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Hey this is Reuben with Competition Accessories and we just wanted to make a quick video on how you change the face shield out on the Arai helmet. A lot of people get intimidated by Arai helmet face shields because of the side pod they have where you cant see whats going behind it. What we have done on this helmet here is we installed a clear pod so we could give you a better look at the inner workings of the base plate mechanism and show you how it works. Basically to remove the face shield what I want you to see is this little gray lever here, there are one of those on each side of the helmet. When you raise your shield to the top position those will pop out. Now if your helmet is a little older or a little worn out they might not pop all the way out like a brand new helmet. With the face shield all the way up you just need to lift those levers all the way up. Once you have lifted those until they click, to take the shield off is very simple, you are just going to grab it from the top , rotate it back and pull it off. It comes right off really quickly. You will see guys out at the track if you watch racing at all like the isle of man for instance, they will pull into the pits and they swap face shields on or off in just a matter of seconds. It is one of those things you have to get the hang of. To reinstall the shield is a little trickier, there is a horse shoe shape cut out on the end of the shield here, that's going to line up with the top curve on the helmet or the pod and with the clear ones you can see the round tab that its going to slide over. Your going to slide that in on both sides and its not going to really click or anything, you just have to get it down and on to there like that. Once its in I find it easier to have the helmet facing away from you and then you are just going to close the shield. When you close the shield what happens is this opening this cut out right here slides over that little notch right there, so that is what limits the shield as It opens. That's how to change the Arai face shield out, hopefully that helps you out. You can go to our youtube channel if you click on this link in the upper right hand corner and subscribe to us. We have a lot detailed videos on helmets and other products. You can also check us out on facebook and check us out online, see you next time.
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories welcome to our review of the All new Arai Defiant full face street helmet. If your one of our YouTube subscribers your probably getting one of the first up close looks at this all new helmet from Arai , were really excited to show it to you sit back and relax because its going to take a while because this is a really awesome helmet and it comes with that Arai price tag its not a cheap helmet by any means but you'll see you do get what you pay for with a motorcycle helmet . First of all the new Arai Defiant has a very cool shape to it the base shape of the helmet is very similar to other Arai's, its a very organic round shell shape that Arai is famous for they believed very firmly in keeping the shell shape very simple so it does a really good job at distributing the impact forced over the broadest area possible , they look to the shape of an egg for inspiration very strong shape and the Defiant has does have a little bit different of a look to it especially in the chin area it has a very close to the face chin bar not so close that it was in the way for my face, and well talk about sizing in a minute. But i was able to touch the chin bar with my lips if i tried but not so close that it was uncomfortable or felt like it would be unsafe but definitely a very cool looking helmet for sure. Looking from the front of it and the Defiant name as it implies it has a bit of an attitude this particular one here is the asteroid graphic its available in several different colors this one right here is my favorite Kawasaki green , so definitely a nice looking helmet. Now talking about the shell i have a raw shell up here this is actually from an RXQ but this is going to have the very same design principals as the one that they are building for the Arai Defiant. So its an organic fiberglass shell these are actually hand made mold by hand by true professionals who have spent countless hours perfecting the art of creating a perfect uniform complete shell that its going to be incredibly strong, distribute impact over a broadest area possible , and Arai has really done their homework when it comes to saftey in helmets . So you can see its a very round shape one of the things i love to do with the helmet, if you have a helmet at home you can try this, grab the chin bar and give it a squeeze and you shouldn't be able to flex it much a little flex is okay because you want a little bit of deflecting force with the shell but with Arai i mean you cant really get it to budge , i could probably stand on this thing and it wouldnt move. So very very very strong shell materials are used in the construction, and that round shape is to not only spread the impact over a large area it also prevents catching on the ground so if your sliding its not going to have any hard edges to grab onto . In fact all the external things that Arai ever puts on the helmet like this rear wing they are actually designed to break off if you get hit with any amount of force when you crash that way you don't grab and twist your neck or anything like that. Speaking of