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Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet Evolving on previous designs, Shoei has revamped its modular helmet style with a streamlined and attractively sculpted shape that conveys the feel of freely moving through the outdoors in the Neotec Modular Helmet. Overall shell size is kept compact by incorporating the internal sun visors open/close mechanism inside all ventilation mechanisms are shaped and positioned in such a way as to reduce any possible drag. A redesigned aerodynamic spoiler also helps to cut lift, reducing neck strain on long, cross country rides. In the Shoei Neotec all these features combine to create a premium helmet that excels in appearance, protection, comfort and performance. The Shoei Neotec Helmet's chin bar is connected to the same axis point and mechanism as its shield, minimizing extra parts. This also enables simultaneous closing of the shield with the chin bar, which is then held in place with an easy-open lock release button. The shield lock system offers secure closure or the ability to keep the shield slightly open to allow for increased airflow. With the Shoei Neotec Helmet, Shoei now includes a built-in sun shield, the QSV-1. The visor tucks neatly away beneath a non-intrusive shell built into the helmets liner, and can be lowered with the easy control of a sliding button. Shoei Neotec Helmet Features Face Shield Features Easily operable lever mechanism Anti-fog, anti-scratch, 99 UV blocking New Pinlock-ready CNS-1 faceshield Wider and taller than the CX-1V that it replaces Includes Pinlock insert 3D injection molding process ensures a distortion-free view Improved Ventilation and Aerodynamics Newly designed vortex generators pull air through helmet 276 more airflow than Multitec Added inlets and outlets Vents are flush against helmet to maintain aerodynamics 5-Ply Shock-Absorbing Fiber Shell 3 shell sizes AIM Multi-Composite construction Lightweight yet strong Shell-integrated spoiler reduces lift and drag during high-speed riding Dual EPS Liner Multi-density EPS for optimal protection Two vents funnel fresh air through the EPS liner Dual liner channels route and disperse air evenly throughout the helmet EPS liner in chin bar All new interior Fully removable 3D interior liner Top center pad is removable and washable Improved cheekpad design allows better fit with eyeglasses Included chin curtain can be inserted into the chin bar to reduce turbulence and noise All Neotec Helmets sold in the US have a double D-ring closure Note Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Money Well Spent
PostedMay 28, 2012
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Creggur
From Jacksonville
State:FL
Rider Type:Adventurer
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Average
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
First off, let me say that Revzilla is awesome! This was my first purchase from them and will definitely be buying from them again. I ordered on a Sunday afternoon, and got a shipping notification at 8:30 am Monday morning - two days later my new lid was sitting by the front door. On to the helmet...
Weight:
For reference I'm coming out of a Joe Rocket 101 Carbon helmet, which is very, very light. The Neotec is noticeably heavier in my hand, but balanced so well, it's not evident while on my head.
Shield:
The shield mechanism is a quality affair, with nice detentes throughout its range, and rewards you with a satisfying 'ping' when you move it to the closed position. It seals up nice and tight, and I think will withstand any water-borne conditions thrown at it without allowing leakage. The Pinlock assembly is standard and a simple install, for which I wouldn't want to be without after having one for the past two years - they simply will not fog up.
The view out is wide in both the vertical and horizontal planes, so wide that it took a bit of getting used to - zero claustrophobia inside this lid. The added benefit is that the Pinlock insert is large enough the lines aren't in your immediate field of view, and I forgot it was even there. (I could see it on the visor of my JR)
Fit and Finish:
Fit and finish of the helmet are top-drawer, and the silver metallic paint gleams nicely in the sun. The internal visor comes down far enough to serve its purpose well, and is dark enough I didn't find myself missing my sunglasses at all. Even though I measured at the very edge of the range for a medium size, I went with it, and am very pleased with the fit of the helmet. It was, of course, a bit snug at first - but broke in nicely after only a few hours. With the plush interior lining, it is simply the most comfortable helmet I've ever owned. It just fits my head...
Ventilation:
Okay, I must admit I'm always dubious of claims of great venting from a helmet. I've owned many over the years, and quite frankly have never been impressed. This is the first helmet I've ever owned where I can actually feel air flowing through with the vents open. Pop the simple, but elegant front vent back two clicks and you've got some air moving through there! The chin vent supplies additional flow, and like all mechanisms on this helmet, has a quality feel during operation.
Noise:
I've ridden with earplugs for longer than I can remember, but the Neotec is certainly quiet. I installed my Sena SMH-10 with zero fuss, and rode with my usual background music piped in - except now it's not background music - I can actually hear the songs in living color. I found myself reducing the volume on the Sena in fact - something I never did with the JR. For reference: I could clearly hear Neal Peart's intricate hi-hat work at the beginning of La Villa Strangiato at 75MPH indicated. With the music turned off, I was pleased with the ambient noise levels. Wind noise was evident, but nicely muted, and only slightly increased with all of the ventilation flowing. (Did I mention you can actually feel the ventilation - not just hear it?)
Chin Bar:
This is my first modular helmet - I've always been a full-face guy. I must admit it's nice to pop the front up for some additional cooling while in stop-and-go riding. The red latch button is easily operated with a gloved hand, and the mechanism clicks nicely into place when moving to the up or down position. I rode for a while with the chin bar in the up position to experience it, and noticed no adverse effects below 50 MPH. Above that I could feel the wind pulling back on my head.
All in all I couldn't be more pleased with the helmet, and if it has a downside I haven't found it yet. I did over 250 miles on my first outing with it, and another 600+ mile day since and am quite pleased. I'm under no illusion that even at Revzilla's price this helmet is a major investment - $596 delivered. It's certainly the most expensive helmet I've ever owned, but after riding it, I feel justified in the investment. Can you get a helmet that provides equal (or greater) protection for less? Sure. But I appreciate the quality Shoei built into this helmet, and the bells and whistles sure make for an enjoyable riding experience...
Yes, I recommend this product.
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