Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: plymouth, michigan
I tried the X11 and the 1100. I've always been a Shoei fan, a thought one of the two would be the right one. I did not like the fit of the X11 at all, tight, claustrophobic, and it felt a bit stripped down - very serious, but not very comfortable. The 1100 was much more to my liking, beautifully finished, but even with two different cheek pad sizes, I wasn't happy with the fit.
I'd previously sneered at the Shoei TZR, thinking it wouldn't be any good cuz it's their lowest price helmet. I decided to try it anyway. I did swap out the cheek pads for a different size than stock, and once I did, it was pure magic - the fit was perfect. It was like a light went on over my head - ding! And, as the previous poster mentioned, it does flow a boatload of air over the top of your head. Don't know how it does it without the dedicated rear vents you see on other helmets, but it plain works. I live in Michigan, and the helmet kept my head nicely ventilated during the horribly hot and muggy summer, and comfortable in the arctic blast fall/winter riding seasons with minimal fogging issues. The helmet liner even comes out for washing too. The chinbar venting does direct a lot of air onto the inside of the face shield. This only works when moving, but 10mph will get the fog to lift. I'd imagine this is the case for any helmet, but the TZR evacuates shield fog very well when you get above bicycle speeds. The TZR uses the same shield as the 1100 too.
Shoei does sell faceshields with the "pinlock" anti-fog system [it essentially turns a faceshield into a two layer faceshield that resembles those dual lens anti-fog ski goggles, with similar good results.
The TZR can be had online for as little as 200-250 bux, and is a bargain. Throw a pinlock shield in the mix, and you'd have a great helmet.
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Last edited by jokermtb; 10-06-2010 at 12:19 AM.