The Shoei GT-Air is a helmet that opens a new segment into the full-face helmets family. It is a product designed to offer the maximum comfort and comodity when riding, and also has the versatility we want on these times. Descendant of the Neotec, the Shoei GT-Air is capable of mixing these touring elements with some sporty doses.
The Shoei GT-Air’s outter shell has been made with a system named AIM (Advanced Integrated Matrix), that is a combination of multi-composite, organic fibre of various layers that provides a strong resistance and rigidity, as well as a contained weight. The same is true for the inner shell, made of double density EPS.
The GT-Air presents an oval shape, with the aerodynamics more focused on noise reduction inside the helmet rather than cutting off a few tenths of seconds. We see that the design lets more space for the ventilation system and the integrated sun visor, which discuss later. This latter point is important: the GT-Air does not compromise safety by incorporating the sun visor, as the helmet’s structure has been designed bearing this in mind. Its rear spoiler, integrated into the shell, affords it a very sporty appearance for a touring helmet. Its weight is around 1.450 grams in the M size.
The GT-Air has a more touring focus in this section: the air inlets are grouped into two vents, one on the chin guard and the other on the front, with a single outlet in the rear. The system, devised to reduce turbulences that can generate excessive noise, has very comfortable, large “on/off” type closures, which can be adjusted on the go and even with winter gloves on, a factor which contributes to its convenience for daily use all year round.
The GT-Air has a double density 3D central padding, completely removable and washable. Its interior is very soft, for maximum comfort on long trips and which insulates us better under adverse weather conditions. On the rear part, the padding is more narrow to better “embrace” the neck, improving hold and comfort, as it avoids the entry of any air.
The helmet also incorporates the brand’s novel EQRS (Emergency Quick Release System), to safely remove the helmet in the event of an accident. It can also be equipped with intercom systems, but do not come as standard.
The GT-Air has a neoprene seal on the outer crown, to avoid water getting into the inner lining. As additional elements, the helmet incorporates a chin curtain, as well as a breath guard, for correct insulation and also to minimise the visor fogging up on the coldest days.
The helmet incorporates de CNS-1 visor, which has anti-fog and antiscratches treatment. It also incorporates the anti-fog Pinlock system. As previously mentioned, the GT-Air incorporates an integrated solar visor, model QSV-1, which signifies a great advantage under variable light conditions. By moving the lever situated on the left hand side of the helmet, just below the screen mechanism, we can raise or lower this sun visor.
The GT-Air trusts the micrometric fastener, but with a metallic buckle instead of the usual plastic one, conferring it greater safety. This helmet is mainly a touring sport helmet, devised for riding more kilometres and which is more comfortable for every day use. If what you want is a touring helmet for comfort, but you don’t like the idea of a modular helmet or you are not going to use it as a jet, then this is your helmet. With the GT-Air, Shoei hopes to open a new segment, where touring is not at odds with sportiness.