Review: SHOEI Neotec Helmet

Dec 23, 2014 View Comments by

Review: SHOEI Neotec HelmetDuring the last two years, I have almost exclusively worn the SHOEI Neotec helmet on tours. It’s very comfortable and fits a wide range of head shapes. I have a long, oval shape and there are no pressure points within the Neotec. Besides comfort, the modular design is perfect for my work. While taking pictures, I don’t have to take my lid off. It’s also much easier asking for directions with the helmet flipped open. And, during group rides it makes the interaction with other riders much more personal as well as efficient (without delaying the group just because I keep putting my helmet on and taking it off).

In addition to the versatile design, what I can’t live without is an anti-fog system like the Pinlock in SHOEIs. An insert locks between two pins on the inside of the visor, which creates an air chamber. Voilà! No more fog! It’s amazing how this improves riding in the rain and on early mornings.

Air ventilation is good but maybe too good. With the internal sun shield up and the lower vent open, too much air is forced inside causing the eyes to dry out. However, this isn’t a problem when the sun shield is down and in use. Even with the lower vent closed, air still forces its way in. Closed should mean closed, but the exhaust vents create enough negative pressure to suck the air through. The Neotec does excel at keeping the top of the head at an agreeable temperature.

The Neotec comes in three shell sizes, with fully removable liners, chin curtain, and a breath guard.

Colors: various, mostly solids
Sizes: XS-XXL
Price: $648.99 – $752.99 (depending on color)


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As long as I can grab a handlebar, I'll ride it. Trail riding is becoming my favorite hobby as of late. Hope to meet you on the road.