited my more sport-touring style.

Ask Antny for a swap!
Jan 13, 2014
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Wade B: I wish I could help but my experience has been exactly the opposite. This is the most quiet helmet I've ever used my only issue being minimum venting. Maybe different sized pads? Sorry for nothing definitive. Jan 13, 2014
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taylor b: You don't have the face shield open or set to the 'cracked' setting? I usually close all vents when I get up to speed save for the chin vent. I only experience whisteling with the face shield open any amount Jan 13, 2014
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Ralph C: Wow, maybe a defect. The Quest I have isn't as quiet as I hoped but it certainly doesn't whistle. If you're sure it isn't something else doing the whistling I'd send/take it back. Jan 16, 2014
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eric e: Mookie Wade and Justin....thanks for the answers so quick. I am going to try adjusting as suggested and then ask for a swap if it doesn't work out. Jan 13, 2014
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David M: I have that problem with an aria not shoei so someone told me to where ear plugs problem solved hope this helps. dave Jan 13, 2014
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eric e: Well I adjusted the shield and it stopped whistling. Really like it! Nice and quiet. Thanks guys! Jan 14, 2014
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Tristan K asked: I have been looking at this helmet(Qwest) and the gt-air and I can't decide which is the right helmet. Mostly it comes down to noise, I was wondering which of these helmets would be the least noisy in an upright position on a naked bike? Aug 26, 2013
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Berry M: I own the Qwest, but did not test this against other models. It replaced an HGC helmet that was an entry level for me.
It would seem that Revzilla would have test products for their customer service agents to compare and provide you with helpful info. (I worked for a large company that sold outdoor goods and we had all the products to test.)
However, I like my helmet, but do not consider it particularly quiet. I expected better. I put foam in the ear areas, and then try to remember ear plugs. Maybe one needs to go to the $600 dollar level for "quiet", but not something I could do. Its comfortable and fits me well.
I'm female and ride a BMW f650gs, which is quite upright. Hope this somehow is helpful.
Aug 26, 2013
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John O: Hi. I have a quest and find it very good and quiet. I sit upright on my r1200rt. Though it has exceptional windshield and fairing. I still use foam ear hearing protectors. I have installed the Sena intercom system very easily. Music blue toothed into intercom is easily audible in the quest. Further the clear shield has a remarkable attachment system. My first quest saved my life in an accident in which I went over the bars. This is my second quest. Fits a round head. Rf1100 shoei fits an oval head. Hope this helps. Safe riding Aug 26, 2013
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Dena J: Qwest is the quietest on the decible scale. You will possibly want earplugs for any helmet especially going at freeway speeds. The GTAir is a bit louder due to it being the best breathable helmet. So if you live in a really hot bright area the GT Air may be the better of the choices. If you don't need the retractable visor and extra air in the helmet then Qwest will be fine. Plus you have the locks and if you ever get into a 3/4 tuck it'll breath better than the GT Air. Dec 8, 2013
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Norberto P: I never used the Gt air so I don't know how they compare but I'm happy with the Quest. The noise level is fairly low especially if you use the chin wind deflector that comes with the helmet. The only thing I find annoying is that at some speeds if you turn your head left or right at a certain angle you get a whistle coming from the rear of the helmet but it's not a big deal. Overall I'm happy with it. Aug 26, 2013
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Jon G: the only helmets i know are shoei. i wouldn't consider this helmet quiet. it creaks and groans when i wear it. when i am worried about noise, i use earplugs, in whatever helmet i am wearing. i don't really like this helmet. if you are looking for a good shoei helmet in this class, spring for the rf-1100. i ride upright on a naked bike, and i like it way better. i own both, and regret the qwest. Aug 26, 2013
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Wade B: I've never tried a gt-air so I can't compare the two but I can honestly say the the Quest is the most quiet helmet I've ever worn. PreviouslyI've used an amp to increase the volume on my Zumo 550 (using ear buds) and with the Quest no need for the amp and I've turned the volume down to 80%. The ventilation could be better for summer wear but is fine for the other three seasons. Aug 26, 2013
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Fernando C: I have never tried the Shoei GT. I always wear ear plugs so noise is greatly reduced. Check on WebBikeWorld under helmets section. Sep 4, 2013
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Clarence A: Clarence A I've had this helmet about three months and so far I love it very quiet very comfortable and vents are great Aug 26, 2013
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A shopper asked: Well, I can't decide between the RF-1100 and the Qwest... I don't own a bike just yet and I'm starting my course in 3 weeks. I tried both on and still, they are pretty similar... Aug 10, 2011
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Jeff Q: It really depends on what kind of riding you plan to do. The Qwest is more an upright styled helmet. So, if you're going with a cruiser, touring, or traditional bike, the Qwest is probably what you are looking for.

