Arai Corsair V Russell Frost Helmet
Russell Frost Graphic
I originally bought the Arai Corsair V Russell Frost Graphic to use as a track helmet. Since I live 3+ hours from the closest track, and I do not go to track days as often as I thought I would, I ended up wearing this helmet for streets as well to get more use out of it.
I'm not going to talk about the fit because everyone's head is different and you really should try the helmet of your liking and feel for yourself, rather than read how the helmet fits other reviewers' head shapes.
But to give you a slightly better insight, I have a weirdly shaped head. If you were to look down to my head from top, it would look like an acorn. Intermediate oval (whatever that means) with wider rear. I have tried on numerous types of helmets to get the right, comfortable fit (Schuberth, HJC, Arai, Shoei, Bell, AGV, Shark). The most comfortable helmet for me was Shark from 15 years ago (I forgot the model#), and I should probably buy another Shark but no offline stores in NYC has Shark helmets to try on. But I digress.
Arai Corsair V fits my head. I've gone on a few 2-3 hr rides and (some longer) without any comfort issue. Bit loud as any race helmet would be, but nothing ear plugs can't amend. Superb air flow.
Kids love this graphic. I get tons of compliments, two thumbs up as well as waving from children who normally would be timid to make an eye contact with a man in black leather. Ladies love the graphic too. But most importantly, I'm absolutely in love with this graphic. Thanks for reading.
July 11, 2015
Great Helmet overall. The fit and finish are second to none however, this helmet by far fogs the quickest and easiest. It's annoying. So much so I called Arai personally with a complaint. There response? " Thishelmet doesn't fog, you are not using the features properly". I was not happy with that response. 2 different shields with the same exact outcome. It's terrible. A 800+ dollar helmet should not have this issue. Riding in the rain, cold and pretty much any weather below 60 is asking for a fogged shield. Other than that it's all good.
June 1, 2015
Quality Product with Great Features
I am generally a 7 1/2 in fitted ball caps. I ordered a size Large. I am extremely happy with the fitment and quality of this helmet. I bought it in Frost Black. For riding at night I use the Clear SAI shield that comes with the helmet. I bought the Purple Mirror Arai SAI Face Shield and would not want to use anything but a tinted shield for day time riding in Sunny conditions. I plan to purchase more tinted shields. Swapping the shield is somewhat tricky at first, but not unbearable after you've got the hang of it.
May 30, 2015
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