Davesax36
 
 
 
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Shoei GT Air Journey Helmet SHOEI introduces the GT-Air, a lightweight full-face helmet with improved ventilation, a fully removable noise-reducing interior, a built-in sun visor and a distinctively stylish shell that is as good looking as it is integral to its performance while on the road. Aerodynamic Shell Design Aerodynamic properties are maximized through extensive wind tunnel and professional riders feedback Multi-Piece EPS liner enhances impact absorption and ventilation Three shell and four EPS liner sizes provide increased fit options that help to comfortably fit most head sizes Molded air spoiler reduces drag and lift, as well as diminishes pressure on the riders neck while riding at speed Sun Shield Visor System Built-in QSV-1 sun shield gives riders instant relief from sun glare in one quick motion Visor meets ANSI Z80.3-2010 standard for non-prescription eyeglasses Large and easy to reach switch activates the 3D injection-molded inner sun shield Distortion-free shield blocks 99 of harmful UV rays Forehead area of the outer shell is raised slightly to accommodate the internal sun shield, helping allow for the integrity of the helmets inner EPS liner to remain intact Ventilation System Upper Air Intake Vent is positioned to maximize air volume into the helmet interior Large upper intake vent positioned to maximize performance behind wind screens Easy to operate large lower intake vent Lower air intake/defroster vent reduces shield fogging and increases ventilation The rear/neck vents allow for effective air exhaust Breath guard and chin curtain included Advanced Integrated Matrix (AIM) High performance fiber materials are combined with elastic organic fibers to create a shell structure that is ultra-lightweight, rigid and resilient Interior System 3-D Max-Dry center pad and multi-layered, polyurethane foam cheek pads Chin curtain prevents wind entry and reduces noise Cheek pads are replaceable or removable for maintenance Eyeglass compatible interior E.Q.R.S. (Emergency Quick-Release System) allows emergency medical personnel to easily remove the cheek pads from the helmet of a rider involved in an accident, in turn making the helmet more easily removable Standard Chin-Strap Clip Neatly secures chin strap CNS-1 Shield System The CNS-1, three-dimensionally curved shield is both wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces Includes new redesigned Pinlock Anti-Fog Lens for more coverage of the CNS-1 shield Dual-Ridge window bead increases contact with the shield to reduce wind noise Scratch-resistant shield coating 99.9 protection from harmful UV AB rays Safety Certification DOT-218 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
Shoei me a better helmet for the price....
PostedMay 1, 2013
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Davesax36
From Fort Worth
State:TX
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:25-34
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Air Flow 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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Noise Level
Quiet
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Vision
Narrow
Exceptionally Wide
Wide
I have to admit, I'm a Shoei guy. I loved my X-11, which the GT-air is replacing. This review will compare features and pro/con between the X-11 and GT-Air.
Fit: The neck area of my X-11 went onto my head easier than the GT does. However, the insides of the GT are far more inviting. I have to wiggle it around to unfold my ears after it's on, but once that's done it fits like a glove. I do get a sort of helmet "butt print" on my forehead when I take it off, but it's never uncomfortable when I'm wearing it. I feel like there's almost a bit more room vertically in the GT and the top really fits my head well. The X-11 was great, but it was more harsh feeling. My glasses fit inside this helmet without issue. They're pretty wide, stiff frames, too. If I had slimmer or more flexible frames it would be even easier.
Noise Level: I wear custom ear plugs every time I ride. The GT is pretty quiet. I can hear the air flow, vehicles around me, and the wind. At highway speeds, my pipes are barely part of the soundscape. I'm sure the thicker neck roll and built in chin guard are what does this, but I wore a Wind Jammer on my X-11 all the time. It was probably quieter than it was designed to be. I do find that I can change the sound with a bit of head tilt if I want to, but I'm still experimenting with that and windshield height.
Weight: It's a well-made helmet... with a visor... and plenty of padding. It weighs about what I thought it would. My neck didn't get tired after four hours of riding. I think it'll be fine.
Shape: Who doesn't think this thing was engineered to death? The shape is awesome. Head checks are like nothing's even changing. I like the little duck tail. It's great.
Vision: Holding this up next to my X-11 and my Scorpion, I can tell that the shield is bigger. I had a pinlock visor on my X-11 when I rode from Houston to DC. I swore I'd never have another helmet without that system. It's fantabulous. I didn't realize (maybe it's new) that the pinlock visor only lets in 80% of available light. It says not to use it at night right on the packaging. I think this is ridiculous. If you sell me a helmet with a visor that's not supposed to be used at night, what am I supposed to do? I don't notice any diminished vision at night anyway, but I have to ask why either company (PL or Shoei) would make this situation the default. i will continue to ride late into the night with the pinlock shield on there, and not think about it. It really makes no difference. If you're worried about it, stop worrying. I just thought it was odd that the safety manual says don't use this in the dark. The flip-down tinted shield, however, is AWESOME!!!!! It may not be the darkest smoke available, but it was great in the Texas sunshine last weekend for hours. I got to wear my normal glasses (better setup than my prescription sunglasses), and didn't have to worry about carrying anything extra for that.
Overall: You can see my rating. I've been waiting to buy a new helmet and was going to get a scorpion EXO-1100 for the visor. I'm sure I could have been happy with that Scorpion, and will probably get one for my wife, but I'm glad I went with the Shoei. The optics in the flip-down are great, the pinlock system is great. It's got a noticeably larger field of view. PLUS when I showed my wife the red/white/blue graphic, she said, "There's something cool about that one. Is that what you're gonna get?" ..... It feels sort of throw-back theme colors to me. I was going to just get silver like my X-11. Everyone that sees it wants to touch it. The paint looks great. I wish the little silver stickers were really reflective, but I'm sure I'll find a way to do something about that.
I love this helmet. If you have the cash, fit a Shoei, and want enough air flow to feel your hair blowing around inside your helmet (seriously, I could feel it moving). Get this thing!
Rides: 2001 Yamaha VMAX
Yes, I recommend this product.
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