Log In / Register
Cart (0) Checkout
New for 2014!
Arai Pro Shade System
  • Arai Pro Shade System
  • Arai Pro Shade System
  • Arai Pro Shade System
Select qty:
Your Savings (10%):
Your Price

Video Review

Arai Pro Shade System Videos

Arai Pro Shade System for SAI-Compatible Helmets

Nowadays it is quite common to use a retractable sun-visor that is situated between the helmet’s outer- and inner shell to protect against sun glare. However, it is Arai’s opinion that this construction could affect the performance of a helmet during impact. As the Pro Shade System is completely mounted on the outside of the helmet, it will not in any way negatively affect the performance of the helmet.

The Pro Shade System is a small peak that is locked in position. Unlocking is easy; just pull the Pro Shade System forward, then it can be flipped down with a flick of the hand to act as an effective sun-visor. The Pro Shade System is the complete all-weather system for serious touring riders, offering protection against sun glare, fogging and misting, especially for riders that prefer an upright seating position and/or the comfort of a fairing, the Pro Shade System will enhance the rider’s comfort significantly.


  • Fits all Arai SAI full-face helmets including the Arai Corsair V, Vector 2, RX-Q, Arai Signet-Q and Defiant
  • Complete system, pre-mounted on clear Arai MAX Vision visor (included)
  • Compatible with Arai SAI Max Vision Pinlock Inserts With Brow Vents (sold separately)
  • Enhanced aerodynamics
  • Increased helmet stability
  • Removable for easy cleaning
  • No contact with visor: no scratching
Write a Product Review for a chance to win our monthly $100 giveaways.
Arai Pro Shade System 4.3 5 37 37
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
Disappointing product from Arai I bought the Pro Shade System so that I wouldn't have to change face shields on an upcoming motorcycle journey. But there are two problems with the System -- 1) there is an annoying reflection in many sunlight conditions, 2) it makes too much noise when the sun visor is raised, unless you're riding behind a windshield. The System is also Way Overpriced. I took the System off and am going to change shields as necessary. They're pretty easy to change, anyway. August 13, 2014
Good, but room for improvement Overall I'm happy with the pro shade but I agree with all of the reviews that state that it lets too much light at the periphery of vision. I think I'll use it mostly in the spring/fall when days are shorter and I might ride at variable light. In the mean time I'll get a dedicated tinted pin-lock insert for summer use. I'm hoping Arai develops an improved version. August 11, 2014
Poor product from Aria This is just a poor design. The shade only covers part of the shield letting bright sunlight in on the bottom. It's like wearing a half pair of sunglasses. When the shade is up, the wind vibrates the shade and causes a loud rumbling noise in the helmet. Buy a pin lock visor and wear sunglasses. August 11, 2014
Great Compromise After getting caught out with the sun setting and my dark visor on I decided I needed a more versatile faceshield. While not as good as regular dark visor in full sun, it is way better than a clear shield. Super easy to flip up when it's cloudy or when the sun goes down. Plus the pinlock compatibility makes it great for cooler temps. Very pleased. August 6, 2014
A bit rough of a product, seems more proto type than well conceived market example A bit cobbly and not long enough for the face shield, lets to much light in particularly from the side.Sometimes difficult to get down and up. Weak product, over priced. I removed it from my helmet after one week and set aside. August 4, 2014
Not bad I was curious about how well it would go with my Defiant so I gave it a try. And I wanted a new faceshield anyways. As a sun visor, it does its job well. As a product made directly from Arai, it's well-built, and locks in place to prevent movement from wind as marketed. It also doesn't cause extra wind noise nor instability. The coverage of the visor not reaching the bottom corners of the faceshield is negligible; it covers just as much vision as any other drop-down visor. However, there are some key criticisms that need to be addressed: It's pinlock ready, but no pinlock included. So if you already had pinlock on your standard SAI-max shield, you'll have to burn some extra money to keep your new faceshield from fogging. Also, unless Arai plans to sell the new faceshield with the updated brow vents by itself, you would have to spend that same amount for an entire Proshade system if you just simply needed a replacement (AND a new Pinlock lens!) If the Proshade came Pinlock-included at its current price, I would gladly pay for it again, but as it stands, its bang for the bucks takes a hit. It adds noticeable weight to the helmet; you'll immediately feel the difference when you carry it around. It's not a huge deal-breaker, but if you've been wearing an Arai for a while, it's something to be aware of. Since operation of the visor requires touching the actual lens as opposed to a switch, you'll be cleaning your visor in tandem with your faceshield very often. It looks kinda dorky. I like internal sun visors because it's minimal and doesn't ruin the aesthetic lines of the helmet. Having the visor on the outside, especially when it's flipped up & not in use, looks tacky. We all get why it has to be on the outside for a Snell-rated helmet, but it loses points on style. My number one gripe is the fact that it doesn't include a pinlock lens at the price it sells for. Obviously, if you bought an Arai, then money isn't an issue. But do be aware that it all adds up. If you have an itch to see what it's like for an Arai to have sun-glare protection, there are cheaper alternatives, but considering that this is made directly from Arai, it's at least worth trying once. July 31, 2014
2 3 4 5 next>>
Use our Product Q&A for a chance to win our monthly $100 giveaways.

