At a glance the new Shoei Qwest Helmet is the Touring equivalent of the new RF-1100 Sport Helmet. At a low $300 price point it offers a slightly rounder oval shape, an vent configuration which flows more air in an upright touring position and it is 1.2DB quieter than the 1100. The Shoei Qwest Helmet is also SNELL 2010. This helmet proves to be a great option for those considering the super-premium Arai RX-Q Helmet but want to invest less than $450..
Touted as a "Universal Touring Helmet" the Shoei Qwest Motorcycle Helmet has a focus on light weight, comfortable fit and minimal noise level to really bring a new level of comfort for those long rides.
With 4 different shells sizes for seven sizes of helmets (XXS-2XL) optimal fit can be acquired without the additional weight and bulkiness that other helmet lines with fewer shell sizes suffer from. The european version of this helmet has been weighed at 1400g, we are still waiting to acquire states on the US version. While it has not been published yet, we assume the US DOT version will offer a snell 2010 rating and may weigh slightly more then the European (ECE 2205) approved model.
Noise reduction has been aided by a heavy focus on aerodynamics in the Shoei Qwest. In order to obtain an optimal shape Shoei built an entirely new state of the art wind tunnel. While a number of factors can impact noise levels, in development the Shoei Qwest has tested to be significantly more quiet then other models. To view our full selection, head back to the Shoei Motorcycle Helmets page.
Like the new Shoei RF1100 and X-12 models which debuted fall of 2009, the Shoei Qwest Helmet will use the newly developed CW-1 visor technology with the Q.R.S.A system. This system guarantees sealing from the helmets and an extra wide viewport for additional peripheral vision.
Note: this helmet is sometimes denoted as the Shoei Quest Helmet.