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Shoei Qwest Helmet - Solid
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Shoei Qwest Helmet
The Shoei Qwest Helmet was built with a focus on minimizing helmet weight, decreasing noise and optimizing fit, comfort and protection to bring a new level of comfort to touring helmets. Featuring a slightly round oval internal shape, the Qwest is manufactured with 4 individual shell sizes to keep the helmet as low-profile as possible. The smaller the helmet shell, the lighter the helmet weight. The Shoei Qwest Helmet also uses the Shoei's CW-1 visor technology with the Q.R.S.A system. This system guarantees a tight seal at the face shield by pulling the shield back to contact the opening seal evenly. The Qwest also touts an extra-wide eyeport for additional peripheral vision so you can more easily take in the world around you. Snell M2015 and DOT ratings means the Qwest is no compromise when it comes to safety.
Aerodynamic Shell Design:
- Aerodynamic properties maximized through extensive wind tunnel and feedback from professional riders
- Dual-Layer EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation
- Four shell and six EPS liner sizes increase fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes
- Molded air spoiler reduces drag and lift as well as diminishes weight pressure on the neck while riding at high speeds
- Upper air intake vent 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
- 3D 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 CWF-1 two-dimensional Pinlock equipped racing shields with tear-off posts (sold separately)
- Optional CW-1 Pinlock-prepared face shields accommodate Pinlock Fog Free Inserts (sold separately)
- CW-1 three-dimensionally curved face shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces
- 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
- Construction: AIM+ (Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi Fiber)
- Standards: Snell M2015, DOT
Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States.
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Reviews & Questions
One of my biggest peeves about full face helmets is that they can be terribly noisy. With vents here, there, everywhere, some added on, some look like they were poorly glued on, but always adding to noise inside the helmet. So, let's start with first impressions: Right out of the box, I noticed a beautiful finish on the helmet, and the perfect fit of all plastic vent controls. I observed that the front vent, nicely incorporated into the brow of the helmet, was glove friendly, and simple to open and close. As I viewed the rear vents, I was amazed and pleased to see that you can open and close the exhaust vents easily. They are nicely incorporated into the rear of the helmet, and, as state previously, easy to operate with gloves.
Next, is fit. Snug at first, not tight, just snug. But it makes you feel "at home" and safe. No kidding, I mean exactly what I say. The shield closes with an authoritative snap, and I have great confidence that this helmet will, in fact, be much quieter than the HJC AC-12 Carbon that I am replacing.
Last but not least...WEIGHT!. Coming from a full carbon helmet, I expected more weight. This is light and neutral on my head.
I like this helmet a great deal. It is designed for those of us who do not ride in a tucked position, and therefore, the ventilation will work for Sport Touring, Touring, and naked bike riders. Oh and let's not forget the price line. This, is perfect in price. A great, mid range, quiet, full featured helmet for less than $350.00 [Shoei Qwest Solid Color - Light Silver Helmet]. Can you say BARGAIN!
My review of Revizilla will be much more positive than this, lol.
I was torn between the GT air and the Qwest. My emotions said GT Air, but my budget said Qwest. Budget won. The Qwest is awesome. I ride a Kawasaki Versys 1000, more of an upright riding position and the Qwest works great on this bike. Not noisy at all, compared to an open face helmet. Very stable up to 90mph (so far). I am really pleased with my purchase. I hope the helmet breaks in more, it is a bit of a tight fit. I am right between a L and XL so I went with the Large.
I went with the solid white and I did install the breath deflector and chin guard.
I cant wait to get back out again. Looking forward to many miles on this helmet.
I've used the helmet in temperatures from 70s-90s. I've found the ventilation to be excellent through them all. My head sweat very little, even in the high temperatures during low speed riding (PLP).
It might be due to the good ventilation, but I've found the helmet to be a bit noisy. With the face shield fully down and all vents open, there is still a fairly loud wind rumble at anything over about 30 mph. Ear plugs are a must. Highway speeds without the chin wind screen can produce a slight whistle.
