Arai Pro Shade System
After getting eye surgery years ago, I'm virtually dependent on having some form of tinting on my visor on a sunny day. Tinted lenses are always an option, but I don't particularly enjoy bringing an extra lens with me at all times. Furthermore, safety is always a concern for me, so Arai maintaining their SNELL rating on their helmets is important as well.
I feel the Pro Touring visor was an excellent compromise, and a fantastic upgrade to my helmet. Some people may think it looks silly, but it works! The shade is extremely easy to operate, and it's a quick swap to install it onto your current Arai helmet.
June 28, 2016
Outstanding system - especially with the optional longer shade!
Love it! I have the standard length pro-shade system on my Corsair V. It has great, but like many others I wished the shaded flip portion was longer. With the arrival of the optional longer shaded flip visor, this system is now perfect in my opinion.
I bought a new Arai helmet - Defiant-Pro-Cruise (awesome helmet btw) which came with the Pro-Shade System right out of the box. When I discovered the optional longer shield, I ordered that at the same time. Replacing the stock, shorter, shaded flip portion was a piece of cake.
Arai should make this longer one the standard and the shorter one the option. Of course, they wouldn't likely ever sell the shorter one. lol.
June 25, 2016
Good Solution for Signet Q
I have a long oval head shape, which limits my helmet options. I would love to have a modular helmet with a drop down visor or even a dual sport helmet with the fixed brim. I love my Signet Q helmet, but riding into the sun is a problem. I have to switch out my glasses for prescription sunglasses or use clip-ons with my regular glasses. The Pro Shade System solves this problem. It works great and I rarely have to put the shade down; the brim seems to work great in every situation except when riding directly into the sun.
So yes, it works as advertised, but...
There are some cons:
1. It definitely increased the noise level of the helmet. The wind noise is quite a bit louder now.
2. It seems to have reduced the efficiency of the vents. I don't feel the air flow as well as I did before adding the system.
3. The brow vents on the replacement system slide up and down in lieu of flipping up out of the way. They are also flimsier. The old brow vents are very solid and stay up or down. The new vent covers are very loose and can slide down and close if you are not careful.
None of this is a deal breaker, because I really needed something for the sun, but these issues are bothersome.
I would still buy again, based on limited options.
May 31, 2016
This visor was something I have been needing for a while. Finally ordered it and couldn't be more impressed. Looks as if you are playing a game like Halo and you have a HUD when you are looking through it so you kinda feel like a bad a**. Aside from the occasional angle where mother nature beats a man made product and comes through the tiny angle on the side of the shade the only other annoyance is the visor is a bit difficult to latch in the up position on the fly. The visor lock doesn't line up perfectly so the force required to lift the shade portion up ends up raising the whole visor. Other than that this is another outstandingly well crafted product from Arai and I will be buying another for my second helmet and any helmet I purchase from Revzille in the future.
May 19, 2016
This thing fits well and mounts easily.
It is optically correct i.e. no visual distortion.
The vents operate easily and are affective.
The shade operation is flawless.
Yes it is too expensive but I have no complaints.
May 3, 2016
Better than stock one
A little bit longer visor so it has a little better coverage. Like the mirror effect. Happy with purchase.
June 7, 2016
I was somewhat skeptical of this product, thinking it would increase the noise level of my helmet, I was pleasantly surprised that the noise level remained the same. The tinted shield is somewhat different from having a full size tinted shield but it was easily adapted to. I would recommend this product to anyone who likes having the versitility of a tinted shield and a clear shield combined. Perhaps the tint could be a little darker but I am very pleased with this product.
April 19, 2016
I really wanted to love this product but it's not quite perfect enough
I have an Arai Signet-q and wanted to add a drop-down sun visor to it, so purchased the Pro Shade system a few months ago. There are plenty of things about it that work great...I think the light tint is perfect for most daytime light conditions so I keep it in the "down" position most of the time. I love not needing to carry separate sunglasses with me.
My main and only problem with the system is that I cannot get the shield to stay in the up position at freeway speeds of 70+. I commute into work at 4am and my route includes a short stretch of freeway. This morning alone, on just that 5 mile stretch, the shade slipped down 6 times. It's quite distracting when it happens and I need to take my hand of the handlebar to push it back up every time.
I grant that it could just be user-error and that I don't have it installed correctly, but I have read other review which complain of this same issue so I know I am not the only one. I still recommend the product and will continue to fiddle with the hinge so I can hopefully get it to stay in place, and until then I will continue to use it. Just beware that it seems to be a bit more finicky than other brands that build their sun shade into the inside of the helmet.
April 13, 2016