Arai Motorcycle Helmets

Hi to all my fellow riders,

In my post below, I will be reviewing 5 of the most popular full face Arai motorcycle helmets. Before I get into it, I would like to share a bit of background and some information.Arai

Arai Helmet Limited is a Japanese company which was started by the Arai family in the early 1900s. They first specialized in the manufacture of caps for the fast growing Japanese nation and then went on to manufacture military headgear and industrial workers helmets before realizing the potential in the manufacture of good quality and safe motorcycle helmets.

It was Hirotake Arai, son of the founding father, Yuichiro Arai, who put the emphasis on expanding their motorcycle helmet manufacturing.

Being an avid motorcyclist himself, he knew the importance of safety and why it was essential to wear a comfortable and safe motorcycle helmet. Hirotake started his research and development on making Arai Motorcycle Helmets stand out from all the rest. He knew that helmets were mainly designed to protect our heads from impact energy but put his development emphasis on the specific shape and texture of his helmets, arguing that the helmet needed to be a round and smooth shape to help “skid or glance” off of uneven surfaces in the event of an accident.

Jumping ahead, and after a lot of research and testing, Arai motorcycle limited perfected what they call the R75 concept. In short, it is keeping the continuous convex curve of their helmets at a minimum radius of 75mm. This gave birth to their R75 shape philosophy and their well-known saying, “Rounder, Smoother & Stronger”, which all their helmets are graded at.

Arai Helmets are one of the premium helmet manufacturers today and their unmistakably round, smooth helmet shells have proven to be one of the safest and comfortable helmets to wear.

Let’s look at their helmets in little more detail.

Arai Concept X

The Concept X helmet is continuing on the path of most of the high end brands, in that the retro helmet, blending the yesteryear style with today s technology, is becoming very popular. The Concept X has the retro style with a modern, aggressive look. To use a popular description: It is a “blast from the past” style of helmet.

The shell is made from Arais super fiber laminate construction which helps keep the shell strong but light. The shell has the typical round and smooth build but unfortunately only comes in one shell size. The Concept X has the ECE 22.05 (soon to be the ECE 22.06) rating test as well as the Arai stringent in house safety standard. This helmet comes in at around 1500g.

Ventilation in the Concept X is not great but it comes with 2 x “brow” vents which are controlled independently, 1 x large chin vent consisting of 6 openings which can be opened and closed from the inside of the chin bar and at the back is 2 x exhaust vents which remain open.

When looking at the visor, it is important to note that it comes PinLock ready and has the Arai VAS-V Shield system (Variable Axis System) The visor wraps around the front of the helmet and sits flush on the temples, helping keep the round shape.

The visor has a manual locking system on the left side and when in closed position, needs to be manually opened in order to lift the visor. The visor opening mechanism is held in place by 2 x plastic screws on each side. This is disappointing as you will need a tool to remove and this adds to the complexity of removal and the possibility of losing the parts.

Looking at the helmet inner, the inner liner and cheek pads’ comes out for washing purposes but the neck roll does not. There is also no EPS grooves, which is why the inner ventilation is not great. You can fit a motorcycle helmet communication system which is a great feature. The Concept X features the Double-D ring chin strap and comes with a 5-year warranty.

When it comes to high-end brand, retro style helmets, the Arai Concept X is a good option and has a great aggressive profile which compliments the R75 rounded profile.

  • Key Features
    • Complies with ECE22-05 standard
    • Super fiber laminate construction
    • Has the Arai VAS-V Shield system
    • Visor has a manual locking system to keep visor down at speeds
    • Vents adjustable
  • Pros
    • Great looking retro helmet with an aggressive profile
    • Comfortable
    • ECE 22.05 rated as well as Arais stringent in-house safety and quality system
  • Cons
    • Noisy
    • Front vents have separate adjusters which can be cumbersome
    • Vents quality of construction not good
    • Internal ventilation not great
    • Helmet has no EPS grooves
    • Visor opening mechanism is not practical, although aesthetically pleasing
  • Price estimate
    • U$650
  • Warranty
    • 5 year (only for the first user)
  • Style
    • Retro-Modern
  • Overall Rating (out of 5)
    • 3

Arai CorsAir X Helmet

The Corsair X helmet comes standard with the “Maxivision” PinLock anti-fog shield. The “Maxivision” means that the PinLock shield covers the whole surface of the visor and no step or break in the visor surface is visible. This improves the overall vision.

