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Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories Welcome to our premium modular helmets guide this video is going to encompass these four helmets that i have in front of me that range from around 450$ all the way up to 700$ plus so again premium modular motorcycle helmets here that were going to talk about and hopefully we can narrow it down for you if your in the market for a new modular. There's some key differences between these all of them are fantastic helmets very well made and premium features if your not familiar with modular helmets basically that means it just has a flip up chin bar , your going to be able to raise that up out of the way if you wear eye glasses that's a huge advantage you can easily get your glasses on and off . All of these helmets accommodate glasses very well they also work very well if you need to talk to somebody at a light or a gas station you can easily raise that up and have a face to face conversation with somebody if your a smoker if you want to take a drink with your helmet on you can do all of those things with a modular helmet so convenience factor is really high with a helmet that is in this price range obviously you paying for a lot of comfort features and premium features that your just not getting with less expensive modular helmets the fit and finish of each of these is very very good and i just want to stress that each one of these helmets is good each in its own right and were going to kind of run though these from my left to my right from least expensive to most expensive and kind of break down the differences between the four that i have in front of me. So first here on my left , to your right , is the Nolan N104 now this is the only helmet that doesn't have a composite shell it has a polycarbonate lexane shell its manufactured in two shell sizes these were made in Italy again its a nice fit and finish . One of my favorite things about the Nolan is it keeps the chin bar very very tight and low when you look at how the shield mechanism and the chin bar mechanism opens and functions in fact if i close this down and open it again if you focus on this pivot right here you'll see when you open it up it actually starts to raise and then it slides back into place and then it has a nice secure detente at the raised position its called an elliptical pivot instead of being on a single access raising up like most other modular helmets this one actually keeps it nice and low and then there's actually a chin bar lock on the side so if i click that in that actually going to prevent the chin bar from coming down at all . So if you like to ride with the chin bar in the raised position at all and i know all motorcyclists if you wear modular around town or if its hot out a lot of the time you'll keep the chin bar raised. A lot of manufactures actually don't recommend that just for safety reasons obviously you don't want that chin bar to accidentally fall down but well talk real world here i know a lot of you guys going to be wearing modulars are going to ride with the chin bar open. This one is going to prevent it from accidentally coming down on you, even with this unlocked it still has a very nice locked detente if you want to close it you will have to apply some pressure to move down and your going to have to click down into place. All the helmets up here are going to have metal to metal latches obviously as a safety feature you don't want the chin bar to open on accidentally open all the chin bars up here have very secure latching systems I'm not going to elaborate on that on every single helmet here . We do have a full helmet brake downs of each of these helmets so if you do actually want to see how the latches work and hear more about the features of each of these helmets you'll have a chance to watch those videos at the end of this one. To talk some more about the chin bar mechanism on the Nolan though its a little different in that there's a two stage operation there's a tab on the base that you can pull forward its just going to get that other one to come out squeeze those together that's what actually releases the latch.So its a two stage procedure to get that released and that's just an extra safety feature that's going to help keep the chin bar down and secure in case of an accident . You have a European style ratcheting strap on the Nolan these are nice and handy because you can get them on and off with gloves on and that's infinitely a nice feature just going to adjust the strap to where its comfortable to you and then it will just ratchet into place and some Americans are a little leary of these but they are incredibly strong or at least as strong as the D ring system that's found on other helmets that were used to here in the US but its actually very common over in Europe. Fully removable interior on the Nolan talk about the Ncom system briefly they have a Ncom communication system you can remove this base plate here pop that off and install the Ncom system and you'll easily be able to integrate their communication system with the helmet here though its going to integrate very cleanly. It has nice openings for a speaker pockets and plenty of room in the chin bar for a mic. So Definitely a great option for those of you running a communication system , and last but not least internal sun visor there's a slider on this slide that forward its going to deploy the internal sun shield it does have an anti fog coating on it and its spring loaded so you click that red tab and its just going to raise that up nice and smoothly out of the way. Pin lock lens is included with the Nolan so for the external face shield anti fog is accomplished with the anti fog insert. In fact while were talking about pin lock all of these helmets up here include a pin lock ready shield with the pin lock insert included in the box . So you are paying more for these types of helmets but you do get all those types of features included . Ventilation system last but not least on the Nolan is pretty ingenuitive the way that they have designed it they have a single slider up here on the top , and the first position is meant to crack this upper air scoop , fully released all the way to the back it is not only going to open this air scoop here but it also opens the brow vent at the front of the helmet . You'll see that they integrate a spoiler into the shell itself and then there is an exhaust port out the back to help warm air escape out the back of this Nolan . Again the Nolan N104 is going to retail for 449$ you'll have to jump on our website to see our current pricing is we are able to discount the Nolan with a pretty healthy discount but you can jump on there and see what those go for currently on our site. So for retail price ten dollars more 459$ for the HJC which is the next one to the left here. This is the RPHA Max which is brand new this one just came out it was just released and we are really impressed with it it has their premium integrated matrix shell its actually manufactured in three different shell sizes these ones are made in Korea but you see a lot of design influence over from the RPHA 10 which is their premium road race helmet or the RPS 10 which you might be familiar with so really top of the line features coming out in this helmet very aerodynamic design HJC uses extensive wind tunnel testing and development of both the aerodynamics of the shell and the ventilation