Shoei Hornet DS Helmet
Not an effective DS design
I know, how can you give a great Shoei legendary namesake helmet an average score. Excellent build quality, protection, comfort, etc. However this is supposed to be a DS design with a functional peak/visor, and it isn't. The peak extension is so limited it virtually does not block the sun at all. And creates a low whistle right at my optimum speed. Seems like an exercise in looking DS fashion, but the design does not fulfill purpose.
March 6, 2014
Really like this helmet
Moved to this helmet from a Shoei Qwest. This helmet seems lighter and fits me much more comfortably than the Qwest does. Pretty cool looking helmet though.
February 10, 2014
Overall, I'm very pleased with this helmet.
Overall, I'm very pleased with this helmet. I have a narrow/oval head, and wear a size 7. The small was snug when I first put it on, and I thought it would be too snug but has loosened slightly after a few hundred miles and is now comfortably. I have owned other Shoei helmets and the fit is very similar. It has a wide field of view with the shield down. One nit is that the shield is a bit flimsy and requires me to push it all the way down from the center of the shield. I have read some reviews and some have said that fitting goggles doesn't work with this helmet. Having the option to wear goggles was a big factor in me buying one of these hybrid helmets. I'm pleased to say that my spy mx goggles fit without gaps, but just barely. If you have wide or tall goggles, they likely will not fit in the opening. The shield also closes nicely with my goggles on (maybe the flexibility of the shield helps with this). Wind noise is of course more than a regular street helmet but not too bad at speed. One caveat though, I'm a dual sport rider and have not gotten over 65 mph yet while wearing this. The visor catches some wind but not like a regular mx helmet. It's not enough to yank your head when you turn it or raise it. Overall, I'm pleased. I just wish Shoei would come down on the price. It doesn't make sense that this helmet is almost $500 when a Snell approved mx or street helmet is half that.
January 21, 2014
Excellent Helmet, But...
The helmet was exceptionally tight on the cheeks. My 24 inch head seemed to fit well, but my cheeks were heavily compressed. I was getting ready to ship this back, then I noticed that the cheek pads were replaceable with thinner factory pads. I switched from 39 mm to 31 mm and the helmet fit very well. Shoei ended up making out on this deal in that I had to shell out another $44.50 (no kidding!!) to get the thinner pads. They really need to set up a customer program to allow a new customer to trade pads one time free. As a result, I will not buy another Shoei and I have informed others of my bad experience.
December 26, 2013
Its a Cool Helmet and good locking!!! one of the best helmet in te market
November 18, 2013
Good helmet... but
The helmet is very comfortable, but honestly, get the Arai XD-4. It is slightly more expensive but has much better features. The gasket on my visor would leak water in the rain, and I had some issues with the cheekpadding never staying locked in. All in all, it is a good helmet, but the Arai is better, and is BASICALLY the same price. Plus the arai is snell 2010.
October 29, 2013
This helmet has worked great so far. It's worth the money, works excellent with the scala rider Bluetooth system
October 29, 2013
Money Well Spent
I purchased this helmet the week before I left on a 5,000 mile road trip. I was a little nervous as this was the most money I had dropped on a helmet and it was a week before a long, long ride. Best product I have bought to enhance the comfort of the trip. I wouldn't even bother taking the helmet off at the gas station to fill up. It was a super comfortable helmet to wear and I should have bought it long before this last trip!
Great product, great fit, best value!
October 21, 2013