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Mykel Nicolaou  says:

Helmet review: Shoei Neotec

Shoei Neotec helmet, £469.99Time used: Two months What I like: The new Neotec had a huge reputation to live up to, as the replacement for Shoei’s hugely popular Multitec II. With an integrated sun visor and easy to use flip up mechanism coupled with an enlarged visor and multiple venting points, the Neotec is a definite step up from what was already...

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roobarb001

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roobarb001 says:

Shoei Neotec

I have an X1000, a Multitec and have recently acquired a Neotec - imported from the USA as I wanted a yellow one (difficult to find in the UK) so it has a standard double D ring fastening rather than the microratchet.

I have been using the Neotec for about two months, and it is about to go to bed for the winter.

There is nothing , much, wrong with the Neotec.  It is extremely comfortable, the ventilation is superb, there is less wind noise than the Multitec and visibility is good and the internal tinted visor works very well.  I think it is very good value for money.

However, in some respects the ventilation is too good.

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roobarb001

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roobarb001 says:

In light rain, mist and drizzle I need to open the chin vent to avoid misting problems.  The vent, however, draws in water - cold water - and whilst I can see well enough, having a wet nose gets uncomfortable after a while.

In heavy rain I managed to leave the top vent open which resulted in the helmet flooding - OK whilst moving, but after stopping the water drains down the inner visor space resulting in the rain continuing inside the helmet - this is inconvenient.

I will be using my X1000 this winter (unless I need the headset fitted to my Multitec).  It is lighter, quiete, warmerr and relatively waterproof, and with a pair of sunglasses for those low sun, bright mornings I should be OK.

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busterrabbit

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busterrabbit says:

My wife and I bought Neotecs when they first appeared this year. Only two niggles after a summer of riding including a european tour: 

It's very prone to misting, even in the dry, if it's below about 15 degrees C.  I'm guessing that this may be partly due to the draught excluder which helps reduce noise.

Even when closed I can feel air coming in the top vent, I'm pretty much bald so perhaps not a problem for those who aren't folically challenged!  However I think in winter anyone would feel the draught.

It's light, for a flip front, quiet, the built in sunvisor is indispensible and the ventilation for summer us is very good.  Our Scala G9s fit easily with plenty of room for the speakers without pinching ears, and the removable lining makes the wiring easy to tuck away. 

So I'd say it's a great summer helmet, possibly the best, but it's not as good for winter use.

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stu_sp2 says:

I think Shoei missed a trick with this lid, they should've designed it with a 4 link opening mechanism similar to the BMW system 6 evo , so that when you flip the front up not only does it open upwards but drops down closer to the surface of the helmet, thus reducing the front profile of the helmet and keeping it compact while open, looks much better.

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