The SHOEI J-Cruise II must be the jet helmet of the moment. If there were any first prizes to be handed out, then this motorcycle helmet would get one for its versatility, technology and handsome design.
The original J-Cruise was SHOEI's first jet helmet with a built-in sun visor and this improved version is effectively that: Better. Even better.
Starting with the update to the helmet shell, which has become even more compact and aerodynamic. And the original helmet already had three different shells to contain the helmet sizes, so you know it's all going to be very light and compact. The helmet shell itself, by the way, is made of multi-composite: a good combination of strong but light materials, for optimum effect. The rear of the SHOEI J-Cruise II is a new design where the overall shape actually acts as a spoiler. Top technology in other words. The inner shell (EPS) but also the helmet shell itself are equipped to accommodate a SENA intercom system (SRL2). The SHOEI J-Cruise II is - certainly by 'open' jet helmet standards - a surprisingly quiet motorcycle helmet.
The latter doesn’t mean you're on the road with a jar on your head: three air intakes can each be controlled separately. Less heat inside and a more constant, larger supply of fresh air are the logical consequences of the improved air circulation in this second jet helmet of the same name.
About the transparent visor - and especially the accompanying mechanism - you can easily keep talking. Here we stick to the fact that the CJ-2 visor itself is of high quality and we are happy to let you experience how stable and quiet the new visor mechanism works. It has all become a lot more rigid: tighter, a bit harder, more stable, more solid. You can feel it at first when you grab and test the J-Cruise II for the first time, but you will experience it most of all when you are on the bike with it. The lack of a chin guard is partly compensated by the inconspicuous but very well-functioning 'closing system' at the bottom left. Closed means closed. To open you push the visor slightly outwards.
In the open position and just before the fully closed position the visor clicks relatively well into place. That dash of extra wind in the latter position prevents or dispels fogging quickly, provides a healthy air circulation and is specifically designed so that the transition between the Pinlock® EVO lens and the regular visor is not in your field of vision.
The integrated, tinted QSV-2 sun visor is operated by means of the slider on the left side of the J-Cruise II. This is also easy to do with motorcycle gloves on. The sun visor runs far and offers a lot of protection, although you can partly determine that yourself: by moving two levers left and right, the sun visor slides a little less far. Tailor-made, that's how it is called.
With these kinds of details in mind, you know that all the other - more obvious - elements are on a high level as well: the hybrid interior is a mix of moisture-resistant, quick-drying and soft. All those specific features are used where they are needed: soft where you don't want abrasive hinges, moisture-wicking and quick-drying where you might break a sweat.
The micrometric closure is adjustable, soft, practical, comfortable and safe. A kit of reflective stickers is included, which are mandatory in France.
To clean the outside of your helmet we can recommend the S100 helmet cleaner. The helmet interior can also be cleaned without removing it with S100 interior cleaner. A treatment on the outside of the visor with Rain-X anti-rain spray improves visibility during rain showers.
Safety above all! Never ride with a scratched or dull visor. Especially at night, scratches cause blinding reflections from street lights and oncoming headlights. This effect is even more pronounced in rainy weather. It is best to replace a scratched or dull visor as soon as possible. Planning a long trip? Then don't forget to take a replacement visor with you. Never ride in the dark with a tinted visor.