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Shoei Overview - Qwest vs. RF-1100 vs. X-Twelve
Shoei Qwest Helmet Review
Shoei RF-1100 Helmet Review
Shoei X-Twelve Emergency Quick Release System
Inside the X-Twelve
Shoei X-12 Helmet Review Video
Hey this is Reuben with compettition accessories. Today we are going to be taking a detailed look at the shoei qwest. This is shoei touring helmet. This helmet has come out pretty recently which has somewhat replaced the shoei tzr which i have one of those up here to show you. Kind of in that same price point. But it has a lil bit more features geared towards touring. It has better ventaliation and a different shell shape. So if you take a look at the shoei qwest and the TZR side by side, you can tell what the differeneces are between the two of them there. Definitely more of an upright riding position helmet, it has a wider eye port to have better visibility out of the helmet. But we are going to kind of dig into this helmet here, and I will show you what it is all about. So taking a look at the ventalation features of this helmet, you have a nice large chin bar vent which is going to allow air to come in and keep your faceshield from fogging. A little bit of air through your face. The top air scoop is nice and large and you will notice it sits up nice and tall on the helmet. For those guys who sit up tall on those big touring bikes and have a lot of wind protection on your bike, this helmet will have a vent that sits up high enough on the helmet to block the wind. This helmet has two closable rear vents that are gonna draw warm air right out of the helmet. Talking about the shell, this helmet uses shoei AIm plus shell which stands for advanced integrated matrix plus multi fiber which is kind of a mouth full there. Carbon kevlar fiberglass composite and the helmet is snell 2010 and DOT approved. This helmet is quiet and is its claim to fame. it is 1.25 decibels quiter than the RF-1100 and that is largely impart to the vents. It has a lil bit less ventalation features, but for you guys that are riding longer distances, you are on the road all day long, you need your helmet to be as quiet as possible. Taking a look at the face shield on this helmet, this is the same faceshield that is used on their shoei qwest, rf-1100, and X12. So if you are moving between helmets in the shoei lineup, you can still use the same shields. There is a pinlock system available for this so if you live in an aread where fogging or is more humid, you can get a shield with pinlock inserts to help keep the shield fog free. I have used one of their products before and it works really well, so if fogging is an issue, I would encourage you to check them out as well. The way the shield mechanism works, it is very nice and easy. On the side, the first thing that I will show you is the face shield locking mechanism. You tilt this little lever towards the back and it will lock the shield down in place and it can't fly open on you incase you are running at high speeds on your sport touring bike. You can also push the lever mechanism forward and it will give you a very small opening in the front of the helmet to allow for a lil bit more air to come in. so again if you are running into issues with fog or if its really hot you can crack the faceshield to get a little bit more air flow. As you can see there are several different detints that allow you to crack the faceshield even further allowing more air flow to come inside of the helmet. There are ratchets points all the way up and down, so you have a lot of adjustability moving the faceshield up and down. To remove the shield, there are basically two shields on each side and you push that forward. If you get in nice and tight, you can see that lever there, that is basically allows you to remove the faceshield off. If you look at the top of the shield, it actually has a very large lip and it is kind of hard to see on camera. but it has a lip on top of the helmet and what that is going to allow it to do is give you a nice seal along the top of the gap. So if you are riding in the rain, you are not going to have water dripping down on the inside of your shield. So that is definitely a huge welcome feature for the touring rider. Let me go ahead and reinstall this shield here, you basically just line the pins up and it just clicks right on into place. Now we are going to take a look at the inside of this helmet. Okay so taking a look at the interior of the shoei qwest. Like I said at the beginning of the video, it has a wider opening so its going to be a lot easeier to get your head in and out. Now this helmet is a round oval fit so if you have a little bit fuller of a head, this helmet is probably going to work really well for you. The only thing removable about this helmet is the cheek pads, so I will go ahead and pop one of those out here for you. There are basically three snaps and then it comes right out and you can obviously take them out and wash them. and if you need to you can replace them or go up or down in size if necessary. They are a nice layered cheek pad, what they do is put down several layers of foam on the inside to give you a nice contoured shape. They feel really comfortable against your skin as well. One thing you will see behind this cheek pad is the recess which is perfect for installing a communication system. As I said earlier, this helmet has a nice chin bar space to install the microphone in space. As far as the chin curtain goes, it does come with this really small chin curtain here. If you need a larger one, there is one available as well. So that pretty much covers all the features of the shoei qwest helmet, and this helmet is great for long distance touring riding. Solids are going to start at just over 300 dollars and the graphic at just over 400 dollars. Another neat feature is that shoei does come with a five year warranty policy from the date of purchase or seven year from the date of manufactre. Shoei has a great inspection policy that if you drop your helmet or have a crash with it, you can send it back to shoei and they will inspect the helmet for free. They will even cover the cost of return freight back to you.