The RF-1100 is designed for a more forward leaning position, so it is better for sport bikes where you are in the 3/4 or tuck position.

That said, they are fairly similar, and I don't think it would be 'wrong' to get a Qwest for your sport bike, for example. Probably not ideal. If you're planning to get a graphic version, pick the one you like best.
Aug 11, 2011
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Chris L.: This is fairly simple to answer. It all depends on what kind of bike you are going to be riding. If you are riding a sport bike, with a forward leaning position would use the RF-1100. If you are riding a standard, touring, or sport touring bike with a more upright position, use the Qwest.
If you look at the helmets side by side, you will see that the Qwest has the top vent located further back to allow for more air in an upright position. The RF series as the vents more to the front of the helmet to allow for more air in a forward riding position.
Sep 16, 2011
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VstromEric: I have never worn the RF 1100, but have heard it is noisier than the Qwest. That said--it is noisier because it moves more air inside the helmet. The RF 1100 also has a completely removable and washable head basket--you can only remove and wash the cheek pads on a Qwest.

The hotter the climate I lived in--the more likely I would be to own an RF--1100.

Also, buy an RF-1100 if you tuck forward while riding. The Qwest will not bring air into the helmet once you are leaning beyond a certain upright position.
Aug 15, 2011
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02Klausrider: Though either helmet would be a good choice for just about any bike, the Qwest was really designed with touring bikes (or any bike with an upright riding position) in mind. I notice a definite increase in noise if I put my head down in more of a sport bike riding position when wearing my Qwest. Likewise, the vents on the RF-1100 aren't optimally located for an upright riding position, but plenty of people say they work just fine. To make a long answer short, they're both excellent helmets and you won't go wrong with either. Aug 15, 2011
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theryko: Be clear, it is not JUST about the riding position as people are saying. The Qwest is much rounder than the RF-1100. When you are spending hundreds on a helmet, it is very important that you try various models on (from various manufacturers if you can).

I tried a Qwest on and it basically smashed my nose while the rest of the helmet felt fine. I tried an RF-1100 on and had a great fit and the helmet wasn't directly smashed into my face because it has a bit more oval of a shape.
Mar 8, 2013
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Henry K: While it may be that your head fits into both lids even though the Qwest is rounder, in all probability you tried on a helmet one size too big. Go back and try out both models in the next smaller size and see what you think after that. And remember, don't just put it on, wear it for at least 15 minutes to get a real feel for it. Jul 26, 2012
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Poks: I finally bought a Qwest since it's less expensive and I'm just starting riding bikes. Thank you all for your answers!! Aug 15, 2011
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Softail10SFS: Watch the video's of both. Just depending on your bike and riding posture. Aug 15, 2011
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A shopper asked: I recently bought a Shoei Qwest, size large. Fits great. Really nice quality. My only problem is that it is whistling like a tea kettle, regardless of vent configuration. Anyone else have this issue and is there a way to resolve it? Jan 13, 2014
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Berry M: Mine does the same when I turn my head. I assume it's in the vent design.
If yours does it ALL the time then try adjusting vents. If this does not remedy the problem then I would return it. Shoei has an inconsistency in manufacturing here. Possibly poor design.
I would seek a different helmet in a future purchase. At present I cope with the predictable occurence of whistling. (Hey, Revzilla, what's your company policy on these situations?)
Best,
Berry Manter
04101
Jan 13, 2014
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Jon G: I don't have an answer for you. I have seen complaints that it was a "loud" helmet. I didn't really have that issue, personally, but I thought the helmet was kind of "creaky". I have since sold mine, I had it just for passengers.

