The following is an industry press release ...
Shoei Safety Helmet Corp. is excited to announce the arrival of the all-new GT-Air II to North American dealers.
With the innovative and highly-acclaimed GT-Air as a baseline, the all-new SHOEI GT-Air II was destined for greatness from the very start. Advancements in design, functionality and performance have further evolved SHOEI’s premiere full-face touring helmet, yielding even easier adaptation to the ever-changing conditions throughout your journeys. Featuring a lengthened internal sun shield for optimal sun-glare protection, all-new "first position" shield opening for advanced ventilation and defogging, enhanced aerodynamics and noise-reduction technology, and the ability to seamlessly integrate with the all-new SENA SRL2 Communication System, the GT-Air II is equipped to accommodate your every need.
With the innovative and highly-acclaimed GT-Air as a baseline, the all-new GT-Air II was destined for greatness from the very start. Advancements in design, functionality and performance have further evolved SHOEI’s premiere full-face touring helmet, yielding even easier adaptation to the ever-changing conditions throughout your journeys. Featuring a lengthened internal sun shield for optimal sun-glare protection, all-new “first position” shield opening for advanced ventilation and defogging, enhanced aerodynamics and noise-reduction technology, and the ability to seamlessly integrate with the all-new SENA SRL2 Communication System, the GT-Air II is equipped to accommodate your every need.
Specially designed for the GT-Air II, the all-new optional SENA SRL2 Communication System* seamlessly integrates with ease and precision. Jointly designed by SENA and SHOEI, the SRL2 is sleek in appearance and installs effortlessly, allowing for the GT-Air II’s advanced safety and performance to remain intact.
With a simple 3-button control, riders can pair to their smartphones to listen to music, hear GPS directions, talk on the phone and more. The intelligent Audio Multitasking feature allows you to simultaneously listen to music and talk to other riders via intercom, and the Universal Intercom technology makes the SRL2 compatible with other non-SENA Bluetooth systems.
*SRL2 is specially developed for the GT-Air II, and is sold exclusively by SENA. For more information on the SENA SRL2 Communication System, visit sena.com/product/srl2
ADVANCED AERODYNAMICS & NOISE REDUCTION
More than just aggressive styling and aesthetics, the GT-Air II’s progressive shell shape is compact and uniquely streamlined to reduce air resistance and drag. In addition to the GT-Air II’s ability to cut through high-speed streaming air with ease and efficiency, enhancements to its shell shape also reduce wind noise around the helmet. Further accentuating the improvements made to the shell design to control noise and enhance aerodynamics, an all-new chin bar air spoiler and airtight window beading help to direct air and prevent unwanted wind noise inside the helmet. Additionally, refinements made to the shell opening that allows the internal sun shield mechanism’s metal wires to pass-through to the activation switch also contributes to an overall reduction of unwanted noise inside the shell.
CNS-1 SHIELD & BASE PLATE SYSTEM
The GT-Air II’s CNS-1 shield system provides a massive field of vision and protects against 99% of the sun’s damaging UV rays. SHOEI’s 3D injection-molding process ensures a distortion-free view throughout the entire field of vision, and the shield’s advanced design provides enhanced air/water sealing and noise reduction. The CNS-1 shield also comes equipped with the Pinlock® EVO fog-resistant system.
Thanks to advancements made to the CNS-1 base plate gear, the GT-Air II’s all-new “first position” shield opening allows riders to enjoy enhanced venting and defogging without excess wind distractions. Coupled with SHOEI’s patented spring-loaded base plate technology, an all-new airtight window beading helps drain and prevent water from entering into the helmet.
*To maximize safety, always have shield in fully closed position when riding at high speeds.
QSV-2 INTERNAL SUN SHIELD
The GT-Air II’s all-new, built-in QSV-2 sun shield is 5mm longer and gives riders improved, instant relief from sun glare in one quick motion. A large, easily located switch activates the 3D injection-molded inner shield, and the distortion-free view blocks 99% of the sun’s damaging UV rays just like the CNS-1 external shield that lies ahead.
Additionally, refinements made to the shell opening that allows the internal sun shield mechanism’s metal wires to pass-through to the activation switch helps contribute to an overall reduction of unwanted noise inside the GT-Air II’s shell.
Wind-tunnel optimized to maximize airflow and reduce unwanted noise, the GT-Air II’s three (3) intake and five (5) exhaust vents have been strategically shaped and positioned for improved cool air intake and hot air expulsion. A redesigned upper air intake shutter and enlarged lower air intake opening yield greater airflow throughout the entire helmet.
MULTI-PLY MATRIX AIM SHELL
Few characteristics of a motorcycle helmet are as critical as its first-layer of defense, which is precisely why the all-new GT-Air II features the SHOEI-exclusive Multi-Ply Matrix AIM Shell construction. Combining fiberglass with lightweight organic and high-performance fibers, the GT-Air II’s proprietary AIM Shell provides optimal impact-absorption, strength and elasticity. The forehead area of the outer shell is raised slightly to accommodate the internal sun shield, allowing for the integrity of the helmet’s inner EPS liner to remain intact. DOT Certified, the GT-Air II AIM Shell is available in three sizes (XS-XXL) to ensure a custom fit for every rider.
MULTI-PIECE / MULTI-DENSITY EPS LINER
The GT-Air II’s Multi-Piece/Multi-Density EPS Liner not only provides enhanced impact absorption by utilizing varying densities of foam in strategic locations, it is designed to allow cooling air to travel unrestricted through tunnels created in the EPS, further enhancing the GT-Air II’s optimal ventilation characteristics. Precise placement of high-quality multi-density EPS material yields a more compact, lightweight design. The forehead area of the outer shell is raised slightly to accommodate the internal sun shield, allowing for the integrity of the helmet’s inner EPS liner to remain intact.
MICRO RATCHET CHINSTRAP
After years of successful use and satisfaction on SHOEI helmet models in Europe and other regions around the world, the all-new GT-Air II features the SHOEI Micro Ratchet Chinstrap. With a 100% stainless steel interlocking mechanism, our patented Micro Ratchet Chinstrap system is comfortable, easily-adjustable, and offers a quick, smooth, and secure closure.
3D MAX-DRY INTERIOR SYSTEM
The GT-Air II is equipped with a fully removable, washable, adjustable, and replaceable 3D Max-Dry Interior System capable of dissipating sweat 2x faster than traditional nylon interiors. Multi-layer cheek pads for comfort and helmet stabilization along with premium two-tone interior fabric and red stitching accentuate the GT-Air II’s unmatched fit and finish.
EMERGENCY QUICK RELEASE SYSTEM (E.Q.R.S)
Borrowing technology originally developed for SHOEI’s racing helmet models, SHOEI equipped the all-new GT-Air II with its exclusive Emergency Quick Release System that allows emergency medical personnel to easily remove the cheek pads from an injured rider’s helmet. With the cheek pads removed, the helmet can be safely lifted from a rider’s head without creating unnecessary strain in the neck area.
GT-Air II Pricing*
Solid & Metallic Colors: $599.00
*MSRP subject to change / U.S. pricing only