Shoei Qwest Helmet Review

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Shoei Qwest Helmet
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • 90%

  • Shoei Qwest Helmet
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  • Published on:
  • Last modified: August 11, 2015
  • Quality
    Editor: 100%
  • Protection
    Editor: 100%
  • Comfort, Fit and Finish
    Editor: 100%
  • Ventilation
    Editor: 70%
  • Noise Suppression
    Editor: 40%

Summary: You cannot go wrong with the Shoei Qwest. It is a top-notch quality lid with decent ventilation and decent anti-fogging capability. A great value for money product.

 

Here is the detailed review of the Shoei Qwest that retails around $400:

Overall construction quality:

The Good:

  • The Qwest speaks QUALITY. One look and feel of the helmet in your hands, and you will know that this is a high-end quality product from one of the oldest and well-known Japanese helmet maker, Shoei.
  • The paint job is deep and very well painted.
  • The open-close mechanism of the cooling vents is something that is extremely precise on this helmet.

The not-so-good:

  • The visor opening and closing mechanism is not as slick as say, a Bell helmet in the same price range.

 

Protection:

The Good:

  • The helmet is DOT and SNELL 2010 certified.
  • SHARP has given this lid a 5 star safety rating.
  • The shell sizes vary depending on the helmet size. This ensures a perfect fit and optimum protection.
  • The helmet has a double D-ring neck strap locking system which fits securely beneath the chin.

The not-so-good:

None

 

Comfort and Fit:

The Good:

  • Wear the helmet, and instantly notice how comfortable the helmet is. It should fit most head shapes.
  • The liner and padding is soft and cushy and extremely comfortable.
  • 6 different cheek pad sizes are also available, to further customize the fit.
  • The D-ring fits below the chin without any discomfort.
  • The weight of the lid is pretty low too, with a size L weighing in at 1648 gms. After wearing the helmet while riding the whole day, there was negligible strain on the neck.
  • Turning your head to the sides does not cause your head to be pushed to one side.
  • Even at high speeds of 170 kmph +, the helmet was stable and there was absolutely no buffeting.

The not-so-good:

  • None

Advice:

  • Wear the helmet for at least 15 minutes in the shop from where you are purchasing from. This helps ensuring there are no pressure points on your head.
  • Ensure that the helmet is snug fit.

Here is the official Shoei size chart for reference:

SIZE HAT SIZE CM INCHES
XXS 6 3/8 – 6 1/2 51 – 52 20 1/8 – 20 1/2
XS 6 5/8 – 6 3/4 53 – 54 20 7/8 – 21 1/4
S 6 7/8 – 7 55 – 56 21 5/8 – 22
M 7 1/8 – 7 1/4 57 – 58 22 1/2 – 22 7/8
L 7 3/8 – 7 1/2 59 – 60 23 1/4 – 23 5/8
XL 7 5/8 – 7 3/4 61 – 62 24 – 24 3/8
XXL 7 7/8 – 8 63 – 64 24 3/4 – 25 1/8

 

Ventilation and Airflow:

The Good:

  • The vent at the chin area of the helmet is the most efficient vent of all the vents on the helmet. It directs a steady flow of air to the forehead which proves pretty useful on a sunny hot day.
  • The upper vent directs air to the top of the head which then exits through the rear vents and from below the back of the neck. This did not prove as effective as the front chin vent, but still did an average job.

The not-so-good:

  • The upper vent could have been made to direct more air to the top of the head.
  • The rear vents do not seem to make much difference to the airflow.
  • A slight whistling sound is heard from both the upper and lower front vents when they are kept open. This is not too annoying to me, but the sound could have been eliminated somehow.

Advice:

  • Do not open the front chin vent in dusty conditions as the dust will start accumulating in the vent.
  • Keeping the vents open also leads to small insects getting stuck inside the vents, which could eventually block the vents. Hence, use the vents wisely.