I often ride with earplugs to cut down on unwanted noises. I'm sorry that I don't have any better advice.
Jan 13, 2014
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Paul C: When I bought this helmet I was riding a full fairing touring bike, and it worked great. I then bought a Ducati Monster naked bike and the buffeting and wind noise was terrible.

It's a good helmet for the right bike, but if you ride with a lot of wind in your face then it's pretty noisy.
Jan 13, 2014
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Paul C: I replaced the Shoei with an Arai Defiant which was designed for naked bikes, and it's a lot smoother and quieter than the Shoei.

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/arai-defiant-helmet
Jan 13, 2014
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Leonardo K: Sorry, no whistling with mine
You may want to check that your defog lever on the side is not in the on or open position
Jan 13, 2014
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Jason P: Not very helpful but I've had one for about year now and I've never had that problem. Jan 13, 2014
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James D: Mine whistles quite a bit as well. That is my only complaint with the helmet. Jan 13, 2014
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A shopper asked: Is shoei going to make a hi-viz helmet in the quest model? May 4, 2011
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Smeggy: So far they have nothing in the range but would it not be easy enough to grab a solid colour and slap on some hi-viz tape? Maybe even a custom colour job if it something out of the ordinary. By hi-viz, I take it you mean flouro green or yellow...that correct? Something like the hideous Schuberth C3 hi-vis? (Sorry, I would post a photo but the picture is not mine). Aug 29, 2011
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stvrjohnson: Im not quite sure but I was at the store the other day and I know that other companies make the high vis colors in helmets. Im sure you could call them to make sure 100% Jun 15, 2011
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Chris K: We could anticipate one eventually, but at least for this year no High-Vis options will be available. May 5, 2011
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Charmito: The Qwest Overt is the hi-viz version of this helmet Jan 29, 2013
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A shopper asked: RE On the shoie qwest helmet Apr 23, 2011
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Chris K: A Pinlock system is one of the few solutions for anti-fog that really works. I use the Pinlock system on my Shoei Multitec and haven't had any problems in almost three years of use.

Basically you are creating a micro-climate with 0% humidity by sealing the inner Pinlock lens to the outer shield by means of two pressure fit pins and a bead of silicone. If the lens is installed in a clean, dry environment then no moisture will get in between the two layers and it will be near impossible to fog.

Keep in mind that there are two parts to the system - a Pinlock lens and the Pinlock shield. I've linked those products for you below as they relate to the Shoei Qwest
Apr 25, 2011
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dyetube: A pinlock system is kind of like a double pane glass. there is an extra plastic insert that gets attached to the inside of your face shield via "pins" (Hence the pinlock name) and it has a seal around it so that on days when your face shield would normally fog up, it won't due to the insulation of the double pane. Aug 1, 2011
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Leslie S.: The pin lock is a system where you install and thin "liner" on your shield with the use of these little pin locks to help keep the shield from fogging. Can be tricky to make sure the liner seals properly but if you do your main field of vision should stay fog free. Apr 26, 2011
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JBRIII: The pin lock is an additional smaller ad-on internal shield that mounts on two pins.It is designed to create an air space between the cold exterior shield temp and warm excelations thereby minimizing interior fogging. Apr 26, 2011
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Sumo: Pin locks are pins on the inside of the face shield, to which you can attach pin lock tinted inserts. Sort of like shades for your shield. Jul 27, 2011
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Jerry B asked: I'm trying to decide on a new helmet and have it down to the Shoei Qwest or Arai RX-Q. The descriptions on Revzilla nd the Shoei site don't make it exactly clear as to which face shield comes stock: Pinlock ready or not? Does the Qwest come with the Pinlock ready face shield (I know the Pinlock itself is an add-on)? Shoei site makes it sound like the Pinlock ready is standard. Thanks. Mar 11, 2014
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Jerry B: Thanks Avram L and Pavel K. I had to be in town today so went by the dealer again and confirmed, you are correct, Pinlock ready face shield is an add-on. I spent some more time comparing the Qwest to the Arai RX-Q and decided I'm going to save some more $$ and go with the Arai. It is the most comfortable helmet i have ever tried. Thanks again. Mar 11, 2014
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Avram L: The standard shield on the Qwest is not pin lock ready. Great helmet in every respect. Outstanding comfort, and it's the quietest helmet I've owned. Mar 11, 2014
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Pavel K: As far as I remember you need to buy separate pinlock ready shield Mar 11, 2014
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Fernando C: No pinlock. Mar 11, 2014
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A shopper asked: I recently tried on a size large which was a bit to small and and extra large which was a bit to large. Can I get a large with smaller cheek pads or vice versa the xl with smaller pads? I'm wearing a HJC CL-16 right now size large and the fit is perfect. Sep 24, 2012
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Jeffrey S: I can't give you a great answer for which size of helmet too get, you're inbetween and that's a hard call. But as far as the cheek pads go, you can't customize the cheek pads that come with your helmet, but you'll have to order them in addition to your helmet and replace them yourself.