system for the RPHA max very very nicely done helmet. Ill place this helmet on the scale here you can see its very light weight 3.6 pounds that's almost as light in fact that lighter then a lot of full faced helmets and its almost as light as its full faced brother the RPHA10 . So definitely a very well constructed helmet . Chin bar opens with a simple pull of the tab on the bottom that rotates up on a single access but it does stick up a bit further then the Nolan which all of the other helmets up here are going to be in that boat. You have what they call their cool forever interior fabric its moisture wicking fully removable customizable you can change out different sized cheek pads you have pockets for speakers on the sides here that should accommodate just about any kind of communication system standard D ring and chin strap for the closure . This does have an internal sun visor much like the rest of these helmets here this one is deployed with a slider on the top . This is just going to slide forward and lock into place and you can see it lowers down there it does have an anti fog coating on it , and then there's a button on the top here you press that and its going to retract that up . You might have noticed like the Nolan this one is also damped so its not a jarring sudden spring loaded motion its more of a smooth nice retraction. This helmet includes a max vision pin lock shield. You can see the blue outline on the face shield here its nice and large that's how the outline of this pin lock is going to sit on the shield so your going to get unrestricted vision out of the helmet here . And the pin lock insert if your not familiar with it creates a duel pane effect you have an interior shield a small bead of air and your actual external face shield when you install the pin lock insert and that gives you some insulation between the outside air and the inside . It really does a fantastic job at reducing fog , and again all of these helmets include the pin lock insert . Moving on to the right here you have the Neotec . The Neotec is made by Shoei and if your familiar with motorcycle helmets you've probably heard of Shoei they have been around for quite a while they are made in Japan they have an advanced integrated matrix 5 ply shell its manufactured in three different shell sizes fit and finish again very nice what you would expect from a Shoei . You finally get fully removable interior our previous modular helmets did not offer , internal sun visor is deployed on this helmet with a simple slider found on the left side of the shell here. Slide that up here to deploy it no springs or buttons on this guy its just a simple slider very easy and intuitive to use and if you know where that slider is you can get that up and down very easily . That is anti fog coated you have a multi density liner which is the actual foam inside of this helmet which is going to progressively absorb impact and its also allows them built to let in air channels though out the EPS liner so that this top vent can actually function as a ram air scoop to slide it back and that's actually going to draw air down inside the helmet and then you have an exhaust vent on the back here. This Shoei retails for 648$- 662$ so right around that 650 dollar range . There are graphics available that run for a little bit more then that but the solids are right around that 650 dollar range and we actually are able to provide a little bit of a discount on the Shoei as well. Last but not least we have the Schuberth C3 up here on the right . The Schuberth is made in Germany retails for 699$ and there are no discounts available on these guys, they charge a premium on them but it is worth every penny according to those who buy the Schuberth C3. First thing to point out its an extremely clean shell design, if you look at the back here there's no extra spoilers no extra vents on the back its just a very clean shell design which means its going to be the quietest helmet of the bunch here and that's really what Schuberth really prides themselves on its been wind tunnel tested and actually proven to be extremely quiet at freeway speeds so if noise is something that bothers you if your on a longer ride it gives you kind of a fatigue if you want to use a communication system so having a quieter helmet will help you enjoy that a little bit better the Schuberth with a lot of little design features just to get a very quiet ride . In fact if you look at the top of the face shield here you may notice these little triangle shapes here that is what they call tribulaters. Rather then having just a simple face shield that is just smooth and flat that would create a lot of turbulence around the seal here . These tribulaters actually create a bit of a swirl as it comes over the shell of the helmet , so instead of creating extra wind noise around that seal its actually going to promote wind to go up and over the shell of the helmet so it keeps the noise nice and low . Intake vent is a single vent at the top here and then you have a chin bar vent and again no exit vents on the back of the shell but it does create an area for the air to flush out at the base of the neck , so probably not as aggressively vented as for some of the helmets up here but again your getting a very quiet ride with very tight tolerances how the chin bar integrates with the rest of the helmet its a very nice tight and secure fit. Another thing that's unique to the Schuberth if you get it open here they have their anti roll off system which is an additional chin strap so you have your standard chin strap that has a ratchet enclosure much like the Nolan , and this is a German helmet your seeing that European influence in this one , but rather then just coming up and connecting inside the helmet like most do , it also has an additional strap that runs inside around the base of the helmet and you may have noticed there are a couple of rivets on the back here . That is what they call their anti roll off system, So if you were to go down and hit this helmet is not going to be able to roll forward off of your head or out of place. As this chin bar tightens against your neck this rear strap is going to pull tight keep the helmet in place its an additional safety design that Schuberth has used in their design. They also have a very rounded chin bar, so that if you were to go down and hit your chin on your chest its a very round shape so its not going to create an additional point of injury in that area . Ill show you how the internal sun visor works on the Schuberth , so again a very similar design to the Shoei just a simple slider that's here on the side, slide that back to release the shield down and into your vision and then slide it back to get it up and out of the way. Again that's also anti fog coated, it includes the pin lock insert so your getting all the features that your getting with the other helmets plus your also getting additional safety features. Last but not least on the Schuberth there's a couple of things , first of all the interior out of all of these as you would expect for a 700 dollar helmet is the most plush and the softest and just looking at it on camera you will be able to tell its a very premium fabric very comfortable its what they call Techskin design to keep you comfortable in cool weather and warm weather its cool max so its moisture wicking , its anti bacterial its very comfortable fully removable and then another thing you can do