Have a functionality, fit, or otherwise product-specific question about the Arai Pro Shade System? Ask it here! If you have a customer service or shipping question, please direct it to our Customer Service department.

Arai Pro Shade System
Already Asked: 12 Questions, 63 Answers
Sort by:
RevZilla Store asked: Why did you choose this?
Anthony D: Because it comes with a complete SAI visor and because of the reviews. Aug 27, 2014
Morris B: Got tired of swapping between clear and dark visors or riding with the dark up when the ride took me out later than expected. Aug 24, 2014
Jed R: Arai helmets are the best motorcycle helmets made. I have always hoped that they would make a sun shade for their helmets. In Alaska we have long periods when the sun hangs on the horizon and makes riding (or driving) difficult. Aug 22, 2014
Anjaneya S: Already had a Arai helmet. Needed a sun visor coz i keep forgetting sunglasses sometimes Aug 20, 2014
Adam B: I do early morning riding to work and it is dark outside, but when I get off it is very sunny. This is a great solution for me so I do not have to keep popping out my smoke pin lock and carrying it in my bag risking scratching it. At 34 dollars per pin lock they get expensive quick. Aug 20, 2014
Keith K: It does the job very well, just as described. I ordered a second one just in case they go out of production some day. I keep the extra packaged for future use, or for a second Arai helmet. Aug 14, 2014
Paul S: enhance my riding experience Aug 12, 2014
James R. E: To whom it may concern;
I chose this product because I've owned Arai helmets in the past. Shall we say there top of the line. I'm also going to say that the people in Revzilla have been excellent to talk with and learn from. Even though I'm new to Revzilla, I like my dealings with this company from the get go.
Keep up the good work.
Aug 8, 2014
Dave C: I was excited about the possibility of having a tinted and clear visor, all-in-one unit. Especially so since Arai doesn't make a helmet with internal visor, and my Signet-Q is an otherwise excellent helmet. For me, the sun shade didn't go down far enough when lowered, and there was way too much unshaded, clear visor in my field of view. FWIW, my helmet is about as small as possible for my head, and my helmet may not sit down as far as yours does. Jul 29, 2014
Kim S: For my Signet-Q Helmet recently purchased from Revzilla. Jul 25, 2014
Justin M: To help with sun glare while wearing prescription glasses Jul 24, 2014
Philip G: an impulse. Jul 19, 2014
Fredrik S: I live in Virginia and definitely need some shade. Late in the day or early morning are the hardest time to deal with strong sunshine... Jul 17, 2014
David C: Morning commute can start in the dark. I ride 60 miles due east into the rising sun and wear perscription glasses inside the helmet. As the sun comes up, flipping the tinted shield down makes it much easier (and safer) while riding into the rising sun in the morning, and into the setting sun in the evening on the way home. Jul 5, 2014
Aaron T: Looking for a shade system for my Long Oval helmet. I would love and XD-4 but it just doesn't fit me as well as my Signet Q. Jun 12, 2014
daryle w: see how it works on my arai signet Q Jun 11, 2014
JOHN G: Video Jun 6, 2014
George M: It's a sunshield - just what I need. Jun 5, 2014
Tod R: As a commuter, this product makes a lot of sense for dark early mornings and bright afternoons. May 21, 2014
Albert M: Most of my local riding is daytime and I need a tinted shield and polarized sunglasses in the Arizona sun. However frequently I return home after sunset, so I believe being able to flip up the dark shield will be more convenient than changing sheilds May 21, 2014
Gregory S: Use clear pinlock visor and not need to change or carry multiple visors anymore. Apr 26, 2014
James M: Finally! Apr 19, 2014
Victor Q: Want to stop the constant changing of visors from night to day. Apr 10, 2014
Mark M asked: Will the new pro shade system be equipped with a pinlock shield? Apr 9, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (2) No (1)
Jerry B: The Pro Shade is compatible with the Max-V Brow Vent Pinlock but does not come with the Pinlock, from what I have found. They (Arai) are not very good at providing this info but do have a description on a Facebook announcement. I tried to post a link to that, but it won't let me. There are also various pictures of the Pro Shade both on and off helmet showing that it is Max-V BV Pinlock compatible. Apr 11, 2014
Reply to Jerry Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
He H asked: I received the Pro Shade today, and installed it on my RX-Q. I haven't done any riding yet, but I noticed that while the shade locks securely at the raised position, when it sits at the lowered (down) position with just a light touch of finger the shade can be easily moved up or down a little bit (about 2mm). Is this a problem? Or at riding the wind would push it firmly against the visor? Jun 9, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
David C: I've been using my Pro Shade for about two weeks now both in town and on the highway at speed. It doesn't take much to lift the shade with your fingers but it stays put when riding. I have purposefully moved my head up and down and side to side to see if the shade would move on it's own, I could not see any movement, even on the highway. Love the shade, just wish it provided more coverage, have to wonder why Arai didn't make it taller!!! Jun 10, 2014
Reply to David Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Robert N: I've not noticed any movement of the shield when moving or sitting at idle. I really didn't even notice that it moved until I read your request and tested it:-). I've ridden in the rain and with a fair amount of wind and there's no distortion through the visor at all. I wish it was a little darker but other than that it beats sunglasses for convenience. Jun 11, 2014
Reply to Robert Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Benjamin R: No, it stays quite secure. Just watch it when you are trying to lower it. It's sort of fragile in that sense. It's not a bad product but it is expensive and breaks with little effort. I broke one and had to order another. It was 50% my fault but still .. it's fairly fragile. Jun 21, 2014
Reply to Benjamin Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Albert M: I've used mine for about 2,000 miles and have not experience any problem. I ride a 2011 H-D Road King. I've cut the windshield down so I get airflow to the top vents of the helmet but not much on the face shield.
Hope this helps.
Jun 10, 2014
Reply to Albert Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Shayne A: Hi He H,

