Arai Defiant Base Helmet
Good helmet BUT.........
I bought this helmet under the understanding that it was specifically designed for naked bikes and that the venting is exemplary. I own a Ducati Diavel and I was looking for a replacement to my Schuberth C3 pro due to its poor venting in warm weather (The C3 pro would be perfect if it vented well). My impressions are as follow:
1. The helmet is a quality item, no doubt about it!!!
2. The venting is top notch......I just love how air flows through the helmet.
3. In the city and up to legal speeds the helmet is stable and perform as advertised.
4. The helmet is stable when you look over your shoulder to check lanes.
1. The helmet is LOUD! You definitely need ear plugs at highway speed.
2. From an aerodynamic point of you, the helmet does not perform as well at speeds above the legal limit. I was very disappointed because I expected the helmet to perform at least as well as my Schuberth C3 Pro (The quietest and most stable helmet I have tried so far)
To recap; this is a good quality helmet with excellent venting and you wont be disappointed as long as you keep it bellow 150km.
NOTE: I have tried the Defiant on my BMW K1600GT and the stability issue at high speed, that I complained about on my Diavel, was non-existent.
January 9, 2015
The new street standard, BUY THIS!
First off, hat's off to Revzilla. No sales tax, fast shipping, and they know how to pack their boxes...don't worry about buying a helmet online.
I retired my 5 yr. old Shoei RF-1100 since I ride 5 days a week in all weather (NorCal weather) and I'm sure the UV degraded it a bit.
This is the new street standard. I don't care what bike you ride; if it's on the street BUY THIS! The Airflow is AMAZING with no fairing protection and about just as good tucked in.
For me, the Shoei fits ON you, this ARAI you fit IN; like a pillow wrapped around your head. It's extremely quiet until about 50 MPH and then some lower range wind noise picks up. I highly recommend wearing No-Noise ear plugs with it.
Price is the only downside. This is the only time I bought Solid Black rather than a design due to the cost. Shoei is "affordable", but with Arai I don't think the extra $130 is worth it ($700 helmet design...craazzy).
December 22, 2014
3XL fits my head!
I purchased this helmet because it was for upright riding and available in 3XL. The features seem fine, the helmet is solid, but I don't like how little space is between my mouth and the chin bar. Exhaling through my mouth guarantees my eye glasses get fogged up. I did note rate durability and protection because it is much too early for durability and I hope to never test it's protection.
November 11, 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
Everything about it is perfect. Love the look, great fit and very quiet.
October 27, 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
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 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