Norman (houston )
When I bought an Arai helmet I thought I was buying the top of the food chain helmet. Not so. Let me start with the complaints. The face shield has nothing at all on it for fog! I have been ride with a Uvex for the last three years and it still does not fog up excpt for around the nose area. The first rain I ran through with this XD4 and the face shield fog up so bad I could not see anything. Open it a bit and still did not help. After the rain when I stopped for fuel I put my hand inside the helmet and was cleaning the outside of the face shield and it still fogged up! New out of the box after opening the face shield three or four times and it is scratched on the side. Really, Arai, you cannot do better than this? The XD4 is one of the noisiest helmets I have ever worn. Again, I compare it to my Uvex. I had better find something good to say about this very expensive helmet. It fits great. Riding all day and I did not have those painful little hot spots that some helmets give you. Also, with the peek you would expect some wind to pick it up push you around. With the XD4 I had very little trouble with this. I have some blown disks in my neck and fighting the wind and helmet all day can be a pain in the neck, I had very little trouble with this helmet. It does vent air much better than my Uvex. And it is lighter than my Uvex. Overall it is a good helmet. I am very shocked that Arai has not done something to keep their face shield from fogging up.
Wolfgang (New Dundee )
Positives: Great Helmet, working Glare Shield (black coated/covered), very good Fit, Very Good Venting, great Vision (Peripheral view), beautiful flawless Finish. Negatives: The Strap is a little short, have to release it to the maximum, in order to remove helmet. The Strap covers are too short. Straps bite a little under chin. Would purchase it again. This helmet would be awesome with the Euro-style ratchet closure.
Dennis (Chesterfield )
Works just as advertised. So while I am a bit disappointed with Arai since this is the second time I had to order replacement ducts, if you need to do the same, these work perfectly. Now Arai needs to figure out why they keep coming off for their next helmet update (still like the Arai and certainly would include them on my list when it's time to update).
Lance (Denver )
I've been riding sport bikes for over 40 years (yikes!). I've tried them all; Shoei, Bell (early years, yuk!), Nolan, HJC, AGV, etc. Arai simply makes the most comfortable, well-made helmet out there. The fit, finish, and functionality are exemplary. Someone mentioned they were surprised at the price (even though they still liked the helmet). I look at it this way, there is no price I can put on a traumatic brain injury. If you're lucky you'll get most of your cognitive functioning back (that's if you're wearing a helmet at all). Most of the time you won't ever have a complete recovery (I know, because I work with brain injured patients all the time, including those riding 'donor cycles'; i.e., no helmet). If you don't think your brain is worth $500+, then stay off your motorcycle and drive your age.
Ted (Milton )
I the have a "long-oval" head and the Arai Profile/Signet Q series helmets are the only ones I have found to consistently fit my head. Any other brand I try I have to go to at least 2XL for the front-back fit, and then they are too big on sides and I look like a "Bubblehead" doll. I just checked recently and my current helmets were 5 and 11 years old respectively, with numerous dings, so I started looking at closeouts and deals. I really likes the graphics on this limited-edition model. I got an XL, and had to take the first thin layer off the cheek pads for a perfect fit. Came with a pinlock visor, which is nice. Typical great Arai finish. I'm good for another 5 years....
FD (Philadelphia )
The pads turned a helmet I inherited into one that fits the way it should.