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Arai Defiant Character Helmet
  • Arai Defiant Character Helmet - Black
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Arai Defiant Character Helmet

Designed specifically for the aesthetics and needs of street fighter and naked bike rider in mind, the new Arai Defiant Character is equally aggressive and feature rich, as one would expect from a new Arai helmet. Based on the fit and comfort of the Quantum, the Defiant was built for the upright riding position with its aggressive, integrated chin spoiler, which was designed specifically to guide wind around the neck and to improve the aerodynamic properties of the helmet. The Hyper Ridge Bumper circles the bottom of the shell both adding additional strength and also lowering the helmet's center of gravity, while flaring the helmet opening slightly to increase the ease of putting on, and taking off.

The Arai Defiant utilizes Arai's latest faceshield design, the SAI Max Vision Pinlock Shield with Brow Vents and includes Pinlock insert lens. The SAI Max Vision shield has been widened by 5mm left and right and offers one of the widest eyeports available for excellent peripheral vision.  


  • Aggressive new styling
  • Internals are redesigned with a focus on safety and comfort
  • Organic shell shape for superb energy management
  • New IC-4 Upper Intake vents seal more completely when closed
  • New ACR-4 flow thru exhaust vent allows greater air flow when open and reduces drag when closed
  • FCS R (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design has 5mm peel away micro fit layer for greater personal fit
  • Cheek pads feature contoured shape, multiple density foam layer supported by a patented spring
  • New shell shape is easier to put on and take off
  • New water repellent material along bottom edge
  • Pull down spoiler works with new flared bottom to increase helmet stability
  • SAI Max Vision® Brow Vent Pinlock anti-fog lens insert included
  • DOT and Snell 2010 certified
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Arai Defiant Character Helmet 4.6 5 118 118
This a great helmet!!!! No need to carry 2 visors. The shade feature is excellent and has great visibility. Helmet is very comfortable and fits great. The only concern I have is when using my Sena 20s, the speakers do not sit far enough in without bothering my ears. I had to modify the depth to make them fit better. I called Arai to see if the 15mm cheek pads have a thinner base, but they said that the only difference is the thickness of the removable pads. Other than this, this is an excellent product. September 22, 2015
Insane Air Flow. I have this helmet for 2 months now and it is very different from anything I ever had. Air flow was mindblowing first time I got up to 50 mph. Air blows from every angle and and sometimes straight into your eyes. You cannot completely seal this helmet. Even with all vents closed there is more airflow than my Shoei RF1100. This is great helmet in the summer at moderate speed but I can't imagine wearing this helmet on a long trip. Dark visor screen works good when it's down but makes noise at higher speed if you have it lifted. I don't ride without earplugs. Styling is superb. If it matters, I get a lot of compliments. Interior is very luxurious and has by far best feel from any helmet I use. There is only one pressure point on my forehead that feels uncomfortable after about an hour. Other than that very good fit. If you like lots of Air in your face this is your helmet. If you ride in cold days like I do, make a pass or use this as a second helmet. September 17, 2015
Fits a great niche So...I researched & tried on all sorts of helmets when it came time to pick up a new bucket to replace an old Shoei. At some point, the options become almost overwhelming. I eventually narrowed my choice down to a handful of manufacturers, all of whom had great reputations for safety. My key criteria, after safety, was flow-through/coolness, wind aerodynamics, & overall comfort. The Defiant ended up making the final cut because it vents so well & because it's terrific at highway speeds. It's also super comfortable. Here are the possible downsides: the styling may not be for everyone. It's a little aggressive and un-Arai-looking, but to each his own. It's also not the quietest helmet out there, but it's not bad. If you're looking for a helmet to keep your melon cool when riding upright-ish & exposed to the wind, aren't willing to compromise on safety & aren't super budget restricted, make sure to try a Defiant. September 13, 2015
Great helmet I bought the helmet based on Arai's reputation for safety and their design of this helmet for naked/minimally faired bikes. Watch the video to see just how much technology is in this helmet. It is well worth the price. August 19, 2015
I am happy! This helmet has everything I wanted. Safety, looks, features. I ride daily to work and am enjoying a more quiter ride with almost zero head shake. Some of that can also be attributed to the PUIG windscreen I also installed. I let my wife wear it once and she likes it too. August 16, 2015