on the Schuberth that is really neat. You can remove the neck roll and replace it with the Schuberth communication system it actually integrates the communication system into the neck roll of the helmet. So your going to get buttons on the neck roll you don't have to attach anything externally to add bulk or weight or wind noise its just integrated right into the neck roll it works really really well and again if price is no object for you this is the top of the line helmet for you that your looking at right here. Definitely a very nice helmet again it retails at 699$ and there is no discounts available on the Schuberth line but that's what your going to get for 699 dollars there are some other graphics available with the Schuberth that will give you a little bit more as far as solids for price is 699. Now real quick i didn't have a chance to weigh all of these and while i do that I'm going to talk about the fit. First of all the Schuberth is going to be the lightest one up here talking about this being a 699 dollar helmet it is 3.55 pounds . If weight is something that is of concern to you weather you have neck issues that cause issues for you or if you just want to have a helmet that isn't going to cause fatigue when your on the bike for extended amounts of time the Schuberth is the lightest one up here. As far as fit goes i would say between the Nolan and the Schuberth these are going to be the most round oval shape that we have up here on the table, and then when you look at the Shoei and the RPHA max these are going to be the more intermediate oval or a slightly longer oval shape between the three of these. As for sizing goes these are all a size large I've tried all of them on they all fit true to size i wouldn't need to go up or down a size in any of them although i will say the opening for the Nolan is the tightest out of them pull the helmet on and off over your ears the Nolan is a little bit tighter but again that's going to give you a better seal on the base of your neck to prevent wind noise. The Schuberth weighed 3.55 pounds , by contrast the Shoei is going to be heaviest on the table is 4.05 pounds now and that's a half pound difference try and keep that in mind. And then the RPHA Max again very light weight almost on the same weight as the Schuberth 3.6 pounds so very impressive design on the part of the HJC. And then the Nolan up here 3.8 pounds it kind of splits the difference between the others . Hopefully that helps you narrow it down a bit between these top four modular helmets that we offer at Competition Accessories , they are all fantastic options just pick one that strikes your fancy as far as looks which ever one that fits your budget the best and bare in mind that comfort is something that can be bought that is something that is appreciated on a longer ride i know how a lot of you guys ride year round long commutes long tours you know year long around the world trips your going to want something that is extremely comfortable that you can endure wearing for days and days on end and be very comfortable and not have something that's a distracting or uncomfortable for you.
Hey guys this is Reuben with competition accessories welcome to our Shoei helmet overview and buying guide. We get a lot of questions around here at Competition Accessories about what kind of helmet you should buy and right here I have just about every Shoei helmet available on the table in front of me there are a couple missing kind of the older styles of open face styles called the RJ Platinum, and a half helmet called the ST Cruz. I think those are probably going to be phasing out at this point butessentiallyI have everything current on the tale in front of me. There are a couple things about Shoei that that really make them stand out and stand apart from a lot of other helmet manufactures out there. And we get a lot of questions why I should spend the money on a Shoei when I can get the brand XYZ for half the price or less. And Im here to tell you there are real some real significant differences between a very inexpensive helmet and a premium helmet such as a Shoei or some other premium brands that we carry. Number one Shoei owns their own factories they have been in business over forty years and they hand make these helmets in Japan at their own factory they also have their own r and d lab their own wind tunnels so they do everything in house, they dont farm out anything, a lot of less expensive helmet brands their exactly just buying helmets from a big box manufacture like in China putting their own stickers on it and calling it and selling it to you. Um so yeah there is a difference there. You are saving a bunch of money on a helmet that is made like that you know mass produced, injection-molded plastic. All the Shoeis up here are actually handmade fiberglass shells. They have two difference versions of it. One is called just regular AIM which stands for Advance Integrated Matrix and one is calls AIM Plus. Which adds a secret level of organic fibers. Shoei doesnt really want to tell us what exactly it is but it essentially its another layer inside the shell that just helps to strengthen the shell even further. And when you look at the helmet specs on line you can see what shell it has it if its regular aim or aim plus. But bottom line is both of those are going to be worlds better than you would get on a regular polycarbonate helmet. As far as sizing goes, thats another thing I wanted to address up here. Im a size medium in just about every Shoei I am a size medium in every Shoei. And what you want to do is go on our website and see the size chart that is available on our website take some like this if you have it flexible measuring tape is best if not you can wrap a piece of string around your head and get a friend to help you and measure that but essentially your going to put that around your head at the widest point and for most people thats right above the eyebrows. And just tighten it down to where its nice and snug around the widest part of your head ok and get that to where thats snug, get the right accurate measurement for me its 58cm. So Im pretty much right at the top end of 57 to 58 range that Shoei recommends for a size medium. Andmediums fit me fantastic in Shoei. As far as head shapes goes most helmets manufactures dont tell you exactly what their shape is but Ive tried all of these on and I can tell you they all fit me great. They are what I call a natural shape. Kind of a intermediate oval that is going to work well with most people unless you know you tend to get a lot of pressure at either at the temples or at the forehead and the back. But the intermediate oval that Shoei tends to use in the most in most cases is kind of best for everybody. You will find some differences if your looking at something like the X-Twelve which is their flagship high end road race helmet thats definitely going to fit a little more snug and be a little more difficult getting it on and off. Verses something like their Shoei Qwest. Which is their more of there touring orientated helmet design more for a maybe a more mature rider which just features a little bit more of an opening a little larger opening in the base of the helmet. To run through the different models that I have up here Ill just do it real briefly keep in mind that we do have an in-depth video review of every single helmet thats up here on the table so if you want to know more about one of these definitely