Billwang88
 
 
 
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Shoei Neotec Imminent Helmet The Shoei Neotec Imminent Helmet was designed with long distance and ADV touring in mind. The innovative tri-composite shell has been designed to provide riders with a smooth and quiet ride while reducing, lift, weight and increasing overall safety. The shell of the Neotec has also been designed to house the internal drop-down sun visor, eliminating the need to reduce the thickness of the EPS liner and potentially compromise safety. An integrated face shield shield and chinbar pivot point reduces the number of moving parts, mitigates wind noise and enables riders to close both the chinbar and face shield in the same motion. Shoeis stainless steel 360 Pivot Locking System secures the chinbar when it is in the closed position and the dual-layer EPS liner provides enhance impact absorption and is channeled to facilitate ventilation. From the shell to EPS to the 3D formed comfort liner, the Shoei Neotec is purpose built to provide unrivaled rider comfort and safety. Perfect for nearly any type of ride and rider, the Neotec is the ultimate in touring performance. Face Shield Features: Easily operable lever mechanism Anti-fog, anti-scratch, 99 UV blocking 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 Ventilation and Aerodynamics: Vortex generator vents 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 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 Double D-ring closure Note: Due to manufacturer restrictions, Shoei products can only be shipped to addresses within the United States.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Shoei vs. Schuberth vs. HJC
PostedAugust 5, 2016
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Billwang88
From Long Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Protection & Durability 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Air Flow 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Features 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Very Quiet
Loud
Weight
Light
Slightly Heavy
Heavy
Vision
Narrow
Wide
Wide
My review is a comparison of the Shoei Neotech Imminent (ITEM# 1067891), the Schuberth C3 Pro Dark Classic (ITEM# 1008216), and the HJC RPHA Max Align (ITEM# 886476).
I've been riding my '08 Honda VFR800A with the HJC RPS-10 flat black for the past 6 years, and I'm very happy with the helmet's fit, light weight, and overall shape. But the RPS-10 is very noisy, and I have to always wear earplugs when riding the VFR. I'm switching to the Honda Goldwing to ride more long distances now, and want to have the option to take a sip of water without having to pull over.
I’ve already purchased the Schuberth C3 Pro Classic Women's Helmet (ITEM# 1008288) for my daughter for us to ride 2 up, and she’s keeping it. I was really hoping the C3 Pro Dark Classic would fit so we can sort of match.
Shoei –
Overall Rating – I ruled out the Schuberth because of the chin buckle issue, and it was down to the HJC and the Shoei. It’s not the lightest or most compact helmet. I like the overall shape, graphics, and quality. The internal visor mechanism is smooth, quiet, and the placement of the switch mechanism and built in headphone speakers cutout makes it possible to add on a third party Bluetooth communication system. The internal paddings is the easiest out of the 3 to take out and put back.
Style –I liked the graphics, and is growing on me. I rank the graphic and overall shape #2 out of the 3.
Comfort – The helmet is comfortable and no pressure points. I rode in 90 degrees plus temperatures on the Goldwing, and the helmet venting works well if I sit up straight to the point where I can feel the air dumping down the top of my head. When I slouch the air can’t get to my helmet, and my sweat starts to get uncomfortable on the cheeks and brow line.
Noise Level – With the Goldwing’s full fairing, I have no noise issues. I can hear the audio system pretty well 0 to 80+ mph, and at the same time no wind buffeting.
Weight – Not the lightest amongst the 3 helmets, but feels about the same as the HJC. Considering this is a modular helmet, I really can’t complain. Time will tell how this helmet feels after those 700 mile days.
Shape – The opening is wide enough to comfortably put on the helmet. The outer shape is pleasant but when I wear it makes me look like a lollypop. The internal shape is very comfortable, and has headphone speaker cutouts built into the EPS.
Vision – All 3 helmets provide very good visibility/clarity, and the flexibility offered by the built-in internal visor is another reason I’m switching to a modular helmet. The visor’s darkness is dark enough to ride head on toward sunrise and sunset.

