Released in 2013, as SHOEI's premium touring full-face helmet with an internal sun shield, the original SHOEI GT-Air established this type of helmet as a functional and stylish alternative appreciated by many riders, owing to its convenience and aggressive, refined design. SHOEI has now released the all-new GT-Air II, a helmet that evolves the GT-Air's functionality, performance, and design primarily for touring use to a new, higher level of experience.
The SHOEI GT-Air II integrates the optional SENA SRL 2 Bluetooth communication system seamlessly into the concept of this helmet. The GT-Air II is also equipped with a CNS-1 face shield and baseplate system; allowing the face shield to open slightly more in its "cracked open" position to reduce fogging of the shield at low speed. The GT-Air II also uses an all-new extended QSV-2 inner sun shield for improved coverage of the rider's face in bright sunny conditions. Inheriting the functionality, performance, and design of the GT-Air, the GT-Air II further enhances the performance of the internal sun shield, full-face helmet.
AIM Shell Construction:
Light Weight and Optimum Rigidity. Utilizing a multilayered structure of strong glass fiber and organic fibers, SHOEI's AIM (Advanced Integrated Matrix) shell construction ensures a high-performance shell structure designed exclusively by SHOEI. AIM shell construction makes for a helmet that is lightweight, yet rigid in elasticity. The GT-Air II offers proprietary technology that integrates a multi-ply matrix specifically designed to meet DOT standards. SHOEI is uncompromising in their position to maintain a uniform level of safety with every one of their products, while pursuing optimum shell rigidity and lighter weight.
Updated CNS-1 Shield and QSV-2 Sun Shield:
Improved Performance. The GT-Air uses the proven SHOEI CNS-1 face shield. The base plates for this face shield have been redesigned for improved opening performance in the "cracked open" position. Based on SHOEI's landmark QR-N base plate, this updated design adds a new opening position for keeping the shield slightly more open in this first open (or "cracked open") position, thus giving a rider more ventilation options. The gear teeth of the base plate have been redesigned to make the face shield's first open position have a taller opening, improving ventilation to a rider's face in foggier, moist conditions.
The GT-Air II's redesigned base plate also moves the face shield's attachment point back on the shell, positioning the shield closer to the rear of the helmet. This new location adds a gap between the rear edge of the baseplate and the indentation on the attachment. This design change improves the shield's adjustment range, and makes opening and closing the face shield easier for the rider.
The GT-Air II includes a built-in sun shield, the QSV-2. The sun shield tucks neatly away beneath a non-intrusive shell built into the helmet's liner and can be lowered with the easy control of a sliding switch.
Pinlock Fog Resistant System:
A Pinlock EVO lens comes as standard equipment on the GT-Air II to help prevent shield fogging. This anti-fog lens system ensures a clear field of vision, even when riding in high humidity and/or cold weather.
Hybrid Interior Design:
The GT-Air II's interior uses a hybrid fabric construction offering both a moisture-absorbent, quick-drying material and soft-raised fabric. The moisture-absorbent, quick-drying material is located in area that contact a rider's cheeks and brow where sweat tends to stick while riding. Soft, raised fabric is located where a rider's skin tends to rub when wearing or removing the helmet. This design update offers improved rider comfort.
Red stitching is used on the leather areas on the bottom of the GT-Air II cheek pads. Red stitching is also used on the leather and mesh fabric areas on both sides of the eye port, accentuating the design. SHOEI's stainless steel Micro Ratchet Chinstrap offers quick and secure closure.
SENA SHOEI Rider Link (SRL2):
Bluetooth Communication System. Based on the exclusive SHOEI RIDER LINK (SRL) system designed for the SHOEI NEOTEC II by SENA, the new SRL2 Bluetooth communication system has been developed specifically to integrate with the GT-Air II. For the GT-Air II, a wired microphone is utilized for the communication system, which connects to the SRL2's connection socket. Similar to the original SRL system, the GT-Air II's system is equipped with an attachment base that integrates easily with the helmet's shell design and the GT-Air II integrated wire routing channels throughout the helmet. This design makes the SRL2 easy to install and to charge the unit. The SRL 2 offers long battery life and talk time, Bluetooth 4.1 technology, advanced noise control, and a built-in FM radio with 10 presets and automatic scanning for convenient connectivity while riding. SRL2 may also be controlled via a smartphone app available from the Apple App store or The Google Play Store.
Emergency Quick Release System (EQRS):
The GT-Air II also utilizes SHOEI's EQRS (Emergency Quick Release System) which allows emergency medical personnel to easily remove the cheek pads from the helmet of a rider involved in an accident, making the helmet more removable in emergencies.