jump over there we will have a link at the end of the video here so you can go to any of those in-depth reviews if you want to learn more about it. So the Shoei Neotec that I have up here on the left is their newest modular helmet and youll see that is features and internal drop down sun visor. And that is something people have been begging Shoei to make for quite awhile and it took them awhile to come out with a solution that will work well for the Shoei helmet but they felt would not compromise safety. And what theyve done and theyve done it in Neotec the GT Air and the J Cruise that I have up here, instead of compromising the EPS liner on the inside of the helmet which is the Styrofoam that actually absorbs impact on the inside of the shell rather than shaving that away because obviously you need somewhere for that shield to go when you raise it out of the way it has to have a home to go to. So what theyve done is rather than shaving that down and compromising on thickness they rise the shell instead which gives you the same level of safety on the inside of the shell and the same amount of protection on the shell it self on the outside. So they done that with all three of these helmets. Thats the Neotec the GT air which is the full face version and then J Cruise which is obviously the open face kind of a fighter jet style helmet.Back here I have the multitec, this is kind of the older version of the Neotec. Its still around. Its less expensive than the Neotec by quite a bit so if your budget is more of a concern for you the Neotec is still a great option. And one thing I will point out theres a lot of different modular helmets out there which is the helmet that can open in the front and keep in mind you got a lot of different moving parts and latches and things like that so skimping on a helmet in this category I definitely dont like recommending people do that unless you have just absolutely no other choice because your budget is limiting you. But most people can save up for a Shoei if they really make it a priority because if youre out there riding your head is worth it.We talked about the Shoei Qwest briefly its essentially one of the most basic entry-level full-face Shoei helmets that you can buy. Its definitely designed a little more for a touring style rider, sitting more upright the vents are moved up and back not quite as aggressive as far as ventilation is goes but it still has that AIM shell and that nice soft interior that Shoei is known for.The RF1100 this is probably the go to Shoei helmet. This helmet will work on the street on the track commuting long distance touring. Its a fantastic do it all helmet it has a really nice integrated rear spoiler that is built into the back of the shell, that AIM shell that gives it that shape buts its not a stick on add on piece, you see it had four exhaust vents on the back that are open and closeable. As well as two on the front and its just a great all around helmet, so if your not sure what full face Shoei to buy you can not go wrong with the RF1100.The X-Twelve we talked about briefly already. Its essentially a high end race helmet works well on the street it is a little more noisy because of the amount of vents that are on this helmet it has a ton of ventilation built in um so you will definitely notice a little bit of noise increase however the shape of the helmet the aerodynamics of the helmets and the shear amount of air flow this thing can pump through is definitely noticeable and its a great option for you guys that are looking for a little more high performance. Now those definitely step up quite a bit more in price so keep that in mind as well.Last but not least we'll talk about off road segment the VFX-W has been killing it out there on motocross tracks supercross tracks enduro riders everybody loves the VFX-W. Its a light weight helmet fantastic ventilation for off road riding. And ah really dont need to say a whole lot about it. Cause it just does for well in off road in the off road environment.And last but not least we have the Shoei hornet which has been out for while here but its essentially a blend of between a full face helmet and the off road helmet that you see here. Just gives you a face shield and a visor peak that allows it to flow through-out the air fairly well for on road riding its great option for dual sporting and adventure touring.I hope you enjoyed this Shoei brand overview I know we ran through everything pretty quick. If you have any additional questions about Shoei we will be happy to answer those questions. Just keep in mind they are custom hand made helmets that come from Japan. So yes you are going to spend a little more money on them but they give you things like a 5-year warranty. Crash inspection program where if you crash helmet or if you go down and you crash they will Im actually inspect it for you for free, you can just send it to them. They will take a look at it and let you if its good to go or not. Cause if you compromise the internal foam on the helmet you may not be able to see if its damaged and Shoei will be able to tell you if the helmet it good to go or not. Though they have another level of service that you dont get with a lot of other brands and ah I think that personally the extra amount of money that youll spend on a Shoei helmet is worth it. So if you have any other questions dont forget when you shop with us here at Competition Accessories youll also be earning 5% Comp-A-Cash back to use towards future purchases. We have great free shipping deals and easy exchange program and no restocking fees. Thank you for watching. We'll see you next time.
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories welcome to our in depth review of the Shoei RF1200. This is obviously the helmet that is replacing the RF1100 and the predecessor before that one was the venerable RF1000 one of the most popular full face Shoei helmets ever. It kind of fits the gap right between their high end X12 race helmet and the Quest which is kind of their entry level touring helmet if you will if I can call any Shoei helmet an entry level. Shoeis not know for building helmet to a price point they build helmets to a quality standard and for a specific purpose. Now the RF1200 and the RF line of helmets is a very good choice if you kind of need a do it all helmet. Your looking at commuting long distance touring weather your on a cruiser or a sport touring bike or a full on sport bike and your attacking the twisties in the canyon on the weekends maybe the occasional track day. This is a great do it all helmet great blend between aerodynamics and ventilation and a nice quiet ride . When you start adding a lot of vents like a lot of race helmets have you start getting a little bit more wind noise and things just aren't quite as practical for street use in a race helmet. So this helmet is a great do it all helmet, and its obviously not as expensive as a race helmet too so there's a bonus there. We have a separate video actually two separate videos on comparing the RF1100 directly with the RF 1200 a kind of head to head comparison and then a real world review Ive actually already taken this out on the bike done some riding in it to give you my impressions kind of my first thoughts on how this helmet handles with wind on the freeway around town definitely a fantastic lid so definitely check those helmets out the videos as well. In this video were just going to talk about the helmet