It has been a while since Shoei helmets have put a new Tom Luthi helmet replica on the market, the last one that we recall was the X-Spirit a number of years ago, so it is great to see an updated one available again. Shoei have released Luthi’s current Moto2 helmet design in their revised Shoei GT Air range.
The design features Luthi’s yellow and black colour scheme, with a yellow stripe running from the chin where it flows back towards the rear of the helmet. Shorter yellow stripes run along around the base. The sides of the helmet feature a brick wall pattern, and a swiss flag is positioned at the lower sides of the helmet. The rear of the helmet features a logo that is made to look like a poster that has been pinned to the wall with Luthi’s race number ’12’ stamped on it and a picture of Luthi riding.
Description: Tom Luthi Shoei GT Air helmet:
The Shoei GT Air Helmet features a mix of style, sun protection and ventilation. Its unique style incorporates the flexibility of a drop down sun visor into the helmet without sacrificing safety or unnecessarily thinning the EPS liner. The Shoei GT Air is a welcomed addition to the sport, commuter and sport touring rider who likes a helmet which comes stock ready for day and night.
Enjoy an exceptionally riding experience and the stunning esthetics of the new Shoei GT-Air. Shoei’s GT Air Helmet features a mix of style, sun protection, and ventilation. Its unique style incorporates the flexibility of a drop down sun visor into the helmet without sacrificing safety or unnecessarily thinning the EPS liner. The GT Air model is a highly welcomed addition to the sport, commuter and sport touring rider alike, all of which can appreciate just how comfortable and versatile the GT Air is.
- AIM multi composite fibre construction
- Mist resistant CNS-1 Pinlock system
- Double D-Ring
- Emergency quick release system
- Anti fog, anti scratch inner sun visor
- Detachable and washable centre pad and cheek pads
- Noise reducing ear pads
- Prepared for intercom installation
- Multiple venting and extraction
- Inlet vents on the brow and chin
- Exhaust vents at rear of helmet
- Integrated rear spoiler
Check out this unboxing video of the Tom Luthi Shoei GT Air to get a better idea of what this Moto2 lid looks like:
Gallery of the Tom Luthi Shoei helmet:
Our review of the Shoei GT Air:
You should think of the Shoei GT Air as kind of a cross between a touring helmet and a sports helmet, and it makes a great everyday riding helmet as it is insanely comfortable for long journeys and touring trips.
This is kind of a unique helmet in our opinion – despite the fact that it is primarily a touring helmet, the Shoei GT Air has a streamlined and aggressive design and it looks like a race helmet. We should probably note at this stage that despite looking like a race helmet and despite the clear sports influence on the design, this is not a lid that you should be taking to the track – this is a touring helmet at heart. The features in the Shoei GT Air are optimised for comfort and practicality, and not for tearing up a race track.
The shell of the Shoei GT Air comes in 3 shell sizes, and it weighs about 3.65 pounds. The shell is made from multi-layers of fiber glass and Shoei’s own proprietary materials and it is contoured to make it more streamlined and to reduce noise. The shell also has a slight spoiler at the rear to help air flow, improve aerodynamics and reduce any buffeting, when riding at higher speeds. The shape of the shell comes in at an intermediate to oval shape with a slight tapering towards the front. In short, it should lend itself to most head shapes.
You get a decent field of vision on the Shoei GT Air – it isn’t as wide as the Shoei RF1200, but it is still decent for the price category it is competing in.
Like many other brands who are innovating the next generation of everyday road helmets, Shoei have added a built in internal sun-visor to the GT Air. This feature brings the Shoei range up to date with competing ranges like the AGV K3 SV, and they have executed it well. It is easy to release the internal sun-visor via a lever positioned on the side of the helmet (it is also pretty easy to use even with thick gloves on to be honest), and it is as effective as you would expect. Also, Shoei is the first helmet manufacturer that has approved the sun visor according to the DIN EN 1836 standard (which is basically the European standard for sunglasses).
The visor also comes with a quick release feature that you can operate via a simple lever that is positioned just in front of the visor’s hinge.
The Shoei GT Air scores pretty well on ventilation – there is a primary air scoop at the top of the helmet, which kind of makes sense for this type of helmet that is aimed at a ‘head-up’ style of riding (i.e. not track riding). There is an exhaust vent just above the visor on the rear, and the inner EPS has air channels cut into it to aid the circulation of air which are pretty effective.
Shoei have put a lot of thought into the interior of this helmet. After all, if you are aiming your product at the everyday rider then comfort and practicality needs to be high up in your list of features that you need to nail.
The padding used on the inside is the Shoei 3D Max-Dry interior liner that is fully removable for cleaning when needed. The cheek pads are also removable and they also come in various sizes. This is actually quite a cool move by Shoei as it means riders now have the option to customise the fit of their helmet more effectively – maybe the GT Air fits nicely on the top of your head but pinches around the cheeks – no problem, just replace the cheek pads with a smaller one and you are good to go with an exact custom fit.
The Shoei GT Air also comes with a removable chin curtain.
A very solid everyday helmet with an emphasis on comfort, practicality, and noise reduction. And it is an added bonus that it comes with some official race graphics to add an element of aggression and style.
Where to buy it:
This helmet is available to order online, but stock availability tends to skew more towards European outlets, but most ship worldwide anyway, so you should be good. Check the links below for where to buy it.
|Check out the Tom Luthi GT Air helmet at FC-Moto.com. German based but ship most places. They have dedicated UK and US sites also, recommended.|
|Check out the Tom Luthi GT Air helmet at MotoIn.de (Based in Europe, ship most places)|
|Check out the Shoei Tom Luthi helmet at . Stock and bargains available.|