Hey this is Reuben with Competition Accessories today were taking a look at the Shoei RF1100 this is the replacement for the RF1000. Ive got the RF1000 up here to show you the differences between the two this is the old __ Graphic and I have RF 1100's up here i have matte black this is called the enigma this is the conquer obviously there's other colors and options as well . First of all i wanted to show you the differences between the two helmets between the old RF1000 which is one of Shoeis best selling helmets and the new RF1100. The RF1000 has been a great helmet for a lot of riders for a lot of years and with the RF1100 it takes it one step further. You have a whole other level of ventilation and other features as well if you take a look at them side by side you can take a look and see how much bigger the eye port is its the new shield its the CW1 shield its the same shield they use on the X12 so that's their high end racing helmet . You've got a lot wider of an eye port a lot better peripheral vision and you also have more top to bottom space you'll be able to see better when your down in that tucked position if your riding on the track or really spirited riding your gonna have a lot more vision out of the helmet . The venting is also a lot more aggressive on the RF1100. You have a larger chin bar vent you have very similar vents on the top here, and if you look at the back you have four close able vents and then there is two hidden exhaust vents right behind the neck at the base of the helmet where as the RF1000 only had the exhaust vents under the spoiler as well as the under vents here as well. The shell shape is also significantly improved if you look at the 1000 compared to the 1100 , the 1000 has a sort of round shape helmet with a bolt on plastic spoiler into the actual shell of the helmet and this helmet has Shoeis AIM plus shell which is their advanced integrated matrix plus multi fiber shell material which is basically a composite of carbon fiber, Kevlar and fiber glass and its SNELL 2010 approved obviously as well . So I'm going to move the RF 1000 out of the way I'm going to kind of break it down in the RF1100 take a look at all the features in detail here. So looking at the vents in detail here on the RF1100 they are just a lot more aggressive in their function and their position the chin bar vent is like i said a little bit bigger then the RF1000 its going to direct air up onto the face shield to help reduce fogging. Up at the top you have two vents that are going to draw air down in around the rail and actually channel through the EPS , when we get into the interior of this helmet were going to kind of show you where the air goes and on the back of this helmet you've got four exhaust vents and you can open and close these in any combination you want really customize the helmet air flow your getting through your helmet . The exterior vents here are going to as air rolls over the back of the helmet , the front vents are going to have cool air pushed in and the warm air inside of the helmet is going to come right out the back its going to be drawn out by the vacuum created behind your head there's also two hidden vents at the base of the neck roll here you can feel them with your fingers. Basically its the same type of effect warm air is going to be drawn out from underneath the bottom of the helmet as well . Like i said earlier this is the same face shield used on the X12 its the CW1 its a wider eye port its also got several different detentes you could crack it open and it has a ratcheting mechanism all the way up and down. On the side here you have a locking mechanism if you tilt that lever back that shield is locked down so if your on the track and you do head checks it will lock down so it doesn't come open thats there for you, and if you push it forward slightly and it cracks the shield slightly so you can get just a little bit of air flow to come in from the bottom if you need the shield from defogging there . To remove the shield you actually open it all the way and its got the quick release self adjusting base plate before i take it off if you look at the ratcheting mechanism here when i close the shield all the way this spring actually pulls the shield back against the helmet and it will have a nice tight seal all the way around that gasket , its going to result in a quieter helmet and its also going to provide you with a better seal against the elements if your riding in the rain. Ill show you a feature here when i take the shield off , you just push that trigger forward the shield comes off its very easy to use. Another thing i don't know if you'll be able to see it on here on the camera here, but there's a lip around the top of the CW-1 shield and what that does is it seals around the top of this gasket . So if you've ever had a helmet where if your riding in the rain you've got water dripping down on the inside of your shield very frustrating , you've got a lip now which is going to give you a really nice seal around the top of the helmet to prevent that from happening . This shield is also available with the pin lock insert so you can get one with pin lock posts you can buy pin lock inserts basically what that does is gives you a duel layered shield you can install the insert and that's going to prevent any fogging from happening they work really really well so if your in an area that has high humidity that's a really great option as well . To reinstall the shield just line up these pins give it a little push there and it snaps right back into place just like so. So now were going to go ahead and move to the inside of this helmet and show you those features. On the interior of this helmet one thing that has significantly