This is my 4th Shoei helmet, the Qwest is just as good as my previous RF-1000 and RF-1100 helmets. I average 10-20K miles per year and have ridden in all kinds of weather from 100F to sleeting roads; in each of those conditions the Qwest has always been a comfortable, secure, reliable helmet. Buy a couple of aftermarket tinted visors, and it's a great all around helmet. Be sure to wash the removable foam now and then to keep it relatively fresh. At least two of my fellow rider friends have bought their own Qwest helmets on my recommendation. I'd buy one again when my helmet needs to be replaced. For anyone on the fence, trust me. A comfortable helmet makes a big difference in enjoying your confidence and seat time. I'd rather have good comfortable gear on a so-so bike than have uncomfortable gear on a fast bike.
I don't like to wear sunglasses under my face shield. So this graduated model is great for sunny days. Very easy to install, unlike a similar shield that I got for another helmet brand. Not so durable, but that's the nature of a face shield when your helmet falls off your bike. LOL!
Runs 1/2 Size Tighter than RF1200 and most other helmets
This can be a big plus for those that need a bit more nose room. I normally fit a Shoei RF1200 Large perfectly except the shell is a bit short for my admittedly long nose. This helmet in an XL with thicker cheek pads fits perfectly.
I'm a large in everything with a medium oval head, but I must have an extra large nose. So I bought an extra large and added the thicker 13mm head and 39mm cheek pads and achieved a perfect fit. Sure it cost a bit more but who wants their nose banging the front of the helmet when you go fast.
I'd also note that the GT-Air would have worked stock in an XL as that helmet seems to fit about a half size tighter than normal.