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Arai CT-Z Helmet

Arai's new top of the line CT-Z helmet features the convenience of an open face helmet, and the safety of a Snell-rating.

Features: 

  • Removable and replaceable interior liners
  • New cheekpad design is now more low-profile
  • Upper vent system borrowed from the Arai Corsair V helmet
  • Removable visor helps reduce sun glare and is designed to provide minimal lift at highway speeds
  • Thinner faceshield pods increase aerodynamics 
  • Brow vents channel air direct to the temples
  • Snell 2010 certified

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Arai CT-Z Helmet 4.6 5 30 30
Arai quality, fit and finish This was my second Arai, and like the first the fit finish and quality is extremely high. Like the price, but hey after 40 years of riding I am worth it. The videos from Revzilla are very helpful. March 31, 2014
Fantastic Helmet I bought this helmet for a trip to Alaska. Not being accustomed to anything more than a half helmet, I was worried. I had bought a Shoei full face locally but it was definitely not for me as just riding from the store gave me such a headache that I spent the rest of the day in pain. Not so with this helmet. Upon putting it on for the first time, I found it to be too snug in the face. However, after removing the 5mm cheek foam inserts, it fit just fine. I spent the next 3 days on the bike riding hundreds of miles each day and I must say, this is the first helmet that I actually enjoyed wearing whereas before it would be difficult to get me to put a helmet on at all. I enjoyed the fit, is very comfortable and the visor keeps the sun out of my eyes reducing fatigue with little to no buffeting. The venting is excellent. But the thing that I like the most is that I still feel connected to my surroundings due to the excellent field of vision. Worth every penny and I highly recommend. March 6, 2014
Helmet is comfortable and stable Comfortable and stable. It is quiet for an open face helmet. It is too large to fit in my FJR saddle bags. Very good quality. I am very happy with my purchase. February 10, 2014
What you'd expect from Arai Okay, finally sat down to do some reviews (busy riding with the mild [say drought] weather here in California). Five months from purchase, and the CT-Z is what you would expect from Arai. No radical change from its other open face helmets (which I have owned several), just improvement (better protection and lighter weight). Build quality is excellent as expected, and it has surprisingly excellent ventilation (air flow is best Arai so far for the summer). It is relatively quiet (it is open face) and provides, what I like most, ultimate visibility. Super comfortable and nicely padded. Barely fogs/condenses in cold weather; I ride up to, let's just say, maximum legal speed, with the face shield up and no problems with buffeting or helmet pull on my Concours. Downside is price (thus the "good" bang-for-the-buck) and it really needs an internal sun visor of some kind; the peak really doesn't do much. A good set of photo-chromatic motorcycle sunglasses and you're good to go. Excellent helmet for touring and dual-sport. January 18, 2014
Absolutely Love this helmet! Love every feature about this helmet. Worth it! Recommend buying it. November 6, 2013
Happy with my purchase I pained over buying this helmet. After all it's pretty much the most expensive open-face helmet out there. After 3 weeks of riding with the helmet I'm quite pleased with my purchase. I ride a Harley, so I sit upright. I do not have a wind-shield on my bike and I generally commute to work daily roughly 25 miles each way with most of the ride on freeways. Pros 1. The vents give quite a bit of airflow. I'm actually going to have to close them in the winter. I can feel the air on top of my head from the reversed vent. 2. The spoiler on the top works a little too well. At freeway speeds it pushes the helmet down on my head. The plus is it's rock solid on my head. No vibrations at all. 3. It's quite a bit more quite than my previous open-face helmet. At highway speeds my previous helmet was pretty much all wind noise, I can actually hear my bike now. 4. I really liked being able to remove 5mil of padding from the check pads, that helped quite a bit with comfort. 5. The face shield has definite notches and stays open wherever you set it. It's also has a little latch on the side that keeps it closed and ensures the shield is fit snuggly to the helmet. Cons. 1. The chin strap could use another inch on it. 2. Peak is of limited use. Unless the sun is right overhead it doesn't do much. Other Notes 1. It really wraps around your face and almost feels like a full-face helmet. For the first week or so it was very snug. I'm either getting used to it or it's shrinking down a little. 2. There is some airflow from the bottom of the helmet, but it is less than my previous open-face. October 27, 2013