itself and what its made up of . Its coming in four different shell sizes and its Shoeis advanced integrated matrix plus multi fiber shell, so that's what they call their AIM plus shell. Its actually fiber glass and other organic fibers sandwiched together to give you a very strong light weight shell. The shell is your first line of defence, so don't discount how important this is .If you hit your head its going to do the first part its going to play the first roll dispersing the impact into a larger area so that the internal foam can manage that impact. If you have a really flexible soft shell its going to collapse right in the area where your head hits which leaves a lot of pressure on the EPS liner which is going to be transferred to your head.Having a good strong shell is going to be a good important feature . Shoei is no stranger to making a good strong shell. Speaking of the shell they have also made it a more compact shape so its smaller then the RF 1100 and its a little bit more aerodynamic as well they have gone back to an integrated wing like you had on the RF1000 . So a little bit more compact a little bit more aerodynamic and the best thing about it is its Shoei's lightest full faced helmet SNELL certified helmet . You are looking at 3.4 pounds for a size large helmet and remember the shells are going to weigh slightly different amounts but your looking at under 3 and a half pounds significantly lighter then the RF1100 was. So a little bit more compact and light weight, Its a win win right there. There also giveing you a unique looking design right there at the base of the shell you can see it right there how it angles up and then it comes back down you have a little lip at the back here and again with stibility at speed .Shoei does extensive wind tunnel testing on all their helmets they know exactly how much air is going to flow over this helmet and exactly how its going to effect the feel and the noise levels as you are riding depending on if your on a naked bike or a bike with a windshield , what your head position is they really do their homework it really shows when you ride with one of these . Lets talk about the ventilation real quick they have changed that as well you now have a two position chin bar vent so you can open it fully or close it or leave it half way open . This works a lot like the defroster on your car its going to direct air up onto your face shield you can see the opening right there they are also including a breath deflector in the box so its going to help keep your breath off the face shield if you have a problem with fog ill talk about fog in a second. Right here above the shield you now not only have two intake chiming style vents at the top of the shell which is very similar to what you had on the RF1100 . They have added a third vent in the center which is this brow vent which operates with a small slider here , after a couple of rides you'll have that dialed in right in you'll know exactly where that slider is and it will give you additional airflow to the top of your head. Spinning it around looking at this rear wing not only does it help with aerodynamics reducing buffeting and lift its also going to help pull warm air out the back of the helmet very important to help keep you comfortable at speed and on hot summer days. You'll see its a simple slider switch at the back and there's actually 4 exhaust vents underneath there that you are opening and closing really a very simple slider which is great. The 1100 had 4 exhaust vents but you had to operate all of them individually which took a little bit longer to reach up there and open and close all of the vents so if you get caught in the rain you want to close the vents now its just a simple quick closure. Obviously these vents are a little bit more hidden under the wing so rain is not going to be nearly as much of an issue with the vents on the back of the helmet well at least on this helmet. We talked about fog and fogging on the shield the shield is actually all new I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time talking about it or im not going to try to but they have done some really unique things. First things first pin lock ready and they are actually including the insert in the box, if your not familiar with pin lock we have a whole separate video on the pin lock system essentially what your getting here is an additional face shield to instal on the inside of your helmet shield which gives you a duel pane effect and you'll have a insulation bead of air in between the outer shell and the inner shield so that when your riding your hot breath is not fogging up the inner shield this is actually slightly absorbent and its insulating the inner shield from the outer shield so that your not getting fogging issues.Its definitely a great system. Shoei is also unveiling a transitions shield which some other manufactures have had for a while and Shoei is now finally coming out with one which is a really great versatile shield that's actually going to darken when its exposed to UV rays so stay tuned for that. This is an all new shield a CWR 1 and its going to have again a wider eye port i found them to be fairly noticeable a little bit more vision especially out of the top of the shield so you guys that are on sport bikes hitting higher speeds getting into a good tuck you can actually see out of this helmet really well especially out of the top of the shield which is great . They have done a couple of things to the shield itself that are really unique ,First they used some reinforcing ribs along the top and bottom of the shield itself it helps keep the shape of the shield a little bit better when your opening and closing it and at high speeds. They have also removed the shield lock on the side of the helmet you used to have on the previous versions a little lever on the side here where you could have it open or close either lock the shield or open it into the city position now the shield lock is built into the tab that you use to open and close the shield. Close it all the way you can give it a press you can hear that very solid click when it goes into place and that's going to give a positive lock there. Now Shoeis have been known in the past , and there has been certain models that suffered from helmet whistle. And that's when the shield doesn't seal up perfectly with the helmet shell and the gasket .Now in most cases its something you can adjust out not every body understood it . Shoei has actually developed a completely new base plate system for the CWR 1 , and if you take a look at it not only is it a new system it they finished it with an almost checkered board gave it a sort of carbon fiber look to the plastic so its no longer that molded plastic look it actually has a nice finish to it. In addition they have given you this candle here that gives you several positions which is going to move the base plates forward and backwards it comes with this one at least came with the base plate in the furthest forward position and Ive ridden in the helmet it felt like there was no undue wind noise actually a fairly quiet ride but if i wanted to i could turn this or if i felt the need to you can take a small screw driver and turn this adjustment knob its actually going to pull the base plate back slightly were talking a couple millimeters at most and that's going to help pull the shield down even tighter. If you look at base plate here when i close the shield you