Top 7 Best SHOEI Motorcycle Helmets in 2022

Choose our entire selection of Shoei motorcycle helmets, which includes Full-Face, Open-Face, Flip-Up, and Adventure helmets, as well as models such as the Shoei GT-Air 2, Shoei Neotec 2, Shoei NXR, and the newest Shoei Glamster.

Shoei Full-face, Open-face & Modular Motorcycle Helmets

Shoei RF-1400
Best motorcycle helmet for the street
Shoei RF-1400
Shoei VFX-EVO
Best dirt motorcycle helmet
Shoei VFX-EVO
Shoei RF-1200
Best motorcycle helmet for oval heads
Shoei RF-1200
Shoei RF-SR
Best motorcycle helmet for round-oval heads
Shoei RF-SR
Shoei J-O
Best motorcycle fibreglass open-face helmet
Shoei J-O
Solid X-14
Best Sports Bike Racing Motorcycle Helmet
Shoei Solid X-14
GT-Air II Insignia
Best full-face motorcycle helmet
Shoei GT-Air II Insignia

Table of Content:

1. Shoei RF-1400 Full Face Helmet

Shoei RF-1400 Helmet (Medium) (Matte Black)

Shoei RF-1400 - Best Bike Helmet

Specification

  • Size: Medium
  • Color: MATTE BLACK
  • Uses For: Motorcycling
  • Brand: Shoei
  • Model: ‎Shoei RF-1400 Helmet
  • Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 12 inches
  • Item Weight: 5 pounds
  • Safety Rating: ‎DOT Certified
  • Vehicle Service Type: Motorcycle

Pros

Premium appearance, materials, workmanship
Snell M2020D homologated
Maybe the quietest full-face helmet available
Above-average ventilation
Pinlock visor included
A stellar field of view and visor clarity
Very comfortable
Great value for the price

Cons

Mounting Bluetooth devices requires a specific Shoei mount
The visor may leak water in heavy rain
Heavier than some competitor helmets
No Hi-Viz colors or reflective material options

Description

  • Shell aerodynamics optimized to minimize wind noise in the vicinity of the helmet
  • Vortex Wind turbulence is reduced by generators on the shield’s sides.
  • Wind/waterproof seal is provided by all-new, airtight window beading.
  • Inside the helmet, new voluminous cheek padding and retractable ear pads reduce wind noise even more.

SHOEI RF-1400: The latest generation of premium full-face motorcycle helmets from the most prestigious pedigree. Compact and Lightweight: It has evolved from its predecessor while remaining compact and lightweight. SNELL-approved full-length SHOEI

2. Shoei VFX-EVO Helmet

Shoei VFX-EVO Helmet-Matte Black-L

Best Motorcycle Helmet Shoei VFX-EVO

Specifications

  • Size: Large
  • Color: Matte Black
  • Uses For: NON
  • Brand: Shoei
  • Vehicle Service Type: Off-Road Bike
  • Model: Hectic Vfx-evo Helmet
  • Item weight: ‎3.36 pounds
  • ‎Dimension: 15.5 x 11 x 11.5 inches
  • Safety Rating: DOT Certified

Pros

Addresses rotational energy, isn’t any heavier than previous VFX-W, very comfortable.

Cons

Isn’t the lightest helmet out there, liner removal/installation is old school.

Features

  • The Motion Energy Distribution System [M.E.D.S.] is an SHOEI-exclusive feature.
  • A more compact, lightweight design is achieved by precisely placing multi-density EPS material.
  • A six-ply matrix is integrated using proprietary technology. Layers of fibreglass braided by hand with lightweight organic and high-performance fibres
  • Eyeport gives you a huge peripheral field of view, and it’s free. Large eyeport allows for large goggles.
  • Wind tunnel-tested for ideal vent port forms, sizes, and positions, with a total of sixteen (16) intake and exhaust vents.
  • SHOEI’s strongest, lightest, and most elastic shell absorbs impact to the maximum.
  • Exceeds DOT FMVSS 218 (Snell 2015)
  • The all-new V-470 visor has a seamless connection to the shell, provides maximum roost protection, and allows for safe posture.
  • Superior airflow is achieved thanks to well-designed vents, an aerodynamic shell, and cooling EPS channels.
  • For improved impact absorption, the entire chin bar is lined with high-quality EPS material.
  • A goggle retention system with a shell-integrated goggle channel is ideal.
  • Quick-release system EQRS

