Arai Defiant Helmet - Solid
After 5 years of my EXO-750 I was ready for a new helmet. I really wanted a nice one and started looking at Shoei and Schuberth. I saw Arai up there in price with the other two brands, took me a few weeks of research but in the end I went with the best savings to safety ratio. When the Diamond white arrived I was very happy to see it is just like my bike Pearl White. The helmet was light and has the pinlock inside the box as well as some stickers, oil and a cd ( I guess that shows you the features) The soft cover is a sold blue with white lettering (Arai). I had my wife measure my head and I came in at a 55 1/2 cm which to her looked like 54 cm LOL. So I made my Extra Small purchased and saved close to $200 from the other sized helmets. (I'm guessing because they had XS in closeout) Well, I was sure it wasn't going to fit but just to make sure I tried it on. It was snug, but fit my head in all spots. To be certain I got the right size I went down the road to a dealer and tried a small. The Extra Small was the best fit. It has now been two weeks and I just realized this mornings 3 hour ride I didn't have anymore pressure. The windshield is super clear and extra wide view. I have to work at seeing the sides of the shield. On to my thoughts of the ride. I ride a Vulcan 900 classic LT and keep the windshield off. My EXO-750 was a major pain riding like this to the point I did not want to wear it. I was perfect in a certain position and that was that. Any other direction or angle and the wind took control. The worst was looking to my sides to check the lane I wanted to move into. Anything over 50 and the helmet would become a brick on your head. I also never knew if my air vents were open. With the Defiant you know when a vent is opened and which vent you have open. I haven't felt a big difference with the chin cover yet, maybe that'll be more apparent in winter. Most of all I can actually look all around with no wind catching my head. I think that is the most impressive thing. I'm doing the speed limit of 85mph and checking left to pass a vehicle and it is almost as if I'm in my truck looking left. Thankfully I have yet to test it's crash abilities and I hope to never type that review out, but if in a crash I hope it does it's job so I can type that review out. LOL But I do surely feel safer than my old helmet. That could be a mental thing. All in all, I'm buying my wife any Arai she wants and I'm sure I'll be a return customer.
July 21, 2016
My very first Arai
This is my very first high-end helmet which I bought due to the fact that it is suggested as Arai's naked-sport bike helmet
Just like any Arai the built-quality is top notch and fits my round head comfortably, the visor offers plenty of view, the Mimetic paint scheme was not my favorite but receives plenty of compliments, ventilation of this helmet is one of the best particularly its mouth vent and if only the top vents work as good as the Corsair V this helmet will be the best vented helmet ever, aerodynamically speaking the R75 shape may not be the smoothest but in terms of protection I do believe that the rounder is better
Several gripes regarding this helmet includes the chin curtain which is too short and offers no wind protection from beneath, the back end of the helmet constantly rub against my riding jacket which is a big hassle especially during long rides as it create neck fatigue.
However my biggest gripe is the Proshade system, when positioned upward it creates head-shake during high speed and it blocks the brow vents, the dark visor should be longer especially on the side, and the dark visor' bottom end scratches the clear visor. Absolutely worthless!
July 12, 2016
Love this helmet
Having owned 4 other Arais over the years, this is another winner. Extraordinary fit for my intermediate oval head. 1 year and almost 9K miles, this is my new favorite helmet. Flows air like nobody's business. Great chin vent in particular. Visor secures 100% waterproof, no leaks in several heavy rain rides. Pinlock being included was a nice perk and helps keep fogging to a minimum. Awesome 5 star helmet.
Wish Arai offered a photochromatic visor.
May 26, 2016
Good but not great
Helmet is noisy and doesn't cover the entire chin. Comfort is good and protection I can't say as I haven't had to use that. But from what i read its great protection. It also leaves a slight mark on my right chin not sure if the padding is un-even.
This is a good helmet but for the price I think one can do better. I will certainly look for something quieter, and lighter in future.
The quality of materials is good and construction is solid.
June 28, 2016
This is the first "Premium" helmet I've owned.
The fit is perfect for my head shape, it's comfortable, durable, and truly a premium product.
The vents and face shield mechanisms are rugged and well built, very unlikely to break under heavy / frequent use.
I really like ARAI's system for removing the face shield as well, it can take a little practice, but RevZilla has a video for that. :)
I highly recommend buying a tinted face shield, really gives the helmet an aggressive look. Only thing I don't like is the noise, it's louder than other helmets I've owned.
Pros: Fit, Comfort, Durability, Quality, Style
Cons: Loud, very loud.
I'll only buy ARAI from now on, and I'd recommend this product to anyone.
June 14, 2016
Great Helmet! Great service!
This Helmet is Great! But the best part of this buying experience has been Revzilla. The helmet is an Arai and is a huge up grade for me both in fit and function over the Bell I had. The venting is incredible moving so much more air than I ever expected. The pro shade system works great too but I've already ordered a longer visor. The stock one seems too short. As for Revzilla, I ordered the wrong size helmet (my head is on the line between MD/LG) and had to return the MD. The speed and ease in which they handled my return was amazing. I reordered the right size and was off and riding in a few days!
May 16, 2016
1 week use of the Arai Asteroid (Green version)
Summer time desperation buy due to emergency need for a new helmet.
As far as looks, mostly positive feedback from other riders and the general public. No negatives expressed so far.
The green is more of a neon, so it doesn't really match Kawasaki green 100% up close anyway.
1. Reduced fog compared to non-pinlock helmets (not 100% but 95% I'd estimate and any fog buildup eventually disappears)
2. Good peripheral view (better than it's competitors in the same price range - sale price)
3. Very comfortable fit - for a medium, intermediate oval which I wear in other similarly priced brands.
1. LOUD - it's definitely louder than other brands, including my older RF-1000 (Jay Leno probably loves this kind of road noise but I prefer hearing music)
2. The visor lock is a pain, trying to unlatch it with summer weight gloves is a near impossible task
3. I ride vintage bikes & sport bikes. This helmet is not great in the full tuck position, so Revzilla's Youtube review is spot on - full upright to 3/4 tuck is what it can do.
I've bought 3 Revzilla reviewed products this year and Revzilla has been 95% spot on in their reviews so far.
May 10, 2016
It's hard buying helmets online.
I got this helmet because of aria helmets good reputation. Unfortunately the helmet does not fit me as well as I expected. I purchase this helmet under the sizing guidelines and while standing still in my house it fits me perfectly, but when I'm out on my bike I get a severe tension headache. By the time I was aware of this issue it was too late to return the helmet. Now I have a $600 helmet that I've worn three times, sitting in the box and I'm not allowed to refund it due to RevZilla's return policy. I was advised to sell locally by the geek I spoke with.
May 4, 2016