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Originally published: February 2020
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VIDEO REVIEW: SHOEI GT-AIR 2 HELMET
The Shoei GT-Air 2 is not new. It came out in 2019 and was, as the name suggests, a development of the GT-Air helmet that had been in Shoei’s range for many years. It would be fair to term it an evolution, although actually the new version shares very, very few parts with its predecessor. So whilst it still features the company’s AIM, multi-composite shell, it’s actually a totally new moulding. Other changes include better venting, a re-positioned chin strap, a ‘crack’ position for the visor and an integrated comms. system like you get on the Neotec 2. Like the Neotec, the new GT-Air is a helmet that very much has touring and commuting in mind, although there’s no reason you couldn’t wear it on a sportsbike. But it would not be inaccurate to suggest that the GT-Air is little more than a full-face version of the Neotec. For us here at Motolegends, the quieter nature and sheer convenience often weigh in favour of the Shoei flip but, as Sean explains, not everybody is ready to commit to a flip-lid, especially if they’ve only made the transition from a pure sportsbike. In our view, the GT-Air 2 is simply the finest, best quality, most comfortable, most reliable and most protective full-face helmet money can buy. You can pay more if you want a rider’s name on the side, or if you have a fetish for super-light carbon fibre, but however much you pay you won’t find anything better. Plus, of course, with the GT-Air 2, as with all Shoeis, we can custom fit the helmet with an array of different linings and cheekpads. And this is vital because, if you want a helmet that is as comfortable, as quiet and as protective as it can be, the fit has to be totally right. Listen to what our in-house wizard has to say; then come and see us in Guildford.
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