the vents, you have a pretty neat vent system on the chin of this helmet . Now normally a chin bar vent just directs a little bit of air up onto the face shield to help reduce fogging and to be honest a lot of the time chin bar vents aren't very effective , some times you open them and you cant even tell if its open or closed some helmets are better then others . Looking at how this one is designed i think its actually going to be really effective , chin vent there's actually two positions you can see there are several openings in the front here. When you slide it down you can see it just opens this top slit that one actually directs air up onto the face shield much like the defroster of your car you can see the openings right here above the little breath deflector included. If you want more you can open it to the second position and that opens the four openings here the lower portion which directs air to your mouth , so if you look inside here it may be a little difficult to see there are actually some openings inside the chin bar here where that air is going to flow right through the chin bar and directly onto your face. So you should have plenty of air though the chin bar of this helmet . Very nice touch from Arai that you don't see a chin bar vent that will be that effective on most helmets . Moving up from there you have the brow vents now if your not familiar with Arai they use these on a few of their helmet models especially the Corsair V its well known for it and thats their top of the line race helmet, and its the vents that are built into the shield here. And you can see you can open and close them they actually do have two positions and they direct air not just to the forehead but actually to the temples and if you look here there's actually two intake ports that seal up next to the face shield and when you open it it actually directs air around to the temples and around your ears which is an area which most helmets miss when your looking at ventilation most helmets don't have any type of vents over the ears or the sides of the head here. So what Arai is doing is they are putting air in that area and it actually goes over your temporal artery which is one of the main artery's for your brain. Its really shown to keep you cooler, very effective vents . The other design influence that Arai has, on these vents is they don't want to compromise the shell in this area . Since you already have a large opening here in the helmet the most vulnerable part of the shell a very large opening to the eye port they feel that drilling any holes close to the edge here is going to really compromise on how well this helmet can protect you in a severe impact , that's the reason they build them onto the face shield , yes that does make their shields a little bit more pricey but the trade off is a helmet that is going to protect you a lot better. Moving up from there you have two intake vents on the top of this helmet that I'm already a huge fan of , they have a very unique closing system almost like a garage door,you slide it back it does have two positions and it is going to function like a ram air scoop. So as your riding air is going to be forced down inside the helmet just with the natural airflow as you ride but the other thing that is really nice about it is it seals up really well so Arai has already claimed this its going to seal up really well to prevent wind and water from entering the helmet . If its colder out acclimate weather conditions you can close these and that's also going to prevent wind noise too. Any time you have a real clean surface for the air to flow over like this its going to help keep the helmet quite its just a large chunky scoop that's just always up there in the air so definitely a nice design job by Arai there. You also have exhaust ports on this helmet, two on the sides here that are static ports these are always open , as you ride there an area of low pressure is formed that really helps to draw warm air out the back these also work very well in conjunction with the face shield vents , that vented air that coming through the face shield around your ears has somewhere to go right off the bat .Its a really effective way of keeping you cool . Then again under this rear wing which is designed for two purposes, its going to help the helmet stable at speed reduce lift it also really helps with the ventilation system to draw warm air out. You have two positions on this one here just slide it back to half way open slide fully back to have those fully open. So there's 3 vent holes across the top of the helmet here that you might not be able to see its kind of a translucent smoke on that rear spoiler . Now speaking of air flow there is a chin spoiler here that is designed to help reduce lift and buffeting at speed you can see it kind of protrudes forward a little bit and thats going to help keep the helmet stable it also directs air around the sides of the helmet here . Taking a look at the inside there's a few other things to notice before we get to the insides i will mention the fit . This is going to fit with Arai's Intermediate oval internal shape so that's going to be very similar to the Coarse Air V , I've worn lots of different Arai helmets this is the size Medium which is the size i pretty much always take in most helmet manufactures this helmet is extremely plush very comfortable inside but its my size it fits me very well so intermediate oval shape and one thing that they've done is they have