Shoei has released its latest addition to the RF line of full-face helmets; the RF-1100.
The RF-1100 replaces the RF-1000 that has been the best selling model since released in 2003.
Quick Release Self Adjusting Base Plate System
A Quick Release Self Adjusting base plate system uses a spring loaded base plate that eliminates the need to adjust the tightness of the visor. Each time the shield is lowered, the plate pulls the visor towards the helmet for a snug, waterproof seal.
The newly designed shield is taller and wider than the previous model and also works with Shoei’s pin lock system for fog free vision.
Ventilation comes from six vents that include upper, exhaust and lower intakes that exit towards the rear of the helmet. The exhaust vents were moved backward to take advantage of the negative pressure suction caused by the built in spoiler. A dual layer EPS liner also helps tunnel trapped air for greater cooling.
The RF-1100 is one of the first helmets to be certified using the new Snell M2010 standards. The inner pads are removable and washable and available in different sizes for a custom fit. The RF-1100 is available in sold, metallic and graphics and prices range from $399 to $499 depending on style.
I’ve been wearing the RF-1100 for almost a week now and can say I have yet to find a quieter, more comfortable helmet for my head. Variable ventilation is possible thanks to different combinations of the six possible vents. With all the vents closed, road noise is virtually eliminated. The vents are easily located and operated while wearing gloves. While some vents only blow air on the face, the RF-1100’s front vent channels air to the forehead. This is key for those who wear contacts to keep them from drying out while riding. With all the vents open, a strong cooling effect can be felt, especially on hot days.
With Shoei’s reputation for quality, it’s also nice to know that the new design meets the latest in safety standards. While the RF-1100 is second on the rung on the pricing scale, it is a better suited for street riding than the top of the line racing helmets. I think I found my new daily helmet.
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