I've used the shade on a Defender helmet at speeds of up to 120kph (75mph) & consistently (2 or 3 hrs) at 110kph (70mph), with no indication of a problem. This was done with the shade both up & down. It works really well.
Jun 10, 2014
Reply to Shayne Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Manu K: Well,there is slight play when the shade is in lowered down position. In my mind this should not be an issue as the shade glass is supported by a rubber gasket at the top. You should ride and see if you face any issue.
Jun 10, 2014
Reply to Manu Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Gregory S: Mine does the same don't worry about it. The shade stays firmly in place. I love this shield and am replacing all my other shields with this one. No more worry of wearing out parts because no more changing shields. Jun 10, 2014
Reply to Gregory Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
He H: Thanks for all the feedback. I finally had a chance today for a ride, and the shade worked flawlessly. Absolutely love it! Jun 19, 2014
Reply to He Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Alan C: Used my Pro Shield 1st time this weekend. Great investment, it does stay down no problem and up when not needed. 5 Stars Jun 10, 2014
Reply to Alan Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Greg L: I have not had any problems with the Pro Shade at any speed so far, either in the raised or lowered position. Jun 11, 2014
Reply to Greg Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Quin Y asked: Will this fit my RX-Q that has a SAI-IC shield. the brow vents are smaller than that featured on helemts pictured?. thanks Aug 7, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Joseph K: I have the Signet Q w/ SAI-IC shield. I would have bought the RX-Q but the Signet Q fits my oval head better- extremely comfortable for my head shape. Both helmets are practically the same but the Signet -Q is slightly more oval.

I double checked before posting that RX-Q that has SAI-IC shield takes pro shade system- it does.

Can I make a suggestion though? I have a dark smoke insert on my SAI-IC face shield. I decided it would not be a good idea to transfer that to my pro shade SAI-IC shield, so instead I used the clear one, I had, too dark with the pro shade shield.

