Arai Pro Shade System
Good Functionality but scratches my helmet
I wear glasses and I love the functionality of the Pro Shade System. Once I became accustomed to raising it and locking it in place it was easy to use and provided the shade I needed. Also for my particular use the gap at the bottom of the shade is the perfect size for me to look down at my GPS map and my gauges and see them clearly without the shade. I have noticed that the main visor is rubbing against the top of my helmet and is scuffing it up. I will contact Arai and find out if this is expected.
September 7, 2015
Cheap brow vents
I have 300 miles of riding time with this Arai air pro shade system on my Arai RX-Q. I didn't quite understand how to operate the shield at first, took about 8 minutes to understand how to lock the shield up and move back down. It's a very simple mechanism once figured out. My review is exactly like the video review from Revzilla. Brow vents feel a bit loose and cheap. I didn't experience sun through the sides but upon direct sunlight it helped me tremendously since I already wear eye gasses and I can't wear sunglasses. It doesn't feel premium for an expensive visor but I love it over having to carry multiple visors and is great for early morning rides with no sun to a sudden change in the weather and one can very quickly move the shield down and ride comfortably with direct sunlight.
August 26, 2015
I was bit hesitant but was tired of carrying two different shields, but I really like this. Even in the up position, comfortable and it doesn't catch the wind too much. A great product and worth the money.
August 10, 2015
Works great on my RX-Q helmet
This pro shade system with its smoke visor and pinlock face shield serve a dual purpose. The smoke colored visor enables me to see better on sunny days and if night time can be moved up to just use the clear face shield. Most times I don't notice any wind noise when the smoke visor is raised up and when I do it is minimal. Also, the pin lock face shield, which is part of the system, does not fog up at all during rides if you install a pinlock insert to the face shield. You need to install a clear pinlock insert (not included with this system), since the visor is smoke colored. I wear eyeglasses and this system does not interfere with them.
August 8, 2015
My wife hated it!
Purchased this so my wife's RX-Q would have a visor/sunshield but it is not easy to open the shield and the visor operation is difficult to use. After several attempts to use it she asked that they original visor be re-installed and she would just wear sunglasses. Not the result I was hoping for.
August 6, 2015
Two steps forward and three back...
Let me state from the git-go that I'm a huge Arai fan. I'm also a bit of a "helmet collector." Numerous Arai helmets (Corsairs, RX-Qs, Vectors, Vector-2s, XD-4) along with several Shoei helmets and a Schuberth C3 Pro. I had the original Arai Pro Shade system and as many have noted, it simply did not have the coverage to do the job properly. As many have also noted, the brow vents on the original Pro Shade were not up to Arai standards (read extremely cheesy). One of mine just fell out. When I went to snap it back in, I noticed a broken attachment tab. I'll have to order some new ones today. When I heard about the new Long Pro Shade System, I was pretty excited. Don't get too excited. Same cheesy brow vents and the new "smoke" Long Pro Shade is a lighter tint than the original Pro Shade System, which I would describe as dark smoke. With the ability to raise the Long Pro Shade system and instantly have a clear shield, why in the world would Arai choose to not have a dark smoke shield? I detest wearing sunglasses with a motorcycle helmet, so I've reluctantly put the original Pro Shade (dark smoke) back in play. Not as young as I once was and can no longer "sneak" home after the sun sets with a tinted shield. When riding a sport bike, taking an extra shield along is a real PITA. Bottom line, if it looks like there's a possibility of getting caught out after sundown, I'll be wearing my Schuberth C3 Pro. It's steadily becoming my "go to" helmet. It pains me to not recommend an Arai product. They build such wonderful/safe helmets, but they just can't seem to get the Pro Shade System/Long Pro Shade System right.
September 17, 2015
wish tinted shield was polarized
Works well. I wear polarized sunglasses and felt the sun glare from the non polarized shield. I wear my sunglasses and leave the tinted shield up on sunny days. In sun/shade areas, I ride without my sunglasses and flip the tinted shield up and down, which is very convenient. I do not notice additional noise, with the tinted shield up or down.
July 20, 2015
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