increased the opening size at the base of the helmet so if you ever have a hard time getting your helmet on and off or get a lot of pressure on the ears this is going to help you pull it on and off really comfortably .There's another element to the design and that really factors in when your looking for comfort getting the helmet on and off , these cheek pads have emergency quick release on them. There's a little tab here that informs emergency personnel that they can pull these out , just give this orange tab a pull here you can see the cheek pads slide right out and what that does if you pull this out is it is going to enlarge the opening a bit further so now you can see how much larger the opening is on the inside. If you do go down maybe your incautious or they suspect a neck injury they can pull your cheek pads out which allows them to slide the helmet off your head with a lot less force committed to your neck or head. Going back to the fit and getting the helmet on and off though they have what they call their FCS which is facial contour system this is the way that the cheek pad actually conforms to your face to keep you comfortable you can see its got a real nice curve to it . There's actually a patented spring inside here and these are actually removable covers on the cheek pads I'm going to go ahead and pull this off so you can see how this works definitely a pretty neat design so its obviously fit on there pretty well but you can kind of slide it off get a look at it. Ill bring it back to there so you can see it , this is a patented spring that Arai has developed to keep the cheek pads right up near the cheeks that black portion there. And you can see if i push on it it actually springs back so what that does for you is pulling the helmet on or taking it off it pushes the cheek pad completely out of the way so its not pulling on your ears or anything and then once you've got the helmet on it pushes up against your skin cradles your face really comfortably and that does a couple of things. Obviously its comfortable easier to get your head in and out of the helmet but it also gives you a better seal so wind noise and unwanted air water coming from up inside the helmet underneath will be much significantly reduced so that's going to help keep you comfortable and keep the helmet a little bit quieter at speed the other thing that is really neat about this cheek pad is there is this 5 millimeter pad over the top here this grey pad that's actually removable so you can actually pull that off and gain 5 millimeters on each side in the cheek pad so in this helmet if it gets to you and in the cheek pads are just way too tight if its not going to get there with normal break in you can go ahead and remove this pad to customize the fit before needing to change a whole size of the cheek pads so that's really nice. And while were here you can also see the different density's of foam that Arai uses depending on what part of the face the cheek pad is touching they used different densities to give you a really good comfort the fabric they use everything is super soft so its very comfortable I'm a huge fan of the way Arai's Feel when they are on your head and rightly so they are an expensive helmet they should be really comfortable right . Taking a look at the inside here you do have a removable crown liner which we will go ahead and pull out here so you can see the ventilation. So just a few snaps and that's gonna come right out again very soft comfortable material very breathable material lots of openings for ventilation so it can reach your skin you can see the different densities of foam that they use in the liner system there these also have adjustable temples , so again here you have a layer of foam that is designed to be removed if you feel like you need a little bit more room on the side so very customizable when it comes to fit with the Arai Defiant. You've seen these types of design elements with the Signet Q which they've had out for a little while now but it has been very well received . Now taking a look at the inside here you do have plenty of ventilation we've already looked at the vents on the outside so you have a pretty good idea of where they are and a couple of intake vents at the front a few intakes at the back and again its going to flow lots of air through the liner now this is the EPS foam liner that is actually going to absorb impact in the event of a crash. Arai does a really good job at designing that to work with the shell and they use a one piece EPS liner with multiple densities of foam so depending on where the impact happens the optimum density of foam for that impact and for that location on the shell itself depending on how it can absorb and handle that impact. Lots and lots of research goes into these helmets one other detail we didn't mention yet is along with this little chin lip spoiler you also have an extend able chin curtain so if it is cold of you want a little bit more protection from the wind you can extend this out and its going to give you a little bit more flow of air over the bottom of the helmet again really reduces the amount of wind noise your going to get when your riding . Lastly well talk about the face shield this is Arai's SAI Max vision Shield that actually includes a pin lock insert so you might notice there are two small black posts on either side of this shield as well as a little lip that goes all the way around here and that is for the max vision pin lock insert what your