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on November 14, 2012
I've been riding for about 8 months with an HJC IS-MAX BT X-Large and decided that even though I liked how it fit my head, it was probably still too big for me as at high speeds, I noticed the helmet top sinking to cover my eyes. Not good. So for my next helmet purchase, I decided to just go for the best big brands. I was deciding between an entry level Shoei or Arai helm and the internet pointed me to Arai. The helmet was prime eligible and got it in two days.
The cheek pads were very snug on my cheeks but this is normal from what I hear. A cool thing about this helmet are the custom fit cheekpads, you can remove an extra 5mm of padding in the cheeks and temples. I haven't done it yet as I feel the padding will eventually break in to a better fit but I will shorten it if that doesn't occur.
I noticed at high speeds, turning my head to change lanes no longer pushes my head back. Awesome.
Wind noise: I wear ear plugs often so I can't really offer a good analysis but the few times I've worn it without plugs, it was noticeably quieter than my HJC. Still not enough for me to stop wearing ear plugs though!
The only thing I would change is the length of the helmet strap. It's really short and I'm quite positive I wouldn't be able to pin it with my gloves on.
Other than that, the helmet is solid and sexy cool.