The new Shoei GT-Air 2 helmet is the long anticipated successor to the very successful original GT-AIR. The GT Air II is a sports touring helmet. Meaning it is an all-round full face helmet that has the comfort of a touring helmet. It has the looks of a sports helmet. Where the Shoei X-Spirit 3 is a real race helmet and the Shoei Neotec 2 is a real touring helmet, the GT-Air 2 kind of sits in between those two. It does both the jobs very well, but if you are looking for a full face to fly around the track with, the Shoei X-Spirit 3 is probably a better choice. And if you are regularly taking weekend trips on your touring bike, the Neotec 2 might be the better choice. The GT Air 2 will perfectly cover you for everything in between. The original GT-Air was one of the best fullface sport touring helmet, so it was quite a task to improve this. But we at Champion Helmets believe that Shoei has done a great job in making several improvements to this stable and comfortable helmet.
One of the most visible differences between the old and new GT AIR 2 helmet is the design of the outer shell. The GT-AIR II has a more aerodynamic design than its predecessor. The spoiler is bigger. They tested it in Shoei’s windtunnel and made the spoiler in a way that it contributes to even more stability and silence. It produces less drag and make the airflow go around the shell smoothly. Another difference compared to the original gt air is that the integrated sun visor has become slightly longer for even better protection against the sun. This was one of the few things that came back as feedback from riders across the world on the old GT Air. Shoei took this feedback and translated it into a slightly longer internal sun visor. Especially on those shorter days at the end of the summer when the sun is very low, it is a great feature. It is perhaps good to mention that Shoei has left the number of layers in the inner shell complete and everywhere equally thick when installing the sun visor, the same as with the original GT-Air. With other brands, often a layer is left out to be able to build in the sun visor. Shoei has not compromised on safety here. The outer shell of the Shoei GT-AIR 2 comes in 3 different sizes, resulting in a compact helmet with an optimal fit.
Looking at other brands to find a good competitor of the Shoei GT Air 2, you will first fo all notice that there are not a lot of sports touring helmets out there. Usually it is either sports or touring. And manufacturers then completely focus on the segment the helmet is meant for. The closest competitors we could find are in that mid-range level, rather than the high-end segment the GT Air 2 can be put in. Other full-face helmet that offer an internal face shield, pinlock visor, high quality EPS liner and score on low wind noise are HJC RPHA11 and the Shark Spartan Carbon. The AGV Corsa R doesn’t have an integrated sun shield but does offer the other features and can bee seen as a strong competitor as well for the GT-Air 2. We do have the say that Shoei is one of the few brands that has developed a helmet that is in between a touring and race helmet, the sports touring. Most of the helmets mentioned are leaning more towards race than touring. Shoei kind of created a new segment here for riders that very often had a sports bike and at some point moved to a touring, but still love riding at higher speeds and keeping that sports experience in their riding style. This is exactly what this helmet is made for.
Helmet type: Full-face helmet
Shell material: Fiberglass composite
Outer visor: Thermoplastic aerodynamically shaped and anti scratch CWR-1 clear visor with standard supplied Pinlock anti-fog lens
Communication: Integrated preparation for SENA SRL-2
Closure: Micro ratchet closure made of stainless steel
Inner lining: Removable, washable, absorbs moisture quickly and dries quickly
Helmet shell: Comes in 3 sizes
Ventilation: Renewed ventilation at the top and rear
l, m, s, xl, xs, xxl