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Arai CT-Z Helmet

Arai introduced the CT-Z to their open-face helmet line after digesting years of real world rider feedback from their XC-RAM helmet. The XC-RAM was an incredibly successful helmet that provided exceptional value and convenience to riders. The Arai CT-Z uses the XC-RAM as a foundation and adds another level of convenience. Arai’s main objective for the CT-Z helmet is to provide riders with an open-face helmet that improved their experience riding into the sun without limiting ventilation, aerodynamics, or face shield functionality. Arai doesn’t change for the sake of change. They change to improve. The CT-Z is a nice improvement to Arai's helmet line.

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 35 35
Nice product Could use dropdown/built in sun shields. I've owned lots of helmets and everytime I upgrade to top of line I never regret it. October 20, 2014
Nice Helmet - Not Exactly What I Expected The CT-Z is a very sophisticated helmet with lots of features. It's fit and finish is typical Arai which is to say excellent. The peak is pretty much useless - I needed to buy a visor insert to block the sun; for the price of this helmet there should be a better solution. Airflow is excellent and vision is superb - as you'd expect from an open face helmet. I am coming off an older Arai open face helmet and I was a bit shocked how much louder the CT-Z is, especially since it fits much more snugly and the ear cups are much tighter. The helmet take my Scala G9 communicator very easily. My "average" score is due to the high level of noise. September 15, 2014
Best helmet I have owned. I just finished my first ride using this helmet; about 500 miles. I have a long oval head, and had first ordered a Signet Q for the long oval fit. I returned the Signet because it felt claustrophobic to me, and then selected the CTZ. Although I could have used the longer oval head shaped of the Signet, the CTZ seems to have "broken in" to fit my head pretty well. It is extremely light compared to helmets I have used in the past, and more comfortable as well. Wind noise is significant, but not disturbing. I am much more prone to wear a helmet now that I own the CTZ. September 8, 2014
Expensive but a great helmet I have had this helmet for about 3 weeks. I have put about 850 miles on my motorcycle using it. I have a 2014 Indian Chief Vintage with a windshield. I have not used it in rain, cold weather or at night. I have used it for commuting in hot weather, and on a 700 mile trip on interstates and an older highway (Route 30 from Breezewood, PA, to Gettysburg. A great ride). I have fitted an Interphone F5 intercom and a Sunax Max Sunshield. I removed the visor after one ride because it looked weird, and didn't do anything to block the sun. I have used an Arai Quantum 2 prior to this, so I guess my head shape isn't common. Simply put, this helmet works great. It is comfortable, and provides great protection. My intercom works very well and is comfortable. August 5, 2014
Excellent air flow and comfort. I purchased this helmet to use with a 2014 Harley Limited. I wanted the comfort of an open face helmet with improved safety and reduced noise. My first trip was over 500 miles and the helmet was great. No "break in", no "hot spots" and great air flow. It works very well with the OEM Harley communication system. I highly recommend this product. The only downside is the sun visor - it is pretty much useless. A built in sun visor would be great. April 21, 2014
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
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Michael S: would like to see how it fits...everyone seems to like it...would like to try and see how it fits. May 6, 2014
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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A shopper asked: what size of chick pads come in the box with this helmet? thanks. Jun 1, 2014
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Bradley J L: The cheek pads were all installed, and I think you can remove some as needed.
I didn't have to modify it at all
Great helmet, very comfortable. With the shield down, it almost feels like a full face
Jun 1, 2014
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Gary V: 25. I eventually switched to the 20's. Great fit and I love this helmet. Great ventilation. Jun 2, 2014
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Douglas F: My helmet is a size large and the cheek pieces are 25mm. Jun 1, 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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Bruce C asked: I have an Arai Quantum 2 that fits me well, I am looking for an open face helmet since I now have a bike with a windshield, For the price, this helmet seems a little skimpy on technology:

I am disappointed this helmet does not have a pinlock visor, Does it fog?

I am also disappointed it does not have a drop down tinted visor.

Does anyone know from experience will it work with an Interphone f5 intercomm?

Thanks
Jul 12, 2014
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Kaye H: I am extremely happy with the Arai CT-Z helmet. I am not sure what a pinlok visor is but this visor stays in the position you put it in and it does lock when it is down completely. There is no movement of this visor. I have never had this visor fog up on me.

We have scalarider G4 communicators and they work with this helmet without any issues.

I hope this helps answer Bruce's question.

Kaye M. Hau
Jul 27, 2014
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Arai Helmet Sizing

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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From a positioning standpoint the CT-Z, in our opinion, is the most technically advanced, best venting, and most protective open face helmet we've seen anybody do so far. Obviously, it stands on the shoulders of all the Arai technology that we know goes into their full face helmets and really produces a phenomenal, top quality product.

