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post #1 of 3 Old 10-21-2013, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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My present perscription sun glasses don't fit inside my Shoei Qwest very well so I am debating whether to upgrade to a flip down sun visor type helmet or buy new glasses. New glasses will run me close to $300 with the progressive lenses, quality frame, etc. I've been lusting after the Shoei GT Air for quite a while now. I went in and fondled the GT Air at the local Cycle Gear and found out the helmet is not Snell certified. I'm a hi-viz ATGATT kind of rider. Should this lack of certification bother me?

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-21-2013, 04:52 PM
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I'm a noob so I can't say much of value to your direct questions. However, I did buy the GT-Air based on reviews and talking to guys at the shop.

I can at least give you my initial thoughts on the helmet, and you can easily put "but I'm new and don't know what I don't know." behind each comment. So FWIW:

1. I was told and read it's supposedly a "quiet" helmet -- if so I'd hate to try a noisy helmet. Again, I don't have anything to compare it to but it's not quiet at 60+, maybe that's normal and why I've read that people wear earplugs.

2. The Pinlock shield add-on works great. I didn't want to bother with it at first as I thought it was trying too many accessories too soon. After installation it made an immediate difference -- I didn't have to pop the shield to vent/clear my shield at each stop light on cool mornings.

3. The internal sun shield is definitely functional and handy when you need it. Meaning the ease/benefit of just flipping it down/up compared with having to pull over and deal with sunglasses I have to assume is big. Also the visor doesn't benefit from the Pinlock so for me it fogs up at some stops in the morning. I'm in the habit now of putting it up when I'm rolling up to a stop.

4. The ventilation isn't as noticeable for me as I expected. I run pretty warm so I thought the vents would be a big deal, and perhaps they are. But when I open them I don't notice a sudden change in perceived air flow over my head.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-21-2013, 06:35 PM
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Well, I can tell you my prescription shades and regular glasses work with my GT Air. I did not think I would like the flip down shield, but it is a cool feature. I use the flip down with my shades and regular glasses. This helmet gives you a lot of diff options as far as how bright or dim the day is.
Quiet?? I guess I have had louder helmets. I think the bike and fairing or lack of make a huge diff In the wind noise associated with the loud,not loud debate.
I wear earplugs anyway you cut it on rides longer than 40 miles.
This helmet does fit snug and it is very comfy for me anyway. I am a medium round to oval melon

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