Arai Pro Shade System
This product does what it was meant to do
The Arai ProShade System was easy to install. It works beautifully, shading the upper 2/3rds of the visual field. I find that the shaded area is quite adequate for normal situations and it's great not to have to change my glasses or the face shield. There aren't any noise issues at all. I think this is a great product.
March 21, 2015
Very user friendly, easy to use with or without gloves. Visor is dark enough with dark tinted "shield insert" I don't need sunglasses. Best of all, not more switching out visor's for my daily commute.
February 23, 2015
Rushed to market. Poor quality.
Obstructs vision. Blocks out light poorly. Way over priced!
February 17, 2015
Good Idea That Fell Short
I have used my Pro Shade System over several months, but find I prefer not to use it most of the time. It comes in handy on days that have variable clouds, dark cloudy to sunny/ or traveling from day to night. It is easy to flip up the shade for darker conditions, even riding through a tunnel. However, I was troubled by visual distortions and lack of visual clarity. It was as if I forgot to put on my glasses at times. I very much like the concept of having the dark second shield, but having both down results in more distortion than I am comfortable with. I would rather carry an extra shield, one dark, one clear. Thanks to Anthony's video, I can change shields in seconds.
February 7, 2015
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