This helmet has great features This helmet is a good fit with a very wide view pattern which I like. I just rode 2400 miles using this helmet and it is very comfortable. The shield stays in place no matter which position it is in. As I was riding a lot in the mountains with little traffic, I had it in the full open position most of the time. Plenty of airflow thru the helmet. The helmet is a little noisy from the air but I wear ear plugs so it does not bother me. The chin strap where the loops are attached is a little short. The visor works really well to keep the sun off of your face and out of your eyes. I would actually prefer it to extend a little further but that could create lift on the helmet. Overall the helmet fits well and is very comfortable. I would definetly purchase again. October 21, 2013
steady and perfect fit love the design of the helmet. fit nicely: good airflow October 14, 2013
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Bradley J L: Owned several Arai helmets inthe past, they fit my head perfectly. This looks like a great summer/ cruising helmet for my HD SG or BMW K 1600gtl Mar 22, 2014
Douglas M: It is very comfortable, light weight, feels like a ball cap on your head, cuts the wind with no wind drag. Jan 25, 2014
Doug C: Ventilation and protection and fit. Nov 20, 2013
Marc S: Need an open face for those really hot days. No S&H, tax and the Revzilla cash back made it a great value! Sep 28, 2013
Agnee B: I chose the Arai CTZ because the XC Ram was no longer available. I ordered it because it is Snell rated (to get my hubby off my back to get a full fac or mod helmet) and because my last helmut was an Arai SZ Ram III which I was very satisfied with. Sep 25, 2013
Stanley K: Best protection in a 3/4 helmet and best value for the money. Aug 24, 2013
Steven L: Upgrade from my current Arai Classic/m. Little sticker shock, but if I ever need it, I want the best head protection possible. (They call a helmet a "brain bucket" for a reason!) Aug 24, 2013
A shopper asked: The video shows him pulling out the insides, but he does not make mention that it will accommodate a microphone or ear speaker. Can you use a Bluetooth system with this helmet? Aug 19, 2013
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Gregg B: Yes, you can. I have the Sena SMH10 (with boom mike) mounted on my CT-Z. The speakers fit in a recessed area in the removable cheek pads. Unfortunately, the shape of the face protection has the bulge where the mount goes so it hangs out more than I would like -- but it works. I have shaped the boom mike so that it is tucked inside the face shield when lowered. Aug 20, 2013
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Stephen B: Don't know. There is a ton of foam in the cheek pads. I assume with some creative cutting you couldakw something work. I actually traded the helmet for a Nolan n43. Easier to don and doff, the retention system is less fiddley, and I don't have to remove my glasses to put on or take off Aug 19, 2013
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Patrick C: I have a scala 4 Bluetooth headset. Its got a boom and internal speakers and it works fine with this helmet. There's plenty of room for the speakers and the boom mic doesn't get in way in the way of the face shield. I like the hell in the lot. Aug 19, 2013
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Patrick C: I have a scala 4 Bluetooth headset. Its got a boom and internal speakers and it works fine with this helmet. There's plenty of room for the speakers and the boom mic doesn't get in way in the way of the face shield. I like the hell in the lot. Aug 19, 2013
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Tim R: Unfortunately, I haven't used a blue tooth set with mine. I use an I-phone with ear buds. I believe J&M motorcycle audio make a system specific to this helmet. I assume other systems would work as well. Aug 25, 2013
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A s: Yes there is room for a blue tooth system, I have the sena installed in my CT-Z. I have been across the country with no issues! This is a great helmet Aug 19, 2013
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Mark K: I installed 2 ear speakers and microphone to connect to my Harley Davidson. Easy to do and seems to work quite well. Ride safe! Aug 19, 2013
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Patrick C: Yea, I use a Scala 4 blue tooth system with boom mike and in helmet speakers AND THEY WORK JUST FINE. Aug 19, 2013
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Patrick C: Yea, I use a Scala 4 blue tooth system with boom mike and in helmet speakers AND THEY WORK JUST FINE. Aug 19, 2013
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Fred T: yes, you are able to installed a bluetooth. I installed the scala bluetooth. it was very to installed Aug 19, 2013
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Charles G: Yes, I installed a Scala Rider very easily.There are little cloth pockets for the speakers Aug 21, 2013
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Bill F asked: From another unanswered question on the Scorpio 900 page, I would like the answer too so here is the question again, I hope if get answered this time:

