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RiDE review: Shoei Hornet ADV helmet

The Hornet ADV replaces the popular Hornet DS. It is instantly comfortable, with a plush interior and Shoei’s quick-release cheek pads for safe helmet removal in an accident.

The visor and all the vents are easy to use with gloves. An improvement over many helmets is that you can remove the visor and the peak separately, making it great for use with goggles. The peak works well and thanks to the gills it is not caught by the wind – apart from side winds, oddly. It also noticeably quieter than the others.

Weight is average but venting leaves room for improvement – you can get quite hot inside, especially if riding off-road. Overall, though, a very good helmet for road-inclined adventurers.

Buy the Shoei Hornet ADV helmet here.

Shoei Hornet ADV helmet


Price: Plain £369, colours £449

Shell material: Lightweight AIM+ 

Weight as tested: 1500g

Anti-mist: Pinlock insert included

Drop-down visor: No

Strap type: Double D-ring

Use with goggles: Yes, with and without visor

Interior removable: Yes, emergency Q-release

Compatibility with glasses: Excellent

Chin draft deflector: Removable net


Quality and finish: 9/10

Visor: 10/10

Interior: 8/10

Venting: 7/10

Comfort on-road: 8/10

Suitability for off-road: 8/10

TOTAL: 51/60


Bauer Media

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