improved over the RF1000 now the interior is fully removable that's not something you had with the RF1000 that's a very welcomed feature especially if your running in a hot environment or you do a lot of track days of your sweating a lot you can actually take the entire liner out and replace it you can wash it so that's definitely a welcomed feature. I'm going go ahead and pull one of the cheek pads out here which is basically three snaps and this plastic piece inserts between the shell and the liner , these cheek pads are layered its actually multiple layers of foam you have a nice contour against your skin. Its a nice soft fabric as well . If you take a close look here there's actually recesses here as well for speakers if you use a communication system or if you install speakers for music or GPS or anything like that , you've got a space already cut out of the shell so that you have a spot to put those. Go ahead and remove the rest of the interior here the cheek pads come right out this is a brand new one that we just pulled out of the box . The center pad of this helmet is actually what they call their 3D center pad which is again going to contour the shape of your head its also has raised portions and opening so that ventilation that's coming up through the top of the helmet you can actually see there's holes here and its going to channel the air and it can get to your skin. If i flip the helmet up here you can actually see on the inside of this helmet these channels these groves are designed not only to prevent your head from being hurt in an impact which is what the actual liner does but holes here and these are really going to channel all that air all over your head so your not going to have just one or two spots where you have good ventilation your going to have good ventilation all throughout your head with this helmet. The Shoei RF1100 starts $377 for solids and goes up to $472 for graphics it weighs in at 3 and a half pounds which is actually slightly lighter then the X12 which is their high end race helmet . One thing that's really neat about Shoei helmets is that they do have a 5 year warranty from the date of purchase and they also give you 7 years from the date of manufacture and they also have a Shoei inspection program which is free of charge, so if you drop your helmet and are not sure if its damaged or usable you can just send it off to Shoei they will inspect it for free and they will let you know if its good to go or not. The RF1000 was a great helmet for years from Shoei the 1100 just takes it one step further its a great helmet. If you any questions just give us a call or check them out online at competition accessories .com.
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories today I'm talking about the Shoei X-twelve this is new for 2010 top of the line flag ship helmet. Shoei said its born from racing bred on the race track this obviously replaces the X11, i have an X11 in anthracite and i have the new X12 just to give you a quick comparison between the two. If i turn them side by side here ,head to head if you will,you will see the shape the over all aggressiveness again built for the race track built for that real aggressive tucked position. The X11 was a fantastic helmet very very popular a lot of the top racers wore it for a long time, now they've moved on to the X12. What they've done with the exterior of the helmet is basically two things they have streamed lined it significantly if you look at the way the spoiler integrates into the back of the X12 verses the X11 you can see its just a cleaner shell shape and what that's going to give you is even better manors at high speeds its going to have less buffeting be smooth and stable . Its also probably going to be quieter as far as there's a little bit less exterior going on the X12 your going to have just cleaner flow of air over the top another thing that they have significantly upgraded from the X11 to X12 is the venting and if you look at the X 12 here there are actually five intake vents and ten exhaust vents a few are hidden behind the arrowhead spoiler and in the base of the neck roll even on the exterior you can see there's a large vent on the rear where the X11 does not have exhaust vents on the sides they've enlarged the other vents that are there so your just going to have a lot more air flow in the X12 vs the X12 which is already really an aggressively vented helmet they've just taken it one step further with the X12. Another thing you'll see when you take a look at these head on is the shield the eye port, has been changed so now you are on the CW1 shield its going to be taller and wider so you have a lot better view of the track ahead , more peripheral vision better top to bottom vision .That really helps when your on a really tight tuck you can still get your eyes up and see above the brow here. Other helmets come down too low for that not built for that aggressive riding position . The X 12 again built for the race track. I'm going to go ahead and move the X11 out of the way here and well get into the features of the X12. First thing i wanna talk about is the shell, this is Shoeis AIM plus shell its called the Advanced Integrated Matrix Plus Multi fiber Shell. Basically its a mix between carbon fiber , Kevlar and fiber glass . They use elastic fibers in there to basically spread and absorb impact as much as possible. So if you have a sharp impact point its going to spread it over the largest area possible. On the interior of the helmet we have the EPS liner and it does its job absorbing all of that energy and preventing it from transferring into your head. The venting on this helmet is extremely aggressive as i said you have a chin bar vent here, open