Arai Pro Shade System
Arai Pro Shield
The shield should have come down a couple of inches on the side.......sun can get to your eyes, when the sun starts going down.
Other than that, I like it.
October 20, 2014
Crystal Clear Viewing
This shield enhanced my viewing pleasure on a ride from Albuquerque to Phoenix, through the mountains from 7000 ft. to 1117 ft. above sea level. In partly cloudy daylight to evening and night riding, I was able to keep going and have great eye protection.
October 14, 2014
This product is designed well.
The pro shade system is just what I needed to complete my arai helmet. I always ride with a clear visor and sun glasses. This provides that extra tint when trying to ride into the sun. I ride with the pro shade in the up position most of the time. In the up position there is no drag at all. It works really well. In the down position it provides extra shade.
October 13, 2014
Does the job, but build quality does not justify the cost
I bought mine for my Defiant helmet as a previously opened customer return at a discount price. I must say, I'm glad I didn't pay full price for it.
Firstly, I want to say that you're probably going to buy this anyway if you own an Arai helmet and don't want to deal with the hassle of having to swap between tinted and clear shields whenever it gets dark out. You really don't have a choice.
-This addresses an issue I had with the stock shield to where the brow vents weren't really functional when sitting upright. By switching to sliders, I notice a greater deal of cooling through them.
-No added wind noise or wind resistance when moving at speed whether the peak is open OR closed as long as your head is pointed forward.
-Peak stays in place when moving at speed.
-Loud whistling when doing head checks with peak open
-Extremely cheap feeling build quality on the sliders. I've owned children's toys that were better built.
-Very expensive for what you get.
I'm glad I got this at a discount price. I don't believe the build quality justifies the price. Arai needs to beef up the moving parts if they want to justify the asking price.
September 30, 2014
Come on Arai, you can do better...
The sun visor is shuting down everytime I accelerate hard.
The tint is too dark for me.
It's a nightmare when wet (3 sides to wipe!!).
I'm back at using my usuals sunglasses.
The only nice thing about this: it's easy to remove!
But Max vision Pinlock is awesome!
A must-have when it gets colder.
September 29, 2014
A versatile sun visor for an Arai helmet
I commute 42 miles one way daily. As a consequence of this, I often start my ride in the morning before sun-up, and then find myself riding into a fiery sun sitting on the road way. Or in the evening, I might be riding straight into the sun, and then after it sets be riding in reduced light. I don't want to stop to put sunglasses on or off, or to change shields. I wear the Arai Signet-Q, which is nearly the only helmet that really fits my head, so if I want a flip up sun visor, this is it. Coupled with a yellow Pinlock insert (which I *highly* recommend), this is a very versatile system for riding year round, day or night.
A bit of unwanted light can get in through the venting holes, but I have not found this to be a big problem. I like the fact that the shield allows a clear look at the instrument panel. I am comfortable with the shield in the up position both with my windshield up or down. I recommend adding a short strip of electrical tape to the inside of the tinted visor at the top middle, to work like a flip down visor in a car. (You tilt your head as necessary to put the tape where it blocks the sun.) This can be used to block the sun unless it is sitting right on the road.
The locking system takes some getting use to, but it seems to work well. I generally ride at 75 mph on the highway, often with my windshield down, and the locking system keeps the visor up. Naturally, you have to learn to lock/unlock it with one hand by locking/unlocking one side at a time. It is not as convenient as an internal sunshade, and it requires regular cleaning to remove bugs along with the face shield. (I use Bug Off.)
I have learned to always keep my helmet in the bag that came with it, in order to avoid putting unwarranted scratches on my visor. That is especially true with this visor. This thing is incredibly pricey, as are all things Arai, but it is worth it.
September 27, 2014
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