Arai Pro Shade System
does what it needs to do
Firstly be aware this is a 'kit' that includes a whole new shield and the sun visor - which I guess explains why it is nearly $100.
If you are bought into the idea that a snell approved helmet is the way to go you won't find many (any?) with a built in sun shade, so kudos to Arai for solving the problem by creating an external shade. Unlike others here I discerned no additional noise with the shield up. Yes it is hard to get used to the short coverage when down but I suspect they can't make it bigger or it would be a problem when up (interfering with vision or catching wind). Anthony mentions the flimsy vents in his video but compared to the vents on my base shield I think these are better.
However now having added this and a pin lock and a 3rd party bluetooth and having experienced Arai's service process - if I could do it all over again I would maybe buy a Schuberth C3.
January 27, 2015
Love Hate Relationship
Perhaps hate is a bit strong, but like any product there are good and bad things about it. First the system works as advertised. It has the best Pinlock system of any shield Ive tried and never fogs up in cold or rain. The flipup dark lense is relatively quiet at speed and you can hardly notice its there. Like others I wish the side was a little lower as when the sun shines from the side it creates a glare inside the helmet lense. Its worse for me because I wear glasses. Overall I think it was a worthwhile purchase and I use it daily on my winter commute to work.
January 12, 2015
Fantastic protection from the sun
Works perfectly. Great protection from the sun without having to wear sunglasses and easily and quickly flipped up when sun goes down. No need to stop to change shields. Leaves the bottom fourth of the clear shield exposed so you can see gages and LCD screens easily. Fits standard helmet and includes a high quality molded clear shield. The helmet and foam liner do not need to be compromised as in other internal shade designs.
December 31, 2014
Very good product with room for improvement
I've forgotten what it's like to have to worry about how long I'm going to be out riding and whether I need to bring a spare visor with me. The convenience of this setup is wonderful and outweighs the cons of it.
Looks: All of the product photos show it with the visor up. If you have a black helmet, putting the visor down makes you look like Robocop.
The most obvious of course is the versatility of the clear/smoked visor option combined with the pinlock anti-fog properties. This is the ideal setup for winter season commuters who ride to work when it's sunny, ride home when it's dark, and don't want to deal with a fogged visor at stoplights.
At first it is very weird having an untinted slit along the bottom of your vision but you get used to it quickly. I live in Florida where the sun is bright and intense. I wasn't sure if not having tint along the bottom would bother me but it's never been an issue and the visor provides excellent sun coverage. It's almost a benefit because it's easier to see my gauges through clear than tint.
The sliding door brow vents also offer superior wind flow compared to the standard flaps found on Arai visors. However, they do feel cheap and loose and don't really offer positive feedback when locking them up or down. Their fit and finish is not up to typical Arai standards.
Weight: Per my food scale, a standard visor weighs 100 grams. These bad boy tips in at 192. The extra weight is noticeable when it's on the front of your face. You never completely get used to it but after awhile it's not so bad.
Price: This is a good product but not a good value. At this price point there is no reason it shouldn't come with the pin lock insert. Especially when you consider the fact that you're pretty much only ever going to use a clear insert with it. It's not like people are going to use another insert type instead.
Riding in a tuck: I ride a naked bike so I tuck hard at higher highway speeds. Normally I'm looking forward between my brow vents. When the visor is up, it does what visors do and shields the upper range of my vision. This means if I want to look between my brown vents I'm looking through the tinted visor...at night. It's a relatively minor annoyance and not really something to be upset about it but it's still worth mentioning.
Noise: It's a little noisy riding with the visor up. Certain angles cause minor wind noise of varying frequencies but again, I'm on a naked bike, so it comes with the territory.
The locking mechanism for the visor doesn't provide much feedback. You flip the visor up and push it back to lock it. Pull it forward to tilt it down. You can't really tell when it locks or unlocks.
I don't feel any drag when looking forward but you can feel it pull just a little bit when doing shoulder checks. You really can't avoid it with a product like this but you should be aware that it's there.
Cleaning it is kind of a pain. Normally I would clean my visor every other ride at the most but I maybe wait three times as long now just because I don't like cleaning between the visors and trying to dry them.
All in all this is a pretty sweet product but it could use some refinement. It's a bit pricey but it hasn't been out that long so you have to pay more to be an early adopter. Once summer comes, I could see myself using this less frequently in lieu of a fully tinted shield for the longer days.
If I was looking for a new helmet I would definitely want to pick up one of the models that comes with this shade. It seems more cost effective buying them together rather than buying a helmet and shade separately.
December 26, 2014
Do away with sunnies!
Simple to use, I haven't noticed any extra noise or vibration and no accidental ups or downs at speed.
The shape is interesting, I thought it would be annoying but it works. The bottom allows you too glimpse the dash and the sides highlight the traffic around you. Pinlock is the boss. No more fogging when it's wet or cold!
My only downside is it isn't Australian certified, but that won't bother people buying here! And I think it's worth the risk. Buy it!
December 22, 2014
Great multipurpose shield
I purchased this as a replacement for a dual pane visor that had lost its fog resistance. I love the integrated sun shield and the fact that when it it flipped up it stays in place and functions as a visor. This is particularly handy during the sunsetting time of the day. I did purchase the pinlock insert and have found them fog resistant down to 18F (coldest its been here so far). Great performance in rain as well.
December 20, 2014
Great concept, but...
Had great expectations for this product. The design seems good, easy to use but if you are an upright rider(cruiser/touring) then you will probably find that the tint shield edge is right in your field of view. Needs to be about 3/4 of an inch bigger. As it is now very distracting. If you are a sport bike rider would probably not be a problem. Unfortunately I am stuck with it now, as you need to ride with it to really see the issue.
December 16, 2014
Very nice product that works
I have used the pro shade visor for a while now. The flip shade is very effective in direct sun light. I wear glasses so outside of having to buy prescription sun glasses there were no other options except to by a dark shield and have to change it out when it gets dark. Then Arai came out with this pro shade visor system and man what a great shield. It is optically clear for both the clear portion and the dark flip down portion of the shield. I sometimes have to ride into the morning and afternoon sun and this shield is very effective in blocking the brightness of the sun. When night time comes I just flip up the dark shield and you do not even know it is there. Wind does not catch it while the dark shield is in the up position. The brow vents slide up instead of pivot like other Arai shields, but they work just fine. I have had no problems with the brow vents. I would highly recommend the pro shade visor system. Arai is correct in their design choice of maintaining maximum safety with their outside the helmet design rather than carving out a portion of the interior protective foam to make room for an internal shade. The internal systems may look more elegant but they are also known to malfunction. The Arai system is so simple and if it were to malfunction it is a simple remove the pro shade shield and replace it with a new one. Try that with an internal shade system.
November 17, 2014