I mean you're looking at north of $500 for an open face helmet. Pause and digest that. That's exactly what I said.

Now, if we really think about it, though, there's a lot here. Before I walk into all of the guts, let's talk about fitment. Typically, we see Arai helmets to be intermediate oval in a lot of cases. Their open face helmets tend to be slightly rounder, so I'm going to call it a neutral oval. If you have that long, pronounced, signet-q or profile type head shape this helmet's not going to work for you.

Also, from a weight standpoint it is Snell 2010. It's D.O.T. It's using the C.L.C. construction which is the same super protective composite outer shell that we see in the Vector 2. It came in three pounds seven ounces for a medium, so relatively light as well - still under three and a half pounds. Nice touch there from Arai.

I have my silver graphic in front of me, or silver colorway. Let's walk into the nuances here. Remember, the CT-Z is going to be the replacement for the XC Ram which is the more beefed up technical open face helmet. A step backwards from the CT-Z would be really the Arai XC which is a little bit more basic in its construction.

The first thing you're going to see that we haven't seen on an open face from Arai yet is going to be the peak. It's a refined version of the peak that we see on the XD-4 helmet. So, it's going to be aerodynamic. It's not going to buffer.

I mean this helmet is really designed for more of a touring riding style. Anybody can wear it. A scooter rider could wear it. I hate to pigeonhole a helmet. Really, they think that most helmets, most riders are going to be riding it in that position.

You see the way everything flows, the way the vents are set up, the way the peak is set up. It's going to be aerodynamic. Also, even with this rear spoiler to create a little bit of downforce it's not necessarily a helmet you're going to be rocking in that position.

You have your peak. Your peak is fully removable. It also has some range of motion in it as well. This is really done to reduce glare, you know, in place of a pair of sunglasses or a sun visor. It's meant to break away.

These are plastic bolts that are meant to shear off. Remember, any time you hang something on a helmet it could be considered a sail and outside of wind. If you were to go down you want this to break away and shear off as soon as possible. You don't want it to catch and create any undue stress on your neck.

Also, there are side pods here that have been streamlined versus the last version of the XC Ram. So, everything's a little bit tighter. It's a little bit more aerodynamic. And, if you took the peak off these pods would just go right into the helmet and you'd have a nice clean line here on the side as well.

Also, I'm going to flip it upside down and you're going to see that we have a black tape on the inside of this visor. That's anti-glare. It's the same type of an idea that you'd get from eye black like when you're playing sports. You put that there and you're not going to get any reflectivity down.

Notice we're using a high quality Arai shield. It comes up. It seats really nicely underneath that peak. And, there's a slight locking mechanism here on the side. You also have a good solid seal around.

One of the things that I really like about this helmet... We might as well move on to ventilation. We've talked about shell. We've talked about some of the things that are glaring at you in the face. A lot of ventilation. Remember, you're open face. You always have the magic of being able to put your face shield up.

A lot of people love that. The face shield down you have these brow vents. Arai does brow vents versus doing chimney vents up here because this is an impact prone area, and when you have to drill those vents in it weakens the shell. What they do is they create these brow vents as part of the shield. Again, it's the R and D that goes into the cost.

The nice part is you have these big scoops that channel the air. They don't just shoot you in the forehead. They actually channel it, and it comes out back here right along your temple.

So, you have that temporal artery that runs down along the back side of your ear. Especially from some of you guys that are doing long rides in hotter climates, if you can cool the blood flow you can cool yourself. It's dramatic how much that makes  a difference. You get that air flow onto the artery that's cooling an area that's typically a really hot spot on your head as opposed to just shooting yourself in the forehead. Keep that in mind.

When we move up to the main ventilation scheme you're going to see the same horseshoe venting that we see in the Corsair V. Again, one of the tech things that they said we're going to steal because it's just super effective, but you're going to see some nuance changes to it.

We have our big cowls. Each one has a 10 millimeter vent hole below it, a 10 millimeter hole in the front, in the middle, open and close, 10 millimeter hole in the back. But, then we also have an open and closeable venturi vent that lives under here. What you're going to get is that high speed air flow going over the helmet creates a vacuum back here. Two intakes, and then we have an exhaust in the back here. That exhaust is going to extract warm moist air from your head and pull it out of the back of the helmet at speed.

