Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Cape Coral, FL, USA
From Shoei to Arai to Shoei
Had a Shoei RF800, then moved up to an RF900. Liked 'em both. Wore 'em for a few years. Then thought I'd give an Arai Signet GT a try. Liked it even more than the Shoei's. Seemed a little lighter and fit me better. Wore the Arai for two and a half years, although the ventilation seemed to leave a little bit to be desired. I tended to ride with my shield up while wearing sunglasses. The shield would continually slam shut when speeds reached 55+. I even drilled 1/8th inch holes across the bottom of the shield so that when it was in the lower position I'd get a little more air flow. Still wasn't able to get what I felt was enough.
Bought a Shoei X-Eleven yesterday from the local Cycle Gear store. The shelf price was $540 while their online web site price was $510. The store matched the online price so I figure I got a decent deal. Nice fit, removable/washable liner, "ratcheting" face shield, quieter (in my opinion) than the Arai, and the ventilation/air flow (again my opinion) is undeniably hands down far superior to the Arai.
I had a pair of speakers mounted into the Arai, but they won't fit the Shoei. The Arai has little covered pockets at the rear top of the cheek pads that the speakers fit into nicely. The Shoei simply has an open space where small speakers should fit. Anybody have experience with fitting speakers into this particular hat?