Thinking of buying a Shoei Glamster retro motorcycle helmet?

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Fantastic looking Retro Helmet using proven modern tech: Shoei Glamster.

The Shoei Glamster is another full face retro helmet that’s designed to give you yesteryear’s styling and attitude alongside a hefty dollop of modern day helmet tech.

It’s aimed at giving you the chance to stand out from the crowd while having much of the safety features and utility of a modern day lid. Which is a great idea.

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Front view of the Off White Glamster

And since the Glamster shares its AIM helmet shell with many other modern day Shoei helmets, and because it comes with a Pinlock antifog visor and features like EQRS (emergency quick release cheekpads) – the idea is that you really don’t have to compromise.

So, if you like the look of the Shoei Glamster and are wondering whether it’s worth buying one – here’s all the info you need.

  • Retro full face helmet
  • Fibreglass AIM shell
  • 3 Shell Sizes
  • EQRS
  • Pinlock antifog insert included
  • Sizes XS-XXL
  • Double D-ring fastener
  • Expect to pay £360-£450

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Safety

(more about helmet safety)

The first thing to say about the safety of the Glamster is that it’s got Shoei’s AIM (advanced integrated matrix) fibreglass shell.

That’s the same shell tech that you’ll find on the GT Air II and the SHARP 5 Star rated Shoei RYD.

OK, the RYD scored maximum marks for safety and it’s got the same helmet tech, but that’s not the whole story, because SHARP have tested four Shoei Aim helmets so far and they’ve scored anywhere from 3 to 5 stars.

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Shoei Glamster Ressurection in white

So, if all things are reasonably equal, we’d expect the Glamster to score somewhere in that region too, which is pretty good going for a retro helmet. From memory there’s only the Bell Bullet retro that’s been SHARP tested so far and it scored 3 stars.

Though I guess you could call the Simpson Venom a bit retro these days and that scored 4 stars.

Shoei has created the Glamster in three different helmet shells – that’s good for fitment, looks and safety and it’s a reasonably number of shell sizes for what’s actually a competitively priced helmet.

Inside the helmet, you’ll find a dual density EPS liner (par for the course) and the helmet’s strapped to your bonce with a good ole fashioned and suitably retro double d-ring fastener.

D-rings are generally straightforward to use and secure, so you shouldn’t have any problems here. I say ‘shouldn’t’ because I’m currently struggling along with my latest Simpson helmet and the double-d ring doesn’t slide very well so it’s a real pain. Still, that’s a rarity.

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Top view of the plain Laguna blue Glamster

Shoei has also included an EQRS liner inside the helmet – so if you do have an off-motorcycle excursion and the ambulance crew need to pull off your helmet, the EQRS cheekpads should make things easier.

Including a Pinlock-ready visor on a retro helmet is a great touch too. It’s not massively in keeping with the retro vibe, but I’m pretty sure if riders in the 60’s had the option of being able to see out of their visors on cold and rainy days, they’d have bitten your hand off for a Pinlock – so why not?

And it’s good to see Shoei including a Pinlock with the helmet – that’s always a big tick in the box in my book.

So, overall, there’s lots going for the Shoei Glamster to suggest it’ll be a sound, protective place to put your head – which should probably be item number one on why we’re buying a helmet, right?

Ventilation

(more about helmet ventilation)

Shoei’s added a few air vents into the shell of the Glamster, though they’re not really what I’d consider massively practical.

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Clean rear lines – and if you look closely, you might just see the rear vents in the neck roll

Those chin vents for example. While there are four of them – so they should let in quite a bit of air – they’re always-open, meaning that air’s always going to be pushing through the chin bar whether you like it or not.

The forehead vent is closeable though, and it should let a reasonable amount of air into the top of the helmet.

There are fairly generous internal air channels inside the helmet too and there are corresponding venting holes and cutaways in the internal liner to let some of that air get through to your head.

The only problem here is that there are only two tiny exhaust vents in the bottom of the neck roll to let any air out. Which is going to reduce the helmet’s ability to vent around the head.

It’s no surprise then that the word is ventilation’s about average – you can feel some air but you can tell they’ve prioritised form over function in this area, which is hardly a surprise in a cool-looking retro helmet I guess.

Visor

(more about visors)

Of course, venting’s also used to keep the visor mist-free, and if you’re riding in cool/damp/humid air, then the Glamster will have a tendency to fog up.

