Shoei Hornet ADV - Gloss White
Customer Product Reviews
Very well made, light and comfy
I bought this to replace my bell mx9 that I received a full refund for, due to a fault that couldn't be rectified. The shoei is far more comfy I find and is a bit quieter too. It looks to be well made and has a great finish to it. I went for the black one as it's actually 50g lighter than the white for some reason? As always sports bike shop couldn't be more helpful and made the whole warranty claim, refund and new purchase a pleasure. Even if I had 8 different helmets out to try..
Bought this as a expensive replacement for my Bell helmet of similar style. The plus is, it's lighter. Negative is it noisier ! Bought a Large, it's a larger fitting over the dome of the helmet where good around the face and cheeks so sagged a little. Overall for the price of this I'm disappointed to say the least.
Another great Shoei lid
Very comfy, perfect fit as always. Less venting than others but I suspect it will only be an issue on a very hot day and if you're riding slow enough not to get wind going through it (in which case, I'd open the visor a little). Speaking of which, I find the visor very easy to open even just a fraction, which I've heard others struggle with but not had a problem myself.
I have been wearing this helmet now for 6 x 3-5 hour trips. Unlike my last helmet I finish without a screaming headache and hardly notice I'm wearing it. Comfortable, quiet and quality build. Would certainly buy again and highly recommend it to others. Quick service and well packed, also price matched without a quibble, excellent service.
Seriously good upgrade
Bought this as an upgrade to my now 3 year old hornet DS. This helmet is noticeably quieter and feels a bit lighter. The front vent is not as easy to operate as the DS, but it does provide better ventilation across the visor, I still get misting around the sides of the visor, but riding during the winter in UK it's to be expected.
Best deal ever
Tried the helmet on elsewhere, knew the correct size. Waited until the Black Friday deal came along. 20% off, 10% cash back on eBay and a £50 voucher. Brought the price down to below cost price. Bargain of the year. The paint quality is amazing. The visor is the wide view type no restrictions on peripheral vision. Quality interior will be excellent for my planned Euro tour in the spring. It's got be 5 .
Not as good as expected
I bought this to replace a Shoei Qwest, with my criteria being comfort, larger eye port and pinlock. I've been commuting with it now for a few weeks. First off, it may be more comfortable than the old Hornet but its no where near as comfortable for me as the Qwest, and I did try a brand new Qwest on as well for comparison. a) the lining is far 'rougher' and b) the Qwest fits much better, feeling very refined almost like I'm not wearing a helmet at all as opposed this Hornet. I feel as though I could go to sleep with the Qwest on whereas the Hornet ADV would be a stretch at 2 hours. I also have an issue with the Pinlock. The pins on the either side of the visor hit the visor gasket as I open the visor to its fully open position, and again when closing. The gasket therefore will tear long before the helmets 5 year life span. Also when you actually fit the Pinlock, peripheral vision becomes significantly reduced, offsetting the benefits of the larger eye-port. Peripheral vision is important to me as I commute in London, as is Pinlock in winter to prevent fogging. I believe Pinlock could be far better designed if it weren't regarded as an afterthought by helmet manufacturers. There's a noticeable increase in weight between the Qwest and Hornet Adv. This however does not bother me while riding as its quite well balanced. Good points - peak works very well, cannot feel any drag at motorway speeds. Just as quiet as my old Qwest. In summary - I tried many different helmet brands and styles and ended up with only 2 options based on the fact that everything else was just too uncomfortable 1) Hornet Adv 2) another Qwest. With the benefit of hindsight, if I were to do it again, I would go with option 2.
Comfortable fit with a real quality feel. To be honest I was expecting the helmet to be noisy with considerable drag at high speeds, however it is 5* in both areas. For the first time in my adult life I feel that I got top quality at a very reasonable price. Delivery and service was excellent.
Bought this helmet for my new Adventure bike, but on arrival, I unpacked it and found the chin vent was broken/not built properly. Re-ordered and second helmet came with exactly the same problem. So disappointed that I decided to go an Aria XD4 instead.
Most comfortable helmet
I've had problems with most other helmets owned with pressure building on my forehead. This helmet seems to have solved this issue as it is by far the most comfortable I have ever worn in addition being very light, a firm fit with excellent peripheral vision.
Top of the class
Comfy, quiet, awesome vision. Having had a Hornet DS for the past many years, the list-of-improvements from reviews made me go for this again rather than another brand. And improved it has! I ride it on a F800GS both on- and off-road. The DS was great, but riding the two back-to-back the improvements are very noticeable. Super comfy day long, be it fast motorway or sweaty dirt tracks. Some reviews mention the ADV being heavier than the DS: in my S size the ADV is actually a few grams lighter, and the better balance make it feel much lighter ! Also my Sena SMH5 headset fits nicely in the dedicated recesses (after removing the ring from around the speakers). Overall definitely "you get what you pay for".
New bike new helmet
Well, I've had my existing Shoei XR1000 for nearly 6 years and it was time for a change. I wanted an every day helmet to use for commuting and something that could take my Scala G9 headset. This helmet is just perfect. It's pure quality as expected and really comfortable. The G9 fits perfect with pull out compartments for the speakers although, getting the wires to the relevant place still posed an issue. The vision is amazing through the huge visor and out on the road it perform fantastic like any regular full face helmet. The peak comes in handy and for riding anything up to and around legal UK speeds it is faultless. Really happy I chose the ADV and I'm sure even when it retires as my regular day to day helmet, it will remain a great helmet to have in the locker so to speak. Good job Shoei and great job SBS for the great service and fast delivery.
Stunning and striking excellent quality helmet
This is an excellent helmet which is perfect for the bike I need it for. It is of excellent standard, very striking in colour which helps for safety purposes and also very comfortable to wear. Shoei helmets have always been my preferred choice and this product is another fine one to add to my collection. I would highly recommend this to other customers.