Shoei's latest open-face, full-face helmets feature sun protection

Publish Date: 
Jan 7, 2013

CALABASAS, Calif. - Shoei charges into 2013 with two new helmets, one a three-quarter open-face touring helmet and the other a light-weight, full-face lid: Both feature Shoei’s built-in retractable sun visors.

First up is the J-Cruise, Shoei’s new open-face helmet that features adjustable top adn rear exhaust vents, a multi-piece EPS liner that reportedly allows for smooth air flow, a washable liner, and a removable shield that’s secured by a shield stopper meant to prevent unexpected opening at speed.

The company reports that the J-Cruise’s built-in sun shield visor blocks 99 percent of harmful UV rays and can be activated by a large-and-easy-to-reach switch. The face shield is built to be removable without tools, has a scratch-resistant coating and is Pinlock ready.

The J-Cruise is available in two solid colors — black and white, and five metallic/matte finishes — wine red, anthracite, brilliant yellow, matte black, and matte deep grey. Sizes run from XS to 2XL.

Shoei also introduces the GT-Air, a helmet the company calls a lightweight lid with improved ventilation, a removable noise-reducing interior and a built-in sun visor that tucks into a shell inside the helmet’s liner. The visor pocket also contributes to the exterior look of the helmet, giving it an aggressive sporty look, Shoei says.

The GT-Air’s interior features a top center pad that is removable, which aids in the removal of all the other interior parts. Shoei designed it for a firm, even fit by using foam layers of varying hardness. Fitment can be further refined through the choice of three different shell sizes.

The interior also features a chin curtain to reduce noise and prevent wind from getting into the helmet. An emergency quick-release system is designed to help emergency medical personnel in removing the cheek pads to make the helmet easier to remove.

The CNS-1 shield is reportedly wider and taller than the CX-1V it replaces and includes a new Pinlock anti-fog lens. It’s also made to reduce wind noise. The GT-Air is available in the same solids as the J-Cruise as well as six mettalics/mattes — black, white, anthracite, brilliant yellow, shine red, and matte black.

Shoei’s GT-Air is also available in a black or white Wanderer design, and in three different Journey designs.

Posted by Dennis Johnson