Description

The most advanced motocross helmet in the world has arrived. The all-new VFX-EVO is packed with next-generation performance, safety, style, and progression, including the SHOEI-exclusive Motion Energy Distribution System [M.E.D.S.]—strategically designed to limit rotational acceleration energy to the head in the case of an accident. The all-new VFX-EVO epitomizes the future of performance, having been completely re-imagined and re-engineered without compromising a single ounce of the quality and performance that has given SHOEI motocross and off-road riders championship-worthy confidence for than a decade.

3. Shoei RF-1200 Helmet

Shoei RF-1200 Brawn Men’s Street Motorcycle Helmet – TC-1

Shoei RF-1200

Specifications

  • Size: Medium
  • Color: Tc-5
  • Uses For: Motorcycling
  • Brand: Shoei
  • Model: Rf-1200 Brawn Helmet
  • Item Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Dimension: ‎14.5 x 11 x 11.5 inches
  • Vehicle Service Type: Motorcycle
  • Safety Rating: DOT Certified

Pros

Outstanding overall quality
Plush and comfortable liner
Thick eye port gasket
Large chin curtain.
Vents seal out water

Cons

Expensive
Ventilation slightly disappointing
Noise levels seem high
How about a “Round” head fit Shoei?

Features

  • DOT-approved and compliant with FMVSS 218.
  • The shield system on the RF-1200 offers a wide field of vision that rivals helmetless peripheral vision, redesigned ribs that improve strength and eliminate bending, and faster shield changes than ever before.
  • Few aspects of a motorcycle helmet are more important than the first and second levels of protection, which is why the RF-1200 has an SHOEI-exclusive Multi-Ply Matrix AIM+ shell and Dual-Layer, Multi-Density EPS liner.
  • The RF-1200 has a 3D Max-Dry System II interior that is totally removable, washable, customizable, and reusable, and can dissipate sweat 2x faster than typical nylon interiors.
  • The SHOEI RF-1200 is a lighter, more compact, and streamlined helmet with next-level functionality that governs every part of the road and then some. But don’t take the critics’ glowing praise at its value; this is your chance to feel the thrill of riding in an RF-1200.

Description

The RF-1200, like its many RF predecessors before it, is the latest generation in the most prestigious pedigree of premium full-face motorcycle helmets.

The SHOEI RF-1200 is a lighter, more compact, and streamlined helmet with next-level functionality that governs every part of the road and then some. But don’t take the critics’ glowing praise at its value; this is your chance to feel the thrill of riding in an RF-1200. The RF-1200 Dystopia Helmet by Shoei has an outstanding design.

The RF-1200, like its many RF predecessors before it, is the latest generation in the most prestigious pedigree of premium full-face motorcycle helmets. The SHOEI RF-1200 is a lighter, more compact, and streamlined helmet with next-level functionality that governs every part of the road and then some.

4. Shoei RF-SR Helmet

Shoei RF-SR Helmet, Matte Black, Medium

Shoei RF-SR Helmet

Specifications

  • Size: Medium
  • Color: MATTE BLACK
  • Uses For: Motorcycling
  • Brand: Shoei
  • Model: ‎Shoei RF-SR Solid Helmet
  • Weight: ‎5.5 pounds
  • Safety Rating: DOT Certified
  • Dimenssion: 14.5 x 11 x 11.5 inches
  • Vehicle Service Type: Adventure Tourer, Cruiser/Touring, Street Bike

Pros

Inner liners make the helmet more comfortable on the head. It is made to accommodate any skull shape without causing pain. The washable inner liners can also be removed. You can also replace the linings if you don’t like the ones that came with them.
It contains air vents that allow consistent airflow into the helmet. A switch is also included in the ventilation system for optimal operation.
One would expect that with the number of vents on the helmet, there would be a lot of noise. However, the helmet incorporates a wind tunnel that helps to reduce noise.
The helmet’s shell is made of lightweight carbon fibre. It sits nicely on the head without applying excessive pressure.
The helmet is very appealing. The matte black finish adds to its appeal and makes it more sporty.
The Shoei RF-SR helmet has a chin curtain that serves to reduce the quantity of air that enters the helmet through the chin. You can adjust the chin curtain to accommodate your head shape.