The Corsair X also comes with the updated ventilation system both front and rear. Only gripe I have is on the 3 top separate ventilation inlets, they each have their own opening and closing mechanism which is not very practical and makes the operation awkward.

When inspecting the inner liner, it is evident that the engineering design did not stop on the outside. Very good quality material, soft but supportive and once the helmet is on, it fits snug and very comfortable. The inner liner is not just for comfort but practical as well and minimal road noise is experienced once on the move.

The Corsair X comes prepared to fit most motorcycle helmet communication systems.

Another great helmet by the brand and one well proven and worth considering.

  • Key Features
    • DOT and Sharp rated and ECE22.05 certified
    • Carbon fiber – Fiberglass – Aramid shell construction
    • Larger back spoiler
    • Head liner is reversible
    • Vents adjustable
  • Pros
    • More street and touring orientated
    • Very good quality and well designed
    • More comfortable
    • Head liner is reversible
    • DOT and SHARP rated as well as ECE22.05 certified
  • Cons
    • Still noisy
    • Front vents have separate adjusters which can be cumbersome
    • Back spoiler vibrates when you turn head sideways at speeds and is flimsy
    • No speaker pockets
  • Price estimate
    • U$800
  • Warranty
    • 1 year – only apply to the original buyer
  • Style
    • Street
  • Overall Rating (out of 5)
    • 4,5

Arai Renegade Helmet

Lets look specifically at the Arai Renegade V.

Important to note is that the Renegade V replaces the Arai Rebel and Arai Defiant X in the USA. It is classified as a sport touring helmet and best suited for your cruiser and naked bikes.

The outer shell of the Arai Renegade V helmet consists of the “peripherally belted complex laminate” together with Arai’s special proprietary adhesives, and this gives it a very durable and tough construction. It has the typical R75 round profile and weighs just over 1650g. It also comes in 3 outer shell sizes which helps get that perfect fit. The Renegade V is ECE 22.05 certified.

Ventilation is excellent and you get 4 chin vents, 2 on either side which are adjustable from inside the chin bar. We also have 2 visor vents and 2 top vents, both adjustable. The 2 top vents, when closed, also act as extra exhaust vents. At the back of the Renegade V, we see 4 exhaust vents. The 2 top vents are adjustable and 2 x bottom are open. To finish the ventilation system, you will find 2 neck exhaust vents.

The visor includes Arai’s VAS (Variable Axis System) shield system and comes PinLock ready with the relevant shield in the box. The visor has the manuel visor lock on the left side and removing the visor is user-friendly, quick and easy. There is no internal sun visor, but the Arai Pro Shade system can be purchased aftermarket.

The internal liner can be removed and the fit adjusted by peeling off 5mm foam strips situated in the side temple and cheek pads’. The Renegade V is very comfortable and uses Arai’s FCS (Facial Contouring System). A motorcycle helmet communication system can be fitted. To secure the helmet, the Renegade V comes with the reliable double-d ring chin strap.

Overall a good-looking helmet but does under perform comparing to other Arai helmets.

  • Key Features
    • ECE 22.05 certified
    • “Peripherally belted complex laminate with special proprietary adhesive”
    • Top vents double as exhaust vents when closed
    • VAS system standard on the visor
  • Pros
    • Excellent ventilation
    • Good safety features
    • More comfortable
    • Good styling
    • ECE 22.05 certified
  • Cons
    • Very noisy
    • Front vents have separate adjusters which can be cumbersome
    • Internal liner quality is suspect
  • Price estimate
    • U$640
  • Warranty
    • 5 year – only apply to the first user
  • Style
    • Sport Touring (great for Cruiser and Naked bikes)
  • Overall Rating (out of 5)
    • 3,5

Arai Chaser X Review

The Chaser X or as its known in USA, the DT-X, is a high mid range to low premium helmet, which caters for the sport touring style of rider.

The shell is made from Arais complex fiber laminate or advanced fiberglass technology (SFL2), which helps ensure the essential safety standards but keeps the Chaser X reasonably light at about 1550g. The Chaser X comes in 3 shell sizes and falls within the intermediate oval shape.

The visor boasts Arais VAS Max vision system. It is PinLock ready and the shield is supplied inside the box. The visor also has the new shield latch system, first used on the Arai F1 helmet. There is no internal sun visor but there are aftermarket visor replacements available. The visor opening mechanism is covered with a Pod Cover and the visor can be removed without any fuss.

