Shoei GT-Air Helmet
New from Shoei this year is the GT-Air, a sport helmet with an internal sun shield. The shell has a slightly more bulbous forehead to make room for the sun visor without interfering with the EPS liner. Shoei claims that extensive wind tunnel testing confirms reduced wind noise with “unmatched ventilation characteristics.” The GT-Air also borrows Shoei’s Emergency Quick Release System (EQRS) from the VFX-W and X-Twelve racing helmets; the system allows medical personnel to remove the cheek pads to allow the helmet to slide off easily. Sizes range from XS to XXL (in three shell sizes), with MSRPs between $549.99 and $670.99 depending on paint scheme. See the full line at www.shoei-helmets.com.
Sena SMH10R Intercom
The last thing you want to do after spending $700 on a sleek, stylish sportbike helmet is slap what looks like grandpa’s transistor radio on the side. Sena’s all-new, ultra-low-profile SMH10R headset/intercom is the first helmet-mounted communicator any fashion-conscious motorcyclist would willingly attach to his or her helmet. Barely bigger than an iPod Shuffle, the SMH10R maintains the same functionality as Sena’s other SMH products—including four-way bike-to-bike intercom capability and Bluetooth connectivity—in a slimmer, aerodynamic package with a simplified, two-button control system replacing the other units’ “jog dial.” (Part of the reason it’s so thin is the separate battery that attaches inconspicuously to the back of the lid.) The $219 SMH10R is said to deliver up to eight hours talk time and the intercom boasts a range of 980 yards in open terrain. Details at www.senabluetooth.com.
Olympia One-Piece Suits
Olympia showed off two new one-piece suits at Indy, the Avenger and the Odyssey. At $349.99, the Avenger is designed for warm-weather riding, with 500 denier Cordura combined with ballistic mesh for effective ventilation. The Odyssey is an up-spec version (priced at $449.99), with 500 and 2000 denier Cordura instead of mesh, along with a breathable/waterproof membrane and ventilation ports that seal with waterproof zippers. Both suits feature CE-approved back protectors, shoulder, and elbow armor, all of which is removable. A gaggle of storage pockets—five for the Avenger, six for the Odyssey—and 3M Scotchlite reflective piping add convenience and safety. Two colorways are available: Black/Hi-Vis Yellow and Pewter/Black, on either suit. Check out www.olympiamotosports.com.