I've been an Arai wearer for years. I have a long oval, i.e., Signet, Profile shaped head. I tried a Quantum years ago and it "worked", but it didn't fit me like the others. I have raced with them...and still instruct at the track wearing them. However, I am now also enjoying time on a Goldwing and have been looking at the CT-Z. Your vides and information online suggest it's not going to fit me.... I'm continuing my search for an open face that will fit, that has the protection I'm accustomed to (I've thrown away a few Arai's after they've done their job) along with the features a touring helmet should provide (quiet, internal sun visor, etc.) Can you help me cut to the chase? Are there pads that would allow the CT-Z to fit me? Are there no open face that will work? Should I look into a modular? (I've looked hard at the Scorpion EXO-900.... it has the features, yet your site says it'll not fit my head...) HELP?
Mar 4, 2014
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Steven L: I have used different Arai helmets over the years, including full-face and open face/three-quarter, and depending on the motorcycle and riding scenario. For commuting and general three-season riding, I use an open face and reserve the full-face (Quantum 2) for cold or long rides. Prior to purchase of the CT-Z, my three-quarter of choice was the Arai Classic M, with addition of a snap on visor. The CT-Z is a quieter (even with the face shield in raised position), better protection helmet; feels almost like a full-face with the way it cradles your jaw area. And, although a lot quieter than other three-quarter helmets, obviously there is more noise than in a full-face. I did install a tinted brow visor since the peak does not function well in direct-on sunlight, even with a safe degree of head tilt.

Quite a few years ago, I went to several motorcycle gear shops and dealers to try on different helmets before deciding to, at the time, end up purchasing my first Arai. Helmets (both fit and style) are arguably the most individual (and unarguably the most critical) piece of riding gear one owns. Once you find one that truly fits, you are likely hooked on the ?brand? for any purchase in the foreseeable future. Unless I decide to go modular, I will most likely be replacing my aging Quantum 2 sometime this year with a RX-Q.

Bottom line; I have an intermediate oval head shape, and overall the Arai helmets fit me better (firm and snug, in the right spots) than any of the other manufacturers? (Shoei, Nolan, etc.) helmets I have tried. In the CT-Z, cheek pads can be replaced to change fit around the jaw line; however, that does not change the overall head shape. The CT-Z shape, in my opinion, feels a tad (not much) more oval than my Classic M, so if you are a long oval it may not be the way to go. Hope this helps.
Mar 8, 2014
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Jeff B: Cant tell you if it will fit you but you can return it if it doesn't, I had to change the cheek pads to smaller ones to get it right on me. I also ditched the clear screen, much happier with out it but my GTL has a tall wind screen. Lots of touring guys advised me against a 3/4 but I love it! Was the right choice for me. Mar 4, 2014
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Steve H: i find the helmet very comfortable. i have a long head, as opposed to round. as a 3/4 you'll have some sizing leeway that you wouldn't have in a full face, but you just gotta try it on. i would be suprised if arai didn't allow you to swap out cheek pads to tweek the size. hope this is helpful. good luck. Mar 5, 2014
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Jeremy D: Hi Bill

I have the CTZ, must be the best open face on the market. TYou vcan order smaller sized pads that are available on the site and I am sure this will sort out your problem

kind regards

Jeremy
Mar 5, 2014
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T A: I also wear a Signet Q. In a full face. I bought the CT Z and it fits me fine. I use the CT Z for my sport tour. Good luck. Mar 5, 2014
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Bill F asked: Does the LG CT-Z use the same shell as the XL CT-Z? I measure 60cm which should be a LG but trying on at the International MC Show in Long Beach the LG seemed too tight and not as comfortable. Need advise on which to get.