They Qwest comes with 35mm pads, which were extremely tight on my face. I was able to remove the foam insert from the pads, and noticed that they are formed by layering several layers of foam. I slowly peeled away one layer (glued together) and it made a big difference.

I also ordered the 31mm pads, hoping that would make a bigger difference, but it didn't. They feel exactly the same as my 35mm pads after I removed a layer. Save yourself the ridiculous $40 Shoei charges for the pads and do it yourself.
May 7, 2013
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JulioZX6r: For security reasons your helmet should never run big, remember when they are new you have to break them in for some miles... if you get a lose helmet when the time passes it will be too big for you and unsafe. Try other trademark? or helmet style. Mar 15, 2013
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RevZilla: You can go either way. Check out the Shoei Qwest / RF-1100 Cheek Pads. If you want to tighten the helmet go up in mm, if you would like to loosen the fit go down in mm. Sep 26, 2012
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DPaff: I would recommend you buy a large because the pads eventually squish down and form to your head, and it is better to have a tighter helmet than a loose one. May 24, 2013
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A shopper asked: I've measured my head and it is 23 - 23 1/16 inches (depending on hair length). When I look at the sizing chart, I fall between medium and large. This will be my first Shoei and FF helmet. I'm thinking that I should try the medium, but I'm not sure. Any guidance would be appreciated... Dec 4, 2011
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klorence: it's always best to try one on to be sure. even different models w/same manufacturer can be different. if that's impossible (an online-only sale) you're usually better off going with the smaller size -- helmets break in and shape to your head after a little while, and more snug = more safe. you can read reviews too -- folks usually mention if a particular helmet runs small or larger than expected. Also be sure to check the return policy and make sure it's not costly to ship back if it just doesn't fit. Apr 30, 2012
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ethomas923: Me personally, I would opt up... but that's based on the style riding on do and my desire to be comfortable. A too-small helmet squeezing down on my head just takes away from the enjoyment of riding for me. I would say go up and see how it feels. If it feels cavernous, it's too big. If it wobbles, it's too big. If it fits around the crown but it's too tight at the neck, you can always change out some padding. If all else fails, Revzilla makes the return pain-free, and get the MD. Feb 10, 2012
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Dena J: I had this issue. If you can find a store that you can try them on do that. I hit in between a XS and Small but closer to XS. Tried on the XS and fit great. No issues till I try to remove it. Pulled on my brow which made it difficult and painful. Small fit fine with no pain at all. Didn't matter what I did with it on it stayed on perfectly. Dec 8, 2013
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STEINER: go for the medium Dec 4, 2011
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A shopper asked: I wear an Arai RXQ size small. What size should I get in Shoei Quest? Oct 18, 2011
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C.: For me the overall size is the same. I wear the Arai in M and thought Inwanted to try the Quest. I was still size M in the Quest, but the Quest fit was much more 'round' it definately did not fit my head shape. The Arai fits me like a glove, the Quest fits me more like a bucket. You either fit a Arai or you fit a Shoei. Rather unlikely you would fit both correctly. Oct 18, 2011
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Henry K: The Qwest may not be a good fit as the RF1100 is closer to the RXQ. In any event you are still as size S. Jul 26, 2012
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Chris L.: I would say Small. The RXQ and Shoei Quest have a very similar fit. Oct 24, 2011
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Noumena: Thanks for the help. The small fit perfect! Great helmet Oct 24, 2011
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A shopper asked: who has a better touring full face helmet arai or shoei? I've been considering one or the other. May 4, 2011
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Chris L.: IMHO, it depends on the shape of your head. I have a medium oval shaped head, which tends to feel better in a Shoei. I have the Shoei Quest, in Silver, and could not be happier with the fit. If you have more of a round shaped head, Arai seems to fit better. Please note that the Shoei Quest and the New Arai RX-Q are true touring helmets. The vents are higher on the head to be more efficient in an upright seating position. One last thing, the new RX-Q does seem to fit a more oval shaped head, a departure from the rest of the Arai line.
The best thing for you to do, if you can, is try the helmets on and see for yourself. The Shoei is MUCH cheaper than the Arai!
May 5, 2011
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Smeggy: Depends what would fit on your head for a long time and still feel good. I tried Arai but none of their products fit my head and allow comfort, Shoei seems to have a shell shape that works for me so I buy them. By comparison, nothing in the Nolan or AGV range fits me at all but the BMW 5 apparently will. Sadly, my budget does not fit that very expensive option (curse my giant brain). I have heard good and bad about all brands but sticking your head into the crash hat has to be the clincher, if it's not comfy after 5 minutes then try and extrapolate that feeling to 5 hours. Aug 29, 2011
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Henry K: The one that fits you best would be the correct answer. Everything else you can learn to live with. Good fit is always number one. Jul 26, 2012
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azgsa: They are both good. Try on each model and choose the one that fits best and has the features you desire most. May 16, 2011
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A shopper asked: So if I just order the Qwest helmet, does it come with a pinlock-ready shield or not?
Or do I need to order an additional pinlock shield, and an additional pinlock insert?
Jan 9, 2013
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RevZilla: The Qwest comes with neither a Pinlock Face Shield nor Pinlock Lens. Both the Shoei CW-1 Pinlock Face Shield and Shoei CW-1 Pinlock Lens will need to be purchases separately. Jan 10, 2013
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Leslie S.: You need to order the pin lock shield additionally. Once you have the pinlock shield you can order new inserts. Jan 14, 2013
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Pino12R: I've got the qwest and i had to get the pinlock shield and insert separate but that goes for every helmet. Apr 7, 2013
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A shopper asked: Can I order one with a different cheek pad size? May 18, 2012
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Henry K: All of the Shoei Qwest and RF1100 helmets come with 35mm pads, except for the XXS which come with 39mm and the XXXL which come with 31mm.

