Arai Pro Shade System
Great Shell/Visor - Very Versatile
Excellent system and worked perfectly with the Arai RX-Q. The fit and finish is top-notch, and I love the fact that the tinted "peak" doesn't completely cover the clear visor, allowing one to see instrumentation without the tinting (split view). The only thing I don't like is the venting system hardware, which seems kind of loose; Also there are notches cut out of the shade peak to provide clearance for this hardware, which lets unfiltered light in and can be annoying at times. Being able to retract the shade peak is great for midday sun, or for times when you want to wear sunglasses with the clear visor down, but still have some overhead light filtering.
September 8, 2014
Not up to Arai's quality standards
I bought the Pro Shade for use on my RX-Q helmet. The rubber trim piece on the top of the unit I received worked its way loose and was flapping around the first day I used the visor. I removed as much of the trim piece as I could but the chunk that was left is pretty much impossible to remove. Also, I do notice extra noise levels from the Pro Shade. So I've found it disappointing on a couple of counts. I'm still using it however as it does serve the intended purpose and I appreciate the sun protection when needed.
September 1, 2014
Disappointing product from Arai
I bought the Pro Shade System so that I wouldn't have to change face shields on an upcoming motorcycle journey. But there are two problems with the System -- 1) there is an annoying reflection in many sunlight conditions, 2) it makes too much noise when the sun visor is raised, unless you're riding behind a windshield. The System is also Way Overpriced. I took the System off and am going to change shields as necessary. They're pretty easy to change, anyway.
August 13, 2014
Good, but room for improvement
Overall I'm happy with the pro shade but I agree with all of the reviews that state that it lets too much light at the periphery of vision. I think I'll use it mostly in the spring/fall when days are shorter and I might ride at variable light. In the mean time I'll get a dedicated tinted pin-lock insert for summer use. I'm hoping Arai develops an improved version.
August 11, 2014
Poor product from Aria
This is just a poor design. The shade only covers part of the shield letting bright sunlight in on the bottom. It's like wearing a half pair of sunglasses. When the shade is up, the wind vibrates the shade and causes a loud rumbling noise in the helmet. Buy a pin lock visor and wear sunglasses.
August 11, 2014
After getting caught out with the sun setting and my dark visor on I decided I needed a more versatile faceshield. While not as good as regular dark visor in full sun, it is way better than a clear shield. Super easy to flip up when it's cloudy or when the sun goes down. Plus the pinlock compatibility makes it great for cooler temps. Very pleased.
August 6, 2014
A bit rough of a product, seems more proto type than well conceived market example
A bit cobbly and not long enough for the face shield, lets to much light in particularly from the side.Sometimes difficult to get down and up. Weak product, over priced. I removed it from my helmet after one week and set aside.
August 4, 2014
I was curious about how well it would go with my Defiant so I gave it a try. And I wanted a new faceshield anyways.
As a sun visor, it does its job well. As a product made directly from Arai, it's well-built, and locks in place to prevent movement from wind as marketed. It also doesn't cause extra wind noise nor instability. The coverage of the visor not reaching the bottom corners of the faceshield is negligible; it covers just as much vision as any other drop-down visor. However, there are some key criticisms that need to be addressed:
It's pinlock ready, but no pinlock included. So if you already had pinlock on your standard SAI-max shield, you'll have to burn some extra money to keep your new faceshield from fogging. Also, unless Arai plans to sell the new faceshield with the updated brow vents by itself, you would have to spend that same amount for an entire Proshade system if you just simply needed a replacement (AND a new Pinlock lens!) If the Proshade came Pinlock-included at its current price, I would gladly pay for it again, but as it stands, its bang for the bucks takes a hit.
It adds noticeable weight to the helmet; you'll immediately feel the difference when you carry it around. It's not a huge deal-breaker, but if you've been wearing an Arai for a while, it's something to be aware of.
Since operation of the visor requires touching the actual lens as opposed to a switch, you'll be cleaning your visor in tandem with your faceshield very often.
It looks kinda dorky. I like internal sun visors because it's minimal and doesn't ruin the aesthetic lines of the helmet. Having the visor on the outside, especially when it's flipped up & not in use, looks tacky. We all get why it has to be on the outside for a Snell-rated helmet, but it loses points on style.
My number one gripe is the fact that it doesn't include a pinlock lens at the price it sells for. Obviously, if you bought an Arai, then money isn't an issue. But do be aware that it all adds up. If you have an itch to see what it's like for an Arai to have sun-glare protection, there are cheaper alternatives, but considering that this is made directly from Arai, it's at least worth trying once.
July 31, 2014