Cons

The helmet is expensive, but it is worth the investment. It also has a five-year warranty.
It doesn’t really suit spherical-head riders, as the helmet is oval-shaped.

Features

  • SHOEI has long been associated with “luxury” in the motorcycle helmet industry, a distinction that hundreds of dedicated employees at its Japan factories take pride in.
  • Shell Design with Aerodynamics: Extensive wind tunnel testing and input from professional riders are used to optimize aerodynamic qualities.
  • Every SHOEI helmet, just like the first one manufactured by its creator in 1959, is still handcrafted in Japan using a complicated technique that involves over 50 employees for each helmet.
  • Impact absorption and ventilation are improved by a dual-layer multi-density EPS liner.
  • The evolution and production of their world-class helmet line is a painstaking process that incorporates cutting-edge technology, consumer feedback, current testing techniques, innovative materials, and over 50 years of helmet manufacturing expertise.

Description

The Shoei RF-SR is a brand-new model. It’s also the cheapest Shoei full-face helmet available. However, it has a lot of Shoei DNA from helmets like the Shoei X-Fourteen (review) and Shoei X-12 (review) (review). The RF-SR is advertised as having “street performance” as well as “long-distance touring comfort,” and we agree.

“Compact, aerodynamic shell design with crisp and aggressive aesthetics” is another feature of the RF-SR. It comes in four shell sizes to fit a wide range of head sizes, reducing the number of shells and avoiding the “space helmet” effect. The RF designers SR’s also wanted to provide excellent ventilation, and the “V” shaped upper and lower vent system is the helmet’s most prominent design feature.

5. Shoei Open Face Helmet

Shoei J-O Helmet (X-Large) (RATT Grey)

Shoei J-O Helmet

Specifications

  • Size: X-Large
  • Color: RATT GREY
  • Uses For: Motorcycling
  • Brand: Shoei
  • Model: Shoei J-O Helmet
  • Item weight: 4.45 pounds
  • Dimensions: 12.8 x 10.5 x 11 inches
  • Vehicle Service Type: Motorcycle

Pros

Protects most of the head
Feel the wind on your face
Can talk or eat with a helmet on

Cons

No chin bar protection
Less possibility for extra features

Features

  • SHOEI has long been associated with “luxury” in the motorcycle helmet industry, a distinction that hundreds of dedicated employees at its Japan factories take pride in.
  • Every SHOEI helmet, just like the first one manufactured by its creator in 1959, is still handcrafted in Japan using a complicated technique that involves over 50 employees for each helmet.
  • The evolution and production of their world-class helmet line is a painstaking process that incorporates cutting-edge technology, consumer feedback, current testing techniques, innovative materials, and over 50 years of helmet manufacturing expertise.
  • Matrix AIM (lightweight, multi-ply)

Description

The Shoei J-Cruise helmet replaces the popular and long-lasting Shoei J-Wing.

The J-Cruise has the same fit and feels as a full-face helmet but without the chin bar.

To put it another way, it has all of the features and builds quality that a Shoei helmet should have.

This features the excellent ventilation that has become a Shoei trademark, which is also found on the Shoei GT Air (review) and other contemporary Shoei helmets.

The J-Cruise includes the GT Air’s superb internal sun visor technology, which is housed in a specific chamber in the forehead that doesn’t compromise the EPS protection in that area.

The sun visor is made of the same optical-grade polymer as the GT Air, which improves the viewing quality significantly.

In an open-face shell, it’s a full-face helmet. Motorcycle riders who dislike the feeling of wearing a full-face helmet would appreciate this helmet.

