Shoei J-Cruise is a unique helmet. It may not have any chin bar to protect. But, there is a reason why this helmet is so popular among urban motorcyclists. We all know that people mostly go for full-face helmets. After all, it provides the maximum protection to your head which will not be same in open-face helmets.
But, not in this case. As far as I know, Shoei J-Cruise is the best touring open-face helmet I have ever seen.
Because Shoei J-Cruise is basically a full-face helmet in an open-face shell. It is the same helmet which replaced Shoei J-Wing and comes will latest design and features which found in other premium helmets by Shoei-like Shoei Qwest, Shoei GT-Air, and Shoei Neotec etc. It also includes Outstanding Ventilation which is now become the trademark of Shoei.
So, if you are looking to buy this helmet then to learn more about J-Cruise Open Face Helmet, you can check out this latest Shoei J-Cruise Helmet Review.
Shoei J-Cruise Helmet Review 2019
Shell Design & Protection Level:
It’s common that when someone talks about the open-face helmets, nobody seems to care about the build quality and aerodynamics. Everybody is centered on paint, graphics, and coolness of the helmet. Well, it is obvious since the riders who prefer open-face helmets over full-face helmets hardly care about protection. These are not sport bike riders but the cruiser motorcyclists who love to go on long sunny rides.
I understand that touring riders do not need extreme protection like Moto GP or motocross riders but it won’t hurt to have some decent protection, right?
No matter what bike you ride, as long as you are riding on a road you need protection but not at the cost of comfort. Generally, the open-face helmets available in the market are not well build to secure the rider’s head in heavy impacts.
But, there is one helmet that has the protection like a fully fledged full-face helmet. And that’s Shoei J-Cruise motorcycle helmet. This open-face helmet has the same build quality as another premium Shoei full-face helmets. It’s basically just a helmet without a chin-bar otherwise; the Shoei equipped it with the same Multi-Ply Matric (AIM) Advanced Integrated Matrix Shell technology which is a strong yet lightweight shell that makes it idle for open-face helmets where the rider won’t be bearing extra weight for added protection.
For enhanced impact absorption it is enabled with a multi-piece EPS liner which is a composition of different varying densities of foam to absorb heavy impacts during a crash.
Good thing is, the helmet has the intermediate oval shape and comes in 4 different shell sizes. This is the optimal fit build shape that makes it easy for most riders. Besides, the helmet is DOT-approved that makes it more satisfactory to wear while cruising around without compromising protection.
Aerodynamics & Noise Levels
Shoei J-Cruise has wind tunnel tested aerodynamics. It’s shell-integrated spoilers reduce drag and lift problems during high-speed riding. However, Noise levels are always an issue in open-face helmets. The open bottom and sometimes short face shield are the main reasons for noise issues. But, not in Shoei’s J-Cruise helmet. Because it has large face-shield which reduce noises while providing excellent ventilation.
So, in my opinion, Shoei J-Cruise is the best open-face helmet with fewer noise issues. But, remember noise can be caused by many other factors like helmet fit, speed, gear, and windscreen etc.
Face Shield & Visor System
Shoei’s J-Cruise has a most unique face shield system which Shoei interpreted as CJ-2 Face Shield. It gives a much wider and taller field of vision which by the way is the primary reason of having an open-face helmet. Now Shoei just made it much wider than other helmets available in the market. Cruiser riders have the added advantage of three-dimensionally curved screen which increased more peripheral vision and optical clarity while riding.
The face shield has a scratch-resistant coating on it which blocks 99 per cent of UV rays.
This is a face shield which is 10mm longer than the previous CJ-1 and comes with PINLOCK EVO Ready lock system.
Internal Sun Shield is another remarkable feature of J-Cruise helmet. It has built-in QSV-1 sun shield to protect riders from sun glare in one quick motion. Shoei claimed that the internal sun visor “exceed the ANSI Z80.3-2010 standard for non-prescription eyeglasses”.
It has a large and easily located switch activates the 3D injection-molded inner shield.
Interior & Comfort Level
Shoei’s J-Cruise 3D Max-Dry Interior System is fully removable, washable, and adjustable. This material absorbs and dissipates moisture and sweat two times faster than the ordinary fabrics. It’s 3D shaped and multi-layer cheek pads are for more comfort and helmet stability. It will give riders more it options.
Ventilation System is as unique as this helmet. At first, it seems ordinary but as I told you before, it has the same ventilation system as Shoei’s GT-Air. It has an upper vent with two large holes through the EPS which passes the air to the liner part. And then it special system starts working.
Even I amazed when I realize how good this ventilation in J-Cruise. The Even liner is also designed to match the vent ports. These front vents intake cool air and rear 2 exhaust vents and 1 neck exhaust vent draw hot air from the helmet.
So, if the weather is cool, then air can be too much for you. And you have to close the vents in cool weather.
What We Learned
Notable Features: Ventilation, Durability
Best Suited For Extensive Use
Shoei J-Cruise is a replacement for the ever popular Shoei J-Wing helmet. It almost gives the feeling of a full face helmet. However, it doesn’t have a chin bar. J-Cruise has every feature that you will typically find in a Shoei helmet. The ventilation is excellent thanks to the top vents and the open bottom, so is the build quality. Shoei J-Cruise has the outstanding internal sun visor system enclosed in a special chamber in a brow, which does not reduce the thickness of that area’s EPS protection.
Shoei J-Cruise also has a thick-feeling clear coat which gives stable and durable protection. The fact that there is a five-year warranty that comes with the helmet ensures that. The noise levels in this helmet are lesser than other open-face helmets, it is even lower than most of the full-face helmets as well, a huge plus point. Shoei J-Cruise is like a full-face helmet with an open-face shell. Many riders aren’t fond of full-face helmets; this is the way to go for them. J-Cruise has all the incredible features that you would expect from a Shoei helmet, plus being a combination of open and full face helmets actually works well.