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Shoei GT Air Helmet - Solid Colors SHOEI introduces the Shoei 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 GT-Air 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 Shoei GT-Air 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, the GT-Air Helmet and other Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Great street helmet could use some refinement.
PostedMarch 18, 2013
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2 / 5
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To begin with I've had HJC, KBC, Arai and Shoei and used them for racing, touring, street, winter, summer you name it. I'd been looking specifically for a street helmet with built in visor and decent venting. Shoei fits me best so I was pleased when the GT-Air came on the scene. I picked up the Hi-Viz yellow the instant it was available. So far I've ridden in the helmet from 40F to nearly 90F day and night so I've got a pretty good notion of it's quality and limitations. I haven't tested it in rain yet but I'm sure it won't be long.
Top Vent-I have an Arai Profile Takahashi rep and a Shoei X-11 Kiyo rep. Both vent better than the GT-Air. In fact, I'm baffled by this being that "air" is the name of this helmet which lacks that very thing. I haven't a single hair on my head so it is easy for me to feel whether a helmet vents well or not. The GT-Air does move some air but not at all like the two aforementioned race lids. I looked in the helmet for any obstructions and there are none. I can even see light through the vent holes and a clear path for air to be moving but only a little comes through at any speed. Having said that, on a 90F day and sweating I never felt my head was boiling like a cheap helmet will do. On a 40F degree ride I can definitely notice the difference opened and closed! It vents, but don't expect it to vent like a racing helmet.
Rear vent- I can't tell a bit of difference either way from it.
Chin Vent-Works very well at clearing mist from the visor. I don't use the pinlock at night so I rely on the chin vent. It works only when in motion of course just like every other helmet with an effective chin vent.
Fit-Superb. Fits like my X-11.
Paint-Very nice. Love the yellow. It is very bright, smooth and flawless.
Interior-Again much like my X-11. Well done. It doesn't block the top vent holes like on cheaper helmet. Now if only the holes passed more air...
Safety-DOT approval is the only thing listed on the helmet. While sufficient, I'd expect better from a helmet in this price range. Dunno if that means it was rushed to the market? No ECE or Snell approval that I could find.
Noise-Being my other lids are race helmets they are very noisy. The GT-Air is quiet. Quiet enough to wear without ear pro if you desire. I always wear ear pro but I tried it without and wind noise was much reduced from a racing lid. As some others have mentioned though the helmet does sometimes have a whistle! It's not from the vents because I've checked. It's not the visor. It's the design I suppose. Again I'm thinking Shoei rushed this helmet to the market. A lid in this price range shouldn't be making funny noises of any sort. Still it's only at certain speeds and I've only noticed it a handful of times. It's audible even with ear pro. Not a deal breaker for me but be aware.
Visor-It's a pain in the butt to remove the visor. Not at all like the X-11. I feel like I am about to break a tab removing it, same for replacing it. Not as good as the X-11 method by far. The new locking tab on the front works well though. The detents are firm.
Chin strap. Shoei changed to a button to lock the free end much like Arai. As opposed to the older Shoei method that locked the free end to the steel D ring. It's now clumsier to find the button since it's very close to the base of the strap.
Sun Visor-The perfect shade. Not too light, not too dark. Easy to operate. It could come down a little further since the lower half of vision especially peripherally is unshaded. The visor is still low enough that low morning and evening sun is totally blocked. I like it and it was the main feature I was looking for.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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