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Once you go Arai, you'll never go back.
on April 26, 2013
This is my second Arai helmet and first of the XD series. Before this, I owned a Quantum 2 which served me faithfully for 6 trouble free years. After checking up on the lifespan of helmets I decided it was time for a replacement and cashed in my credit card points.
There is no doubt that this is an expensive helmet. It costs twice that of most of its competition. In my humble opinion (developed over about 7 years and 40k miles of mixed surface riding) it is worth every penny. Read below if you need the specifics. Or just buy one and see for yourself.
The pluses -
* Looks - just look at that bad boy. Its like I stole it from Master Chief when he wasn't looking.
* Ventilation - the race/street helmet features have made their way into the dual sport arena. Toggles and switches are easy to find and operate. Their direction is intuitive. When you open them you feel a solid stream of cool air. There is no doubt that they do the job and do it well.
* Protection - its an Arai, snell 2010 and ECE - what more could you ask for
* Versatility of shield, peak, goggles combination.
* build quality - the shield snaps shut with a solid thunk, the peak is well affixed. The padding on the inside is better than my Quantum 2 - its clear to me that they've upgraded the touchy-feeley surfaces and the padding underneath. Bravo.
The minuses -
* weight - its on the heavy side
* cost - its ~$600, but cmon - you spend a bundle on your bike, keeping your head in one piece to enjoy it should not be an afterthought
* no pinlock on the stock shield.
* shield changes require tools ie you can forget about morning or mid ride shield swaps if the conditions change.
All in all - I am extremely satisfied with it. I've ridden in cold weather with it, I've ridden in 30+ mph crosswinds, and I've ridden on a few warm days. I felt the pull in the crosswinds, but it was not unbearable.