Schuberth –
Overall Rating – I was really rooting for the Schuberth. I like the overall shape and it appears to be the smallest of the 3. It feels lighter than the Shoei and the HJC. The visor slider mechanism has some sharp plastic edges that I don’t like. I like the idea of an integrated Bluetooth option, but at $399 a set, I’d go with something like the Sena 20s. But the visor slider mechanism would interfere with the Sena 20S. The internal paddings is the hardest out of the 3 to take out and put back. In the end, I just can’t make the chin strap/buckle work for me.
Style – The shape is the best out of the 3. I liked the graphics, and the matte finish. I personally rank the graphic and overall shape higher than the Shoei and HJC.
Comfort – This is where things fall apart for me. The chin strap/buckle chokes my throat right at the adam’s apple, and I tried different adjustments without success. With the buckle unbuckled, the rest of the helmet was very comfortable, and no pressure points.
Noise Level – I can’t test the noise level since I plan on returning this helmet.
Weight – Lightest amongst the 3 helmets. Considering this is a modular helmet, I’m impressed by how light it feels.
Shape – The opening feels the narrowest among the 3 helmets, and is the hardest to put on. Once on, there are no pressure points anywhere.
Vision – All 3 helmets provide very good visibility/clarity, and the flexibility offered by the built-in internal visor is another reason I’m switching to a modular helmet.
HJC –
Overall Rating – I like idea of HJC’s visor slider mechanism the most, but the execution falls short. The mechanism doesn’t feel smooth, and is awkward to reach high above the head to pull the visor down. The middle position is also tricky to click into. The overall shape is close to my old HJC, and I do like it. I think Anthony complained about the change to how you remove the outer visor, but I actually think its an improvement. The release mechanism pops the visor off with confidence and certainty, and clicks back in with no fuss. The RPS-10 was a bit more fussy. The internal padding is similar to the RPS-10 with minor differences, but still easy to take out and put back in. The plastic tabs of the cheek pads that wedge into the shell was a little too fussy and vague for my liking. There isn’t a clear cut out for headphone speaker like the Shoei, but does leave a bit of space. No sure it’s enough though.
Style – The graphics is my least favorite among the 3. Paint quality is good, but just not interesting or striking. The paint scheme just seems unnecessarily busy with no clear statement.
Comfort – The overall comfort reminds me of the RPS-10, which is a good thing. Plus the benefit of features afforded by the modular helmet. Just like the RPS-10, there are no pressure points.
Noise Level – I can’t test the noise level since I plan on returning this helmet.
Weight – No the lightest amongst the 3 helmets, but on par with the Shoei.
Shape – The opening is on par with the Shoei as well. Once seated on my head, it feels snug and the cheek pads squish my cheeks a bit more than the Shoei. I think my RPS-10 did the same when new, but relaxed comfortably after a full season.
Vision – All 3 helmets provide very good visibility/clarity, but the tint of the HJC internal visor is the lightest among the 3 helmets. I prefer a darker tint. HJC likes to tell you their 3 position slider mechanism is better, but in reality the Schuberth and Shoei have infinite positions since their mechanisms are not spring loaded.
Rides: 2008 Honda VFR800A Interceptor ABS
Yes, I recommend this product.
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 HJC RPS-10 Helmet - Solid
HJC RPS-10 Helmet - Solid
HJC RPS-10 Solid Helmet Advanced P.I.M. (Premium Integrated Matrix) Fiberglass Shell Super lightweight shell is designed for superior fit and comfort using advanced CAD technology Max Airflow Top Vent 6-Stage variable airflow is adjusted by glove-friendly dials on each intake vent ACS Advanced Channeling Ventilation System Full front-to-back airflow flushes heat and humidity out of the interior SilverCool Plus Interior Soft, moisture-wicking and odor-free interior with Ginko Extract and advanced silver antibacterial fabric. Crown and cheek pads are fully removable and washable Built-In Communication Speaker Pockets Rapidfire Shield Replacement System Simple and secure shield ratchet system provides ultra-quick, tool-less removal and installation for efficient operation Optically Superior Pinlock Prepared 2D Flat Racing Shield Clear Pinlock Lens Included Innovative center one-touch open/close locking system is designed for an extremely secure seal SNELL M2010, DOT Approved 3.39 lbs / 1,540 grams (approx, based on Size Medium Solid Color)
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Fits well but loud
PostedAugust 12, 2011
Customer avatar
Billwang88
From long Beach
State:CA
Rider Type:Road Warrior
Age:35-44
Gender:male
Bang for the Buck 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Style 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Comfort 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Protection & Durability 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Air Flow 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Features 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Fit
Small
True to Size
Large
Noise Level
Quiet
Loud
Loud
Weight
Light
Very Light
Heavy
It could be that the combination of my Honda VFR800 and my 6' frame made the noise level unbearably loud, but I feel like there could be more foam around the chin to block out the wind. The ventilation could be better, especially considering how loud it gets. Riding in 90 degree weather made for a hot, moist noggin. The most unexpected thing was when one of the left air vent's plastic anchor broke. I'll be going back to the store I bought it from for warranty claim.
Otherwise, this helmet is light, has good aerodynamics, and fits well.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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