By Evans Brasfield Editor Score: 90.5%
Shoei GT-Air II Helmet
Editor Score: 90.5%
Has it really been six years since the Shoei GT-Air helmet was released? Well, it has, and that means the lid was due for an update – even though, when Troy tested it back in 2017, he said, “[T]he Shoei GT-Air really impresses when it comes to all-day touring comfort. It’s got all the features you’d want from a helmet, with the fit to match.” Using the previous generation as the starting point, Shoei’s designers set out to improve on the already top-notch lid. The result is the brand new Shoei GT-Air II, which ups the ante when it comes to premium touring/sport-touring helmet comfort and utility. To make the helmet even more enticing, Shoei partnered with Sena, as with the Shoei Neotec II, to create a fully-integrated Bluetooth communication system, the Sena SRL2.
All helmets legally sold in the United States must meet a set standard to get their DOT seal of approval. However, there’s much more to a premium helmet, like a Shoei. Typically, what separates the wheat from the chaff in a street-legal helmet is the relationship between the helmet’s aerodynamics, its comfort features, and its noise levels. Skimp on any one of these features, and the rider’s experience when wearing the helmet is diminished. Getting the best in all three categories requires more development and higher production costs, which ultimately lead to a more expensive helmet than those bargain basement models that seek only to meet the minimum DOT requirements.