can see those springs compressing as it goes threw the detente range and when you finally get past the last detente those springs expand a little bit sucking that shield down nice and tight against that gasket . They also have given you a duel gasket right around the area that gives you problems around the shield here. You have two layers of gasket material and right here at the top , If you want to remove the shield its the trigger on the side here you give that a pull and you just pull the shield down slightly to get that lip out of the way and then you can pull the shield off the helmet very quickly between a dark smoke or a clear or any other shield if you chose to use its very quick to change the shields out but here you can see how far the gasket comes . That gap right there between the base plate and the gasket is very small most helmets give you a lot more room there which is more room for wind noise to happen. Shoei has done a really good job with this base plate system with reinstalling it just lines up and clicks down into place. Now lets take a look at the inside of the shell and the inside of the helmet. We have a moisture locking liner locking moisture even better then the previous RF1100 did. And they give you something else that is directly from their racing results and race experiences. Emergency Quick release street cheek pads you can see the yellow right here it says emergency use only , pull red tab to remove cheek pad so in the event that you go down or your knocked incautious or have any neck injures and they want to pull the helmet off your head , EMT or other paramedics can actually grab this tab pull directly down and you can see that cheek pad comes right out of the helmet. Do that on both sides and they will be able to remove both of these simple as that which gives you that much of an opening in the base of a shell that you can actually slide the helmet off the head with out causing unwanted further injury to the neck. Another thing that they have done as well that we saw the the GT-Air is they have given you speaker pockets for communication systems well look at the crown liner in a second , but the speaker pockets if your not running a communication system or speakers are actually padded and you can actually remove this if you want to install the speakers. This is great because if you don't have speakers in the helmet this is going to prevent that opening that kind of void by your ear which can lead to more wind noise . They give you a nice little padded piece of foam so it will absorb additional noise while your riding if you are going to install something like a Sena Bluetooth system or Scala Rider you can do that you can see the speaker pocket right here on the side which is going to be fantastic for installing the speaker. Looking at the EPS liner Shoei uses what they call a duel EPS liner which means they have a firmer , some areas of the helmet have a firmer foam other areas have a more soft foam what that allows them to do is progressively absorb impact. So the soft foam is going to take up that initial impact or lighter impact if you don't hit your head too hard and the firmer foam is going to take up where the softer foam leaves off. There is another reason why they do this though the round portion of the shell here with the EPS liner is actually added after the fact when they are building the helmet and inside of that you actually have air channels you cant see that they other wise wouldn't be able to instal in the shell or the EPS liner itself as air is coming in these front vents it actually has air passages inside the EPS for that air to actually come down throughout the top of the head here and also escape warm air out the back. Very very nice ventilation system if you take a look here you can see those vents that open here on the forehead they actually don't go straight in they actually come up and kind of flow threw a couple of passage ways inside the helmet to provide the ultimate amount of airflow vs just a straight hole threw the shell of the helmet . One thing that i did find when slipping this helmet on is a slightly snug fit on the base on the opening here especially compared to the RF1100 just a little bit more effort to pull the helmet onto my head , Now i don't count that as a bad thing the reason for that is when you have a really good seal up around the base of the jaw line and around your neck its actually helping to reduce wind noise because you don't want additional wind to rush past the bottom of the opening here . You can also see that the cheek pad is contoured nicely its a really nice soft plush material they use different types of foam different density's and different type of material to keep you comfortable you see they even lined the back of the cheek pad with a mesh style material again absorbing sound and preventing any unwanted wind from flowing up and causing any additional wind noise . Another thing that i like about the changes that they've made on this helmet is the bottom of the neck roll and the cheek pads are now a complete kind of a rubberized material your not getting that fabric right on the bottom which is great for if you've set your helmet down or on a sidewalk or a bench while your stopped your not getting a bunch of dirt and stuff tracked into the fabric its more of a durable finish which i think will hold up better over time. Looking at the crown liner there are a ton of pieces going into this thing it might not look like it but its all sorts of density in foam different areas to cradle your head keep it very comfortable for long periods of time they know that guys are going to be wearing these helmets for years and years and they also know you might be wearing it for hours and hours on end so they want it to be as comfortable as possible. As far as the fit goes its Shoeis traditional intermediate oval if you have a "Shoei head" this is going to fit you very well it fits very similar to the RF 1100 other then as i mentioned a little bit more effort to get the helmet on and off but in turn it made the helmet even quieter. So definitely very comfortable. Last but not least we have off to the side some of the things that are included in the box you have a helmet bag you also have a chin curtain. Now riding in this i didn't feel like there was a whole bunch of wind coming up the chin bar you can install this if you want a little bit more protection from the elements especially when its cold its always nice to have a chin curtain breath deflector is another thing for when its cold you can instal this it will help keep your breath off the shield , you get a sticker and a user manual there's also silicone oil to lube the pivot points of the shield mechanism making sure that's operating smoothly.