***The pro shade system comes with its own SAI pin lock ready face shield with its own brow vents if you are unclear on that point. *** The dark visor does not come all the way down to completely cover the other shield so takes some getting used to but I like it that way.
Aug 7, 2014
Reply to Joseph Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Quin Y: Thanks Joseph for the tip.
This explains the difference in brow vents as i thought it was just the tint shield you got to attach to existing shield Aug 7, 2014
Jim M: Yes, it fits the RQ-X perfectly. The vent system is different and I have looked online and some people prefer the original vent system. I really like having the shade and the option of having a darker face shield by lowering the shade. The shade really doesn't block the whole clear shield, so you may want to consider whether or not that is important to you. I am very happy so far. I believe Arai makes the best helmets and this another example of their innovation. Aug 7, 2014
Reply to Jim Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Quin Y: Yes I had a Shoei previously,,good too but find the Arai not so Bobble head feeling. Both fitted perfect inside. Aug 7, 2014
Laurie S: I purchased this for a Signet-Q helmet so not sure about RX-Q specific question but this shade system replaces the existing shield. It is a two piece assembly which replaces the original shield with a new clear shield and the flip up visor attached to the new clear shield. Aug 7, 2014
Reply to Laurie Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
Quin Y: Thanks for this clarification. I had thought it was just the tint shield that you got and then attached this to your existing clear shield. Aug 7, 2014
Andrew C: Yes. This will work on an RX-Q. I purchased one for my RX-Q (DNA-white graphics). The brow vents work well for me. The shield does block about 1mm of the brow-intake, but i feel it to be negligible. You could open up the port in the shield with a "dremel" tool or hobby knife without hurting the shield. There is a lip which could be trimmed away to allow for more flow. However, if you do trim it, leave a bit at each end of the lip. It may help hold the vent mechanism in place. Again I found no significant decrease in airflow.

Aug 8, 2014
Reply to Andrew Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Kevin L: Fits all Arai SAI full-face helmets including the Arai Corsair V, Vector 2, RX-Q, Arai Signet-Q and Defiant

Complete system, pre-mounted on clear Arai MAX Vision visor (included)
Compatible with Arai SAI Max Vision Pinlock Inserts With Brow Vents (sold separately)
Aug 7, 2014
Reply to Kevin Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: I have a Quantum DNA with a SAI shield. Will this shield fit my helmet? Jul 21, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Gary J: It will go on but fits poorly with a 3/16 inch gap at the forehead shield contact point.
Jul 21, 2014
Reply to Gary Good answer? Yes (1) No (0)
George T: If your helmet takes an SA-I shield, it will fit. You may need to adjust the mounts slightly (there are adjustments for the pods on all Arai helmets). Jul 24, 2014
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Daniel O: I have the shield and it works great.

Not sure about the fit on your helmet.
Jul 21, 2014
Reply to Daniel Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Kim R: Yes. This pro shade system only fits helmets with the SAI shield. Jul 29, 2014
Reply to Kim Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Joseph K: Im not 100% sure. Check out the Arai site for specific fit. Aug 4, 2014
Reply to Joseph Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Glenn H asked: Seriously, why can't they just create a photo-chromatic shield ??? The r&d in this along with tooling must have cost at least as much as a P/C shield would have cost. Jul 21, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
George T: Existing photochromics are less effective in sudden transitions (like in a canyon with shady parts) and lose even more effectiveness in temperature extremes.

They reportedly have a limited life span (~one year if used 5 days/week, according to a manufacturer of these) and do not darken as much as the dark tint on the Arai solution.

I imagine another reason Arai hasn't done this besides the above reasons is the obvious safety hazard of entering a freeway or mountain road tunnel with a visor that won't quickly go back to clear- lots of tunnels in Japan. The Arai Pro Shade is perfect for that sort of situation.

