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Brand new for 2012, the Shoei Neotec Helmet takes the concept of one of the most popular modular helmets on the market, the Multitec, refines and redesigns, adding features to produce what we see as one of the most super premium flip-up helmets on the market. Shoei absorbed all of the feedback from the motorcycle community who had been riding in the Multitec, figured out ways to improve upon it, and created a modular helmet that is extremely aerodynamic and vents a claimed 276% more air than its baby brother. The Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet is an absolute home run product and we can't wait to see how it is received by the riding community.

Check out our Shoei Neotec Helmet Review:


Starting off with the changes to the Shoei Neotec versus the Multitec, let's run them down in bullet form:

• Retractable internal anti-fog and anti-scratch sun visor, with the smoothest mechanism we've seen, that provides ample coverage over the eyes and down the nose (an issue with some other drop-down sun shields).

• Pinlock-ready CNS-1 shield, which is wider and taller than the Multitec's shield and includes a pinlock insert for fog-free riding.



• New ventilation scheme with a redesigned top intake vent and a brand new rear exhaust vent. Redesigned channels within the EPS pull the air through and cool your head while riding.



• Cheek pads and comfort liner are now fully removable and washable. 3D design of interior is more comfortable and contours around the chin for a tighter seal. Cheek pads now feature a notch to allow a better fit with eyeglasses.



• Hinge mechanism is now on same axis as shield mechanism (Multitec had two separate hinges). This reduces the weight of the helmet and improves aerodynamics. In addition, the Neotec is using a 360º locking system for the hinge, which is a stainless steel mechanism that essentially scissors around the post rather than the simple "J" mechanism used by other modulars.

• The sealing of the shield has been improved, with a double sealing lip on the rubber gasket and a double ridge at the top of the shield, which will aid in noise and prevent any water from ever seeping into the helmet.



• Vortex generator lips have been added along the ridge of the flip up portion along the jaw. Shoei found that this ridge was creating wind noise and slight turbulence. To combat these ills, the vortex generators channel the air in a way that improves aerodynamics and directs the air away from the internal sun visor mechanism that was causing the source of the noise.



• Removable cushioned ear pads for easy, seamless integration of bluetooth communication device.



• Improved overall design of EPS. Most modulars reduce the amount of EPS at the top, front of the head to accommodate the drop-down visor. The
Neotec has the same thickness of EPS in this area, as the drop-down visor has been incorporated into the shell. You'll notice a slight protrusion in this area which, in addition to housing the sun visor, also creates better airflow by forcing air into the top vent.



• Three shell sizes as opposed to two shell sizes used by most modular helmets, including the Multitec.

• Removable breath guard and chin curtain.

Beyond this enormous list of upgrades over the Multitec, the Shoei Neotec is using the AIM multi-composite shell construction, which is a five-ply shock-absorbing fiber shell. It is also using the standard Shoei multi-density EPS liner which provides ample impact protection. The chin vent has been redesigned and flows air directly to the face and shield. Both the internal sun visor and external shield feature full protection from harmful UV rays.

The Neotec Helmet is an absolute home run. We are extremely pleased with the big steps forward that Shoei has taken with their new modular, and it is certain to continue their storied tradition of high-performance motorcycle
helmets. Stay tuned for an opinion review once we've gotten our hands on one for a few thousand miles of riding. Check out the rest of our selections by visiting our modular motorcycle helmets page.

-RetroZilla

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Definitely my next purchase from Revzilla.....
How would one know one's size in order to purchase on online?

Please don't tell me to get sized at a bricks and mortar retailer.
 

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I have always worn a large... been that way since the '80s:mrgreen:
I generally wear a large, but some makes of helmets fit better than others.
 

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I can't tell you your size obviously, but you can measure your head and go by the Shoei sizing charts. Ultimately though - and this is one of the reasons I like Revzilla - if I get it and it doesn't fit I just return or exchange it. I've settled on 2xl or 3xl in Shoei depending on the model, but that was definitely through trial and error.
 

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I wear a large X-11, but a medium Multi-Tec because the shape of the multi-tec is different than the X-11. On that note, I have a gently used silver sized large Multi-tec for sale. $250....
 

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I can't tell you your size obviously, but you can measure your head and go by the Shoei sizing charts. Ultimately though - and this is one of the reasons I like Revzilla - if I get it and it doesn't fit I just return or exchange it. I've settled on 2xl or 3xl in Shoei depending on the model, but that was definitely through trial and error.
Yes Revzilla is great to deal with. I initially ordered the Schuberth C3 but it didn't fit well. They sugested the Shoei Multitec and it has been great. I can't see spending another $550 on top of the $450 of the Multitec though for at least a few more years. Maybe some people though will be getting some great deals on Multitecs soon.
 

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Neotec ordered! Ok, so I'm an "early adopter"... haha. Seriously though, I've been holding off on all of my usual rash, impulsive decisions so that I could make one on this helmet when it came out. Looking forward to it... :)
 

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I pre-ordered on Jan 7th, and Revzilla said mine should ship TODAY :hurray:

And I'm only 10 miles from their store, should get it Mon or Tue. :beatnik:
 

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Free shipping, and avoids going into philly to pay another tax. :fineprint:

Got it today; first impressions; lighter than my old RF-1000, XL fits perfect (as did RF1000), it DOES come with a pinlok insert ready to install on the pin-equipped shield, and uses D-ring retention.

No miles on it yet due to honey-do's chaining me down today (plus it's miseraable out).
 

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Got it today; first impressions; lighter than my old RF-1000, XL fits perfect (as did RF1000), it DOES come with a pinlok insert ready to install on the pin-equipped shield, and uses D-ring retention.
I have yet to find a flip front helmet that doesn't hit me in the teeth and I've tried every one on the market over the past 7 or 8 years.

Is there any chin room in this thing? This would be more helpful to me if you can compare it to another lid. The last Shoei flip front was almost good enough, but not quite.
 

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Not only I see a lot of chin room, other users report a vast improvement over the MultiTec (mostly on ADV threads, sorry I can't link them).

I am coming off an RF-1000 and never had any problems.
 

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I have a big problem with chin room. I tried on at least 10 different helmets on at the Internation Motorcycle Show in Charlotte this past Saturday, this amazing helmet fit the best out of all of them. Fit me perfectly and was the best build quality for a modular i've ever seen.

I want to say one company had them for $375.... But I'm pretty short on funds since I got my Wee, so I guess I'll be sticking with my cheapo KBC until I can save up.

This is WITHOUT A DOUBT what I would be buying if I had the money.
 

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Just a quick update. I haven't ridden with mine because it is just a bit small. I think I'm going to return it because it's just a bit snug - too tight through the cheeks. It's definitely smaller than the multitec I had in the same size. However, I will say that it is, just on visual inspection and overall handling, very well built. It just seems so much more solidly constructed than my old multitec was. Just wanted to make that note for those thinking about buying. The size issue is so individual of course - the RF1100 really fits my head the best out of any helmet I've worn.
 

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I have yet to find a flip front helmet that doesn't hit me in the teeth and I've tried every one on the market over the past 7 or 8 years.

Is there any chin room in this thing? This would be more helpful to me if you can compare it to another lid. The last Shoei flip front was almost good enough, but not quite.
I've had the same problem. First one I found that fit my chin was the C3. It was a nice fit except for the "mark of Schuberth" Returned it and ordered a Neotec. Plenty of chin room in this one too. Only 300 miles or so of experience, but I like it a lot. Comfortable and seems to be rock solid. Vents much better than past helmets but I've read that the top vent does not completely close. Looking forward to my first rain ride.
 
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