We don’t assess many open-face helmets on webBikeWorld because the majority of our evaluators and reviewers don’t wear them.

With the new Shoei J-Cruise, that could change.

It’s essentially a full-face helmet in an open-face shell; in other words, you give up the chin bar for protection, but there aren’t any additional trade-offs.

The J-Cruise replaces the Shoei J-Wing, which we never had the opportunity to test. The J-Cruise, on the other hand, is brand new in every manner, with all of the newest Shoei design concepts and technologies found in helmets like the Shoei GT Air (review), Shoei Qwest (review), and Shoei Neotec (review).

In fact, the Shoei helmet series has more design consistency than it has ever had…right down to the “Shoei fit,” which is what we call a “Slightly Narrow” profile.

6. Shoei Sports Bike Helmet

Shoei Solid X-14 Sports Bike Racing Motorcycle Helmet

Shoei Solid X-14

Specifications

  • Size: Large
  • Color: Matte Black
  • Uses For: Cycling, Motorcycling
  • Brand: Shoei
  • Model: Solid X-14 Helmet
  • Weight: 4 pounds
  • Dimensions: ‎17 x 11.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Vehicle Service Type: Motorcycle

Pros

Incredibly Aerodynamic
More vents than you can shake a stick at
Exquisite paint job

Cons

A very expensive helmet
A stretch for a beginner

Features

  • The position of the upper air intake vent maximizes air volume entering the helmet interior.
  • Cheek Pad Cooling System and impact-absorbing EPS liner throughout the chin bar
  • The 3D Max-Dry helmet liner material is twice as fast as regular nylon in absorbing and dissipating sweat and moisture, keeping aggressive riders cool and dry.
  • Removable To improve aerodynamic stability, a Lower Air Spoiler can be attached to the chin bar.
  • Impact absorption and ventilation are improved by a dual-layer multi-density EPS liner.

Description

Extensive wind tunnel testing and input from professional riders are used to optimize aerodynamic qualities. Impact absorption and ventilation are improved by the dual-layer multi-density EPS liner. With four shell sizes and five EPS lining sizes, most head sizes can be easily accommodated.

With the Cheek Pad Cooling System, an impact-absorbing EPS lining runs the length of the chin bar. Depending on rider choice and track demands, standard rear flaps can be swapped with optional, narrower flaps to adjust aerodynamics.

To improve aerodynamic stability, a removable Lower Air Spoiler can be attached to the chin bar. The Department of Transportation has given its approval. Meets FMVSS 218 requirements.

7. Shoei GT-Air II Insignia Helmet

Shoei GT-Air II Helmet – Insignia (Matte Grey/Black)

Shoei GT-Air II Insignia

Specifications

  • Size: X-Small
  • Color: MATTE GREY/BLACK
  • Brand: Shoei
  • Inner Material: Expanded Polystyrene
  • Outer Material: Fiberglass
  • Model: Shoei GT-Air II Insignia Helmet
  • Weight: ‎5.4 pounds
  • Dimension: 16 x 12 x 12 inches

Pros

Integrated Sena comm system option
Included Pinlock anti-fog device that works well
One of the quiet ones

Cons

Mediocre venting when stopped
A bit expensive for a non-modular lid
The field of view is distorted along either flank of the helmet when the anti-fog membrane is in use

Features

  • Design Concept for the GT-Air II. The original SHOEI GT-Air, introduced in 2013, as SHOEI’s premium touring full-face helmet with an inbuilt sun shield, established this style of the helmet as a useful and stylish option enjoyed by many riders.
  • The SHOEI GT-Air II includes the SENA SRL 2 Bluetooth communicator as an option.
  • In addition, the GT-Air II features an all-new expanded QSV-2 inner sun shield for better face coverage in bright sunlight.
  • SHOEI has just developed the GT-Air II, a helmet that takes the GT functionality, Air’s performance, and design, which is primarily designed for touring, to a new, higher level of pleasure.
  • The GT-Air II also has a CNS-1 face shield and baseplate system, which allows the face shield to open somewhat wider in its “cracked open” configuration, reducing fogging at low speeds.
  • The GT-Air II builds on the GT functionality, Air’s performance, and design while improving the internal sun shield and full-face helmet’s performance.
  • Extensive wind-testing improves aerodynamic qualities.
  • Shell Design with Aerodynamics

Description

The Shoei GT-Air 2 is a follow-up to the wildly popular GT-Air Helmet. The shell has been upgraded while maintaining the same level of aerodynamics and stability as its predecessor. The 5mm longer GSV-2 drop-down sun visor provides rapid sun protection, and the micro-ratchet chinstrap is simple to use. The Sena SRL-2 Bluetooth communication system is designed to work with the GT-Air II.

