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Shoei RF-1100 Helmet Review


By flood - Posted on 13 September 2009

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The Shoei RF-1100 is the new for 2010 most recent model in the RF series - the most popular Shoei helmet model. Shoei has been constantly evolving and the RF series is a perfect example of that. After having created a helmet that is superbly quiet and with an excellent venting system Shoei decided to ignore the 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' approach and embrace the 'constant change leads to constant improvement' frame of mind and pioneered a new venting system, new visor and baseplate, and newly styled graphics - all of which are of optimum quality.

There are many physical changes as are there feature improvements from the RF-1000. The old spoiler has been abandoned in place of incorporating the spoiler as part of the helmet itself.

Five different shell sizes are available and with six different sized cheek pads the RF-1100 comes in sizes XXS-XXXL - even avid Arai helmet wearers will be able to find the proper fitting 1100.

style

The RF-1100 comes in a wide variety of fabulous designs as well as numerous solid colors (yes, 'Axis Yellow' is still available). 30 variations for the first wave of the RF-1100 are available. Examining the detail work you can see how well RF-1100 was meticulously designed. The graphic helmets are pieces of art and are truly amazing to look at. The 'Sever 2 TC-1' design has screeching red and grey skulls flying forward on the side and front of the helmet while the back has an erie grinning skull with red eyes starring at those you leave behind. shoei rf1100 sylvan tc-9 The Sylvan TC-9 design has flowing gold patterns, as well as embedded glitter pieces that shine in the sunlight.
These designs are surely some of the most impressive that have donned motorcycle helmets.

features

Utilizing the AIM+ Shell construction the RF-1100 passes Snell's M2010 certification. The AIM+ shell is light weight (helmet weights in at 1370 grams - 100 grams lighter than the RF-1000) and provides a strong outer shell by using fiberglass and other organic fibers.

The RF-1100 has a few changes from the 1000 model. Most recognizable is the venting system. Opposed to having two exhaust holes at the back of the helmet, the RF-1100 has six exhaust holes in total, two at the mid-top of the helmet, two directly below those, as well as two at the neck area at the bottom of the helmet. Taking advantage of negative pressure, the helmet pulls expendable air out opposed to trying to focus on forcing fresh air in. (see the video at the bottom of the page for an animation example).

As in the previous version, the RF-1100 has two large flaps on both sides of the neck area that cover the chin straps to decrease low frequency 'booming' noise as well - leading to the reputation as one of the quietest helmets on the market.

Shoei has implemented a new visor mechanism that is spring adjustable which results in firmer and smother locking and position transitions. The preset lever allows you to clamp down your visor when twisting the throttle or leave the visor locked in a partially opened position for added airflow.

Alongside the visor positioning system is Shoei's QRBP (Quick Release Base Plate) system that allows for a quick convenient way to swap visors. The spring-loaded base plate ensures a wind and waterproof seal by pulling back the visor to contact the visor seal of the helmet.

As for the visor itself, the RF-1100's all-new CW-1 shield providers a great range of view by being wider and taller than it's CX-IV predecessor. No need for sunglasses here to protect against harmful sun rays - the CW-1 does the job at blocking out UVA and UVB rays. Anti-scratch properties, standard for all Shoei visors, is also another feature provided.

A mesh chin guard can be fitted under the helmet for added protection against debris and wind.

safety

The RF-1100 is both DOT and Snell 2010 approved in the U.S.A., and ECE 22.05 and ACU Gold approved in Europe. Most helmet manufacturers have moved away from the Snell approval for 2010 due to their demanding testing procedures - however Shoei's quality is levels are in-line with Snell and have again passed their tests with flying colors.

quality

As mentioned before, the shell construction is superb. Having met Snell's new 2010 standard as well as ECE and DOT - you can be assured that RF-1100 is a solid lid.

As with all Shoei products, the RF-1100 is backed up by Shoei's 5-year warranty.

show me the money

The RF-1100 is priced in USD as follows:

  • Solid Colors: $399.99
  • Metallic Colors: $419.99
  • Graphics: $499.99

overall

This is the first time we have given a helmet a 10/10! Although the RF-1100 is priced in the higher-end of the spectrum, the value that you pay for is well worth the price. Shoei went out on a limb with this model by introducing a new venting system, new visor technology and baseplate systems, and a completely new style of graphics - all of which were 100% successes. If you are looking for a more comfortable, quieter, well ventilated, and screamingly stylish helmet - buy the RF-1100.

If you need anymore convincing watch Shoei's impressive press release video below:

rating

  • Style: 10/10
  • Features: 9/10
  • Safety: 10/10
  • Quality: 10/10
  • Price: 7/10
  • Overall Value: 10/10


RF-1100 Sizing Chart

RF1100 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

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