and close that going to direct air up onto the face shield help reduce fogging . You have a brow vent its going to bring air into your forehead and bring it around the sides . You have a top scoop you'll notice a lot of these vents are forward on the helmet that's because when your riding in this thing your going to be in this position and that air is going to be ramming straight on to that vent and giving you plenty of air flow. You have some exhaust vents here and the way these work is as air flows over the top shell its going to create a vacuum behind this little lip here and that's going to draw warm air out of the helmet. Same thing on the back you have a closeable rear vent airs going to be drawn out the back , underneath the spoiler here you'll see the gap , that gap is going to have some holes threw the shell that are going to draw warm air out your going to have some on the sides here mini vents and then again at the base of the neck roll there are some small vents that come out from the inside as well which is going to give you even more ventilation. The arrowed spoiler on this is basically this rear portion and its built into the helmet and what that does like i said earlier reduces buffeting keeps your head very stable . This helmet is very well mannered if you need to do head checks it doesn't do anything weird doesn't pull doesn't shake shimmy i mean this thing again is built for the race track they know what they are talking about when they do high speed runs. When you get into the face shield here its again the CW1 shield its available in a multitude of tints colors being a race helmet its going to be available with tear off posts , it also come pin lock ready if you want to instal a pin-lock system you could purchase a pin lock ready shield which is a separate shield you'd have to purchase and that's going to have some pins inside that you can insert the pin lock system . Basically what that does it gives you a duel layered shield which is going to reduce fogging and it instead of the warm air from your breath hitting the shield directly its that pin lock that is insulated because its two layers , it works really really well Ive ridden with them quite a bit actually . As far as the shield mechanism goes this is what Shoei calls their quick release self adjusting base plate and if you get it nice and tight on this when i open it you can actually see these little springs inside compress and when it closes it pulls the shield back and in and what that does is it gives it a really good and tight seal around the entire gasket all the way around the face shield and that give you just a really nice tight fit. It prevents any outside air or water from getting in the helmet it also give you a little bit quieter of a ride. There is another feature here its the helmet and shield lock so if you tilt this back its actually going to lock the shield down you physically can not open , a lot of guys will run that at the track in the locked position so when your doing 150 plus and your doing a head check your shield doesn't come open on you. You can also push this forward and that's going to very slightly separate that gasket and shield to get a tiny bit more air into the shield which is again going to help with any fogging issues if your running into that or if its just a hot out and you just want a little bit extra air flow you can just crack that forward . Of coarse there's also a detente if you want to open it a little bit further you can open it to the first detente and there's also a ratcheting mechanism all the way up and down. To take this shield off is very simple just basically two triggers on both sides push forward on that and it pops right out very easy to do , it just comes right off. Another thing i want you to see right on the shield is it actually has a built in lip in the top edge, you don't see this very often at all and what that does when you close the shield it is going to create a seal right along the top of that gasket so if you are riding in the rain your not going to have water or other air or anything coming in from the top of the shield so that's a really great feature as well. To reinstall the shield just line up the pins give it a press its going to click right into place so these things are really easy to swap in and out . Next were going into the interior of this helmet which are where the guts are where it does a lot of the protecting. The interior of the X12 is again built for the racer who's on the track pushing it hard and sweating a lot , they use a max dry system which is a moisture locking liner its going to pull sweat away from your face its going to allow a lot of that ventilation that i showed you on the outside of the helmet actually reach your skin and reach your head they call it their 3D liner Ill tell you why when i pull it out here before i do you'll probably notice there are two bright red tabs on either side of the cheek pads . What those are Shoeis emergency quick release system and again this is for the race track it also would really benefit you on the street too if you have an accident basically its for emergency personnel to quickly and easily pull your cheek pads out which is going to allow them to lift your helmet off with minimal impact to your head and neck , so they would be able to slide your helmet off a lot easier with the cheek pads out. Basically what you do is just grab the tab and they would just pull it out and you see it has a little loop hole for your finger and you can just rip the cheek pad right out , do the other side here and you can just see how much bigger that opening is now and you could imagine how much easier they would have they would have a much easier time getting your helmet