Now, thinking along the lines of venturi, when you get this vacuum back here it creates what we call the Z coefficient which wants to pull your helmet up and off of your head. By creating downforce with this it's a fixed spoiler. It's not the fully movable spoiler that we see on the Corsair V, but you don't need it because your riding position isn't as aggressive with this helmet. Again, a nice feature here that's going to give you better stability at speed.

One of the cool things, and you're probably already wondering when I'm going to talk about it, is Anthony I've seen this vent before. I know this Arai vent. Why is it backwards on your sample?

Wrong. It's not backwards as an accident. It's a backwards on purpose. It is the same vent that we see on something like a Corsair V.

It's turned backwards because Arai knows that when you wear a helmet like this in most cases an upright position, in a lot of cases on a touring bike you're going to have a windscreen. A windscreen creates air flow. It comes up. It's going to swirl. It's going to create some turbulence around the head.

If this was faced forward in the open position it would create just a little bit too much noise. It's actually optimized to work with the type of air flow that's going to come over a helmet knowing that you're not in the tuck behind a tiny windscreen bubble. You're actually probably sitting upright working within the confines of a larger windscreen on your bike.

So, again, that's all wind tunnel testing. That's the juice that you get by investing in the Arai R and D.

A couple of other winglets down here, these are functional. These winglets are functional. They are also going to be for stability. They're extractors. You're getting additional airflow that comes out of the helmet, but they're also positioned and machined and shaped in a way that's not going to add to any turbulence. It's actually going to help the helmet be stable at speed.

Notice we have our nice ridge here, our energy absorbing ridge that Arai does. You know, it creates that circle on top of your head and it gives that ripple that's going to almost bounce some of the energy back. You want all of the energy in a crash situation to be contained within the shell of the helmet and the E.P.S. It's an energy management system at the end of the day.

Moving into the guts of the CT-Z, and again getting into some of the creature comforts and protective schemes, we are playing off the D.N.A. of the XC Ram. But, again, there's a lot going on here. We still have our vented neck roll that's going to have air comes down and now vents through the bottom. We're going to have a solidly all encompassing area that's going to interface with your head and neck.

Non-removable neck roll here in the back, but we do have a changed cheek pad style. When I pull one of these cheek pads out you're going to notice it's using the new facial contour system, or F.C.S., from Arai which is the second generation. The top layer of this cheek pad has a 5 millimeter removable panel. So, without having to buy a new set of cheek pads you can actually make them fit a little bit bigger which is a nice touch.

We saw that, I think, for the first time on the RX-Q. But, the new F.C.S. uses different densities of foam. It has a more aggressive contour to it. And, it actually creates a better seal and better comfort along the jawline and down creating kind of that seamless effect against the side of your face.

I'm going to actually stick it on my head up here. You can see right in here the way that this would touch my face, the way that it would come out, it's actually a much more ergonomic feel, and it's going to be a bit quieter as well. Remember, everything's removable.

The interior of the Arai, you know it's super premium. It's called Dry-Cool. It's washable. You can run it under water. It's anti-microbial. It's wicking. It's meant to keep you cool. I might as well gut this bad boy while I'm standing here.

Here's my other cheek pad system. Notice there's no snaps. The way it goes in is with tension, and it locks in from the front. Again, Arai prefers to do it that way. I like the fact less snaps. Snaps break over time, and they can wear out.

As I pull it open you're going to see I have my... Avoiding my neck roll here, and I'm moving up to my comfort liner. It's a 3D comfort liner with cutouts for all of the areas that are going to have a vent near them. Comfort liner's 3D, and notice that there are these pockets here, pockets along the outside.

You might ask yourself why there's a pocket covering that pad. It's another area that allows you to tune the helmet. It's going to be intermediate to neutral oval. If you have a really round head you also on either side can remove up to  5 millimeters of padding on the side.

The reason why they cover it is so that just for normal wear and tear it's not going to automatically start removing that pad. They want to kind of protect the seam, and if you want to remove it you can.

Just notice the way that that's done - high quality, Dry-Cool, big openings along the top, and you have four connection points with snaps. These two you'll never feel, and these two are spread out far enough that they're going to be away from these areas in the front of your head.

Let's take a shot of the interior of the helmet really quickly as well. You're going to see seven holes, seven 10 millimeter holes in a reverse horseshoe fashion that are really going to... That's the interior and exterior extraction points for the air flow coming through the Arai CT-Z, which actually does come in a bunch of other colorways as well.

Remember, if you're an XC Ram user, this is a nice step forward in both function, venting, styling. There's a lot you can do here.

A lot of different colors available as well. This is silver. There's the matte black. It's meant to be muted. It's a bit more of a toned down rider that we typically see go for the CT-Z or an XC Ram.