Hey this is Reuben with Competition Accessories welcome to our video on What type of motorcycle helmet should i buy. There are a ton of different types of motorcycle helmets out there and I'm definitely going to spend some time on this end of the table because duel sport riding has grown increasingly over the years in popularity, and more and more people are buying bikes that they are going to take on and off road so if you've got that type of bike and your in that position where your not sure if you should go for a full off road helmet or a full faced street helmet something in between if your not sure what would work best for you stay tuned because i think this will help narrow it down. So obviously up here Ive got several different types of helmets Ive got one on my head, this is a shorty helmet , so for you guys that are minimalists that just want open road unrestricted view wind in your face obviously you know what you want you want a shorty helmet and that's fairly straight forward. This one actually has an internal sun visor so its got built in eye protection , we have tons of different ones of these on our website this is a bell but there are lots of different options for shorty's and that would be DOT approved from us so that they are going to work for you if your in a helmet law state , but minimalist helmet this one has removable ear covers so that will be nice for cold weather but obviously a shorty helmet is like i said fairly minimalist and if you know you want a shorty then you probably already know what you want. Moving on to what i have on the table we have a full off road helmet the brand new Fox V4 , then we have a duel sport helmet and then i have a modular helmet which means the front can actually flip up and open then you have your traditional full faced street helmet and then at the end we have a sort of three quarter open faced helmet which gives you just a little bit of added protection when compared to the shorty type of style. So i was going to talk a bit about duel sport riding that's really where the big question mark is what helmet do i need to ride in if I'm going you know half on road half off road or 70-30 , it really depends obviously if your looking at a Fox V4 and this is going to be a high end off road helmet this is designed for racing so motocross guys super cross trail riding it works really good as well also because its light weight with an aggressive style helmet like this like the Fox V4 your going to get a ton of aggressive ventilation remember this is designed for racing so traditionally when your out there racing and even if your racing in 30 degree morning and out there working your probably sweating because of that you cannot close any of the vents on most off road helmets so you've got to keep that in mind . If your buying this to do more relaxed trail riding or some street and some off road and it might be some colder weather you cant close the vents , you've got a large eye port here and obviously your going to have to wear goggles have your eye protection as well and that's going to allow a ton of air through so in cold weather it might make you a bit chilly especially if your not working as hard and your not racing . What that does on the flip side though is that flows a ton of air for really hot conditions or if your doing a lot of aggressive types of trail riding where you might be tackling some mountain passes or fire roads that lead you up into trails that maybe are a little bit more challenging. A dedicated off road helmet has its advantages a very large eye port and the ability to use goggles off road goggles are going to do a great job at not fogging on you especially if your working hard allowing that air to circulate around the goggles its definitely going to help and unrestricted view is also a big plus as well especially when off-roading and on trails you'll need to be able to see whats right in front of you and you'll need to see the trail ahead good peripheral to make sure you don't run into a tree ,Lots of good reasons why you want a good view out of the helmet. The Fox V4 is made out of carbon fiber so it happens to be very very light weight , obviously dedicated off road helmets range greatly in the price you have to kind of figure out what fits in your price range your budget and go to that route if your doing the majority of your riding off road . On highway this is going to work Ive ridden in an off road helmet at 70 or 80 miles an hour but it will not be quite as aerodynamic the visor is going to catch a little bit more air, you'll notice that the visor is nice and low on the helmet and because of that it does have air passages to let that through but you know at 70 miles an hour on the highway that's not what this was designed for and if your doing a head check looking to the sides this will catch a bit of wind and it is a bit noticeable when your on the highway. Now the next one i have is the Fly Trekker its a sort of hybrid a duel sport helmet there's several types of duel sport helmets several different models definitely a wide range of price ranges and its probably the most growing segment of motorcycle helmets currently. There are more and more manufactures that have released more helmets and its simply like i said at the beginning of the video more and more duel sport riders out there . So the advantage of the duel sport helmet is its taking a clear visor that you put over your face, the visor peak over the top of the helmet its designed to flow more aerodynamically on the road you can see there's much larger openings to allow air to flow up underneath and across the back of the helmet so its not catching quite as much air as the dedicated off road helmet , i also want you to notice its shorter than its off road counter part. In most cases these are going to be shorter it doesn't effectively block the sun as much but the main reason that an off road helmet has a visor like that is yes it does block the sun but for blocking roost so in a race if someone in front of you is really getting on the throttle its going to kick up all sorts of rocks and roost mud all those different kinds of things you can duck underneath that and the visor is going to block it where as this is more designed for you know blocking the sun and it does also function if your following someone and they kick up a rock or something you can turn your head and block it from going into your face . So the advantage here is you have a full faced visor so for highway use you can drop this down and its going to provide a more aerodynamic flow through the wind and its also going to protect a little bit better from bugs and rocks and things like that. Now most duel sports will also accommodate goggles you can open this up run the goggle strap around the back and the eye port is large enough to get some goggles underneath there are some exceptions to that you'll want to watch our detailed review on which ever one that you are interested in to see if the goggles will fit or not in some cases you have to completely remove the visor itself just to get it to work but i know with the Fly Trekker your able to get the straps underneath and you can run goggles for the extreme more off roading conditions for going more off roading then not. Also the ventilation on a duel sport helmet it is going to be adjustable , now you'll have the ability to close the vents so for those colder weather rides you can close those up and stay a little bit warmer inside the helmet and if your looking to do sort of 50/50 riding this is a great option you know it works well on road and works well off road also.Another thing that i love about the, the last thing I'm going to say about duel sport helmets is the visibility out of it very similar to the off road helmet have a very large eye port lots of room top to bottom good peripheral vision so you can see whats right in front of you you can see your gages really easily and have a really unrestricted view out of the helmet which makes it really nice . Next one up that a lot of people kind of find themselves some what considering a lot of times whether your a street rider or a duel