Initial views in this lid are that it is very impressive. Previously an Arai Chaser V wearer I really wanted to try a Shoei. XR1100s don't fit me properly so I was surprised when the GT-Air snugly sat around my moon-head without any wobble or 'roll-test' problems.
Forgot my plugs (slap wrist) and so the first impression I got on 50mph roads heading into work was that the lid was a lot quieter than I'd hoped - with plugs I'll just be able to hear my own thoughts and enough of the outside world to keep me fully informed.
Home time saw me heading down the motorway as an alternative and (still plug-less) I was again impressed by the quietness of the Shoei. Not too much wind noise at 70 or 80 - something my Chaser wouldn't allow me to do in comfort without plugs, the only annoyance I had was at certain angles there is something that catches a breeze and sounds like there's a fly buzzing around (there wasn't) - not all the time, but annoying when it did it
I always thought the field of vision my Arai allowed me was pretty good, but donning the GT was like comparing having the curtains open to having them removed completely - I much prefer the extra peripheral view I now get, especially for those glances when needing to switch motorway lanes.
none to report, the Pinlock and vents on the Shoei (chin spoiler and breath guard attached) caused no misting at all, even after returning home and sitting in the drive.
Easy enough to flip up/down on the move, but as yet no need to use it with the low sun. Looks like it'll be decently tinted to not mean me having to squint, but I'll have to wait and see.
I thought I'd be Arai through and through, but I must say I'm a convert. I still have my Chaser-V as a back up (and it's got my 2-way Sena fitted to it for convoy riding), but I don't think I'll be cracking out the Arai for anything other than that
Review by GetGeared Customer Paul Carter on the Shoei GT Air Wanderer TC5