Thankfully, despite it being a retro-style visor, Shoei’s made it Pinlock ready and included a Pinlock in the box. So, attach the Pinlock and most of your misting problems will be gone.


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The visor opening’s reasonably generous for decent all-round vision, though it isn’t a quick release visor so if you ever want to swap it out or remove it for cleaning, you’ll have to get your screwdriver out.

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Another view of the Off White Shoei Glamster

It’s still pretty simple though – literally unscrew a single philips either side and the aluminium spacer comes away and the visor pulls off.

Shoei’s put a visor lock on the bottom of the visor, so close the visor and it’ll automatically lock. Push up on the black tab/lock and the visor unlocks.

I’ve heard that it can be a bit fiddly to use at first and you might need to pull the tab forward a bit to disengage – but who said looking cool and retro was going to be easy. I mean you’ve gotta have some of the rubbish features that came with old helmets, right?

Other than that, Shoei’s taken an old style visor and made it work well.

Comfort and Sizing

(more about comfort and sizing)

Internal fitment of the Glamster is medium oval – so should be the right shape for most riders’ heads.

There’s not much info on what materials Shoei uses inside, except to say it’s a fully removable/washable liner with 3D moulded cheek pads.

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Top view showing forehead vent

It’s also got EQRS quick removable cheekpads in there which is always worth having – anything to reduce injury, right?

If you’re looking to fit a comms unit in there, you might be disappointed if your speakers are anything other than super thin, because there aren’t any speaker pockets in there, which is a shame.

Shoei does know how to make a comfortable helmet though, so provided you suit the head shape, we expect the Glamster should be comfortable for long days spent on the North Circular.

Looks & Graphics

You can probably guess at the sort of graphic options available for the Glamster?

There’s a nice off-white and a couple of blacks as well as a plain Basalt grey and Laguna blue. At the time of writing there’s also a range of different colourways in the Resurrection graphic incuding a white, blue and black.

But you just know there’s going to be a stack more classy designs coming out soon. Feel free to click through to our recommended stores below to see the latest designs and Glamster deals. Nice one.

Best places to buy a Shoei Glamster helmet?

Please click below to visit the Shoei Glamster helmets pages at our recommended stores. And if you buy from one, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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Shoei Glamster Video

While the sound’s a bit shonky with this vid, Champion does know how to do a good helmet overview and this 7m video gives you a decent look around the Shoei Glamster.

Other stuff – weight, warranty

The Shoei Glamster weighs around 1.2Kg (2.65lbs) making it a properly light weight helmet.

It comes with an excellent 5 year warranty.

Good Alternatives to the Shoei Glamster?

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Shoei Ex-Zero

If you’re in the market for an old-style helmet, the great news is there’s an increasing number of retro helmets with modern day utility.

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AGV X3000 in red/white

Shoei’s own Ex-Zero is a badass looking helmet that uses the same tech as the Glamster and costs about the same money.

And there’s the fibreglass AGV X3000 which is arguably more authentic and even classier than the Glamster.

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Bell Bullitt in blue flake

There’s the good ole SHARP 3 star safety rated Bell Bullitt which is properly retro and comes in a ton of different designs too – including a full carbon version.

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Tokko Nexx X.G100

Shoutouts to Nexx as well with their Nexx X.G100 and G100R which are both great looking composite fibre retro lids.

For more options, take a look at our Retro Helmets Pages.

Overall/Summary

The Shoei Glamster looks set to deliver modern day helmet tech in a quality retro package.

Not only does it look the part – using tried-and-tested Shoei tech. But looking at the data, we expect it’ll offer good levels of protection too.

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Basalt Grey Glamster – notice visor lock and always-open chin vents

Shoei knows how to build a quality helmet and the Glamster has a ton of features that you’ll find on their modern full face helmets – including that Pinlock ready anti-fog visor (with free Pinlock) and EQRS.

Just because it looks a bit 60’s doesn’t mean it won’t work like a 20’s helmet.

There’s a new wave of retro helmets that work like modern helmets and the Shoei Glamster is the latest in the line. So if you like the look but still want a helmet that works on your ride, we’ve no doubt the Glamster will fit the bill admirably.

Best places to buy a Shoei Glamster?

Please click below to visit the Shoei Glamster helmets pages at our recommended stores. And if you buy from one, we get a small sum from the sale at no extra cost to you – a massive THANKS! (it’s how we finance the site).

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