Review of the new Shoei J-Cruise 2 Open-Face Helmet

Review of the new Shoei J-Cruise 2 Open-Face Helmet

In this blog post you will find out everything about the new Shoei J-Cruise Open-Face Helmet. What is different in the J-Cruise vs J-Cruise 2 and compared to its competitors?

Shoei J-Cruise 2 Open-Face Helmet

In this blog post you will find out everything about the new the Shoei J-Cruise 2 helmet. The  Shoei J-Cruise II is the successor to the popular J-Cruise helmet. The original J-Cruise was already one of the most advanced Open-Face Helmets available. Now with the Shoei J-Cruise II they made it even better. At Champion Helmets we love reviewing new products from  Shoei helmets because of the craftsmanship of the Japanese manufacturer. They didn’t let us down with the new J-Cruise 2, they've done a great job. This helmet targets the urban rider who is looking for a high end Open-Face Touring helmet for daily use, that wants no compromise on comfort and safety. Its predecessor - the original J-cruise already offered a few nice features. It was the first Open face helmet with an internal sun visor that is certified as sunglasses according to European guidelines. The Visor Mechanism was also renewed on the J-Cruise Two. Sealing the visor better into shell. In order not to compromise on safety, they have not made the multi piece EPS liner thinner, but the outer shell has been raised to accommodate the internal sun shield. As expected from Shoei, this is a Top quality helmet with an AIM shell (Advanced Integrated Matrix) and an EPS inner shell with different densities for superior impact absorption. The outer shell comes in 3 different sizes for a perfect helmet fit. Making the J-Cruise II more compact thanks to the several outer shell sizes. The helmet is prepared for both the SENA SRL1 and the SENA SRL-2 communication system which are also used by the Shoei Neotec 2 (modular) and the Shoei GT-Air 2 (full-face) respectively.


Competition Shoei J-Cruise 2

A competitor of the Shoei J-Cruise 2 is the Schuberth M1 Pro. This is also a premium jet helmet with a light fiberglass shell. It has excellent ventilation, an integrated sun visor and is prepared for a communication system with pre-installed microphone and speakers. The recommended retail price of the M1 Pro starts from € 439.95. The Arai SZ-R Vas is also a competitor of the Shoei J-Cruise II. The helmet shell consists of the characteristic super fibre layers of Arai, with a sticking fibre mat between them. In addition, this super strong material has a low weight. This helmet is also equipped with excellent ventilation that is copied from the Arai RX-7V. Furthermore, this helmet is prepared for an external sun visor and a communication system, for which there are speaker bags in the lining. This helmet has a recommended retail price starting from € 599. These helmets are available at Champion Helmets for an excellent price. For an extra discount you can subscribe to our newsletter or You tube channel and directly receive a free 1000 points Champion Cash worth of € 10,-. Found it cheaper somewhere else? Pass it on to us and we will price match and even try to beat the price.



The Advanced Integrated Matrix shell consists of several layers of high-quality composite and organic fibres. The combination of these materials gives this outer shell a shock resistant capacity and optimum rigidity. Another characteristic of this combination of materials is the low weight of about 1350 grams. This motorcycle helmet is equipped with an updated Stainless Steel micro ratchet closure. This micro ratchet closure is an easy to handle, adjustable closure to keep the helmet on your head. Another update on the J-Cruise 2 is that they've made the shell more aerodynamic. The extensive wind tunnel testing has paid off. According Shoei the Yawing of the visor (the pushing of the headwind to the sides) has been improved by 43%, enabling the helmet to sort of slide through the air.


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One of the changes compared to its predecessor is the ventilation system. The new J-Cruise 2 features 3 adjustable upper vents (instead of 2 on the original version) two lockable air outlets on the back of the helmet which give a smooth passage of air. If the two rear air outlets are open, warm air is sucked out of the helmet. The internal air channels are very cleverly developed, giving maximum passage of air improving the overall ventilation in the helmet. The air intake which is measured by ml/min has increased by 30%, which is quite spectacular because the ventilation on the original J-Cruise was already phenomenal compared to its competitors.


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The Pinlock ready Shoei J-Cruise 2 J-2 visor with a wide open view, has an outward facing edge at the bottom end of the visor, preventing wind noise and wind turbulence from entering into the helmet. At the top the visor closes watertight. Furthermore, the visor is prepared for a Pinlock anti-fog lens and has been treated with a scratch resistant coating. The Pinlock lens comes with the helmet in the box. The internal sun visor has been renewed as well. The QSV-2 Sun Visor falls 5 mm lower at the nose and is extended 5 mm on top. This makes the visor fall a little lower blocking out the sun better. has been tested according to the DIN EN 1836 standard. The Visor Mechanism is renewed on the J-Cruise 2. This enables a new ventilation position which its predecessor didn't have. This gives you extra ventilation when you ride in an urban environment.



The 3D Max Dry interior liner is fully removable, washable, antibacterial and moisture wicking. This liner allows for smooth moisture absorption and very quickly carries it off. Sweat or no sweat the lining feels nice, dry and comfortable. The lining also includes ear pads to reduce noise. They can also be replaced by the speakers of the dedicated SENA SRL 2 communication systems. The cheek pads are available in different thicknesses and they fit into the different helmet sizes. So you can adjust the thickness of the cheek pads to your personal preference, depending on the shape of your face. The liner of the J-Cruise 2 can also be tailor made to your head with the Shoei Personal Fit service offered in our physical shop.



Helmet type: Jet helmet

Shell Material: Fiberglass composite

Outer visor: Aerodynamic and anti-scratch CJ-2 clear visor prepared for Pinlock anti-fog lens

Closure: Micro ratchet closure made of stainless steel

Inner lining: Removable, washable, absorbs moisture quickly and dries quickly

Helmet shell: comes in 3 sizes

Ventilation: Renewed ventilation at the top and rear


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