Shoei Releases New J-Cruise II Helmet

Latest open-face tweaks shell, improves interior, boosts venting, and more.

Shoei’s new J-Cruise II improves upon its predecessor with a revised shell shape, better ventilation, more protective visors, and other significant upgrades. It’ll be available in December of 2019 in a choice of five colors.
Shoei’s new J-Cruise II improves upon its predecessor with a revised shell shape, better ventilation, more protective visors, and other significant upgrades. It’ll be available in December of 2019 in a choice of five colors.Courtesy of Shoei Helmets

Plenty of us have enjoyed the comfort and convenience of Shoei’s J-Cruise lid for years, but you knew there was an upgrade coming at some point, and here it is. Last week Shoei announced the aptly named J-Cruise II, an extension of the same philosophy as the original, but with a slew of the latest technological advances and several Shoei-exclusive features. Heck, they’re not even saying it’s an upgrade: they’re calling it an entirely new model.

The new J-Cruise II’s AIM shell receives a revised shape and comes in four shell sizes to ensure a custom fit for heads between the sizes of XS–XXL.
The new J-Cruise II’s AIM shell receives a revised shape and comes in four shell sizes to ensure a custom fit for heads between the sizes of XS–XXL.Courtesy of Shoei Helmets

And that’s probably justifiable, given just how many revisions, redesigns, and improvements got packed onto the “all-new” J-Cruise II; the new lid received a longer internal sun shield for better glare protection, enhanced aerodynamics, ventilation, and noise reduction, and the J-Cruise II now integrates with the Sena SRL/SRL2 Communication Systems, to name just a few trick features.

A new shape with integrated spoiler and heavily revised intake and exhaust vents increase airflow efficiency as well as aerodynamics.
A new shape with integrated spoiler and heavily revised intake and exhaust vents increase airflow efficiency as well as aerodynamics.Courtesy of Shoei Helmets

Let’s start from the outside in, with the “all-new” J-Cruise II’s aerodynamic improvements. Shoei gave the new helmet a more compact, aerodynamic shell shape and an integrated spoiler, along with strategically shaped air intake and exhaust vents to streamline the overall profile, resulting in significantly less lift and drag, according to the company. The reshaped shell shape—which uses Shoei’s AIM fiberglass-combo construction—and a revised shield along with new liner components also help reduce wind and road noise, says Shoei.

Improving ventilation performance was also a key goal, and the company found that adding an extra intake hole to the three-position upper air ventilation system increased air entry to the helmet significantly. To match the intake increase, Shoei also revised several of the top outlet vents to improve exhaust efficiency without adding holes.

The all-new internal sun shield is longer and deploys easily to mitigate glare and block most UV rays.
The all-new internal sun shield is longer and deploys easily to mitigate glare and block most UV rays.Courtesy of Shoei Helmets

One of the bigger revisions came with the new built-in 3-D molded internal sun shield, which is now 5mm longer and deploys readily with a large, easily located switch. The shield also blocks 99 percent of UV rays, and a new locking lever makes removal and installation easy.

Meanwhile the J-Cruise II’s main CJ-2 shield also gives you a huge distortion-free window on the world and also protects against damaging UV rays, with an integrated air dam at the bottom edge of the shield to increase rigidity and reduce wind turbulence, says the company. And, yes, it’s easier to pull that shield off now too.

The main shield has a wide eyeport for a distortion-free view, as well an integrated air dam at the bottom to reduce turbulence.
The main shield has a wide eyeport for a distortion-free view, as well an integrated air dam at the bottom to reduce turbulence.Courtesy of Shoei Helmets

Inside, Shoei has given the J-Cruise a more compact multi-density EPS liner with enhanced impact absorption via varying densities of foam; it’s also designed to allow cooling air to travel through integrated tunnels so you get the added bonus of air circulation to help venting. Under that layer you have the fully removable, washable, adjustable, and replaceable 3D Max-Dry Interior System which brings a mix of moisture-absorbent, quick-drying material and softer fabric for spots that contact the rider’s face. Holding the whole helmet on your dome is a new stainless steel micro ratchet chinstrap, which is easily adjustable to give you a quick and secure closure. An added D-ring attached to it allows you to lock the helmet to your bike.

Finally, Shoei has designed the J-Cruise II to easily accept Sena’s SRL/SRL2 Communication Systems (sold separately) if the rider chooses to install one. These coms give you simple three-button control, smartphone pairing, and the intelligent Audio Multitasking feature to simultaneously listen to music and talk to other riders via intercom.

The shield pops off easier than ever according to Shoei thanks to a new baseplate system. You can also easily integrate a Sena communicator into the side of the helmet if you choose.
The shield pops off easier than ever according to Shoei thanks to a new baseplate system. You can also easily integrate a Sena communicator into the side of the helmet if you choose.Courtesy of Shoei Helmets

The J-Cruise II’s DOT-certified AIM shell comes in four sizes to ensure a custom fit for heads between the sizes of XS–XXL (for a total of six helmet sizes).

The J-Cruise II can be had in six color options (solids and metallics) and it retails for $549. It will be available in late December 2019.

Shoei has also expanded the availability of Transitions light intelligent shields across its lineup. See shoei-helmets.com for more info.
Shoei has also expanded the availability of Transitions light intelligent shields across its lineup. See shoei-helmets.com for more info.Courtesy of Shoei Helmets

Shoei has also expanded availability of Transitions shields on its helmets. Shoei says the Transitions technology will now be available on helmets compatible with a CNS-2 Shoei shield, including the popular Hornet X2 in North America. Good news is that the Shoei Transitions light intelligent shield is still available on the CWR-1 shield and compatible with the RF-1200, RF-SR, and X-Fourteen helmet styles too. The Transitions shield is clear at night and adjusts to dark smoke when activated by UV light.