Great Style, Great Protection Having owned other Arai helmets, I liked the styling and pro-shade features of the Defiant so I decided to purchase and I was not disappointed. This helmet fits very similar to the Signet Q and is very quiet on the road. The looks are killer. As Anthony mentions in his video, although the helmet is finished in mat colors, there is a hint of metallic in the finish to add more pop to the overall look. The Pro-shade works great but isn't a very dark tint and I like to wear my sunglasses under the shade on bright sunny days. The shade coverage is adequate but could drop a bit further down the mask. Overall, this is a high end, high quality helmet that is very comfortable and quiet. August 10, 2015
Mixed Feelings about this helmet To be honest, I bought this helmet for the reputation of Aria and that it had Orange in it! Which is hard to find. The things I have been disappointed in: It's LOUD at high speeds. Louder than my previous Shoei for sure. The paint chips so easily. Be careful, don't even let your girl bump her helmet on yours cause it will cause a chip. BUGS fly in so easily. This is probably my biggest complaint. The vents over the mouth have no screen filter, so if it's open and it's dusk on the highway on a hot day, they're in your mouth, eyes, or whatever they can get into. HATE that about this helmet. As for the things I do enjoy: Very comfortable. Fits snug and perfect for me. Moves well in high speeds, better than my last helmet. Lots of vents, though in the summer, I don't notice a whole lot of airflow. And great wide view. August 4, 2015
Worthy of the Arai name This helmet is mostly what I expected. It can be used for cruising, which is how I ride - in a fairly upright position on a Night Rod - When I am not navigating the canyon roads. The air flows great through and around the helmet, and I don't feel like I have to fight to keep my head up or down at speed. I am not sure how well the venting system works, had it for about a month - as I ride to work and the speeds don't get very high. I don't feel like I am sweating in it like other helmets, so the venting system may work better than I thought. Love the pinlock visor system. Good peripheral vision. Very easy to see in most conditions. Doesn't fog in the morning with the 3 stage front vent. The helmet sits very light on my head and is hard to notice as I move my head back and forth, which I like. When the visor is down, it is very quiet - another plus. I am not sure how useful the extended skirt is. Cold is cold in the morning, and it really doesn't help from keeping the cold air out. I use it mostly to keep the noise out. Good product! Worthy of the Arai name, but pretty pricey!!! June 6, 2015
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RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
glen g: awesome helmet very pleased Jul 27, 2015
MICHAEL C: the price and shipping efficiency is the best choice, beats all competition! Apr 20, 2015
Jas G: DOT approved, good reviews, and cheap price. Looks the best of all Arai helemts in my opinion. Apr 20, 2014
Myles H: arai makes good helmets. Aug 22, 2013
A shopper asked: What does the asian script along the bottom of the Arai Defiant Character helmet model mean? Aug 11, 2013
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Jeffrey L: Its the Japanese katakana characters for Arai ?=a ?=ra ?=i Aug 27, 2013
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Robert R asked: Love the red version of this helmet.... BUT... I was wondering, how close to the Ducati red is it match wise? I ride a 2013 Ducati monster 1100 evo in red. thanks Sep 17, 2013
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Robert C: It's a little darker than the Ducati red in my opinion. Mar 22, 2014
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Larry M: its two tone, blends in perfect with my white 899 panigale . beautiful helmet-watch the character video for actual colors. Mar 28, 2014
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A shopper asked: I know Arai makes different helmets for different bikes but I'm still confused on how your head shape is affected by which helmet is the best fit. I have a oval shaped head and have worn an Arai Corsair helmet for 15 years. It puts pressure on my forehead but if I pull it down enough the pain goes away, but I suspect I not only have the wrong helmet type now (I have a Duc Monster instead of my CBR) so I need the best helmet to fit my new bike and head shape. What do you recommend? Aug 30, 2014
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sherif E: Hi the definant is just what u need it fits great breathable nd comfortable , concerning the pressure from the corsair u should try to change the inner liner with a thinner one which is available at Revzilla most probably ull have the same problem with the defiant as it serves the same head size as the corsair if u ever find a problem with arai helmet fits try adjusting ur liner nd cheek pads thickness drive safe keep it on 2 wheels hope I've helped also would like to inform u that the defiant is a master pice for a street bike.
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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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