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I currently have a Shoei Multitec modular helmet and I just realized that it turns 6 years old next month. So it's time to replace it.

My choices are the new Neotec or another Multitec (they are still selling them) or a Nolan N-104.

I am leaning towards the Neotec but the reviews list complaints about too much ventilation coming through which is fine in warmer temps but not so good during colder weather. So that is my first concern. Also, I read about water leakage complaints from the vent area.

There are some members that have the Neotec and I would sure like to hear from them regarding my two questions and any other useful info that they can provide.

By the way, I also own a Nolan N43 Trilogy which I do not like at all and have only worn it a few times. I also have a Shoei J-Air open face which I also do not wear. And previously, I owned a Nolan N-100 or something like that which was quite noisy, the visor would not stay open once above 40 MPH, and you need an adapter to use a helmet hook, but otherwise okay.
 

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I've got about 500 miles on a new Neotec. It replaces a Arai Quantum 2 that is 7 years old and worked fine. I also have a Shoei Multitec but my wife uses it now. The Neotec is much more comfortable than either the Quantum or the Multitec. Much less noise than either and definitely lighter than the Multitec. As for ventilation the vents work much better than both and as long as I keep the top vent closed in this still cooler weather, there is no problem with too much air coming in. Flip the vent open and immediately you get blast of cool air. I think it will work fine in the warm weather. I love the internal drop down sun shield, works really well and can be moved to any position not just fully up or down. Only issue is the visor fogs up quite easily so have to use the included pinlock or pop it open a crack at low speeds. When using the pinlock one must be very careful not scratch it as it is made of very soft materials. No problems with water leakage even in fairly heavy rain. As long as it fits you well I would recommend it.

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Jeff,

Thank you for the info which pretty much answers my questions & concerns. But I have one more question for you: Is the Neotec the same size as your Multitec?

There aren't any motorcycle stores within a reasonable distance from me and they probably do not have the Neotec anyway. Which means that I will have to order online and I do not want to order the wrong size and have to return it for the correct size.

I like that the internal sun shade works that way. The one in my Nolan Trilogy is awful. It is distracting as the bottom edge of it sits right across my line of vision.
 

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I have the Neotech and the ventilation is superb - and if it all gets too much you can close the vents.
I always use the pinloc and have never had a misting issue.
The Neotech has only one negative and that is the acquisition cost - it is hugely expensive. :(
 

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Tony,

I wear a medium in Shoei. Have had a RF1000, a multitec and now the neotec. All mediums, and all fit me perfectly.

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Jeff, thanks again for the info (about sizing). I hope to order one very soon.

Norm, you are absolutely right - the price of the Neotec is definitely expensive. Before I bought the Multitec, I hesitated buying it because of the price. But it has been well worth it - it's a great helmet. My guess is that the Neotec will also be worth the high price.
 

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I just bought a neotec, do you guys use the breath guard and/ or the chin curtain, cos with both in use I'm not getting much airflow, so I'm wondering if you guys are not.

This is in 70 degree weather.

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I have only had my neotec for short while and the temp has been in the 7 to 13 C range so I do not use the top vent at all right now, too cold but it sure flows a lot of air when I do open that top vent. I use the breath guard and chin curtain, but will probably take off the breath guard when it gets warmer. Chin curtain helps with noise from below the helmet. I have the stock windscreen and it is fairly low so I do get a lot of dirty air over my helmet. If your fairing is blocking all air to your helmet you will never get good cooling. It is a balancing act to get quiet air behind the screen but still get enough air to flow through the helmet vents. I do miss the adjustable windscreen on my BMW R1200RT, I would raise the screen till the buffeting quit and stop there. Of course increasing road speed, change in wind direction or strength or even traffic would mean I adjusted all the time. I have a GIVI aeroflow on order and hope I can use some of the adjustability it offers.

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Check out the Nolan N104. I tried both and did not like the Neotec. The Nolan is just as good, more comfortable for me, an much cheaper. The Neotec felt heavy and I finally sold it on eBay. The N104 feels more balanced IMHO.
 

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Interesting - I went to a store today and tried on the Neotec. I first tried on the size Medium and it was tighter than it should be to be comfortable. It was a little too snug (I know that helmets are supposed to be sort of snug and will break in).

Then I tried a size Large. It was a little on the loose side, but more comfortable. So then I went back to the Medium and put it on again. After I took it off, my head hurt a little bit. I couldn't imagine wearing my glasses under the size Medium.

I might go for the size Large even though it's a little on the loose side. I did not buy one because I want to give the whole idea some more thought. And the store did not have the color I want anyway and their prices were way high.
 

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You can get thinner cheek pads which may swing it for you. What I can tell you it does relax after a few hours wear.
 

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I just picked up a Neotech..I have had a Multi tec for 4 years... I ended up wit a large, even though my Multi tec is an XL... The weather has been too cruddy to wear the new helmet (supposed to snow again on Tuesday :angryfire: )... so I am hoping that it does relax.... I ended up going to a store with a very knowledgeable helmet guy who "fit" it to me & told me to be patient..
 

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Noth, hope that the weather there calms down some so that you can try out your new Neotec. I guess that we all have different shaped heads and some helmets fit in one size but another model or style has to be a different size.

I checked my helmets for sizes: my Multitec is size Med; my Shoei RJ'-Air is size Large; and my Nolan N-100 is size Large.

Norm has a good idea about different size cheek pads that I might try. I'm still giving the whole thing some more thought.
 

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Tee

I actually put it on yesterday & walked around my house for a while.. I just had to do it.. :cyclopsani:
 

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Been wearing mine for a bit over a week, longest was 2 hours yesterday.

I bought large, and it's. Tight fit, my hjc bt-masaw as also large, but much looser fit.

I do have to take my glasses off to put the shoei on, and I can catch my earplugs and pull them out if I'm not careful, a bit of a pain. But once on its very comfortable and definitely quieter, I am still a bit worried about air flow in mid summer heat here in California, but I will only find tht outin a few weeks, I will almost certainly lower the shields get more flow but can do tht with the extra quietness ,
 

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The Neotec seems very similar to the Schuberth C3 also priced out of my reach but my dad bought one and I've worn it a few times, It's much more comfortable and lighter than my Scorpion Transformer 900 also the opening and closing and the sun visor are much smoother working than my Scorpion. I do plan on picking up a Schuberth for my next helmet in about 6 years.
 

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CelticCross said:
My local shop had a sale last weekend so I was able to order one with a $120 discount.
You should have bought two. :lol:
 

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Well, I ordered a Neotec and it should arrive in the next few days. Hopefully, before I go on my overnite ride on Monday. After watching the video for it on Motorcycle Superstore, I was convinced to buy one.

I'm hoping that the fit will be right and I don't have to return it for another size. I will report on it soon.
 
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