31MM Stock in XXXL
33MM Optional
35MM Stock in XS-XXL
37MM Optional
39MM Stock in XXS
41MM Optional

http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/shoei-rf01100-cheek-pads

the link above will get you to the order page for the cheek pads.
Jul 26, 2012
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roadhowl: For most helmet sizes the standard size is 35mm, with 33mm and 37mm available. I got an XXL and switched the pads from 35mm to 33mm. Helped slightly, but didn't make a lot of difference to me. Jun 25, 2012
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RevZilla: The Shoei Qwest in size 2XL comes standard with 31mm cheek pads which are the thinnest available from Shoei. If you need thicker pads, they are available from us as additional items. May 22, 2012
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A shopper asked: I just returned from a trip through northern Arkansas and southern Missouri - beautiful but hot! I know how to remove the cheek pads, but what is the best way to clean the non-removeable padded parts of the inside of the helmet? Jun 26, 2012
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RevZilla: The best way to clean the non-removable parts is to lightly wash the helmet with baby shampoo in the shower and let the helmet air dry. Jun 26, 2012
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Henry K: I would just douse the inside of the helmet with cool clean water and let it air dry. Jul 26, 2012
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A shopper asked: Anybody replace the curtain that comes with the lid with another, more robust one? I like the helmet but I get quite a bit of draft - and associated noise - from below. Too warm for turtlenecks or neoprene...

