I've been an Arai Signet wearer for many years, but now that I live in a hotter climate, I decided I wanted a flip-up. Previously, every Shoei I'd tried on was too "round" and put pressure on my forehead. Not so with the Multitec. I was pleasantly surprised...the XL actually fit me better than my Arai Signet. Go figure. Haven't had a chance to spend much time on the road with it yet, since it just showed up the other day, but I plan to this week.
Since nobody within 100 miles of here has much stock of helmets, I decided to order three helmets from helmetcity.com, with the intention of returning the ones that didn't fit. Free shipping and no restocking fees on the returns. I've got the other two in the garage ready to ship back on Monday. I ordered the Multitec, Nolan N102 Ncom, and HJC Symax.
Here's my completely subjective rating of the three helmets. Understand I've been wearing fullface helmets for 28 years and Arai for probably twenty of those.
1. HJC 1667 grams
2. Shoei 1786 grams
3. Nolan 1855 grams
Ease of operation:
3. Nolan (two buttons)
Apparent ventilation properties (pretty lame...put it on and stand in front of a fan):
Sense of quality (does it make weird noises when opening/closing and does it "feel" like it will protect well):
3. HJC -makes really cheap spring noises when closing and you have to push to make sure both sides are latched.
Tie...they're all good-looking hats.
Bottom line: they're all fine helmets, but I could definitely tell the difference between the HJC and the Shoei (which costs twice as much). Nolan is firmly in the middle. I really liked the nolan's quick-release chinstrap, but the liner contacted my ears and I just know it would irritate me after a few hours. The shoei felt the most like a solid full-face helmet.