going to do is remove the face shield and insert that pin lock lens in between those two posts and it actually sits it has a silicone bead that sits on that lip and it drops in and what that does it seals the inner shield from the outer shield there's a little bead of air in between the two and it insulates really well and is a very good solution for fogging issues if you live somewhere and it gets cold rains a lot where your dealing with fog putting in that pin lock insert will make a huge difference and we have a whole separate review video on the pin lock insert system if you want to check that out. Now to remove the face shield we have to talk about that , we have a whole separate video of that of how to remove your Arai face shield it kind of intimidates a lot of people . Arai is different they have what they call pods on the side they cover the base plate mechanism the reason Arai has done that if you look at the raw shell i have here is they have bolted on all the base plate mechanisms to the external part of the shell and that allows them to maintain the curvature as much as possible with out having to make more of a recesses house all the springs nuts and bolts that most other helmets typically use . This translates to a shell that can absorb impact better over the side of the head and its not going to compromise its not going to have sharp edges inside of the shell there where that base plate mechanism resides. Because of that though you have this pod that has to go over the outside which is helps to make the helmet look better obviously and it also hides all the base plate systems so you cant really see whats going on .So to remove the shield you have to raise the shield to the upper most position you'll notice that they're are little grey tabs that pop out at the bottom there there's one on each side . What your going to do to pull the shield off is lift those up until they click and then you literally grab the shield and then keep rotating it back wards and pull it off and it comes right off, and here you can see the little channels that the base plate actually sits on and then to reinstall it . On the upper parts of this pod here if you just line up this part of the shield you can just slide that right in on both sides i usually find that if the helmet is facing away from you on a table like this just slide those in until it kind of clicks into place and then close the shield and then that's it its back on . Guys that race in these helmets get so good at that that they can actually swap the shields while they are still wearing the helmet which is incredible, very very quick and easy shield changes once you know how to do it . Nothing to scary a few crunching sounds but that's the way its designed to work. While were talking about the shield the last thing ill point out is these little pucks here they are kind of like little sliders that they have to put on these and the reason they have to do that and that goes into how they are attaching the shield itself and that helps keep the shield away from the paint and the finish on the shell of the helmet because they have the shield tolerance so close in fact if you zoom in on this area is here you can see how tight the shield fits down against the shell of the helmet that helps to keep wind noise down it obviously prevents any unwanted whistling and it also give the helmet an aerodynamic efficient look and its just going to help the helmet preform better weather your on the race track or on a long trip . The Arai Defiant is something I've been waiting for from Arai its a new model every time there's a new model from Arai its exciting it does not disappoint its everything you'd expect when Arai puts their name on a helmet you know its going to be good , if there any questions about the Arai Defiant that we didn't answer you could leave us a comment on our YouTube channel or give us a call wed love to answer your questions . If you have any feed back about the helmet or have actually had a chance to ride in one already go ahead and write a review on our website or in the comments here wed love to get your feed back about the helmet to .
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories and welcome to our video review of the all new Arai Vector 2 helmet. This is Arai's entry level helmet and when I say entry level its still going to be a premium helmet. Its going to have the same complex laminate construction, so the shell is still going to be that hand laid fiberglass which is extremely and incredibly stiff. One thing that you see on all Arai helmets is this hyper ridge that is molded into the shell itself. This allows them to make the opening of the helmet a little larger so you can get the helmet on and off easier and still have a helmet that fits snug. Another thing that it does is it adds additional stiffness along the base of the helmet. This is a weak spot on the helmets because its open. If you have an impact here that hyper ridge is really going to reinforce the helmet. It also serves as a shock wave buffer so if you hit up here that energy wave is going to be reflective back up and not continue down towards your body. Looking at the aerodynamics of the Vector, there are some differences between the Vector 1 the older version to the Vector 2. First thing they changed was the chin vent. It doesnt really look a whole lot different from the outside but the Vector 2 has more channeling for that air to get inside the helmet to your face and the face