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- Wide vision
- Good for round heads
- Fits larger than normal
- Slightly heavier than expected
Description: Shoei Neotec
Building on the success of their previous modular helmets, they designed the Shoei Neotec Helmet with long distance and ADV touring in mind. The innovative tri-composite shell has been designed to provide a smooth and quiet ride for riders, while reducing, lifting, weighing and increasing overall safety. The Neotec shell has also been designed to house the internal drop-down sun visor, thereby eliminating the need to reduce the EPS liner ‘s thickness and potentially compromise safety.
An integrated face shield and chinbar pivot point decreases the number of moving parts, mitigates wind noise and allows riders to close both the chinbar and face shield in the same motion. The 360 ° stainless steel pivot locking system from Shoei secures the chinbar when it is in the closed position, and the dual-layer EPS liner improves the absorption of impact and is channelled to facilitate ventilation.
The Shoei Neotec is built from the shell to the EPS to the comfort liner formed in 3D to provide unrivalled comfort and safety for the rider. The Neotec is the ultimate in touring performance and perfect for almost any type of ride and rider.
Face Shield Features:
Easily operable lever mechanism
Anti-fog, anti-scratch, 99% UV blocking
Pinlock-ready CNS-1 face shield
Wider and taller than the CX-1V that it replaces
Includes Pinlock insert lens
3D injection molding process ensures a distortion-free view
Ventilation and Aerodynamics:
Vortex generator vents pull air through helmet
276% more airflow than Multitec
Added inlets and outlets
Vents are flush against helmet to maintain aerodynamics
5-Ply Shock-Absorbing Fiber Shell:
3 shell sizes
AIM Multi-Composite construction
Lightweight yet strong
Shell-integrated spoiler reduces lift and drag during high-speed riding
Dual EPS Liner:
Multi-density EPS for optimal protection
Two vents funnel fresh air through the EPS liner
Dual liner channels route and disperse air evenly throughout the helmet
EPS liner in chin bar
Fully removable 3D interior liner
Top center pad is removable and washable
Improved cheekpad design allows better fit with eyeglasses
Included chin curtain can be inserted into the chin bar to reduce turbulence and noise
Double D-ring closure
Not as quiet as I’d like
This helmet has a lot of good features, unfortunately it’s not quiet without a good windscreen. Even with a windscreen It’s going to aggravate you on a long ride. If you’re looking for a quieter helmet, this isn’t it. Yes, modular helmets are going to louder than a full face, but if you don’t have decent wind protection you’ll need to wear earplugs.
Longer commutes will really make this noticeable. I would get another Shoei, I would not get a modular helmet unless they improve the sound issue.
The locking mechanism works as intended but make sure you do a quick pull to test. The operation is doesn’t give feedback. It is far better than a lot of modular helmets. A click would be nice to have to ensure the helmet is locked. There is really no point wearing a modular helmet to get a “semi-fulface” protection if you ride off and the helmet isn’t fully locked. Check it and check it again.
In summary, if you tour on a bike with a windscreen that sufficiently directs air around you and you are alooking for the convenience of a modular helmet this might work for you. If you ride sport bikes I’d look for other options.
The finish is what you’d expect from Shoei. Ian, Revzilla customer
My first modular
I’d like to say that this is my first modular helmet. So my opinions are purely based on this fact. I have owned two other helmets in the past, one HJC and another Shoei.
I love the modular helmet functionality! Whenever I have to sneeze, spit, or speak with someone, the modular design is a win. It also gives you less of a claustrophobic feeling (if you are affected by this). The only con that I can say about the modular design is that the weight balance is thrown off when it is opened.
The sun visor is awesome, especially since I live in Florida.
This is the quietest helmet I’ve owned so far, though I’ve worn my father’s Arai Corsair and I believe that one produces less noise. But, to be fair, it’s a different brand and design. On the Arai vs Shoei note, I much prefer the shield mechanism on the Arai with the smooth motion instead of the Shoei notches or clicks in between each movement or whatever that’s called. But Arai doesn’t make modulars 🙁
Finally, the biggest downfall for this particular helmet is price. Almost $700 is a lot for me. I know there are many $1k+ helmets around but I just don’t see why it needs to be THAT much. I would have been happier around the $500 range, which the predecessor design was at, but, alas, all out of stock.
I do love the design and color of the Imminent and highly recommend it to others. WR, Revzilla customer
My first helmet was a Shoei Raid II – perfect fit. When it came to replace the Raid II I went for the XR1100 – very similar fit to Raid II. I though both helmets were excellent. The time came to replace the XR1100 and I thought I was going to struggle as NXR and GT Air felt quite noticeably tighter. The I tried Neotec – absolutely perfect – better that my previous two Shoei helmets.
I tell you that so that you have an idea on how its fits. Re performance – amazing. I don’t know what Shoei have done, but this helmet is better in every way. It’s extremely comfortable, very quiet and has brilliant ventilation. Buy with confidence. SportsBikeShop customer – very quick delivery as always. Gary, SportsBikeShop customer
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