Speaking of the face shield, the locking mechanism is a bit difficult to operate with gloves on. Not impossible, just imprecise. The forward 'cracked' setting of the 3-way lock switch is worthless. It only moves the shield forward to where it would be without the spring loaded mechanism pulling it against the seal. It does not actually open the visor at all, so cracked riding has to be done manually by clicking open one notch.
I've found that the shield fogs fairly easily if you breath through your mouth. Breathing through my nose does not fog the visor, but I haven't ridden with it in cool weather yet to see if that changes.
Overall, I am very satisfied with the Shoei Qwest. It's very comfortable and cool, but I recommend ear plugs and probably a pinlock system or other anti-fog device.
- it is the loudest helmet I have had in over 25 of riding. Irrespective of whether or not you use ear plugs (I do), this helmet is LOUD, on every bike I have used it on.
- In pouring rain, water leaks in through the visor.
- It fogs like no other helmet I have had, with or without chin guard.
Other things that makes me unhappy include:
- the lack of a sun visor: at this price point, I want one.
- And especially the fact that the interior lining is not detachable.
The crown fits true to size, right on the dot. My head measure 23.5" and the Large is perfect. I feel it all around my head, snug, but not tight. It does not get uncomfortable at all.
My only gripe are the cheek pads. They are INCREDIBLY tight. I'm an adult and have a pretty full face, and these cheek pads squeezed my cheeks like crazy, pushing them up into my eyes. I'm hoping they'll break in a bit. It doesn't hurt, thankfully my cheeks are squishy, and it puts no pressure on my jaw, it just isn't optimal.
As a side, I was able to remove the cheek pads, unhook the buttons, and remove the foam inserts. They are layered and glued together. I was able to slowly peel away one layer and that made a world of difference. So much more comfortable. I have ordered the 31mm cheek pads, and will write up a review for those too, but in short they are NO DIFFERENT than peeling a layer of foam off the OE 35mm pads.
Finally got the right size and have worn it for the past two days. It FOGS LIKE CRAZY. Yesterday was 65 and sunny...fog. Today it was 50 and rainy....couldn't even see unless I cracked the visor a bit. My ICON at $150 never fogged like this. I've been reading about the pin lock system which seems absolutely necessary if I am actually going to wear this helmet. Thats another 100 bucks.
Not super pleased...
The first thing I noticed was the quality of the interior. The material is soft and just feels better.
I wear a 2XL HJC, and the Nolan 2XL was too small; however, the Shoei was a perfect fit at XL.
I installed my Sena SMH10 without major issue. The lack of a removable liner makes it a littler harder to run the speaker wires on the inside of the helmet but I got the job done.
The noise level is the best I have ever owned and I did notice a difference with the chin curtain installed. On my HJC, I had to have the Sena cranked at full volume to hear my music but I turned it down to about half volume with this helmet.
The ventilation is superior. I have never felt much of a breeze from any of my helmets but this helmet rushed air over my head and feel good at highway speeds.
I ride a 2009 Suzuki V-Strom with a MadStad adjustable touring shield. I have it set to blow the air right across my head right now (heat wave an all).
I had an RF-1100 Medium. IS the fitting similar? Should I buy a Medium Qwest as well?
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
FZ09 is a naked bike, and at highway speeds 65+, riding upright, it can get pretty good wind noise and resistance. Upright at highway speeds 65+ it will move your head around, especially with a slight wind. Since wind bounces off body and arms.
QWEST Helmet behaves well upright until you hit above 60-65.
Outside of tuck, like most helmets, wind noise and resistance can be felt, since helmet has a good size profile. At tuck, while using the bikes front to deflect wind channel, and minimizing body and arm exposure, it is not bad. The helmet provides sufficient field of vision to scan surroundings with helmet at 3/4 angle looking straight and a bit side to side to view mirrors.
Canyon riding, with a good deal of carving and flipping through 20-45 mph bends, its good, since it is hard to reach speeds until straight aways... so I am told...
I sometimes where a scarf underneath to limit wind noise coming from chin area, and I try to remember wearing plugs. You will need to assess your riding style, and how your willing to adjust your riding to accommodate riding conditions with the helmet you use.
If your looking for more aerodynamic helmets, you should consider going to a RF1200. If snell label rating is not important to you... GT AIR.
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.