shield. They have redesigned the air wing on the back so if you look at the original Vector and the Vector 2, the Vector 2 actually has scoops at the back of the wing that are going to pull more air over the back of the helmet and these vents draw all the warm air out of the helmet which is the most effective ways to cool off the inside of the helmet. There are also some small static vents at the back towards the base of the helmet. Another thing that they have changed on the Vector 2 is the new face shield is going to be wider. It is a wider eye port so you have better vision. Out of the helmet itself it still has those brow vents that are built in, so talk about the ventilation you have a chin bar vent which has two positions, then you have brow vents. Instead of having vents up on the brow of the helmet itself they put them in the face shield and the reason they did that was because they don't want to compromise the integrity of the shell. You can see that the brow vents are directed through these air channels. Those direct the air down around to your fore head so you get some nice air flow there. This top vent is closeable with a simple slider switch and it operates easy with gloves. The same thing goes for the back you can open and close these rear vents and its actually two positions with that slider switch. Moving on to the inside of the helmet. Arai has actually changed a lot about the inside of this helmet as well. The original Vector just had removable cheek pads. The Vector 2 has a fully removable interior. You will see the neck roll is nice and flush, that helps keep the wind noise down. We will go ahead and remove the cheek pads here. Another thing Arai does with their helmets is they give you an option to take some foam off of the cheek pads, so rather than having to buy a thinner cheek pad you can actually tear away this top layer of foam, its called their micro fitting cheek pads. Pull that off and that's going to give you an extra 5 mm of room up in the cheek pad area. Another thing they may notice is they use multiple densities of foam. You have different types of foam and they are contoured to fit your face. They are also springed as you can see when I push it forward, that helps when you are taking the helmet off. Arai does not use snaps on their cheek pads they are basically little tabs one on each side of the cheek pad. To remove the crown liner it is just basically four snaps, two in the front and two in the back. You can take the whole liner out, you can wash it and replace it. Another part of Arai's micro fit system is the tear away temple pads. This allow you to get a little extra room in that area, so if you feel like there is too much pressure on the sides of your head you can actually tear these off of the interior of the liner. On the inside of the helmet you have Arai's single piece EPS liner, which is basically multiple densities of foam but they mold it into one liner piece so you don't have different pieces of foam inside the helmet. Check out this helmet it is definitely a great option if you don't want to spend the money on higher end race helmets from Arai. You can subscribe to our youtube channel by clicking on the link in the upper right hand corner to watch all of our latest product and video reviews. Also check out our facebook page, and you can take a look at the Vector 2 on our website at Competition Accessories. We will see you next time.
Hey guys this is Reuben with Competition Accessories and welcome to our review of the Arai RX-Q. Now if you have been around on our website for a while you may have seen the older Arai RX-Q video we had and it was out of date and I wanted to do a better one, the older one was from before my time so lets get into the details of the Arai RX-Q. Arai calls it the ultimate street helmet, they have taken a lot of inspiration from the RX-7 line or the Corsair V which is their high end race helmets. It is a replacement for the Quantum 2 which was a very popular helmet choice. It is an all new model, if you are in Europe you probably know this one as the Quantum ST. Some specific changes from the Quantum 2 in mainly the head shape. Unfortunately a lot of riders are not happy with that, if you have a very round head shape in other words you have a lot of width to your head and just a very round shape, that's what the Quantum 2 was designed to fit. The RX-Q is an intermediate oval, so if that's your case and you want an Arai helmet the RX-Q is going to be your best bet in that line up. The intermediate oval is what Arai finds to be what most people are most comfortable wearing. You are going to spend anywhere from 500 to 700 dollars on the RX-Q depending on the graphic or the solid that you go with. First of all lets talk about the weight I have a scale we can throw it on and you can see it is fairly average for a motorcycle helmet, it is 3.5 lbs. This helmet is not super heavy but also not super light either. However when you have this on your head, it is designed for comfort, long distance riding, and high performance riding as well. The reason it doesn't feel super heavy when its on your head is it actually has a very low center of gravity and that's thanks to this hyper ridge that is built in along the base of the shell. Arai also does something that is unique that a lot of other helmet manufacturers don't do is they maintain the same shell thickness all the way down to the bottom of the shell. That provides again a low center of gravity but also some