off of your head with that much extra room . You can remove the rest of the liner its just two snaps at the back and then plastic in the front and this is the 3D max liner , what i want you to see on this liner is all these holes and openings here are going to provide you with a lot of ventilation all that ventilation is coming from the inside of the helmet from the outside in, that cool air is going to come in reach your skin and the warm air is just going to be drawn out the back and its designed to work perfectly in conjunction with all the venting that's on the outside of the helmet .If you look down on the inside of this helmet you can see some of the channeling in the actual EPS liner. What they use is actually a duel layer EPS liner and i actually have one to show you right over here this is actually whats on the inside the guts of whats actually X12 here . Its a duel layer EPS liner there's a lot of research going into one of these basically its designed to absorb as much impact as possible it crushes on impact so that your brain doesn't slam up inside of your skull its going to absorb as much impact as possible. They use different density's of foam throughout the liner to progressively absorb the impact, do if you have a minor hit its going to still have that give that you need , If you have a major hit its going to have that slight give and then you resist more and more as the impact happens. There's also separate pieces Ive kind of taped it together here so you can see what it looks like put together on the inside of the helmet. Before i pull it apart i want you to notice how many holes there are on the outside vents that are reaching threw this liner. Here , at the top , at the top here and the rear , at the back of the sides i mean this thing is built again for very very good ventilation. If i kind of pull it apart here you'll see they have separate pieces for the sides of the helmet this is actually what goes on behind the base plate so where the shield mechanism is . You'll need more protection in that area you'll notice it actually doesn't compromise the thickness of the liner even with this piece in place its plenty thick in that area . The chin guard is actually 2 pieces so you can see the entire chin bar is lined with this EPS foam but a lot of the other helmet manufactures cant say that. Their chin bar has a but of rubberized material but a little bit of foam in the front but this is the full EPS liner that goes all the way across the chin bar you have complete coverage on this helmet , and then on the bottom of the helmet or on the inside rather you can see these channels that run threw the middle I'm going to see if i can get my tape off of here and ill pull out this inside piece and this is what i was telling you about earlier this is the duel layer feature of the liner and basically this is going to you can see there's air channels that run on the inside of the shell and again this is just to allow cool air to come in and all the hot air to escape the very bottom of the interior there's more air holes for the air to come out. The X 12 has Shoeis performance fit and basically its an intermediate oval and it is a little bit tighter if your coming from an RF1100 or a Qwest you'll notice that the helmet is just a little bit more snug not enough to go up a size or anything like that because you actually want the helmet to be snug. Again this helmet is bread from the race track born from racing so the guys you see out there Moto GP and they want their helmets tight as possible because when your pushing those upper triple digit speeds you don't want that helmet moving around at all , and in a crashing scenario you need that foam to be as close to your head as possible so your head doesn't travel to hit the foam the foams already there to absorb the impact in that kind of situation. So that was our in depth look at the X12 from Shoei .
Shoei Transitions Adaptive Motorcycle Shields seamlessly self adjust from clear to dark and back again with changing light conditions for enhanced visual performance throughout your ride.
Non-activated- virtually clear
Activated- darken to a 15% light transmission level at 72 degree Fahrenheit and 23 degree Celsius
Full activation in two minutes
Like all Transitions products. the visor blocks 100% of UV rays
The process works when photochromic dyes embedded into the lens or shield react to UV light, changing levels of darkness with the sun. When UV light is removed, a chemical reaction driven by ambient heat reconverts the activated photochromic molecules to their original, clear form and the lens fades.
Shoei Transitions adaptive shield:
Shoei Transitions adaptive shields are designed to meet International Standards or Performance for driving.
Traffic Signal recognition
100% protection from UVA and UVB
Transitions lenses reduce squinting, eye fatigue and help prevent against eye strain
Outside, Transitions lenses reduce glare and enable riders to distinguish contrast more easily
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|Shoei Helmet Sizing Chart|
|2X-Small||51 - 52||6 3/8 - 6 1/2||20 1/8 - 20 1/2|
|X-Small||53 - 54||6 5/8 - 6 3/4||20 7/8 - 21 1/4|
|Small||55 - 56||6 7/8 - 7||21 5/8 - 22|
|Medium||57 - 58||7 1/8 - 7 1/4||22 1/2 - 22 7/8|
|Large||59 - 60||7 3/8 - 7 1/2||23 1/4 - 23 5/8|
|X-Large||61 - 62||7 5/8 - 7 3/4||24 - 24 3/8|
|2X-Large||63 - 64||7 7/8 - 8||24 3/4 - 25 1/2|
|3X-Large||65 - 66||8 1/8 - 8 1/4||25 5/8 - 26|
The sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit. However, we are happy to assist you with any needed exchanges.
|Transitions Photochromic Shield
||Currently Not Available for Order
This shield fits:
Shoei RF-1100 Helmets
Shoei X-12 Helmets
Shoei Qwest Helmets