GT-Air Solid Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet



The Shoei GT-Air Solid Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet has many redeeming qualities.  This was the arguably the quietest helmet we tested.  The GT-Air includes a build in drop down sun visor, as well as the Pinlock Lens system making the helmet almost impervious to fogging.



The Shoei GT-Air doesn’t have any real flaws; it just lacks some features we came to love on some of the other helmets we tested.  The fact that the GT-Air did not come with a peak visor, or with a flip-up facemask, makes it less versatile for long distance adventure riding.  Shoei’s GT-Air is also not an inexpensive helmet, with an MSRP of $579.99, this is not a budget friendly helmet.

The Verdict:


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The Shoei GT-Air is an amazing full-face sport bike motorcycle helmet.  Any rider looking for a helmet that is comfortable, quiet, and almost impervious to fogging up, this one fits the bill.  If it were not for the added advantages to the flip-up modular style of the Shoei Neotec and Schuberth C3 Pro, the Shoei GT-Air would have been the helmet we chose to take down to South America.


The Shoei GT-Air Solid Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet was brand new in 2013.  This is a full feature helmet, with a drop down sun visor

Warranty & Customer Service (10/10)

The Shoei GT-Air Solid Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet is covered under warranty for five years from purchase date or seven years from the date of manufacture, whichever comes first.

“The warranty covers all manufacturing defects. Please note that damage caused by the consumer, (i.e. dropping the helmet), etc., is not covered under warranty.”

To have your helmet impact inspected for free, please ship it to:
3002 Dow Ave, Suite 128
Tustin, CA 92780
Attn: Inspections

Bang for Your Buck (9/10)

The GT-Air Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet by Shoei is packed full of features for a sport bike helmet, and you will see that reflected in the price.  With a MSRP of $569.99 the GT-Air was the cheapest of the premium models we tested.  The GT-Air has every upgrade you can think of for a full face helmet making it well worth the investment, if you are in the market for a helmet in the above $500 range.

Ventilation & Noise (10/10)

The Shoei GT-Air Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet is arguably the quietest helmet we tested.  Once you get into these high-end helmets, they all seem to perform very well.  Because a Pinlock lens system is included with the purchase of a GT-Air, we had no issues with the lens fogging up.  The Sena Bluetooth communications system worked wonderfully in this helmet, even at speeds exceeding 75 mph.  We did not test this helmet in extremely hot weather conditions, but have every reason to believe that this is a 4 season helmet.

Note from Manufacturer: “Thanks to time well spent in SHOEI’s in-house wind tunnel, GT-Air owners will enjoy a reduction of wind noise without blocking the road’s “informative sounds.” In addition to optimal shell aerodynamics and liner components designed to prevent unwanted road noises from entering through the bottom of the helmet, a dual-ridge window bead helps to reduce noise while providing a wind and waterproof seal.”

Note from Manufacturer: “Utilizing SHOEI’s wind tunnels to help reveal the optimal balance between airflow and silence, SHOEI engineers equipped the all-new GT-Air with a large lower vent shutter for ease of use with riding gloves, a strategically-placed, three position upper vent for optimal air intake, uniquely-positioned upper exhaust outlet vents to take better advantage of negative pressure suction, and a multi-piece EPS liner with cooling air channels… All yielding dramatically-improved cool-air intake and hot-air expulsion.”

Features (10/10)

The Shoei GT-Air Solid Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet

Note from Manufacturer: “The GT-Air comes equipped with a built-in QSV-1 sun shield, giving riders instant relief from sun glare in one quick motion. A large, easily located switch activates the 3D injection-molded inner shield, and the distortion-free view blocks 99% of the sun’s damaging UV rays just like the CNS-1 external shield that lies ahead. Unique to SHOEI, the forehead area of the outer shell is raised slightly to accommodate the internal sun shield, allowing for the integrity of the helmet’s inner EPS liner to remain intact. The QSV-1 Sun Shield Exceeds the ANSI Z80.3-2010 Standard for Non-Prescription Eyewear.”

“The GT-Air’s larger CNS-1 shield provides a wider and taller field of vision than its predecessor. Additionally, the CNS-1 protects against 99% of the sun’s damaging UV rays, and SHOEI’s 3D injection-molding process ensures a distortion-free view throughout the entire field of vision. Coupled with the QR-N base plate system, shield changes and base plate function have never been smoother. The spring-loaded base plates pull the shield back against the dual-lip window beading to ensure a wind and waterproof seal with each and every closure.”

Safety & Comfort (9.5/10)

The Shoei GT-Air Solid Full-Face Motorcycle Helmet

Note from Manufacturer: “Few components of a motorcycle helmet are as critical as its first-layer of defense, which is precisely why the new GT-Air features the DOT-approved AIM shell construction. Combining fiberglass with organic fibers, the GT-Air’s shell is not only incredibly strong, it is extremely lightweight, and comes in an impressive three shell sizes to ensure a custom fit for heads between the sizes of XS-XXL. In addition, SHOEI’s exclusive, state-of-the-art shell forming technology incorporates the aerodynamic advantages of a spoiler right into the shell of the GT-Air, thereby eliminating the need for a traditional plastic spoiler. Reducing lift and drag during high-speed riding, the GT-Air’s shell-integrated spoiler yields a stable, less fatiguing ride.”

Manufacture Description

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet

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