I had a Shuberth starting to get tatty so I bought a Shoei Raid II. Not the most expensive in their range, but sufficient wrong to put me off another Shoei. I still have the Schuberth and I might just get some new linings for it. Here are my cons on the Shoei, although not all models are the same:
1. I thought their pin visor anti misting was a smart idea, until I rode with it and the top junction was too low down and got in the way. Never had a misting problem with the Schuberth without the fancy double glazed visor.
2. The Schuberth comes with a pair of nice pockets and space in the shell for helmet speakers. I struggled to get 30mm speakers in the Shoei.
3. The Schuberth had lost its quietness until I bought the Shoei and found out why. Both helmets have a flexible neck skirt (whisper skirt/), although standard with Schuberth, it is an extra on the Raid II. I ordered the Shoei skirt and sound difference was like black and white - very much improved. Comparing the two skirts, the Shoei is cheaper and would fit my Schuberth. Puling the helmet over your ears can be painful at first and there is a knack to learn.
4. I have the stock KRS screen and even though the Shoei has vent flaps here and there, they do not seem to bring in as much air as the Schuberth.
My Shoei helmet shell is very light. After getting a good neck seal, I think the rest of the noise is due to the composition and weight of the shell. My heavier helmets have always been quieter.
It is always hard to judge helmets in comparisons or shoot out reviews, because part of the way they work depends on the bike airflow and rider height. I don't think the front end and stock screen of the KRS is that good and you can soon find a buffet point. Some designs have an aerofoil on top or at the rear to reduce this. The rear foil on my Schuberth made the K screen buffet noise worse and I took it off, popping some black plastic plugs into their fixing holes.
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