Shoei Neotec Helmet

Video at the end of the post.  Any thoughts on modular helmets?  I like this new Neotec as I wear Shoei and the sun visor is a nice addition. 

Modular design: 360-degree Pivot Locking System employs stainless steel jaws that wrap around stainless steel pegs, securing the EPS-lined chinbar in the down position. Large, front-of-helmet release button is easy to manipulate while wearing riding gloves. Smooth, single-handed up/down action.

CNS-1 shield: Noticeably wider and taller than the previous CX-1V of the still-available Multitec, this injection-molded faceshield provides a broad, clear field of vision. Changing shields is a snap with the new Neotec-exclusive QR-N baseplate. Included anti-fog Pinlock insert is likewise easy to install and effective, but, technically, is illegal for night use because it does not meet VESC-8 light-transmission standards.

Ventilation: Large shutter-type lower chin vent is effective and can be opened or closed while wearing even thick gloves. Same goes for upper intake (three positions) and exhaust vents. Deep channels molded into dual-layer EPS liner move cooling air through the helmet.

QSV-1 sun shield: Provides instant relief from sun glare with one quick motion. Large, left-side-of-helmet slider moves non-locking, injection-molded tinted inner shield up and down. Shoei says the forehead area of the Advanced Integrated Matrix (largely fiberglass) shell is slightly higher to accommodate the internal shield, allowing for no reduction in the thickness of the EPS liner.

3D liner: Interior is plush, removable, washable and replaceable. Center pad components are three-dimensionally shaped to match contours of wearer’s head. Fit for the two staffers who tried the helmet was exceptionally comfortable yet maintained a firm, stable hold up to triple-digit speeds. If you wear glasses, try before you buy; your frames may not fit. Center pad and multi-layer cheek pads are available in different thicknesses for customization.

The Shoei Neotec helmet is available in seven solid colors in XS-XXL sizes. MSRP for Anthracite Metallic, Light Silver, Brilliant Yellow (shown), Wine Red or Matte Black is $662.99. Gloss Black or White costs $648.99.

Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet
Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet
Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet
Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet
Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet
Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet
Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet
Shoei Neotec Modular Helmet


  1. Don Plummer says:

    Have you seen the Shark Evoline?
    I’ve owned 3 different HJC modulars since ’04 and find them very convenient. They allow you to eat, drink, smoke or talk to someone without needing to take it off. I have never actually USED one so I can’t speak to how they work if I were to lead with my face in a high speed dismount. I notice the Shark chin piece bridges a very small gap. This should make it very strong and more protective than other modulars, if ever needed

  2. Tom Hill says:

    I have a multi-tec which I love. It’s not the most ventilated thing which seems to have been addressed with the new Neotec. It’s also not the quietest which also seems to have been addressed. The best part I find with the Neotec is the included dark visor. I really wish my Multi-tec had the same.

  3. AlanI says:

    Not too unlike the Schuberth C3 which I have. The sun visor is nice although to be quite honest I very seldom employ mine preferring instead to wear sunglasses. The neck skirt on the Schuberth is replaceable for one with a built in radio (6 Channels) and Bluetooth connection to my Zumo 660. I wonder if Shoei will also offer this? Having never worn a Shoei modular helmet I can’t really make any comment but if it’s the same quality build as the Schuberth and as they both appear similar, then you won’t go far wrong with it should you eventually decide to purchase. As ever, the caveat, take a test ride before purchase. Any good helmet outlet should have extra stock for this purpose.

  4. I had a modular caberg before my current full face Shoei. I like the comfort of the shoei better than the caberg and the shoei is noisier. I liked the convenience of being able to open the front to take a drink or even to allow more air when moving slowly. I also liked the sun visor. The caberg’s lock mechanism looked like it would hold up well in crash. It’s a matter of taste.

  5. advgrrls says:

    I agree with you all…but in the end no matter what if it doesn’t fit…it will suck! 😉 I really like the convenience factor too of the flip up…also, I do believe the safety features being implemented in these new modular are getting better and better…food for thought.

  6. Sue says:

    I had a Caberg Justissimo when I crashed in Sask. It stayed closed and absorbed the energy of impact. The face shield was well scrubbed in the gravel but stayed put. Maybe could have been better as still got a concussion and the helmet had a small crack at initial point of impact…maybe what it is suppose to do? Love a modular helmet with the built-in sunshield and this one sounds good…as you say all depends on whether you find it comfortable.

  7. Paul says:

    My wife wears a Neotec in Wine red.
    Fit and finish is IMPECCABLE. Jealous of the apparent quality of this lid vs my Arai.
    She tried a LOT of helmets before settling on the fit of the Qwest/Neotec.
    Fit is definitely less round than Schuberth, but not as long as a classic Arai fit.

    • advgrrls says:

      I got new Shoei RF1200 and wore it today for the first time . Way more snug than my Qwest but quieter, lighter and I like the fit, cut outs for the speakers and glasses. So far nice upgrade

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