Ideas? Experience?
Jun 1, 2012
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RevZilla: To our knowledge, Shoei does not offer a more robust chin curtain for that helmet. If you want to change it for a different one, you need to find one that will be compatible with the Shoei Qwest. Jun 5, 2012
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ThumperTime: No I have not changed the chin curtin on the helmet I find that it works just fine. The only problem I have with the helmet is the face sheild fogging up. Apr 2, 2013
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A shopper asked: Is the overly huge Shoei branding on the front of the helmet removable? I was able to take it off of my old RF1000 without a lot of fanfare, but this looks to be 'captured' onto the helmet. I love Shoei's products but the branding is excessive IMHO. Maybe not enough to chose another helmet - as I have a 'Shoei Head' - but I am put off by the size and location of it, especially if it is integral to the helmet. Oct 23, 2011
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Chris L.: You got me thinking about this, so I removed mine last night. The answer is YES, you can remove it, but it takes a few minutes and patience. If you have a plastic scraper (paint scraper) it can make the removal a lot easier. Also, goo gone for the residual. It does look much better without the HUGE logo on the front. Oct 24, 2011
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Whitey: I have the mat-silver Qwest and am unable to remove the logo. The gloss one might be different but IMHO it's not too bad. Oct 23, 2011
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A shopper asked: I have the Shoei TZ-R in Large size and it is a good, comfortable fit. Do you know what the comparable size in this helmet would be? Sep 15, 2011
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Chris L.: The Shoei Quest will fit the same as the TZ-R, although the Quest fits a bit more snug. It takes a little time for the cheek pads to adjust to your face, so it does feel tight at first. I would say that ordering your normal size, large, would be the correct way to proceed. The shell of the Quest is much stiffer, so putting it on and taking it off is a little different than the TZ-R too. But the helmet is a great upgrade. Sep 16, 2011
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ShoeiFan: The Shoei Qwest and TZ-R fit about the same. Go with a Large in the Qwest if you're happy with your current helmet. Sep 26, 2011
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A shopper asked: Will the Shoei 2xl in the Q west fit? If not are 3xl available? Feb 23, 2013
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JulioZX6r: This helmet runs true to the size, make sure you have your inches or cms right and see the size chart that will answer you, everyone says it feels snugs also so thats a point to take in mind, also when buying a helmet make sure they have DOT certified, most helmets lose their DOT after 3xl Mar 14, 2013
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A shopper asked: I sometimes like to wear an underarmour skull cap under my current Icon Alliance, so that I don't mess up my combover on the ride in to work (just kidding, my hair is actually pretty rad for an old guy). May 29, 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 SKU ID Manufacturer Product # Availability
Black / 2XS 709406 0115-0105-02 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / XS 709407 0115-0105-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / SM 709408 0115-0105-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / MD 709409 0115-0105-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / LG 709410 0115-0105-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / XL 709411 0115-0105-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Black / 2XL 709412 0115-0105-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / XS 709431 0115-0135-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / SM 709432 0115-0135-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / MD 709433 0115-0135-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / LG 709434 0115-0135-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / XL 709435 0115-0135-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Black / 2XL 709436 0115-0135-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / XS 709413 0115-0109-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / SM 709414 0115-0109-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / MD 709415 0115-0109-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / LG 709416 0115-0109-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / XL 709417 0115-0109-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
White / 2XL 709418 0115-0109-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Light Silver / XS 709419 0115-0107-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Light Silver / SM 709420 0115-0107-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Light Silver / MD 709421 0115-0107-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Light Silver / LG 709422 0115-0107-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Light Silver / XL 709423 0115-0107-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Light Silver / 2XL 709424 0115-0107-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / XS 709425 0115-0117-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / SM 709426 0115-0117-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / MD 709427 0115-0117-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / LG 709428 0115-0117-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / XL 709429 0115-0117-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Anthracite / 2XL 709430 0115-0117-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / XS 805866 0115-0123-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / SM 805863 0115-0123-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / MD 805862 0115-0123-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / LG 805858 0115-0123-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / XL 805857 0115-0123-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Brilliant Yellow / 2XL 805854 0115-0123-08 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Deep Grey / XS 709437 0115-0137-03 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Deep Grey / SM 709438 0115-0137-04 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Deep Grey / MD 709439 0115-0137-05 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Deep Grey / LG 709440 0115-0137-06 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Deep Grey / XL 709441 0115-0137-07 In Stock: Ships next business day
Matte Deep Grey / 2XL 709442 0115-0137-08 In Stock: Ships next business day