additional support and structure in the base of the shell. That hyper ridge also provides an additional level of rigidly along the base of the shell, so if you take a hit along this area on the shell, the shell is designed to spread impact so its going to spread that impact as far as it can so you don't want it to continue down passed the shell. Sometimes you can see a less expensive helmet in a bad crash will leave a crack down in this area here because there is no more support for the shell to continue to spread that impact. This hyper ridge will help transfer that impact back up the helmet so its not transferred to your body. I have a raw shell here that is a unique thing to take a look at and it is an RX-Q shell and it is actually hand laid fiberglass. All Arai helmets are hand made and they have true artisans and craftsman that build these shells to exact specifications. These helmets go through three separate quality control checks throughout there manufacturer and they do some really neat things. Not only that hyper ridge along the base of the shell but also peripheral belting. Anytime you have any kind of hole in the shell for ventilation or for the face shield it is a weak point so they provide additional belting along those areas to provide additional rigidity to the shell so they can manage that impact as best as possible. Another thing you can see is they take the same shape as an egg and that's something Arai has done for years, the rounder the helmet the more strong it is going to be and also your not providing for any means of catching on the pavement or the ground in a form of a crash. The purpose for that is so it will slide right along the ground and wont catch and cause even more injury because of it catching. Even the vents on the top of the helmet and the spoiler on the back are designed to break away in an accident. They are attached with basically and industrial double sided tape so it is stuck on very well for regular use but in accident it will break off. Taking a look at the inside you can see the reinforcement here, they do put on a spoiler and drill holes for the vents. Again just a very very strong shell construction. Last thing I want to talk about on this raw shell is you can see where most helmets have a significant recess where they would install the base plate mechanism for the shield, you may notice all Arai's use this pod system which is essentially a cover over the base plate and that's because the base plate does not sit or does not have a home in the shell. It has a very shallow recess where that goes where as most helmets use all sorts of springs and other things to clip a shield in which requires a little bit more of a detente in the shell itself. Arai's method is to try and keep that round organic shell shape consistent so you don't compromise on the shell strength and protection. The EPS liner is no different it is a one piece EPS liner and the one I have here has several different colors that's not what you would see traditionally from the factory, they usually cover them in a black coating. This one details the different types of foam that are used and you can see its the one piece liner so a lot of times you will see other manufactures claim they have a two piece EPS liner or a multi-density EPS liner where what they have found over the years in all helmets different impacts require different types of foam. When we see a serious impact you want that foam to be able to absorb the impact along with the duration of that impact which is going to require a firmer foam or multiple impacts that Snell 2010 requirement is for it to absorb the same impact multiple times. The liner takes different densities of foam especially along the face shield area and chin bar. The biggest thing with Arai is it is a multiple density one piece liner. They do not use any glue on softer foam they make it so everything works as one and uniformly. Lets talk about the ventilation it is fairly straight forward it does have some really nice features to it. You do have a chin bar vent that directs air up onto the face shield to prevent fogging. There are pinlock shields available for this no anti fogging coating on the inside of this helmet so it will fog up on you if you don't do something about it you can get the pinlock insert and that is just the way Arai has chosen to go with there anti-fog, the advantage there is no anti-fog coating to wear off over time. Arai face shields do run a little bit more money as well. A lot of that is thanks to the face shield vents. The reason they put these vents on the face shield so it does not compromise the safety of the helmet. They know that the shell is already weak due to the eye port so they did not want to take any more away from that shell construction. The vents on the face shield channel the air through air passages that go throughout the helmet. This also vents to your temple area where a lot of helmets fail to direct air. You do have two chimney style vents on the top, it does have ram air type scoops that will push air down into the helmet. If you look at the back of the helmet there are some exhaust vents. This is the most effective way to keep a helmet cool because it draws the warm air right out the back of the helmet by creating an area of low pressure and it acts like a vacuum. You also have some static ports on the back here and it functions by also drawing the warm air right out the helmet. Finally out the base of the neck roll your also getting