The ventilation on the Arai Chaser X is very good. You have a chin vent with 3 opening positions. Then you will have 2 brow vents which is incorporated into the visor and the 1 large scoop vent in the center on top of the Chaser X. All these vents can be adjusted. The top vent also doubles as an exhaust vent, when in the closed position.

Closer to the back of the helmet you will find another 3 vents for that additional airflow. To help with the extraction of warm air, you will find 2 exhaust vents at the back and the neck exhaust vent as standard.

The inner liner, except for the neck roll, is removable. It includes Arais Facial Contouring System and the cheek pads’ come standard with 5mm peel away foam pads’ ensuring that perfect fit. There are inner speaker cut-outs so that a motorcycle helmet communication system can be fitted. There are no EPS channels on the inside of the helmet and that is the reason for all the venting holes.

The Chaser X has the reliable Double-D ring chin strap to secure the helmet to your head. To conclude this Arai Chaser X review, please find the summary points below.

  • Key Features
    • ECE 22.05, SHARP and SNELL rated
    • Advanced Fiberglass Complex Laminate construction
    • Vents adjustable
    • Facial Contouring System
  • Pros
    • Street and touring orientated
    • Very good quality and well designed
    • Good comfort
    • Very good ventilation
    • Good noise dampening
    • ECE 22.05, SNELL and SHARP rated
  • Cons
    • On the expensive side
    • Front vents have separate adjusters which can be cumbersome
    • On the heavier side
  • Price estimate
    • U$550
  • Warranty
    • 5 year – only apply to the first user
  • Style
    • Street/Touring
  • Overall Rating (out of 5)
    • 4

Arai RX 7V review

Below I would like to give you more detail on the Arai RX 7V and why I think it is a very cool helmet. It is inspired by the RX 7 and even more race track orientated as is evident by Jonathan Rea in the WSB and Dani Pedrosa in MotoGP. Yes, they wear the Arai RX 7V. The RX 7V, or Arai CorsAir X as it is known in the USA, is Arais top of the range full face helmet. Where it falls short on the comfort sector, it more than makes up in the safety and strategic styling department.

The shell is constructed with safety as the main priority. It consists of the Arai patented PB-SNC2 or “Peripherally Belted Structural Net Composite” or Super Fiber Belt. It is an advanced fiberglass material. This is very obvious when considering the 5 star SNELL rating and ECE 22.05 certification. The RX 7V shell is thickened on the edges, strategically so, to protect your neck in the event of a crash.

The ventilation is excellent. There is 1 large chin vent which can be adjusted to 3 positions. Then you have the Arai typical brow vents which are incorporated into the visor and also adjusted. On the top of the helmet is 3 vents, 2 acting like scoops and a centrally placed opening. All can be adjusted.

Moving to the back you will have 2 passive exhaust vents and 2 passive exhaust vents on the side. There are also 2 adjustable exhaust vents just above the neck vent. One nitpick I have is that the adjuster toggles are too small to use with your gloves while riding and will need to be adjusted before you go racing.

The visor boasts Arais VAS MAX Vision system. Because of the RX 7V’s design, being a bit flatter on the top, the field of vision is better than other similar high end helmets. It comes PinLock ready and with the shield in the box. The visor is secured in closed position with the help of the locking toggle. The opening mechanism works well and protected by side covers which also help continue with the round styling.

The inner liner is of good quality and removable. The neck roll, unlike previous Arai models, can also be removed. The cheek pads’ and temple pads’ have the foam peel away layers to ensure the best fit and forms part of the FCS (facial contouring system). There is a large chin curtain which helps with the wind noise and adds to the styling theme.

The RX 7V has the ERS (emergency release system) which helps with its high safety rating. All the inner lining parts can be replaced when need be. A Bluetooth communication system can be fitted should you so wish.

Securing the Arai RX 7V is done with the reliable Double-D Ring system.

  • Key Features
    • 5 star SNELL rating and ECE 22.05 certified
    • PB-SNC2 shell construction
    • 3 shell sizes
    • Has the Free Flow System (FFS)
    • Emergency Release System (ERS)
  • Pros
    • Race and Track orientated
    • Very good quality and great styling
    • Excellent field of vision
    • Excellent safety features
  • Cons
    • Still noisy
    • Front vents have separate adjusters which can be cumbersome
    • Vent toggles not able to adjust with gloves on
    • Not comfortable enough for long cruising
  • Price estimate
    • U$850
  • Warranty
    • 5 year
  • Style
    • Race Track orientated
  • Overall Rating (out of 5)
    • 4,5

 

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