SHOEI IN MOTORCYCLE SAFETY, IS ONE OF THE INDUSTRY’S LEADING NAMES.

Shoei was the first helmet manufacturer to release an all-terrain motorcycle helmet, the Shoei Hornet DS, around the globe. Shoei was also the first to use dual liners for ventilation, strength, and versatility in a carbon fibre and kevlar helmet shell.

All current Shoei helmets have passed the Snell M2010 test, which is the most stringent in the world for motorcycle helmets.

Shoei motorcycle helmets offer an oval fit that is comfortable for most riders. Many of our employees wear Shoei motorcycle helmets, so if you have any technical questions concerning Shoei, give us a call or send us an email.

Shoei Safety Helmet Corp. is a well-known maker of luxury motorcycle helmets and one of the most well-known helmet brands in the world. Many riders are unaware that Shoei began manufacturing helmets around 1960. Previously, the company’s helmets were largely intended for use in the construction industry.

Shoei began producing helmets for motorcycle racing in 1962, and racing remains an important part of the company’s helmet development to this day. Do you believe that athletes like Marc Marquez would wear any helmet, regardless of sponsorship money?

Despite the high-tech nature of motorcycle helmets, the production process is meticulous, integrating cutting-edge technology with human artistry. More than 50 people have touched a Shoei helmet by the time it is ready to be packaged and sent. All Shoei helmets are made in Japan, as they have been since the company’s founding.

The RF-1400, Shoei’s most current modified helmet, was produced in 2021 as a replacement for the immensely successful Shoei RF-1200, which was released in 2014. Shoei did not design a completely new helmet with the RF-1400. Rather, the RF-1400 is an improved version of its predecessor.

Anyone who is familiar with the RF-1200 will recognize the RF-1400’s profile immediately. Despite this, the RF-1400 manages a 6% reduction in lift and a 4% reduction in drag when compared to its elder sibling, thanks to the significant usage of Shoei’s in-house wind tunnel. Shoei’s premium reputation is built on continual refining like this.

The new visor, which places the latch in the middle with the redesigned chin vent, is the most noticeable modification to the RF-1400 from the user’s perspective. The revised placement enables for a more consistent opening/closing effort and a tighter seal by evenly distributing opening and closing pressures between the spring-loaded base plates.

The beading that seals the visor interface was revised, with dual drains on the outside bottom borders, because the eye port opening is a source of both wind, weather, and noise intrusion into the helmet.

The RF-1400’s silence is worth noticing. In side-by-side tests, the RF-1400 has taken the RF-1200’s place. The huge hole required to place the rider’s head is one significant area where noise can breach the sanctity of the helmet interior. The revised cheek pads help to keep the fit snug but pleasant.

Shoei’s helmet shells use a patented multi-ply matrix that is specifically intended to meet both SNELL M2020 and DOT standards. Highly-trained professionals hand-lay these layers of fibreglass with lightweight organic and high-performance fibres to ensure constant shell thickness and correct strength and weight. This method creates strong, light, and elastic shells that absorb impacts that the rider may experience.

HOW DO I PUT ON A SHOEI HELMET?

When it comes to Shoei helmets, one size does not fit all, contrary to popular belief. Every helmet delivers a tailored fit and optimized comfort for every head size, thanks to an industry-leading number of shell sizes, as well as numerous liner sizes and cheek pad thicknesses.

Each helmet has been thoroughly tested to ensure that it fits their size chart, so if you’re used to Shoei sizes and wear a Medium in an open-face helmet, you’ll also be able to wear a Medium in a full-face or adventure helmet.

