Arai Corsair V IOM TT 2013 LE Helmet
What I don't like
There's 80+ positive reviews so cutting out all the praises here is what I don't like after 3 months use.
- Definitely for oval shaped heads. Of course I'm not, so my chin touches the chin bar at higher speeds when force of wind presses against frontal area of helmet.
- chin curtain is built in and slides in and out of chin bar. Does not cover well to block out cold and is difficult to use with gloves on. It also must be retracted before putting helmet on.
- Visor system is horrible for a $800 lid. This is a common compliant for a reason with users. I feel it's always going to break from using too much force and it's simply to cumbersome to have to pull and pry visors off and on. I know it's causing wear and tear on the visors and the helmets visor retaining mechanism. Makes me want to not change visors at all.
- it's LOUD...really loud. Also when not in a tuck position, I sometimes hear the "beer bottle" effect or whistling from top vents. Stops when you tuck. Definitely a race/track lid
With all these problems it still looks incredibly cool. Color me squid, I'm keeping it.
January 27, 2015
Incredible Helmet. If it fits your head shape, it is the ultimate
There is no better helmet, except maybe the 3500$ carbon fiber version--but that is 3500 bucks.
January 26, 2015
Another fine product from Arai
Not much to say,this helmet was purchased to replace one of four Arai helmets already in the family . In my humble opinion Arai are the best out there for the price.
January 5, 2015
Amazing helmet for superbikes
Since I bought this helmet I am sorprised because it reached all my spectations. I really do not have words to describe this amazing helmet. It is very light to use, its wind entrances refresh your head when the climate is hot.
October 14, 2014
Fogging is a bummer
Best helmet I ever bought, worst shield fogging wise. I love this helmet. The colors pop and Nicky Hayden is the MAN!!! Yeah 69! However the shield fogs like a nightmare. I bought a Gold Mirror for 80 bucks and it still fogs. Contacted Arai and they told me some high tech feature which basically meant cracking the shield open. They also recommended a pinlock but for another 65 dollars they can keep it. Other than the bummer shield its worth every penny.
July 31, 2014
Finally Got one. Corsair V
After owning and trying other helmet brands, I finally scored an Arai. First of all, these are hand made, and everything Anthony says about this product is true. There is a reason why they dont have any dramatic changes. It is because it works and there is an Arai difference. The Corsair V is good because it has a good shape and it also offers optional liners to really tweak the fit. What I like about it: Good comfort like my AGV Gp Tech. Feels small and light like my HJC RPHA 10. And great vision like my Shoei X-11. I have a 57cm head, and that just perfectly, even after the break in process. Don't be intemidated by the shield system. I like it and is very easy. Lastly, Arai and Revzilla have awesome customer service. Easily call or email them, you will get a person on the other side. Not a robot.
July 24, 2014
An all around excellent helmet!
I've been known to put a couple helmets to the test. My first helmet was a Arai RX-7 Corsair that saved my life after going down at around 100mph. I absolutely love the Corsair and the new Corsair V is everything the predecessor was and then some. With noticeably higher visibility and improved aerodynamics its worth every dollar.
June 23, 2014
Solid track and street helmet
I recently crashed and damaged my Arai Corsair V--John Hopkins Monster Replica helmet and needed a replacement.
I loved this Arai so much that I had to replace it with another great looking helmet. The fit is very comfortable and Arai offers multiple cheek pads to allow for fit adjustments based on facial shape. The helmet vents air superbly with all vents open. Originally, I thought the adjustable wing on the back of the helmet was a gimmick. After a long ride on the coast with a stiff breeze and another following trucks on I-5, I can tell you that when you adjust the wing to its sweet spot it makes a difference, reducing the buffeting forces on the helmet.
Warning: In the winter the cold really seeps in, even with all the vents closed. Consider another helmet model if routinely riding in temps below 50-F/10-C.
June 5, 2014