The GT Air 2 is, obviously, a new version of the original GT Air 2 but what has actually changed? We've taken a look at exactly what is different with the GT Air 2, for better or for worse...
GT Air vs GT Air 2
The Shoei GT Air 2 has arrived at Champion Helmets and we were able to compare both the original GT Air and the all new GT Air 2 to see what has changed.
They are both full-face, sport touring helmets in the premium range from Shoei, and the original GT Air proved to be pretty well liked. So the new GT Air 2 has got some new features and upgrades over the original but that is pretty easy to say but it doesn’t actually mean anything without context. So for that purpose we are going to go through the GT Air 2’s differences compared to the original. If you want to know more about the GT AIR 2 as a helmet be sure to check out our focused review of this helmet on our YouTube channel and subscribe to get the newest info on the GT Air 2 and more Shoei helmets.
So let’s start on the shell. First of all the aerodynamics were reworked. So you can see the shell has more pronounced ridges on it up top and also on the chin. This is also present on the original helmet but to a lesser degree. This has been a result of some wind tunnel testing and helps primarily with aerodynamics. Overall it has been given a sleeker and sportier look.
We also have a reworked ventilation system. Overall it is meant to provide stronger ventilation and each vent has been adjusted somewhat. The chin vent looks a little different, it brings in a little more air and it is the same story on top of the helmet. The main difference is at the back and it is immediately noticeable. The original has an adjustable system integrated into a mini spoiler. This is gone on the GT Air 2. Instead there are 2 extractors which are always open. So it brings air out over a larger spoiler and this is an example of one of the more visible changes.
The internal sun visor got some love from Shoei as well. It will drop down a bit lower and it will actually drop a full 5mm lower. The cut out for the nose has been improved for comfort as well. So this isn’t huge but Shoei addressed a common thing people wanted from the original GT Air. The visor got a new cracked, city position as well. So this is going to be more comfortable for lower speed riding and was something that we missed on the original.
Now the GT Air 2 claims to be good at noise reduction and this is something that we can directly test! So we put both helmets through our beep test to see how much noise they blocked and the results were, well interesting. The original GT Air scored 26 against a control of 17, meaning that it blocked out about 9 decibels of noise. Then the GT Air 2 scored 23 against a control of 19, meaning that it blocked 4 decibels. Now this was a surprising result. I had expected the GT Air 2 to do much better. Perhaps this has been caused by the changes made to the ventilation of the helmet? Now our beep test is only designed to check how many decibels of noise are blocked by the helmet. How wind impacts the helmet is a separate issue and in this case, the GT Air 2 should perform better.
Now apart from the spoiler, the next most visible change has been made at the bottom of the shell here, both sides. They’ve added 2 compartments and these 2 compartments are meant for the Sena SRL 2 communication system. So a major difference with the GT Air 2 is that it is now specifically prepared for that specific system. These two compartments can be popped out with a tool from Shoei and if you see it you will notice that it is almost exactly the same system as that with the Neotec 2. Essentially it is too, except that the GT Air II is made for the SRL 2 and the Neotec 2 for the SRL 1.
On the inside the helmet is pretty much the same. The liners are almost the same except for a couple little things like how the head liner connects. In the chin, there is also space to fit the mic of the SRL 2 system on the GT Air 2. So overall, nothing has really changed inside of here.
The last change really is that the Shoei GT Air 2 is now about 50 dollars more expensive than the original GT Air. Now this isn´t a nice change but overall, they’ve made plenty of improvements and this represents just over a 10% increase in the price of the helmet. So I’ll let you guys be the judges on this particular change.
Don´t forget as well that you can find great deals in the product bundles section of the GT Air 2 page. Only at ChampionHelmets.com
This has been our comparison between the Shoei GT Air and the GT Air 2. I hope that you guys have found it useful and don´t forget that you can find the video reviews of other full face helmets and the GT Air 2 on our YouTube channel. Thanks for reading