Shoei GT Air?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by jearnshaw, May 10, 2013.

  1. jearnshaw

    jearnshaw Adventurer

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    Well I stopped at a store today to try on a Shoei Qwest before I order one...while there the salesman did a awesome job describing the differences in the Shoei lineup. He did have great things to say about the Qwest but since I mentioned I commute and had a lot of problems with my Icon fogging up in the winter he stated he could order a Pinlock visor for the Qwest and he showed me the GT Air which comes with one....Long story short for sake of my bank account I should have not tried on the GT wow just wow the helmet felt amazing, almost like nothing was on my head with just enough pressure letting me know something was there... in a few weeks I should have a GT on my head.
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  2. 2Stamp

    2Stamp Been here awhile

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    Im going to look at this helmet tomorrow. I love how my DS Hornet fits, intersted in how this on is.
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  3. ChildlikeWonder

    ChildlikeWonder Been here awhile

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    I was all set to get one, but was turned off by the lack of Snell and got an RF1100 instead.
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  4. NatetheGreat

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    I recently invested in the GT Air and it was well worth the month. I also was originally looking at a Qwest but loved the fit of the GT Air. My only gripe with the helmet is that the more aggressive "fishnet" pattern material on the upper part of the liner can snag hair if you have short hair and the sunshade always looks like it is foggy for some reason. However the pinlock is great!
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  5. sonic578

    sonic578 Been here awhile

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    I had same 'foggy' impression in the store, then noticed it had a removable plastic film. Couldn't be...
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  6. earthroamerxvlt

    earthroamerxvlt Adventurer

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    I bought the GT Air when my X-11 was destroyed and really love the helmet. I noticed the fogginess on the sun shield and it is apparently from something inside of the helmet gassing of when the helmet is fairly new. The fogging is easily wiped off, but comes back if the sunshield is left in the retracted position for a few days. I have now had the helmet about a month and there is much less of a film build up and it takes much longer to accumulate. I think it will pretty much be a non-issue in the very near future.

    As far as the lack of Snell rating, I personally don't think of that as a negative. A simplified explanation of a fair amount of research seems to point to the Snell approved standards and testing that require two impacts in the same spot on the helmet result in the lining be rigid enough that the G-Forces of deceleration are actually increased over those helmets meeting DOT or European standards. Apparently the more rapid deceleration can actually contribute to brain injury in an accident. I guess you just have to decide if you think you are likely to take two super hard hits on the exact same spot on the helmet. Make your best guess, pay your money, and take your chances.

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  7. Socrates

    Socrates Been here awhile

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    I tried one on the other day. Overall I liked it but it seems like the chin curtain would make it extremely hot in the summer.

    I realize the chin curtain would help with wind noise but doesn't it also make the helmet much hotter?
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  8. ChildlikeWonder

    ChildlikeWonder Been here awhile

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    If it's like the one in my RF1100, it's removable.
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  9. AlecMyrddyn

    AlecMyrddyn Been here awhile

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    I got a GT-Air a couple weeks ago to replace my aging Arai Profile.

    See the other thread on it for reviews and other info: First impressions: Shoei GT Air helmet

    The chin curtain is removable. Can't comment on hot weather riding yet, we've only had a couple days in the high 60s so far this spring, and the helmet is new to the market this year...
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  10. RocketJohn

    RocketJohn Hook em' Horns!

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    I'm 600 miles into my GT-Air... fantastic helmet!

    Quiet, controlled air and very comfortable. Highly recommend if it fits your head...

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  11. ChildlikeWonder

    ChildlikeWonder Been here awhile

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    That was the case for Snell 2005, but not for 2010.
    http://www.webbikeworld.com/motorcycle-helmets/snell-2010-standard.htm
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  12. Mike M

    Mike M On the Left Coast...

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    I just replaced my X-12 with the GT Air. Very happy with it so far. Before the X-12, I had a X-11 for several years. I've got a Shoei head---long oval.

    The GT Air has great ventilation and is still surprisingly quiet. I got it for the vents but have to admit, the sun shield is a nice addition when riding into the sun. Another thing I like is the shield ratcheting is very stiff so it doesn't slam shut at speed like it did on my X-11 & X-12.

    Fit is a bit snug compared to other Shoei XL's but mostly because the GT is narrower at the opening. Pulling it on is tighter but once it's on, it feels like the other XL Shoei's I've owned. Now starting to break in nicely as all helmets do as you wear them for awhile.
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  13. AlecMyrddyn

    AlecMyrddyn Been here awhile

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    A couple places (Revzilla for one) seem to indicate that the lack of Snell rating on this helmet is a Snell policy issue. They claim Snell won't certify any helmet with an internal sun-shield for fear it could get broken in a crash and pierce the EPS liner. I don't know if this is true or not, and would love an official answer from Snell or Shoei.

    The GT-Air is DOT/ECE certified, and while Snell certification would be nice, I'm not losing any sleep over the lack.
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  14. AKjitsu

    AKjitsu Been here awhile

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    I’ve put about 3,000 miles on my GT Air and declare to be cool beans. I’ve been riding since 1967 and consequently have owned more than a few helmets. In my experience, the GT Air is the best yet. Bar none.
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    The lack of wind noise is downright spooky at first. The aerodynamic drag coefficient must be extraordinarily low. It takes so little neck muscle to keep your head straight I forgot to raise my windshield for the first 200 miles. It vents as well as an Arai. (And as most know, the only way to get better venting than an Arai is to stick with a do-rag and sunglasses.) If you really want some breeze you can open the face shield to the first notch and, with tiny adjustments to your head angle, can determine exactly where the air hits your face.
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    On a recent dash through Utah, running in and out of cloud cover and through canyons where we went from bright to shaded every half mile, I found the flip down sunscreen to be handier than I would have ever imagined. The downside of this arrangement is that a clear face shield does nothing to hold down in-helmet temperatures. Something of a BFD here in southern Arizona. But I can live with it.
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  15. bv11

    bv11 Been here awhile

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    I would love to get one of these, but when I tried it on I nearly tore my ears off. It fit fine once I got it on but my ears were still red when I got home a half hour later.
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  16. Mobiker

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    My experience also. OTOH the neotec and the Qwest both fit and went on ok.
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  17. GSDonovan

    GSDonovan There and back again

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    I went from a Qwest to the new GT Air...LOVE it...the Qwest was great, but the GT Air is better. Its (even) quieter, it flows air significantly better and I like the sun shield. The only thing I liked better on the former was the ability to move a lever to just push out the shield a tad to keep it and my sun glasses from fogging up. The GT Air has similar functionality, but it doesn't work as well. I installed the pinlock, but that doesn't help with keeping my sunglasses from fogging. Also the liner is removable for cleaning whereas its not on the Qwest. I found the fit to be similar. I wear a medium in both helmets.
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  18. GSDonovan

    GSDonovan There and back again

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    When I pull the helmet down over my head, it will tend to fold my ears over...I just stick a finger in through the face opening and push my ear back on each side. Fit is completely comfortable at this point...takes a second to re-position my ears. I wear earplugs for music...putting the helmet on and off does not interfere with the plugs.
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  19. fullmonte

    fullmonte Reformed Kneedragger

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    Why would you need sunglasses inside this helmet, when it has an integrated tinted drop down shield?:ear
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  20. biggziff

    biggziff Funk Soul Bruvah

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    I was going to buy a Qwest recently, but then I read all these reviews where people claimed they were actually very noisy helmets (webbikeworld for example) so I passed. I'll take a look at the GT
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