Arai Pro Shade System
I don't own this product but I did check one out in my local motorcycle gear shop today and came away highly underwhelmed. I thought this might be worth getting this visor down the road because I like the idea of not having to wear sunglasses sometimes when I ride. Of course, Arai doesn't do internal drop-down sunvisors. (I thought I might try a Shoei GT-Air for my next helmet just for the internal visor, but after wearing an Arai for the last 8 months the GT-Air just felt cheap in my hands. I was surprised today when I realized that, but it's true. Sorry for the tangent.) So I put on a protour helmet and pulled the visor down and I was done. I can't speak to anything else about the product because I couldn't get past how small the visor was. It's almost like a smiley face of tint and it doesn't come down anywhere near enough to be functional. It came down mid-nose and just curved up to the sides from there. It was almost like cutting the lenses of my Oakleys in half; it was way too distracting for my taste. That's my opinion and it may work out well for other people but I would definitely check one out in your local store before ordering it. Even when you get a full refund on a returned product you still paid for the return shipping. I'm sticking with Arai but they need to completely redesign this product if they want me to buy one.
June 12, 2015
Arai does it again.
Once again, Arai takes the faceshield to new heights. The Pro Shield system is a race ready, two-in-one shield that works really well. The dark visor covers about 60% of the visor area, leaving a small space at the bottom. Works very well, but it is noisier than a regular Adsis single shield. Only other complaint is that it collects bugs between the two shields. Solid product and makes any Arai helmet look even better.
May 12, 2015
Hey, it works!
If you're reading this, you most likely are a fan of Arai helmets, but perhaps you have been disappointed that they don't offer a drop-down internal visor like most brands do, including Shoei and Shuberth.
I was skeptical with a solution which would be external to the helmet, but all the things you're worried about are not an issue. (There is one glitch, which I'll get to, thus removing 1 star.)
First of all, when you're not using the shade, it sit up there and acts as a 'peak' which blocks sun like a baseball camp. Nice for when the sun is low in the horizon. It's quite easy to reach up and pop it up or down with just one hand. You have to sort of pull outward and then down but it's easy to get the hang of it. Maybe it makes just a little more wind noise, but I haven't found it to be a problem.
When the shade is 'down' it only covers about 2/3 of the shield, which seems a bit odd at first until you realize that it really is blocking the sun from your eyes as sun glasses would, and the strip at the bottom perfectly lines up with where your gaze is needed to check your instrument panel. So they thought of that, with the Arai performance heritage.
The whole device is no more difficult to install than any other Arai face shield. Once you get the hang of it, it's a snap.
Ok now to the problem. If you have experienced the brow vents on other Arai visors you know how fantastic they are--basically they cool your forehead and temple exactly where a blood vessel is placed, so very nice for a hot day. This system has the brow vents also, in exactly the same place as normal Arai shields, but they are affixed with a flimsy housing, unlike the normal Arai shields.
So with the regular vents on something like the SAI visors, you just reach up with a gloved hand and pop them open or shut, no problem. The hinge is durable and so forth. With the brow vents on this unit, they used a clear plastic housing which is not affixed to the shield in any permanent manner. So you have to be very delicate and careful with them and it's easy to accidentally pop the entire vent out. So realistically I think you have 2 choices: only open or close the vents when stopped, and your hand is ungloved, so you can be delicate about it. Or, run some super-glue type stuff along the edge of the clear flimsy plastic housing for the brow vents, to keep them installed and give them some durability.
Overall, the sun shade system itself works exactly as designed and is a solid solution to changing light conditions.
April 27, 2015
I like this visit quite a bit. It's is very convenient and the install is easy. I did notice some increased wind noise when the visor is up, but it is really nice to no longer need sunglasses.
April 20, 2015
Great product for someone who wears corrective glasses, and for someone who hates to have to lug around an extra visor.
Let me start off by saying that I wear glasses with corrective lenses; having transition lenses or wearing sunglasses has too many shortcomings. I was looking for an alternative; which I have owned smoked shields in the past, so I decided to try one again. I bought this shield, however I was very skeptical. I did not like the overall design and the vents in the shield look cheap. I decided to go ahead and purchase the item, the shop that I bought it from gave me a 100% satisfaction guarantee. By the way, the alternative smoke shield was only $20.00 less. I have been riding with the shield for about a month now, and it works great. I would like the visor to come down farther on the sides, but overall I do not have issues with the sun peering through and bothering me. The most notable aspects of this visor are how well the visor stays locked, with little added noise, accompanied by an overall ease of use.
Ultimately, I am pleased with my purchase and I would buy it again.
April 16, 2015
Great helmet addition
Great fit for a helmet to give some sun protection. The visor could be wider at the corners, but that is minor. well made.
April 13, 2015
So much better than sun glasses
Absolutely love this product as a commuter. I am on an SV650 so i do notice a little increase in wind noise with the shade in the up position, but nothing to be truly worried about. The ease of use is absolutely great. I am never caught out by changing light and having the pinlock is a real bonus. The built in vents do feel a bit cheap, but certainly flow air well. I think this is the best option in regards to giving your helmet maximum usability. Far better than buying a pair of shields and pinlocks to go with.
April 2, 2015
Must have! No need for sunglasses, flip up sun visor for night with no noticeable wind effect.
March 30, 2015