Arai Defiant Asteroid Helmet
Another Excellent Example of an Arai Product A+
I have had the helmet now for about 8-9 months and it is holding up well, in typical Arai fashion. I am assuming it last its expected life cycle without much issue. This is a good helmet for a more upright seated motorcycle ( I am currently on a Triumph Tiger 1050) The ventilation is excellent and the helmet quite quiet for the amount of air it flows. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quality street oriented helmet that needs some air flow. Also the vents are easy to use with or without gloved hands.
September 22, 2014
great fit, great aerodynamics, too noisy, a bit janky
i'm upgrading from a Shoei RF 1000 with this helmet and at half the price, the Shoei was quieter and felt more solid. while visually i like the aesthetics of Arai's covered visor hinges, they're a bit too fussy and fragile when removing the visor for cleaning. when i close or lift the visor, the ratcheting sound isn't solid and sure like the Shoei. it feels and sounds brittle like something is being stressed or is about to break. also, it only has 3 positions: fully open, fully closed and then slightly ajar.
the Max Vision shield pin lock business is equally as fussy to set up and i've not yet determined it's value or advantage. i almost lost one of the pins when installing the shield and it just made me question it altogether. having to set up this brand new helmet that i'm completely unfamiliar with by reading the microscopic instructions and confusing illustrations and photos was such a great test of my patience with an expensive helmet.
i have to admit, the airflow and vents on this helmet are supreme. if i lived in a hot/humid climate that would account for a lot. but living in the SF bay area, that's only an issues for maybe 1 month total time in a year. i have yet to find a helmet that has vent levers that don't require walking my fingers across the helmet while riding to determine their location. and this helmet is no different. easily accomplished without gloves, but i never ride without gloves. so...
and honestly... 3 logos? are you fricking kidding me? that was the one thing about the looks of this helmet that kept me from buying it for almost 3 months... i finally decided that it's aero qualities outweighed the pummeling brand presence. for as much as this helmet costs, i shouldn't also have to be a billboard for the company.
but finally i'll say that the fit of this helmet is perfect for my head, it feels very light and balanced and there is zero buffeting encountered. my current bike does not have a windscreen of any kind, and this helmet was highly praised for that kind of riding. on that note, it delivers.
the downside of buying any helmet is that you have no idea of it's performance on your head, on your bike in the conditions you ride in until it's too late to return. i wished i had spent a few extra bucks and gotten the Schuberth C3 Pro or saved a lot of bucks and stayed with the Shoei.
while i give the helmet 4 stars, the value for the money isn't there and for that reason i can't recommend it to others.
September 22, 2014
This helmet has a great style
This helmet is on the bigger side but not too heavy, good style,
Comfortable and good air flow
August 20, 2014
A great naked bike helmet.
The Defiant is a big upgrade for me, coming from a mid-level HJC. I was looking for a stable, quieter helmet. The Defiant fit the bill. A lot of airflow if needed, good fit and comfortable. I still wear earplugs and consider the noise level slightly louder then average.
August 18, 2014
Nice helmet, but needs to have earplugs
This is a wonderful helmet. However, it is incredibly loud. Fit is wonderful, very comfortable, great airflow... but you NEED hearing protection. It should come with a nice pair of earplugs.
I'd recommend it, but with the caveat that it's very loud.
August 11, 2014
Great Helmet, I ride a 1290 Super Duke R, this is perfect
The helmet is well made, finish is perfect. The pin lock shield works perfectly and is easy to install. The helmet shield is very easy to install and remove. The ventilation is amazing. I am in Texas, on a 100 degree day, the helmet passes enough air to help keep you from sweltering. The air flow is amazing, I went to this helmet from a Shoei X-12 and the airflow is at least double. There is more noise, from the air flow, but you can always reduce the flow easily enough. The fit is perfect for me. The straps are easily used. The helmet has been comfortable on rides of 100 or more miles in high heat.
Great helmet, I thought it worth the money.
August 5, 2014
High quality and comfortable, average airflow
High quality materials and very comfortable. Larger opening makes getting into and out of the helmet easy. I like the quick removal cheek pads, which make it easy to remove and clean the liner and pads. The airflow could be better since it's warm where I live. I would have no hesitation to recommend this good, but expensive helmet.
July 30, 2014
Way too loud for a premium helmet. Extremely disappointed.
You can't return helmets after riding with them which is a problem for this helmet.
Medium fits me extremely well. Arai has awesome fitment.
Air flow is fantastic good features but man is this thing loud at hi-way speeds. Loud to the point you need ear protection to protect your ears from damage.
To compare I have a 3/4 open face helmet and on the hi-way wind obviously slips by to the ears making it noisy. The noise with this helmet is equal to my 3/4 but it has more of a buffeting noise making the noise feel more damaging to my ears. I have tried placing my head in various positions to avoid this and cant.
It's apparent that this is an engineering design flaw for the helmet. The noise appears to be coming from near the covers of the visor mechanics. I'm quite surprised this wind noise issue slipped by the R&D and quality control process as if you look at other Revzilla reviews there are quite a lot of complaints of the defiant being noisy.
For the street and no hi-way the helmet performs quite well and is a joy but for a premium helmet it should excel at both street and hi-way which is why I don't recommend it and why my overall score is low because now I have to sell it used and lose money on the purchase and then buy an rx-q which has significant praise of being a quiet helmet.
July 19, 2014