I would hate to spend the $$, get a LG and find it still putting too much forehead pressure after 3 months. My old ARAI 3/4 was with three snaps on forehead and fit great, wish they still made it!
Feb 27, 2014
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Louis D: To answer as I can , the extra wing length about the cheeks make all the difference in this helmet, getting your noggin past them is the trick and also will keep this cap from being stored in anything but a place for a full face. But more to your point the lower opening will be the trick and you might want an extra large to accommodate you. Mar 1, 2014
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Keith J. S: The only trouble that I have with this helmet is that it is a little tight on my cheeks and sense I ware classes I have to put them on after I put the helmet on, somewhat a pain in the a**. Other that these two items I like the hamlet after it is on. Would have to think hard about buying one again though...... Mar 1, 2014
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Patrick C: I was in the same exact situation. I ordered a large in it was just too tight. I had to return it for an extra large. The extra large seems to fit me just fine for the last year. good luck Feb 28, 2014
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A shopper asked: Hello.

I know that the CT-Z can be worn in 3 configuration just like the XD-4 (peak+shield, peak no shield, shield no peak).
My question is, has anyone tried the third config? Where to get the holders?

Thanks
Feb 11, 2014
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Kaye H: My husband has not tried the third configuration with the Arai CT-Z helmet. However, when I converted my Arai XC Ram to the peak and shield configuration I contacted Arai directly. The representative at Arai was extremely helpful in getting me the parts I needed to convert it and walking me though getting in put together. RevZilla was also very helpful but they had never done a conversion at the point I was doing mine. I contacted Arai Helmet in Fogelsville, PA. I got their phone number off of their website. I hope this helps. Kaye Hau Feb 14, 2014
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Louis D: This was my first thing done. I am not an off roader and live in N.E. so sun and brush protection were not a concern of mine.and I where tinted eye glasses also. Just the highest quality open face was my concern. Mar 1, 2014
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Bradley J L: Ask me again when the snow melts. haven't been out since I received the helmet. Fits well in my living room,though. Feb 12, 2014
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A shopper asked: can the CTZ be used without the face shield? Nov 4, 2013
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Ivan G: You probably could remove the face shield but It does not sound like a good idea. Assuming that you have goggles or some other eye protection, the helmet is pretty big (i.e. lots of padding) so I would not think this would be an ideal helmet to wear without a face shield. Go with a helmet that does not come with a face shield like a Bell Custom. Nov 4, 2013
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Paul A: Can be used with face shield in up position and works ok at up to moderate speeds. Never took the face shield completely off but it does come off. Nov 4, 2013
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Louis D: Yes I think so if care is taken to secure or remove side shield hardware first. Nov 6, 2013
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A shopper asked: Hi, What is the shape for this helmet??? intermedial, round?? I am using the rxq... thankx Sep 17, 2012
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RevZilla: The Arai CT-Z Helmet offers an intermediate round-oval headshape. It is less round than the RX-Q, which offers a round headshape, but very similar to its predecessor the XC Ram that offers the same headshape. Sep 18, 2012
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JillJ: inrtermedial Oct 8, 2012
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Adult Helmets

Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows. Pull the tape comfortably snug, and read the length.

Size Head (in) Head (cm)
2XS 20 - 20 1/2 51 - 52
XS 20 7/8 - 21 1/4 53 - 54
SM 21 5/8 - 22 55 - 56
MD 22 1/2 - 22 7/8 57 - 58
LG 23 1/4 - 23 5/8 59 - 60
XL 24 - 24 3/8 61 - 62
2XL 24 3/4 - 25 1/8 63 - 64
3XL 25 1/2 - 26 65 - 66

Sizing information is provided by the manufacturer and does not guarantee a perfect fit.

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Diamond White / 2XL 842731 819105 Available: Usually ships in 1-2 business days