some exhaust vents, so that air that is pushed in will be able to flow through the entire helmet all the way out the back to keep you comfortable. Lets talk about removing the face shield because there is not a base plate system to use to remove the shield. What you do is you open this all the way and a little gray lever will pop right out. There is one on each side on the shield, all you do is simple pull up on those levers until they click and then once you have done that you can take the face shield and continue rotating it up and it will come right out. Very easy to remove and replace it just takes some practice to get used to it. Finally to replace it you will see there is a notch and you want to point that top corner to the top corner on the pod here. You simply push the shield back in until it does go any further and then close it and that's it so its back in and ready to go. There is no ratcheting system on an Arai face shield its just a smooth friction. Lets take a look at the inside at the features of the Arai RX-Q. First and for most it is a fully removable interior so you can pull this out you can wash it, or replace it if you need too. Another thing you will notice is they have brought over their emergency cheek pad release system from their race helmets, so it provides EMT's a way to remove the helmet without causing further neck injuries. You can see you just pull on that tab and the cheek pad is going to come right out of the helmet. You will see the orange tab has a note to notify emergency staff how to operate it. They can pull those right out while you are still wearing the helmet. What that does is it provides a much larger area for them to remove the helmet without them to cause further neck injury, you can see the neck roll comes right off as well. Now you see how much larger that opening will be so they can slide the helmet right off of your head. One thing that is unique about Arai helmets as well is when you pull the cheek pads out that is actually the raw shell, they actually put the EPS foam liner on the cheek pads itself. This is going to do a really good job at absorbing impact and you can see it is labeled 30mm which is the size of the cheek pads. Of course you can go up or down with the size depending on how they fit for you. What Arai has that is very unique is two things a facial contour system and a customizable cheek pad. There is a thin piece of foam here that can be removed or taken off. This helps for better fitment with the helmet if it is causing you be uncomfortable and it causes any pressure points. This is one way of customizing the fit of the helmet without having to go out and by brand new cheek pads. You will also notice they use different densities of foam throughout the construction of the cheek pad and they use their facial contour system. What this actually does is craddle you face and makes for better fitment of the helmet. You can remove the liners of the chin strap as well they just have a little yellow snap at the top, this is another area if your sweating a lot you want to be able to clean these up. The crown liner itself is attached with a couple of snaps and Arai uses a very low profile snap design. You will see some manufacturers have more larger snaps and that can get uncomfortable at times. The snaps from Arai actually stick to the snaps in the EPS liner and they run flush to the shell. You are getting very high levels of construction here with lots of different types of material to absorb moisture and wick it away from your head and also provide for lots of ventilation. They do this so when air does come inside the helmet it has a lot of space to transfer to your head and keep you comfortable. Last but not least you can see the interior here as I mentioned it is painted black for the factory model so it does look nice and finished. One thing you might be able to see here is you can see the exhaust port for that intake vent for vent on the face shield. This will direct air through a tunnel and down around to the side of your temple. You see the cheek pad is attached with a nice secure attachment point and it goes right into the shell itself. Last but not least you do have a small chin spoiler built in which you may think is kind of on the smaller side but what is really neat is you can extend it. Little attention to detail like this is what sets Arai different from other manufacturers and im not saying that there arent other good helmet manufacturers, definitely shop around and watch other product videos but the attention to detail that Arai puts into safety its very apparent in their construction. They are going for safety above all else. They don't look for any modern wild designs they look for safety first. You get a lot of bang for the buck even though it is a lot of bucks, Arai helmets will last you a long time. If you have any questions about them we have a lot of experienced people on the phone here at Competition Accessories and you can give us a call or shoot us an email, leave us a comment on our youtube channel and we will get back to you. Don't forget to like our facebook page and also if you subscribe to our youtube channel you with stay up to date with all of our product and video reviews. Last but not least even though this is expensive you can also earn up to 5% comp a cash back on future purchases. Thanks for watching this review of the Arai RX-Q and we will see you next time.
Information and Details about the Arai PRO Shade System
made by Arai

