Does the Shoei Hornet helmet live up to expectations? Is it as fierce in performance as how it looks? Let’s find out together!
The Shoei Hornet helmet was first launched in Japan in 2006. Dual-sport helmet types were new to the motorcycling world at the time and the Shoei Hornet was one of the first to introduce riders to it.
The Hornet is available in a variety of colors – Crystal White, Black, Light Silver, Matte Black and Matte Deep Gray. Unlike other motorcycle helmet producers, Shoei has been consistent in its helmets’ fit that riders even coined the term “Shoei fit” for that. It is known that Shoei helmets best fit those with neutral to slightly narrow head shapes. The Shoei Hornet comes with a removable and replaceable liner (3D Max Dry Liner System for moisture control) and cheek pads.
One of the nicest features of this helmet is its eye port where visibility is excellent both vertically and horizontally. The face shield measures 2.05 mm and meets the VESC-8 standard. Ventilation-wise, the Hornet features two large brow vents and a chin bar vent. The two large brow vents can be found above the eye port and is hidden by the dual-sport peak. It can easily be opened or closed with ridged horizontal slider covers that are easily accessible while riding or wearing gloves. Overall, the ventilation system of the Hornet is better than average as compared to other full-face and dual-sport helmets out in the market.
The helmet weighs about 4 lbs. and could be caused by the Snell M2010 certification that adds heaps to the outer shell. It also has a double D-ring chin strap that has an adequate padding and comes with a snap to secure loose ends.
Performance-wise, this baby is a bad ass, even fiercer than it looks!