I will say with about 3000 miles of using this system, I have had no desire to use my standard visors. This thing really works.
Jul 24, 2014
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Edward D: The advantage of the flip-up sun visor is that you can flip it up in a second. Photo-chromatic shields still take time to adapt to changing light conditions. I particularly like this feature when going back and forth between shadows and sunlight, which often occurs in early morning or late afternoon rides. Jul 22, 2014
Reply to Edward Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
cary b: When companies introduce new products to the market, they typically will only manufacture and offer one variant. When the product demonstrates enough sales in the marketplace and initial ROI has been achieved, then new variations such as photo-chromatic can be considered for manufacture. Jul 22, 2014
Reply to cary Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Greg L: I'm not sure why you're asking this question here, it's really a question for Arai. Jul 22, 2014
Reply to Greg Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Glenn H: It's more of a statement Greg. I am certain that Anthony is asked his opinion of their products by the Arai folks. As an avid Arai customer and a Revzilla consumer, I think that feedback to the distributors is tantamount to feedback to the manufacturer. Or do you think I should send my question off to Japan ? Jul 26, 2014
Leonard M: I love it. It works great for me. Jul 22, 2014
Reply to Leonard Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: I have an Arai Quantum helmet. Will it fit onto that? Jul 24, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Bud C: I was told by Revzilla's excellent customer service folks that it will not fit. I just put one on my RXQ and it works a treat. The darkened portion could cover more of the lower portion, but I it's great to no longer need to carry sunglasses. You can feel the extra weight when closing ghe visor. With the shade and pinlock additions makes the Pro Shade the ultimate visor for touring. Jul 24, 2014
Reply to Bud Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Kevin L: Fits all Arai SAI full-face helmets including the Arai Corsair V, Vector 2, RX-Q, Arai Signet-Q and Defiant
Complete system, pre-mounted on clear Arai MAX Vision visor (included)
Compatible with Arai SAI Max Vision Pinlock Inserts With Brow Vents (sold separately)
Aug 7, 2014
Reply to Kevin Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
JOHN G: If your helmet has a Super AD.Sis LRS Shield system it will work. I found the opening at the lower ends ( as in the video) distracting Jul 24, 2014
Reply to JOHN Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Tina C: Yes, I believe so. It's a direct replacement for the super AdSis I-Type shield that I bought with the pin lock. SAI series. Jul 26, 2014
Reply to Tina Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: Can the sun shade be removed from the visor? May 21, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
David C: It can be removed but why would you want to? It would be a lot easier to change the entire shield. I leave mine on all the time and just flip it up when I'm not using it, has not been a problem plus it's always there when I need it. Jul 19, 2014
Reply to David Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
ken w: Yes there are 2 plastic 'detents" one on each side. Directions are in the box May 25, 2014
Reply to ken Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
John L: Yes, but not intended except for replacement May 28, 2014
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: does the Pro Shade system fit on the RX-7 Corsair helmet??

Steve T
May 28, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
John L: The answer is imbedded in the product info. I can tell you it does fit the Corsair V and DOES NOT fit the plain Vector helmet. May 28, 2014
Reply to John Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
George T: It does not fit the RX-7 Corsair (known as the RX7 RR4 in Japan)

It does fit the RX7RR5 (Corsair V)
Jul 24, 2014
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Peter D asked: Does Arai make a photochromatic insert for this shield? May 4, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Jim J: I think the effectiveness of a photochromic insert is hampered by the material of the Arai visor that blocks the UV required to trigger the tint. Like using Transitions lenses in your car, the glass filters light and prevents them from working. It is really a shame that Arai will not alllow a license for a Transitions visor, I have used one and they are outstanding. May 21, 2014
Reply to Jim Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Kevin C: Pinlock has one for Arai... However, it's more light smoke than dark. While it works - it could use to be darker when fully tinted and it's expensive. May 7, 2014
Reply to Kevin Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: Damn - I just bought SAI pinlock visor + 2 inserts for my RX-Q. I need some visor help for when sun is overhead but this would be a whole addl investment. Is there some other less expensive add-on I can get - like a black strip? Thx. Apr 13, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
Thomas Z: Go to super visor dot com (you will need to put a hyphen between the super and visor). I have used three of these over the years and they are just 19.95!! They work like a champ. Apr 15, 2014
Reply to Thomas Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A S: Same here: new VisionMax visor and Pinlock inserts. Still, not having to change the insert or the visor when the weather changes is probably worth it, over the long term. May 21, 2014
Reply to A Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
A shopper asked: Will this be available for Arai Profile? May 14, 2014
Answer this · Send to friends Good question? Yes (0) No (0)
George T: It is an SAI type shield, so it fits current models like Corsair-V, Defiant,RX-q and Profile-2.

Original Profile takes the SAQ shields and since these helmets are on close out/discontinued, it's unlikely that this will be made in that format.
May 14, 2014
Reply to George Good answer? Yes (0) No (0)
Product Style RevZilla Item # Manufacturer Product # Availability
Arai Pro Shade System 949182 1125 In Stock: Ships within 24 hours