sport rider and this is going to be a modular helmet . Now the advantages of a modular helmet are many, a lot of people that really prefer them especially if they wear eyeglasses underneath the helmet that's because you can obviously get the helmet on and off with out the front down and you can easily remove and put on your sun glasses or your seeing glasses with the helmet on, so its a lot more comfortable for guys that wear glasses , its also very convenient if your coming to a stop and your talking to some one raise this up and its easier to communicate at a gas station if your stopped take a drink if your a smoker you can still smoke with your helmet on so lots of convenience features for the modular helmet . Obviously it gives you the protection of a full faced helmet when you close it down its going to latch into place and its going to give you that aerodynamic full faced street look. Now I'm generalizing here but most of the time a modular helmet such as this is going to be heavier then its normal full faced cousin and that's just because of the latching mechanisms the hinges there are some additional parts that they have to use to build these helmets and because of that there is a little bit more weight on the top of your head if you have it in the open position there's a lot of weight on the top of the helmet so that could make it a little bit top heavy , so you know it depends on what type of riding your going to be doing . Now like i said I'm generalizing here there are some high end modular helmets that weigh in at the same or even less then a lot of full faced street helmets it really just depends on how much your willing to spend and what style of helmet your going to want . As far as visibility out of this helmet it really just depends on the brand , there are a few out there Nolan and Schuberth are some that come to mind that have nice large eye ports larger then most full faced street helmets so again you can have really unrestricted view out of those helmets where as something like this Bell Revolver EVO which is a more traditional full face shield so its going to be very similar to your traditional street helmet. A lot of modular helmets also include an internal sun visor so that's another really convenient feature for you guys that are going from night to day or day to night your commuting or what ever type of riding you plan on doing so your not always constantly going to exchange that outer face shield obviously there are some full face helmets that also offer this feature as well at the helmet that I'm have on , there's several different helmets that offer that. Modular helmets are great for some street use and light duel sport riding i hesitate to recommend for guys that are really doing some tackling some real trails and some off road just simply for the light factor and because you typically don't have such a wide eye port as something like the Fly Trekker over here that's right next to it, so keep that in mind you also wont be able to run goggles . So this outer face shield the fog coating that bell puts on there , you know if your working really hard and sweating if you have sort of a slow pace on some tough terrain the full faced face shield wont quite cut it when it comes to riding off road and keeping your vision clear even with an anti fog coating. Lastly we have the full faced helmet up here which is a Shoei RF1100 obviously there are so many different full faced helmets to choose from , the RF1100 is one of my favorites its a do it all its great helmet to tour in, commuting , you can take it to the track its got a great aerodynamic shape so you can kind of do everything with the RF1100 , and just to kind of generalize with full faced helmets just to begin with probably from all the ones that we have looked at its definitely going to be the quietest in general . There are some really noisy full faced helmets out there there are some very quiet modular helmets out there but if were generalizing here typically the full face helmet is going to be the quietest and its also going to seal up really nicely because there are no seams where the chin bars coming down a one piece design obviously you can open and close the vents on those full faced helmets and they are typically aerodynamic so your going to flow through the air nice and quietly and smoothly. There's also going to be very smooth head checks so when your turning your head from side to side there's no visor peak to catch in the wind as your riding . So full faced helmets i would say the majority of street riders could very well be comfortable riding in , some people tend to get a little claustrophobic when they try on a full faced helmet especially if they are not used to wearing one and that's where an open faced design would be a little bit more comfortable for somebody obviously this is going to be one of the more protected options out there because you have a one piece chin bar which is integrated into the actual shell itself and if you come down on your face you'll fully protected here so definitely something to keep in mind when your shopping around for a motorcycle helmet. On the end here we have a three quarter helmet this is an open faced style design that actually wraps around the side of your head and around the back you actually have some cheek pads in it . There's a lot of different options out there with 3/4 style helmets a lot of them allow you to have a face shield like this one where you have full coverage of face shield so for colder weather you'll be able to block the wind rocks and bugs wont be able to hit your face and obviously you can get tinted ones to keep you nice and comfortable , a lot of them also have a little visor peak as well so there's several different options out there . Its a great kind of compromise between an actual full faced helmet and a shorty helmet if you like the wind in your face and the open road ahead of you obviously the viability out of these is fantastic and you really get a good experience riding in one of these . This is the Nolan N43 which has the drop down internal sun visor and the trilogy version is what i have here its actually kind of a unique helmet in that its convertible.There's actually a chin bar which you can install on this helmet so you can plug this in and have kind of a hybrid of sorts if you will and actually have a chin bar which is going to block the wind and keep you protected from frontal impact. So kind of a unique helmet there obviously we have tons of different helmets on our website and that's competition accessories.com . Hopefully that gave you some what of an idea of what each kind of helmet is designed for . There are huge price ranges in each one of these categories depending on what the helmet is constructed out of you have poly carbonate shells you have fiber glass you have blends of Kevlar and carbon and all types of materials you have full carbon helmets. So there's lots of different things that come into play when it comes to price, ventilation features , you know the fit and finish of the helmet we have full detailed reviews of every single kind of helmet up here in several different brands and models . So feel free to browse around on our YouTube channel or on the website. Don't forget here at Competition Accessories we have great free shipping options and you can earn up to 5% in Comp A Cash which you can use toward future purchases.
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