 

Weather Compatibility:

The Good:

  • Use the helmet on sunny and hot days, and the vents do a good job of keeping things cool under the hood.
  • The liner and cheek pad material is such, that it absorbs most of the sweat. This makes for a pretty comfy feel even after riding a whole day in the heat.
  • On cold days(10-15deg C), and with the vents closed of course, one’s face does not get uncomfortable due to the cold at any time, thanks to the chin curtain which prevents most of the wind from passing through.
  • This helmet also has an anti-fogging mechanism. It works as follows: Pull the lever located on the side of the helmet as shown in the picture below. This leads to a small gap between the visor and the window beading. Thus, when one breathes, the air passes through this small gap, thus preventing visor fogging. This mechanism only works well when one is in motion.
  • In medium to heavy rain, not a single drop of water enters through the visor.

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The not-so-good:

  • The anti-fogging mechanism does not work at standstill or at low speeds below 15kmph.

Advice:

  • On cold days, wearing a balaclava which covers the neck properly is a must.
  • Avoid riding in the rain after sunset, as visibility gets very poor.
  • When riding in rain, avoid wiping the visor with your gloves, as it could lead to scratches. Do not use those mini rubber wipers that fit on the gloves to clean the visor, because, even a little bit of mud on it could scratch the visor.

 

Noise Suppression:

The Good:

  • The helmet is pretty quiet when the speeds are below 50kmph and when there are is not too much crosswind. [Update: Noise suppression is better when riding motorcycles without windscreens]

The Not-So-Good:

  • Ride above 50 kmph, and the wind noise gets higher and higher. The main source of sound is from wind passing from below the helmet. But of course, many factors like the seating stance, the windshield, the way the air flows to the helmet, the height of the rider, etc, greatly affect the intensity of the wind noise. [Update: Wind noise is the highest when riding a motorcycle with a windscreen, especially if the windscreen directs airflow straight onto the helmet]

Advice:

  • Usage of earplugs is recommended.

 

Verdict:

The Shoei Qwest is an extremely well built helmet with maximum protection, decent ventilation, and a good anti-fogging mechanism. The only gripe is the relatively higher wind noise levels.

Purchase:

The Shoei Qwest can be bought from Revzilla at US$299 shipped

The Shoei Qwest can also be bought from Amazon.

Pros

  • DOT, SNELL certified
  • 5 Star SHARP rating
  • Excellent construction quality
  • Premium liner and cheek pads

Cons

  • Noise suppression could have been better
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  • Ram

    Very detailed information. Good analysis done. Thanks.

    • http://motogearadvisor.com/ Suraj Patil

      Thanks Ram.

  • Aadil ‘Tuckks’ Naik

    Thats a lovely review.

    In the Noise Suppression section, you mentioned how noise is due to wind flowing under the helmet. This is something I’m facing with my HJC FG-17 too, and its pretty unusable without ear plugs. Do you have a solution for that? Ive tried the Wind Jammer, using thicker cheek pads, the NOJ Quiet Rider etc. The last thing to try is the Chin Curtain from HJC but I can’t get it anywhere in India…. Have you tried something else?

    • http://motogearadvisor.com/ Suraj Patil

      Thanks Aadil. Well, the only thing that helped a bit for me is having a tank-bag on. This helped direct the airflow differently therefore reducing wind noise by a bit. Note that my motorcycle has a windshield. Which motorbike do you ride?

      • Aadil ‘Tuckks’ Naik

        Currently riding a Duke 200.
        So a tank bag helps eh? will try that, but then again, can’t use a tank bag for my daily use ya.
        I never faced this problem with my Rjays GP2 Helmet.
        Fingers crossed the Chin Curtain helps

        • http://motogearadvisor.com/ Suraj Patil

          The chin curtain will not be that effective mate. I have used the Qwest with and without the chin curtain, and the difference ain’t a lot.

  • Suyash Saraf

    love your reviews. could you point me to a helmet with the maximum airflow and minimum noise please.

    • http://motogearadvisor.com/ Suraj Patil

      Thanks so much for the kind words Suyash. Well there are a lot of helmets out there in the market that have good airflow and minimum wind noise. What is your budget? This would help narrow down on the most suitable one.