Arai Pro Shade System
Better than expected
A pleasant surprise - the shade screen is quieter than I expected when up. The only time I noticed it really was when it was up and I turned my head sideways.
When down the shade covered any sun and car reflections that might be around so it does the job.
Not having to change screens is a huge luxury.
August 23, 2016
Standard Arai quality, except for the air intakes.
Standard Arai SAI shield (comes with pinlock posts) with the dark smoke insert on the outside. Seems to be dark enough to relieve direct sunlight, but I think it could be slightly larger. Only downside is that the shield air intakes seem really cheap and can easily break.
August 3, 2016
Fell apart on the first use.
First let me say that I'm a big fan of Arai helmets. I've been wearing them exclusively for years. That makes writing this review particularly painful. About two miles into my first ride with the Pro Shade on a brand new Signet-Q, I reach up with a gloved finger to open one of the visor vents. The entire vent shutter popped off the visor and wound up on the road. When I got home. I tried the remaining vent while the helmet was on my kitchen table. Inside of sliding open it popped out as well. I took photos and contacted Revzilla. They told me there was nothing they could do for me as it was a warrenty issue. I'd have to contact Arai. I don't know if I just have a bad example, or if it's a design flaw, but I expected more from a product in this price range from a company like Arai
July 31, 2016
Much better than having to switch shields all the time. You have to pull or push to lock it in the desired position otherwise it will open or close. It can be a little odd to get used to at first but really do like it quite a lot now. Haven't used a photo chromatic shield yet but I believe it is the only thing that could be better than this.
July 19, 2016
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