Each helmet is handcrafted and rigorously tested to meet or exceed all regional safety standards and rider expectations.

If you are unfamiliar with Shoei helmets, you can try one on at any of our 15 locations. However, before riding and committing to size, we recommend wearing your Shoei helmet around the home to have a better idea of what size you need. If your helmet seems uncomfortable or loose, you can use our Helmet Return Policy to swap for a larger or smaller size.

To ensure the highest quality, Shoei motorcycle helmets are always built from a fibre material such as fibreglass, carbon, or kevlar.

Shoei now offers motorcycle helmets with an integrated sun visor, which are widely regarded as the best motorcycle helmets on the market. Shoei will also release the Shoei NXR, the long-awaited successor to the Shoei XR-1100, in 2014.

HELMETS FOR MOTORCYCLE SHOEI

About SHOEI

Shoei is one of the most well-known motorcycle helmet brands in the world. The Japanese company, which was founded in 1958, uses cutting-edge technology, innovative materials, and consumer feedback to constantly refresh the modern motorcycle helmet, leveraging its 60 years of experience to deliver maximum performance, all-day comfort, and world-class looks.

Shoei helmets started out as a Japanese brand, but by the late 1960s, SHOEI had established itself as a high-quality brand in the United States, Europe, and eventually the rest of the world. Shoei helmets are famous because of their consistent quality and positive word of mouth from Shoei riders.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “once a Shoei, always a Shoei.” A Shoei helmet’s fit is extremely comfortable and lasts for a long time.

Shoei has its own wind tunnel, where the helmet shells are constructed and the soundproofing of motorcycle helmets is tested.

Shoei created their first racing helmet, the SR-1, in 1962. Six years later, the company had evolved to the point that the Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation was established in California. Shoei’s first Snell approval was given to the S-12. In 1972, the STZ (S-20) used Shoei’s original two-piece structure; in 1976, the GR-Z (the world’s first full-face carbon fibre helmet); in 1982, the full-face EX-2 motocross helmet; and in 1983, injection-molded shield designs were developed. Then came the VF-X motocross helmet (1991), the RF-200 (1989), the X-Eleven (2002), the Multitec modular (2007), the Neotec (2012), the J-Cruise (2012), the GT-Air (2013), and the Hornet ADV (2013). (2015).

FAQs about SHOEI Helmets

Q. Is Shoei a good helmet?

A. Arai and Shoei are both high-end helmet manufacturers with a global reputation. Both companies make high-quality, handcrafted helmets with excellent fit and finish.

Q. Where are Shoei helmets made?

A. Every SHOEI, much like the very first SHOEI helmet manufactured by our founder in 1959, is still handcrafted in Japan using a complex process involving over 50 individuals for each and every helmet.

Q. Are Shoei helmets worth the money?

A. Shoei is a premium helmet manufacturer, so you’ll get a lot more than just a helmet that satisfies federal impact regulations. Each Shoei helmet is handcrafted, and the rigorous manufacturing and verification process has included more than 50 individuals by the time it is packaged for distribution. Premium helmets, like those made by Shoei, often have better comfort features including excellent venting, removable and adjustable liners, and high-quality fit and finish. Shoei helmet owners recognize the importance of their investment in comfort and finish.

Q. Which is better, Arai or Shoei?

A. Arai and Shoei are both high-end helmet manufacturers with a global reputation. Both companies make high-quality, handcrafted helmets with excellent fit and finish. When it comes to designing and producing helmets, though, they each have slightly distinct views. Furthermore, these models will fit a variety of head shapes. Because fit is so important when it comes to helmets, trying on models from both companies will help you figure out which one is right for you. With either brand, you can’t go wrong.

Q. Which Shoei helmet is best?

A. Which Shoei helmet is best for you depends on what you want to accomplish with the helmet. Because of their aerodynamics, racers will gravitate toward the X-Fourteen and the RF-1400, while touring riders will pull toward the GT-Air II or the Neotec II, which have more room in front of the rider’s face for comfort.

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