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Old 10-18-2012, 07:30 AM   #1
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I think this is my last Shoei

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The fit is amazing, wind noise is minimal, and I know they are great helmets. However, the durability has disappointed me.

A few months after I got the helmet (leftover, closeout), the leather around the bottom opening began to crack and peel. About 6 months later, the leather on the chin strap went to . Yesterday, the center pad disintegrated.

The helmet is 4 years old.

It has been stored alongside my 6 year old HJC and 10 year old AGV. Neither of which has had one problem.

I am not sure what to buy next. I wish the new style AGVs fit my head better.

Arais fit great, but I dont have that kind of cash right now.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:36 AM   #2
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A helmet should only be used for 3 to 5 years or so. After that, they don't work as well. The foam gets stiffer on the inside of the shell and will just transfer more energy to your brain.
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Lesson learned. My rf1000 still looked brand new but the center pad disintegrated on me and it wasn't replaceable (I even contacted shoei). IMO, it was due to storing the helmet in the hot garage with the bike. I replaced it with a used (but practically new) shoei x-11 which has a fully removable / replaceable liner. I recommend that whatever helmet you get next has a replaceable liner.
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:51 AM   #5
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Shoeis are nice, but like Arai are priced high. At least the Arais hold up a little better in my experience.
Depending on how much it's used I recommed replacing a helmet every 2-3 years, 5 max.
The ept interior liner deteriorates over time and also from heat and sweat.
Imo nowadays it's tough to beat the features, fit and quality off either a Bell Star or HJC RPHA10 for the price point.
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I really like the bell star that i got from patrick.
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I'm not disappointed with Shoei, my high side gave me a concussion and the helmet shell didn't even crack. I had it for several years and didn't experience any real wear or cracking with regular street commuting/riding and lots of track use. The screen was getting hard to see through, getting a weird haze i couldn't wash out and had some epic bug guts stains. I wasn't super impressed with that. The plastic internals keeping the shield attached also totally exploded in the crash and blew the shield off but considering that half my entire head was bruised blue I think breaking some plastic was acceptable.

I bought an Arai now for various reasons, but the fit is excellent and I certainly didn't change because Shoei was lacking.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:14 AM   #8
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I really like the bell star that i got from patrick.
I'm leaning toward Bell. We just picked one up from Patrick for the GF. She likes it. Also, the one I tried on felt very good on my head. Not quite as good as the $800 Arai felt, but good.
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I love the HJC RPS10 or HJC RPHA10!
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should have sent it in for warranty work when the first stuff went bad.
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I tried both the Bell Star Carbon and RF-1100. They both felt good but the RF-1100 was less expensive. Was going for a Bell Ride Smart-1 until I tried one on. Very uncomfortable IMO.

The RF-1100 is a nice helmet. I had a RF-900 at one point and believe the 1100 is much more improved.
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Just replaced my 6yr old rf1000 with a rf1100. Great helmet! I didn't have any of the problems you experienced with mine. Almost went with Arai but glad I didn't.

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You say the helmet has been stored for sounds like many years. I had two very old Shoei RF (800 or something) that I kept during all those yrs of non-riding. I pulled them out of the closet when I decided to start riding again last year, and the interior just plain disintegrated. I had to go take a shower because my head was covered in plastic fiber dust.

What I suspect happened was the oils from contact with skin and hear gets consumed by bateria and the "residue" from the bacteria just ate the interior up over the years.
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replace your pads like the rest of us. The Helmet WILL last you. Just replace what SHOULD be.

My X-11 that I crashed in (slight concussion) held up great. I crashed in 2012 and the helmet was made in 2005. I replaced the inside pads in 2010 I think.
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replace your pads like the rest of us. The Helmet WILL last you. Just replace what SHOULD be.

My X-11 that I crashed in (slight concussion) held up great. I crashed in 2012 and the helmet was made in 2005. I replaced the inside pads in 2010 I think.
Cant replace center pad on RF1000s.
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You say the helmet has been stored for sounds like many years. I had two very old Shoei RF (800 or something) that I kept during all those yrs of non-riding. I pulled them out of the closet when I decided to start riding again last year, and the interior just plain disintegrated. I had to go take a shower because my head was covered in plastic fiber dust.

What I suspect happened was the oils from contact with skin and hear gets consumed by bateria and the "residue" from the bacteria just ate the interior up over the years.
All of my helmets sat side by side for almost 2 years. The Shoei is the only one that fell apart.
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I just replaced pads and straps and visors on my RPS-10.. still is always a good idea to have a back up helmet so your main helmet will last you longer by use intervals
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Shoei Rf 1100 No problems. Best helmet i have owned to date ! Very happy !
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I'm surprised as Shoei has never let me down, although I never keep a helmet 5 years past the manufacture date, or three-four years after first use. I believe they (Shoei) recommend replacement after five years from purchase.

I've got two X-11's and I like them. The new X-12's are priced much higher than I want to pay though, so I have been looking at trying different brands again. Maybe they will be cheaper soon.

I picked up a two Vemar's and really like them although the sizing is smaller than stated compared to Shoei. I think based on the comments, I may try a Bell next go around. Based on my crash history, it probably won't be long until I need another...
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All of my helmets sat side by side for almost 2 years. The Shoei is the only one that fell apart.
May be the liner materials Shoei uses are more susceptable to long term deterioration. It could've been that your Shoei were worn more often, and so had more skin oils in them.

Anyhow... the way I think about it, I buy helmets to wear, not to sit on the shelf for yrs. The two old Shoei's that I threw away were really my own fault - they sat in the closet for 15yrs. I remember putting them on occasionally over those yrs - not for riding for for spraying mud dobbers at close range - and the liners were okay. They eventually disintegrated only in the last few yrs.

Nowadays, I keep a spare set of liners for my helmet. I treat them like underwear and I wash them very often. If for whatever reason they need to be stored for long periods, I would wash them thoroughly, take them out of the helmet, and store them separate (prolly in the freezer).
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