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Shoei GT-AIR 3 Helmet + SENA SRL-3

Shoei are regarded as one of the worlds premiere Japanese helmet manufacturers and the GT-AIR range has long been considered the benchmark for sports touring helmets amongst motorcycle riders.

The latest rendition, the long anticipated GT-AIR 3 has landed in Australia and we have been putting it to the test in a range of conditions to see if it lives up to the reputation of Shoei’s that have come before it.

Now a helmet of such pedigree needed to have a range of conditions thrown at it to be tested thoroughly and that is exactly what we had in mind. Firstly we took it along to our Himalayan adventure with us, before a day on the track at California Superbike School and of course it got its fair share of our daily road testing duties on a range of different motorbikes.

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Shoei GT-AIR 3
Shoei GT-AIR 3

Firstly the updates for the new GT-AIR 3 , and probably the biggest and most important is the ECE22.06 certification. To gain the ECE22.06 certification the helmet has to go through rigorous testing which includes using random points of impact, with a mix of directional and rotational impacts.

Further testing points to achieve ECE22.06 certification can lead to helmets across the industry gaining significant weight to gain the certification, however the GT-AIR 3 has only added a few grams in additional weight over its predecessor the GT-AIR 2.

The sticker claims the GT-AIR 3 tips the scale at 1650 grams which is far from the lightest helmet on the market, however the aerodynamic genius of this helmet makes it feel much lighter whilst riding which is perfect for a sports touring helmet reducing fatigue over longer journeys.

Shoei GT-AIR 3
Shoei GT-AIR 3

A by-product of the improved aerodynamics on the GT-AIR 3 has also led to a design change in the visor, with the GT-AIR 3 sporting a larger field of view, centre locking mechanism, with new indents allowing a ‘slightly open’ setting to prevent fogging.

Our GT-AIR 3 has been fitted with the Pinlock and breath guard which came with the helmet and we have experienced no fogging or moisture ingress even when we were using the helmet in some chilly morning conditions in the Himalayas.

The visor feels solid and quality. There is no flapping or looseness, everything needs to be operated with a purposeful touch which is reassuring especially when on track or travelling at highway speeds.

Shoei GT-AIR 3
Shoei GT-AIR 3

Ventilation is very good and we particularly like how easy it is to operate the helmet vents on the GT-AIR 3 . There is a large chin vent which can be operated with just one hand and the vent at top of the helmet is also easily operable with just one hand and is nice and large to allow plenty of wind flow.

The GT-AIR 3 is the quietest helmet we have ridden with. Part of this can be attributed to the excellent aerodynamics of the model but part of the reason is also the padding and material inside of the GT-AIR 3 .

One very important feature for the wind noise reduction is the padding between the base of the helmet and the riders neck. Not only does this feature add to the comfort of the GT-AIR 3 but it also plays a major part in reducing noise.

Shoei GT-AIR 3
Shoei GT-AIR 3

The GT-AIR 3’s internal liner is made with a multi-density EPS foam, providing excellent shock absorption. It also provides excellent comfort with the inside of the GT-AIR 3 remaining very comfortable not only for shorter trips but longer journeys as well.

We also found it great on the track with it being able to handle our sweat with out becoming drenched. The liner is completely removable and washable as you would expect of a helmet at this price point.

The internal sun visor is a feature we have really enjoyed on the GT-AIR 3 . A lot of this riders helmets sport tinted or dark visors, however the versatility of having the sun visor be able to drop down or pop up dependant on riding conditions is very handy.

Shoei GT-AIR 3
Shoei GT-AIR 3

The drop down visor is easy to see through and offers plenty of room behind the drop down visor to wear glasses as this rider does with no hassle. The position of the visor within the helmet is also good, as I have a decent size snow and it doesn’t touch the visor which is a bonus.

Our GT-AIR 3 also came with the optional (sold separately) Shoei Comlink Sena SRL-3 communications system. Like its predecessor, the GT-AIR 3 features the ability to install a SENA SRL-3  with no external units or distraction to the helmet design or aero.

The seamless aesthetic of the comms system is a definite plus and the system is fairly simple to operate even in thick winter gloves. Sound quality is good for playing your favourite tunes although we haven’t had a chance to test the rider to rider comms function as yet.

Shoei GT-AIR 3
Shoei GT-AIR 3

Installation is reasonably simple although there is a little bit of fiddling around. Everything has its place including wiring and clips together well, if we did have a gripe it may be that the microphone cable could perhaps be a little shorter, however we are sure that there is a purposeful design reason for it being the length it is.

Its fair to say we have been very impressed with our GT-AIR 3 thus far and it is fair to state that it remains king of the sports touring segment. That is no mean feat considering some of its stiff competition from new releases from manufacturers such as HJC, Arai and new comers Ruroc.

Available in five solid colours and two graphics, the Shoei GT-AIR 3 is available in sizes from XS to 2XL. Priced from $1,249.95 it’s available from your nearest motorcycle retailer. You can also view the full range online.

Shoei GT-AIR 3
Shoei GT-AIR 3

Our test product was provided by Shoei Australia. Two Wheel Addicts has not been paid to review this product.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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