I ride with a shoei GT air. ($600) Coming from a cheap HJC ($120)
The pros with the shoei: - Flip-up/down sun visor. This is a necessary component for me. I use it all the time; flipping it up and down multiple times during rides. This was the selling point of the helmet for me. - Speaker cutouts (my HJC didn't have this, but it was an old helmet) - Cheek pad quality is significantly better (the HJC pads felt so much rougher than the Shoei) - You actually feel air coming through the air vents. (I felt like there was none with the HJC) - Came with a pinlock insert... This is super nice for colder weather - Easier to remove cheekpads
Neutral: - The weight between the two helmets is similar.
Cons: - The price is a LOT... Honestly, I do not feel like I get 4x the helmet out of the Shoei compared to the HJC. - I'm not certain if the Shoei fits my head shape perfectly. I feel like I get unnecessary pressure on my ear; which causes my ears to hurt after some time. (I ride with earplugs, not sure if related) - I got A LOT of wind noise... A lot! I feel like it gets worse over time. I think my cheek pads are worn... It must have been a gradual wear because I don't recall so much wind noise when I first bought the helmet... Also the helmet fitting my head shape could have to do with this.
Overall, I would buy another Shoei; but I would not recommend it to those who are unsure. The price is simply so high I don't think many can justify it. Before buying another shoei, I would try on different brands to see if their head shape fits mine better.
Post by semprenissart on Sept 14, 2022 15:04:42 GMT -7
Shoei RF1200 and Shoei GT Air II depending on what I do.
I use the RF1200 on the track, or when I go on a fun ride. I've got a photochromic visor and a mirror astronaut style visor.
I use the GT Air II when I commute, and when I do some touring;
I've had Icon and Scorpion before going to Shoei but if I knew how much better Shoei was I would've had it from the beginning. I've always wanted to try Arai but never got a reason to move away from Shoei.
I use Nolan N100-5 Modular. With N-Com B902L communication system which has awesome ESS light. (B902L uses Sena App) Recently i purchased Nolan X-lite X-100-5 modular full ultra carbon fiber along with Sena 50C. (To bad i cant install Nolan ESS on X-lite )
Lots of Pros incl. PINLOCK FOG-RESISTANT INNER VISOR, Sunscreen, linear positioning control and Specs friendly slots. Cons: At high speeds (specially on my R1M) wind noise is crazy
I am not sure if Nolan's are used much in America region...
What Helmet you all use? (Comment with Type & Model) Any feedback will be awesome (you can choose upto 3 answers, if using more than one. Dont forget to mention best among several, if you use..)
Don’t use any of those brands in the survey.
The wife and I use Icon Airflite helmets have two each. Like them very much and have multiple face shield colors to fit our mood. We use Lexin B4FM headsets. We love the helmets. They have good aerodynamics and neck strain is minimal. We support Icon brand as they are based out of Oregon and support local companies when able.
We just got these this week. Bought a blue shield for the Inky helmet.
Last Edit: Sept 14, 2022 22:55:18 GMT -7 by mt10orc
Icon Alliance GT matte black. No poll option for Icon??
Sorry i was knowing about Icon, not sure how to add this to Poll
I can't seem to figure it out either. Tried as a moderator but can't find any option to edit the poll. I can edit the thread, but can't seem to edit or add to the poll. I can only remove the poll.
I rock an Icon Carbon as well. Icon helmets just fit my head shape the best. Plus, I've yet to find a helmet that has better airflow than the Icons. They're loud helmets, but a godsend at the track in 105 degree weather.
Post by rracerfz10 on Sept 16, 2022 5:18:49 GMT -7
I have an HJC RPHA 70 ST it was some special colab if an artist edition. The gray matches my 2017 perfectly and I like the drop down sunshade. I got it on clearance from Revzilla a couple of years ago. I want to say retail was about $500 I got it for about $350. It's a little loud but lighter than other HJC lids in the same size aside from something like an RPHA 11 Pro or Carbon.
Post by maxtorgoes on Sept 16, 2022 7:12:55 GMT -7
I run a Bell Racestar Flex Carbon fiber helmet. Easily one of the best purchases I have made. (I also only paid $620 for it at cycle gear) I came from a HJC i10 that was just too heavy and really hurt my neck and shoulders on longer rides.
Pros of the Racestar flex: -lightweight -top notch build quality, just feels premium -auto tint shield, never get caught late with a dark visor -acceptable wind noise, works perfect with pactalk black -easily removable pads that are labeled with the size for easy customization -very aerodynamic at speed
Cons: - Could maybe be a little quieter (haven’t had anything else to compare but it’s better than the h10i) - $$$$$ - $$$$$
Last Edit: Sept 16, 2022 7:20:23 GMT -7 by maxtorgoes
Mine is Shark Evo One 2 Noise is acceptable and with earplugs not an issue. It's kinda heavy but you trade weight for being able to ride 3/4 helmet when it's too hot or pull it up to talk to somebody. I've been using it for almost 2 years now and I don't notice the weight. The venting and airflow is amazing. Next time I'm helmet shopping I'll probably try Icon out, but I have a big head and modulars have always fit me best.
I use the RPHA 70 ST with ear plugs and Cardo pack talk bold com set. For the price the Rpha is nice inside, relatively light, has sun visor, accommodates the com set, and has the emergency release cheek pads.