Last week I purchased the new Shoei Multitec. The glacier on my driveway
receded enough to ride this weekend, first time in 18 days. That's a long
lay off for me!
The Multitec has a very high build quality. Fit and finish are as good as
anything out there. The shield has no distortions. The Multitec is the
quietist modular helmet I have ever owned. Note that I use ear plugs with
all my helmets at highway speeds. I did notice a very slight hum during
head checks at city street speeds but not a highway speeds or in cross
winds. Some kind of aerodynamic fluke. The shield's fit to the helmet is
adjustable. I will tweak it a little if it persists.
The XL fits my head perfectly right out of the box. After an hour no hot
spots. Does not press against my nose or chin. I wanted to buy a Schuberth
C2 or Concept but could not find one that fit me.
Too cold to test the top vent, freezing, but cold enough to test the
front vent. Open, it will keep the shield from fogging. The removable chin
curtain keeps most of the cold air out of the helmet.
I don't wear glasses but I do wear sunglasses, Oakley wires. Putting on
the helmet while wearing my sunglasses knocks them off but they stay put
when I remove the helmet. I might not have the installation procedure
Closing and opening is smooth and positive.
So far I am very pleased with my Multitec. A local dealer made me a
better deal on it that if I had purchased online! I used to wear a
Syncrotec. I wore it out several years ago and have been waiting for Shoei
to build a upgraded model.
I rate the Multitec an A.
Other helmets I am using or have used in the last few years:
HJC AC-12 Carbon, only full face I have used in twenty years. Very light,
high quality, not as quiet as the Multitec. Shield not as high quality as
Shoei. Love the boy-racer look. Excellent value for the price, again I got a
good local price! A-
HJC Sy-Max, good helmet for the money. Shield whistles and would open on
it's own in a strong cross wind. HJC replaced the helmet, very good customer
relations! Leaks water in rain. No chin curtain. I have recommended this
helmet to may of my friends! B
Nolan X-1002 X-Lite. Not light , heavy. Big disappointment, External sun
shield lousy idea; dirt and bugs get between the clear and dark shield and
cause scratches. C
Nolan N-100. Very noisy and leaks wind and water. Cold in winter. C
HJC CL-Max. Poor fit. Never could break it in. It was starting to give me
TMJ! Noisy. Latch was stiff. D
Caberg Justissimo. Decent fit except it touches my chin. Wonderful built in
sun visor. Leaks water in rain. First anti-fog shield was unusable in rain,
some kind of defect. Replacement shield does a better job. B
Schuberth. Best feature was it's built in sun visor. It took a long, long
time to break in. Hot in summer, great in winter. Shield rattled. Shields
kind of flimsy. B
BMW System 1, 2, & 3. Good helmets in their time. Poor shield fit on some of
Norris Cooper Wichita Kansas USA