With the new PRO Shade System, Arai now introduces a (patented) revolutionary solution to a well-known problem: sun glare!

It is nowadays quite common to use a retractable sun-visor that is situated between the helmet’s outer- and inner shell to protect against sun glare. However, it’s Arai’s opinion that this construction could affect the performance of a helmet during impact.

As the PRO Shade System is completely mounted on the outside of the helmet, it will not in any way negatively affect the performance of the helmet. It confirms to Arai’s R75 Shape concept.

The PRO Shade System is a small peak that is locked in position. Unlocking is easy; just pull the shade peak forward. Than it can be flipped down with a flick of the hand, to perform as an effective sun-visor.

The PRO Shade System is the complete all-weather system for serious touring riders, offering protection against: sun glare, fogging and misting. Especially for riders that prefer an upright seating position and/or the comfort of a fairing, the PRO Shade System will enhance the rider’s comfort significantly.

Unique features:
  • Complete system, mounted on clear MAX Vision visor
  • Enhanced aerodynamics
  • Increased helmet stability
  • Removable peak for easy cleaning
  • No contact with visor: no scratching
  • Fits all Arai “SAI” full-face helmets

  • Arai PRO Shade System Product Reviews
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    great arai sunvisor system - Mark B   Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Easy to install, works great, no more changing visors for me
    Cons: [None]

    I pre-ordered this and waited for a while for Arai to finally release it. Wow.. so worth the wait. I think the sunvisor was the only thing missing for Arai. They already had the best helmets, now they have this sunvisor. I installed it about 3 weeks ago and use it daily. I just ordered a 2nd one along with an new Arai for my wife from compacc. I got a nice discount too, because of the CA cash I had earned on my shield and sliders kevlar jeans order..Great company.. Great product.. Thanks to Davie in customer service for putting up with all my questions and emails

    Arab PRO Shade System fits need - Milkbone   IA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Good fit. Covers field of vision well.
    Cons: At the time I order it had very limited availability.

    Covers field of vision well but gets out of the way when not needed. Competition accessories was very good at keeping me informed during the backorder process. Worth the wait.

    PRO Shade Reviw - SlowRider   TX Recommended by Reviewer: No
    Pros: Easy to install and use. Visually consistent with helmet aesthetics.
    Cons: Shade not as dark as it could should be.

    Had high hopes for this solution to glare and direct sun in the eyes. The PRO Shade didn't really help either problem. The shade portion is handy and provides some relief from the direct sun like a cheap pair of sunglasses would do. Unfortunately it could do more in this regard. Also, should the shade be in the up position and the wind catch it, stand your helmet and head will snap back with a fair amount of force.Have been accustomed to a high-quality and well thought out products from Arai. This one may not have been as thought out as it could be. Seems like improvements will help it. Perhaps the next version will be perfect

    Not a bad solution, Probably the best Arai will offer. - Jim J   GA Recommended by Reviewer: Yes
    Pros: Provides a quick sunshade option, no need to carry multiple visors.
    Cons: Now you have 4 surfaces to clean or potentially scratch.

    I love Arai and have for years. But I have been caught after dark with my tinted visor and also needed a sunshade on my clear visor. Arai needed a solution, this is what they came up with. I used it on a 600 mile trip last week and it worked perfectly on my Signet Q. In and out of tunnels, did a great job. In the raised position gave a nice shade and lowered was just like a dark visor. No problem with distortion, noise, wind drag. The main issue I see is that now you have an inner and outer dark section that accumulates bugs and dirt and of course the clear section to clean. Any one of those surfaces could get dinged and the total package is not cheap. You can't just add the sunshade to a normal visor.Arai claims this is a better solution because they do not have to change the design of helmet for an internal drop down visor and, in their opinion, affect safety. I'm not an expert so I won't dispute the claim but bottom line, this is the Arai solution. It was worth the price to me.You really want to know what works The Transitions visor that Bell and Akuma use. THAT is the perfect solution and could be adapted by every helmet manufacturer. I don't know why Arai and Shoei and others resist that elegant and effective solution.

    Part Number Status for Arai PRO Shade System
    Options SKU Our Price Availability
    PRO Shade Smoke 81-0479 $77.81 Currently Not Available for Order
    PRO Shade Silver Mirror 81-4086 $77.81 Currently Not Available for Order
    PRO Shade Blue Mirror 81-4087 $77.81 Currently Not Available for Order
    PRO Shade Smoke Long 81-4089 $34.45 Currently Not Available for Order
    PRO Frame without Shield 81-4096 $57.95 Currently Not Available for Order

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