Arai Pro Shade System
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
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
Arai does it again.
Once again, Arai takes the faceshield to new heights. The Pro Shield system is a race ready, two-in-one shield that works really well. The dark visor covers about 60% of the visor area, leaving a small space at the bottom. Works very well, but it is noisier than a regular Adsis single shield. Only other complaint is that it collects bugs between the two shields. Solid product and makes any Arai helmet look even better.
May 12, 2015
Hey, it works!
If you're reading this, you most likely are a fan of Arai helmets, but perhaps you have been disappointed that they don't offer a drop-down internal visor like most brands do, including Shoei and Shuberth.
I was skeptical with a solution which would be external to the helmet, but all the things you're worried about are not an issue. (There is one glitch, which I'll get to, thus removing 1 star.)
First of all, when you're not using the shade, it sit up there and acts as a 'peak' which blocks sun like a baseball camp. Nice for when the sun is low in the horizon. It's quite easy to reach up and pop it up or down with just one hand. You have to sort of pull outward and then down but it's easy to get the hang of it. Maybe it makes just a little more wind noise, but I haven't found it to be a problem.
When the shade is 'down' it only covers about 2/3 of the shield, which seems a bit odd at first until you realize that it really is blocking the sun from your eyes as sun glasses would, and the strip at the bottom perfectly lines up with where your gaze is needed to check your instrument panel. So they thought of that, with the Arai performance heritage.
The whole device is no more difficult to install than any other Arai face shield. Once you get the hang of it, it's a snap.
Ok now to the problem. If you have experienced the brow vents on other Arai visors you know how fantastic they are--basically they cool your forehead and temple exactly where a blood vessel is placed, so very nice for a hot day. This system has the brow vents also, in exactly the same place as normal Arai shields, but they are affixed with a flimsy housing, unlike the normal Arai shields.
So with the regular vents on something like the SAI visors, you just reach up with a gloved hand and pop them open or shut, no problem. The hinge is durable and so forth. With the brow vents on this unit, they used a clear plastic housing which is not affixed to the shield in any permanent manner. So you have to be very delicate and careful with them and it's easy to accidentally pop the entire vent out. So realistically I think you have 2 choices: only open or close the vents when stopped, and your hand is ungloved, so you can be delicate about it. Or, run some super-glue type stuff along the edge of the clear flimsy plastic housing for the brow vents, to keep them installed and give them some durability.
Overall, the sun shade system itself works exactly as designed and is a solid solution to changing light conditions.
April 27, 2015