I purchased a new helmet yesterday and wanted to share the observations between my old and new helmet. When I bought the new helmet, one of the dilemma was not being able to try (riding on your motorcycle) before you buy. So I ended up reading a bunch of reviews online to find the helmet with the features that I wanted.
My old helmet was a Scorpion EXO1000 purchased in 2011. I never owned a motorcycle before so this was my first helmet ever. I pretty much bought it because it had DOT and SNELL approval sticker, it was on sale and it fitted my head (most importantly). Fast-forward 5 years later and riding 2 different styles of motorcycles (Ninja EX500 and now 2009 Versys), I was looking for a quieter helmet.
My criteria for a new helmet were:
- modular (optional but not necessary)
- drop down visor
- communicator ready (recessed for speakers)
After reading a million reviews, I had narrowed my choices to a Shoei Neotec. I picked the Neotec because it was one of the modulars that was rated really good for quietness. I headed to the stores in the area of beautiful Edmonton AB to tryout the Neotec.
After trying the Neotec in medium size, it felt loose on my head. A small was too tight. One sales rep suggested the GT-Air. It had all I was looking for to the exception of being a modular helmet. The fit of the GT-Air was tighter to my face without any loose spots. So I walked out of the store with the GT-Air and set off for a 200km ride to try out the new helmet.
Here are my first impression of the Shoei GT-Air after 200km:
- The weight of the GT-Air - It was sooooo light on my head compared to my EXO1000
- Size - both helmets are Mediums but the GT-Air seems smaller from the outside
- Quality of the optics are awesome (drop-down visor and shield)
- Venting is really good - I would say a bit better than my EXO1000
As I said previously, one of the reasons I wanted a new helmet was for the quiet factor (plus my EXO1000 was on it's 5th year of usage). I was somewhat disappointed that the Shoei GT-Air was not more quiet than my EXO1000. I actually can say that both helmets are very similar in terms of quietness but on the other hand, I have a very lightweight helmet with excellent ventilation and optics. There is more riding to be done with the Shoei GT-Air but so far, I would recommend it to anyone looking to upgrade to a lighter helmet.
Feel free to comment or ask questions about either helmets.